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Is it possible to feel muscle atrophy?(5 posts)

Is it possible to feel muscle atrophy?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 24, 2002 10:34 AM
Its been said that muscles atrophy after not being put under a heavy load for about 7-10 days. Is it possible to feel this atrophy as almost soreness?

Nick
PodiumBound.ca
Not sure what you're feeling, but I know what you meanSilverback
Dec 18, 2002 2:01 PM
I doubt (based on limited reading and no actual knowledge...) that we're actually feeling the atrophy, but I know what you mean. When I'm not able to work out for a week or so, I often feel stiff or sore. Stretching helps, and you can do it in a motel room or even on an airplane. If it's any consolation, the older you get, the sooner it seems to kick in and the worse it is. I used to be able to take two weeks off and resume at nearly my earlier level. Now I have to work my way back.
NoWalter
Dec 24, 2002 1:13 PM
Unfortunately I have the experience to answer this question. A motorcycle accident resulted in a severe brachial plexus injury that paralyzed my left arm. Obviously I lost alot of muscle but didn't feel it wasting away. It's just something you notice all of a sudden. I'm not so sure of the 7-10 day timeframe. I squat 1X a week and even in my late 30s am making progress so I don't think I'm fighting atrophy in legsa or hips.
Yeah, right. Sorta like...Breakfast
Dec 24, 2002 2:57 PM
...drinking a protein shake after a workout and feeling your muscles grow. LOL!!

Protein, protein, protein. Gotta have that protein! Else my muscles gonna deflate. The all-american nutritional myth and it's supporting player, that carbs make you fat. Sorry, got off on a tangent there.

What you are feeling (or, imagining) is not atrophy of muscle cells, but it could be related more to just not getting the general sense of well-being from vigorous activity.
Protein shakes.... I believe in themPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 24, 2002 10:29 PM
I believe if your 1) working out properly and 2) working out at a high intensity you need protein shakes. I do a hypertrophy training phase where I practically cannot stop eating because my metabolism is so revved up and my muscles are ripped to schreds.

But of course theres the guys who work out... do a couple hard sets and take a protein shake expecting to get big. The people who when they see me drinking a protein shake make fun of me. Oh well...

Merry Christmas,
Nick
PodiumBound.ca