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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I started doing squats and crossfit 2 weeks ago and my quads are super sore.

Should I continue working out and just try to work out the soreness or should I stop.

I've been active for about 3 days a week and my quads are painful.
post #2 of 16
This is normal. If you haven't worked the muscle before your body isn't used to it so it takes longer to repair the muscles. Eat lots of protein and carbs to recover quicker. But don't workout if you're sore. It defeats the purpose of tearing your muscles and repairing them stronger. The most important part is repairing your muscles before you tear them again. Don't workout until the soreness goes away. Then cycle and repeat.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by IDirector View Post
I started doing squats and crossfit 2 weeks ago and my quads are super sore.

Should I continue working out and just try to work out the soreness or should I stop.

I've been active for about 3 days a week and my quads are painful.

If it gets in the way of exercising, let the soreness subside.
post #4 of 16
Don't stop because when you go back to them in the future you're going to go through that super-soarness all over again - just ease into it. Squat, take a week off, and squat again. The level of soarness will diminish but it will never go away - especially with squats which is such a taxing exercise that even one set done right can give a level of soreness that no other single exercise for a body part can do. That's why squat racks tend to be empty in gyms.

edit: I thought you were asking whether you should drop the squats alltogether not work through the pain.
post #5 of 16
Unless soreness prevents you frm doing them right I think you should just et through it. Eventually soreness always goes down.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by IDirector View Post
I started doing squats and crossfit 2 weeks ago and my quads are super sore.

Should I continue working out and just try to work out the soreness or should I stop.

I've been active for about 3 days a week and my quads are painful.

It depends on what is soreness to you.

If its so sore, you feel aches when you sit down much less run, unable to walk properly, you should rest before exercising again. If it just aches a bit, you still can do your squats and crossfit but I wouldn't
post #7 of 16
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haha I was just wondering if that was really him
post #9 of 16
If you stretch after working the muscle the soreness with be much less significant afterwards.
post #10 of 16
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post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by IDirector View Post
I started doing squats and crossfit 2 weeks ago and my quads are super sore.

Should I continue working out and just try to work out the soreness or should I stop.

I've been active for about 3 days a week and my quads are painful.

If I'm not sore after a leg workout, then I assume that I didn't work hard enough. It gets more manageable as you do the workouts regularly.

That said, are you doing squats 3x a week? That sounds a bit extreme - unless you're training for a sport or event.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post
If I'm not sore after a leg workout, then I assume that I didn't work hard enough. It gets more manageable as you do the workouts regularly.

That said, are you doing squats 3x a week? That sounds a bit extreme - unless you're training for a sport or event.

I have the same sentiment. My workouts are measured by how sore is that muscle after workout and of course how much more I am lifting and how many more reps I am lifting than before.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm not doing pure squats with weights.

Tabata and air squats...It's much more aerobic.

Do you think this could be strained quads, rather than sore?
post #14 of 16
Tabata squats will rip you apart, in fact tabata anything will rip you apart. You should really ease into stuff like that, ESPECIALLY Crossfit. I took about 4 months off of crossfit after doing it for about a year and a half, and I couldn't move for a week. Really, take your time and don't be in a rush to do this stuff.

If you want to keep doing tabatas try doing only 4 rounds instead of 8, and do this a couple times and then move into the full 8 rounds. And no it's more than likely not a strained quad, just really sore.
post #15 of 16
I had the problem with sore quads for a while until I realized my form was bad. I was putting my weight on the front of my feet towards my toes which put the focus on my quads. The proper way is to put all the weight in your heels and push up from there, which will hit your hamstrings and back much more and quads less. Essentially, you are doing front squats rather than back squats. Not a bad thing, but you may be neglecting your hams and having your quads do all the work.

Of course I'm talking about weighted squats but you may want to try that with your bodyweight squats and see what happens.

Now, since changing my form, my quads are still pretty damn sore after a squat workout, but nothing like it used to be where I was laid out for a week from doing leg work.
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