arm pain workoutThere’s no question that when you get started with your dip exercises (here’s a great video showing you how to do them properly), your body is going to be hurting, sore, painful…you name it, you’re going to be feeling it.

What you probably weren’t aware of is that there is actually an official name for that soreness: delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS for short. You’ll usually feel DOMS the next day, and it will often get worse on the second day.

Watch out for DOMS, as it can seriously knock your training program to the sidelines. Even after one workout it can be enough to be almost crippling, which nobody wants, right? Going to the extreme, there are rare cases where pain has been ongoing for some TWO WEEKS after exercising, but obviously, that’s way too long, and a trip to the doctor is probably a good idea.

So, how do you avoid DOMS and those sore chest / tricep muscles?

To avoid DOMS, when you first start training (or when you re-start your training after a long break), start light (with a lighter weight, doing fewer reps/sets), and only then gradually increase the workload over time.

The bigger question is…how sore is too sore? Well, to be honest, if you’re struggling with pain that you have to bail on your next session, then that’s too sore…