Can delayed onset muscle soreness be avoided?

Vicky Ware assesses whether delayed onset muscle soreness is an avoidable part of training

We’ve all been there: yesterday you rode an especially tough session, and today you’re barely able to walk, such is the severity of the aches. I remember one painful day after a strength training session: my entire body hurt so much I was doubtful I’d be able to get out of bed.

Does this pain mean we’ve done too much, or is it just an unpleasant part of training that we have to learn to accept?

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