Everyone who is working out hard is going to get to a point where they are really feeling it. Whether it be the day after a hard workout, during a workout or just random occurrences, pain is going to be part of it.
Most people, especially guys, try to fight through it so they do not appear to be a wimp. While that mentality is good at certain points, you also do not want to be dumb about things. You can seriously hurt yourself if you do not look out for warning signs. Here are few tips on when to push, and when to rest.
Know your body. When you are working out, you know what muscles you are going to be targeting. Regular pain will happen if you are pushing yourself while maintaining proper form. Joint pain can be caused if you put stress on areas you shouldn’t be. The knees, shoulders and elbows are the most vulnerable in these situations. Always follow the instructions on your workout routine to avoid this. Most of those major injuries could keep you on the shelf for 8-12 months coupled with rehab.
Even if you are not hurt, rest is an important part of building muscle. You must rest your muscles so they can build up. If they are constantly stressed, they will be vulnerable. I would suggest working out 3-5 times a week hard. Anymore more than that and you might find yourself only going through the motions since you can’t handle the work load. Only professional level athletes can handle constant work on their muscles after years of practice.
With all that said, soreness and aches is to be expected when you are working out. They say no pain, no gain, and that is true. When your muscles are sore the next day, that means they are not used to working out and they are getting a good workout. You just have to understand the difference once you begin to work out so you can decide for yourself.