There are times, if you’re lucky, when you meet someone who challenges and reshapes how you think about a closely held belief. Twenty-five years ago, meeting Robert Francis was such a time for me–a true mentor, he taught me to look at exercise in a completely new way.
Robert Francis—exercise historian, spinal rehabilitation specialist, machine designer and master exercise instructor–has been working in the field of exercise since 1981. A milestone of my career was when, eighteen years after I met him, Robert agreed to be an instructor at InForm Fitness, the company I founded due to his influence.
And now, Robert, a fount of information, joins me for the first of a series of podcast episodes where I pick his brain on a variety of interesting topics. Our first episode, Touching on a Sore(ness) Subject, we delve into the misunderstood and controversial topic of muscle soreness.
- Is soreness necessary for strength gains? And if so, do you need constant variation and routine changes to consistently get sore and see progress?
- What is, ‘The motor learning mirage’
- What causes muscle soreness?
- Why some muscle groups get sore and others don’t.
- How sore is sore enough–Macro trauma vs. micro trauma.
We digress into a discussion on the knee extension machine and if going to full extension is safe? And we touch on why, in many cases, there is no substitute for a well-designed machine.
While it’s understood that muscle soreness is, generally, a good thing, we wrap up this episode discussing ways you can mitigate muscle soreness such as getting good sleep, staying hydrated, taking contrast baths, and eating well.
We would love to hear from you with your questions, comments & show ideas…