Calf Pain-Normal or too much?

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    Calf Pain-Normal or too much?

    Hi all!

    I am just starting the Cardio Trim program and want to know if the calf pain I’m experiencing is normal or I’ve overworked myself.

    Let me give a little background. I used to be very into fitness a few years back, but I lost motivation for a while. I’ve been sore from workouts in the past, but normally it’s just like an “achey” feeling. I just started the 30 day Cardio Trim. After day one, I woke up sore. It hurt to stand and start walking, but after a little while, I adjusted to the pain. I did make one mistake of not stretching however. Day two workout came around. I made sure to stretch a bit before, during in after. I woke up today in worse pain then the day prior. Standing up hurts, walking hurts, and the pain doesn’t seem to subside. It’s not to a point where I feel like I can’t move, but it is definitely uncomfortable. I plan on taking part of day 3 off and only doing the ab portion, but I’m going for a hike tomorrow. I’m curious as to whether this seems to be like I’m overworked, or simply normal when getting back into fitness.

    I plan to continue stretching and roll my calves, but any other advice or feedback would be appreciated!

    Hi there welcome

    I suspect your sore came from the jumping jacks on day one. I know a lot of the jumping motions use the calves. I remember waking up with them in the absolute worst pain ever after day-one-5-minute rope jumping on the previous day.

    It's likey DOMS in your case. I usually don't do anything about it if that happens to me. What works for me is simply doing the same exercise. You might take rest but you can also try doing some light workouts that involve the same muscle (calves). Or try bathing your lower legs in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes for a day or several, which is what I do sometimes.

    I don't think you need to worry about it too much, but I am no expert, and I would love to hear what others have on this topic.


      lyssamack ... this sort of pain - DOMS - is why we often advocate starting off slowly. Often with the Foundation Program.
      'Cuz people encounter Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and get discouraged.

      Still, welcome to The Hive, the social side of DareBee.


        I thinkt you overdid! But it will go away! I am in a similar position right now. Roll, stretch, walk, heat... do what feels good.


          Originally posted by lyssamack View Post
          I’m curious as to whether this seems to be like I’m overworked, or simply normal when getting back into fitness.
          You are experiencing the couple: high knees + jumping jack = calf pain for days
          Perhaps you can modify certain exercises until the pain passes: high knees > march step, jumping jack > step jack

          When happen to me I keep going, I modify exercises till I can do my train normally but only you know what is best for you if keep going or total rest