Do DOMS Mean Bigger GAINS?
After the cautious walk down the stairs leaving the gym after a massive leg day, we’ve all experienced the love/hate cycle of performing basic tasks the day after, or even the day after the day after leg day. We’ve seen all the memes online so is it really true? Do DOMS really mean bigger muscle? Short answer is - NO. A recent article by Brad Schoenfeld from the Strength and Conditioning Journal examined exactly this idea. For the reason of our discussion on DOMS, we’re most concerned with number three, muscle damage, as there is a strong connection between DOMS and exercise-induced muscle damage. And for brevity’s sake, we’re going to simplify this explanation.