Is Post-Workout Soreness Essential for Progress?

klean athlete stretching post workout

We’ve all heard of the age-old saying, “no pain, no gain” – but do we really need to feel sore after every workout? We’re here to help you discover whether post-workout soreness (also known as DOMS) is essential to help you progress and achieve your fitness goals.

What Does DOMS Stand for?

If you didn’t already know, DOMS stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. The acronym is often thrown around in the world of sports and exercise, but do we need to experience this soreness after exercising?

No Pain, No Gain: True or False?

It’s worth noting that if you don’t feel muscle soreness after a workout session, it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t worth it. Sometimes, your sessions might not be as intense as others, and not feeling post-workout soreness is perfectly okay.

klean athlete recovering post workout

However, when you do experience muscle soreness post-workout, there is good reason for this. It might sound a bit dramatic, but you’ll get small tears in your muscles resulting in the soreness you feel.

It often happens when you change up your exercise routine, try something new or increase the intensity or weight. Your muscles will continue to work hard after a workout to repair the small tears and mild inflammation, encouraging your muscles to regenerate and grow – which in turn conditions your muscles for repeat or more intense workouts.

Help your muscles recover quicker with the help of post-workout supplements, such as our Klean Recovery powder. It contains essential amino acids such as methionine, histidine and arginine that assist with muscle building and nitrogen balance. This post-workout supplement has the perfect balance of carbohydrates to protein, supporting glycogen re-synthesis and muscle protein synthesis immediately after your workout.‡

Along with post-workout supplements, you can also consider upping your post-workout meal game. Check out our best post-workout recipes and ideas here:

Our Best Post-Workout Recipes


Our Best Post-Workout Recipes

Try these delicious post-workout recipes, from protein smoothies to a well-deserved mocktail.

2021-09-19 15:32:50By Klean Athlete

Post-Workout Supplements for Soreness

If you’re experiencing pain after a workout, this is different to muscle soreness or the ache you feel post-exercise. Remember not to push yourself through any unbearable pain, as this is most likely a result of muscle strain or injury.

Make sure to stretch properly before and after your workouts and stay hydrated too. Use a fluid and electrolyte replacement powder like Klean Hydration in your drink to ensure you’re getting optimal hydration before, during, and after your workout.‡

You could also consider taking Klean Joint & Muscle supplements to support muscle recovery and joint health. The plant-based formula has been designed to provide your body with the key nutrients it needs to power through consistent workouts and make sure your muscles and joints are ready to go again tomorrow.‡

Prepare your body for the best post-workout recovery with our ultimate guide to staying hydrated:

The Ultimate Guide to Hydrating Your Body


The Ultimate Guide to Hydrating Your Body

Discover the importance of proper hydration during exercise.

2020-10-01 09:41:28By Klean Athlete

‡These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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