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Working Out When Sore

Today as I was trying to decide which workout to do, I was trying to think of one that didn’t involve the legs in any way, only because there are so sore today that I have to waddle when I walk. Two days ago I decided that I was going to do a legs workout with weights, which was the first time I had used weights in about 2 months. I have been doing the Insanity workouts for the past two months, and I thought that those worked the legs enough, but apparently I was wrong. Anyways, I was trying to avoid a workout that worked the legs, but today was my cardio day because I have been doing 2 days of lifting and then one day of cardio. As much as I wanted to skip the cardio workout, I thought about some of the posts I have made about excuses, and I wasn’t about to use soreness as an excuse not to do a cardio workout. I decided to suck it up, not use soreness as an excuse, and do Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circuit. After I was finished with the workout, I was glad I did it, and then started thinking about all the questions that I get about working out when sore, especially when going through the first week of P90X.

Skipping a workout because of being sore is only an excuse and nothing more. If you’re going through P90X, the workouts are designed so that you give each muscle group proper amount of rest before working again, so the only reason you decide not to workout is because you don’t think you can do it, or because you’re looking for a reason not to. Whenever I get an email from someone telling me that they didn’t work out that day because their legs were sore from 3 days ago, all they’re doing is looking for me to verify that what they did was correct so that they don’t feel guilty for skipping a workout, but instead of me agreeing with them, I tell them exactly what I think, and that’s that they should have worked out. When most people face adversity, i.e. soreness, they crumble and don’t know how to handle it, and often use adversity as an excuse for failure. However, those who are strong know how to deal with adversity, and are able to push themselves through it. These are the type of people who are successful with most everything they do because they don’t allow themselves to use excuses.

Let’s go back to when I first started P90X. That first week was brutal, and when I mean brutal, I mean I literally didn’t want to get up off the couch. I would have been fine sitting in a recliner that entire week, not working out, and just relaxing and letting my muscles heal, but guess what, that’s not what I did. I trusted in the program and knew that they wouldn’t design it for me to get hurt, so instead of using extreme soreness as an excuse, I pushed myself through each workout. I even found that once I warmed up and stretched, the soreness wasn’t nearly as bad as it was throughout the day. My goal was to not skip one workout during my first 90 days, and nothing was going to stop me from reaching my goal. For those of you who read my blogs daily, you know that I don’t quit until I reach every goal that I set. That’s why I was successful with baseball in college, with transforming myself into someone super healthy and fit, and now with the Beachbody Coaching Business. Learn from this people. When you set a goal, don’t allow yourself to not reach it! If you fail, get back up and try again!

If you are contemplating whether or not to work out because of being sore, take a second to think about this post. All you’re doing is trying to find a reason to justify you not feeling up to working out that day. Instead, suck it up and BRING IT! If you’re giving the muscles proper rest, taking the right supplements (i.e. Recovery Formula), warming up and stretching, and following the videos how they’re supposed to be followed, you should have nothing to worry about.


  1. Shanika /

    Great post!!

  2. Ricardo /

    Thanks man! I just got home from work and im pretty sore from yesterdays workout so i was thinking of skipping my workout today but i saw this post and now it’s time to dig deeper!!!

    Thanks man you truly have some skill to motivate people!

  3. Braden Traub /

    This post was exactly what I needed to see today. I wasn’t planning on going to the gym today, since I was pretty worn out from the past two days, but after reading this post, I sucked it up and went anyways. And you know what?

    I feel terrific, and am so glad I did.

  4. I sometimes find it so hard and painful to do the Kenpo workout the day after legs. At times I am so sore I can’t even kick. I think that the yoga should have been placed in between these two workouts. Anyone else feel the same way?

  5. Christian Silva /

    Hi. i’m on my first week of P90X and looking at your results keeps me motivated to go all the way. (no homo)

  6. Josh /

    @CJ. Kenpo really doesn’t work the legs much. It’s a cardio workout, and it’s not going to hurt you to continue doing it while sore from Legs & Back.

  7. Josh /

    @Christian. Thanks man! Am I your coach? If not, you can make me your coach by clicking on this link and I’ll be here to help you through the program and answer any questions you may have.

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