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Airline delays, telephone delays on hold, and now muscle delays. What's an athlete to do? Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is when you've worked, or worked out, hard and don't really feel it until the next day.
In weight training, it happens when you try a new strength training exercise or one you haven't done for a while, or go up in weights too quickly. Avoid it by starting extra light with a new strength training exercise. If you're a beginner suffering from DOMS, it's best to skip a couple days in your weight training program and wait until it clears up before working out. If you're experienced and feel you can handle it, you can do a very light workout.
The good news is, the next time you do the strength training exercise it won't hurt nearly as much the next day, unless you've let 2 months go by between weight training workouts.