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Are Sore Muscles Growing?

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You hit the gym for the first time forever and now you can barely move... that means you're getting totally ripped, right? Maybe! Find out on this week's QQ! Hosted by: Hank Green ---------- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters -- we couldn't make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Ove, Accalia Elementia, Kathy & Tim Philip, Kevin Bealer, Justin Lentz, Fatima Iqbal, Linnea Boyev, Tomasz Jonarski, Chris Peters, Philippe von Bergen, Will and Sonja Marple, and Mark Terrio-Cameron. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow ---------- Sources:
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Text Comments (1183)
Default Commenter (24 days ago)
Muscle Soreness Makes You Stronger. Alot stronger Arm wrestle someone of your strength before and after soreness see the difference thanks me later 😃
K S (30 days ago)
Where's Muscle Hank in this comment thread?!
Nathaniel Villarreal (1 month ago)
Literally answered nothing
belleon_xanioo (1 month ago)
Another skinny mf teying to explain why can't grow
Levelonesucks (1 month ago)
I hope I never stop feeling sore because I love it
horse14t (1 month ago)
Can you do a video on Growing Pains? Please?
Azmeer Vlogs (2 months ago)
You have no muscle actually
Gabriel Álvarez (2 months ago)
Nociceptors aren't a thing by they own, they are just any receptor that's been overstimulated 'til it reached the threshold of pain. This is a misconception I've seen in a lot of SciShow videos.
Alberto Portugal (4 months ago)
Hank told me to get swole. Gentlemen, I’m erect as a floorbord
Nate “209” Diaz (4 months ago)
Just fap bro.
Matthew M (4 months ago)
An I don't know...
Happy Meme (4 months ago)
So no pain no gain? Heard that so much times
tristan ferencevic (4 months ago)
swimming works to
Utaha - Senpai (4 months ago)
ThNks im building muscle jw
casper (5 months ago)
Haw does this guy know so much about working out he looks like he has not been there for years
spider flames7 (5 months ago)
You gain muscle by working out they rip repair they get bigger stronger and Bulker and when tou work out agian do it for a little longer since your muscles are stronger
mr noir (5 months ago)
We need number 2 Chapter
mr noir (5 months ago)
Come on sci show i love you guys but 100%gains i can tell alot!!!
Aaron (5 months ago)
jm gt (6 months ago)
Iv been makin all kinds of gains all KINDS
Crepper G (6 months ago)
Get swole
Jacques Owlet (6 months ago)
Revenge is best served SWOLE.
hawk 5 (7 months ago)
That caption "get swole bro" made me laugh so hard I gained a six pack 0.o lol
Tequila Mockingbird (7 months ago)
So your answer is..... maybe?
Justin Mahabir (8 months ago)
can masturbation in teens stunt growth? make a vid about it :)
Danae Christodoulou (8 months ago)
Why do we complain?
Bacon Boi (9 months ago)
I'm 12 and sore
diana guzhnay (9 months ago)
My ass hurts 😂
DAJJAL-KILLER (9 months ago)
crash course
Jeffrey Salvador (9 months ago)
Get swole bro lol
k calhoun (10 months ago)
Swole is the goal size is the prize
ema cetusic jakopovic (11 months ago)
This has made me uncomfortable
Nagg Ash (11 months ago)
Yes they do, they are sore because you've exercised them, hence they are growing. Doesn't mean the more sore the more growth tho'.
_pudu (11 months ago)
Hey someone ask a question on patreon for me, what happens if you excercise a lot but don't eat healthy (or any protein) will your muscles break down?
colin Paterson (1 year ago)
What about anaerobic respiration?
Inter Milan (1 year ago)
yokoshemp (1 year ago)
At first probably. At first it means you worked hard enough to stimulate growth. After some years it is just pain and there will be no growth of the main muscle. There may be some growth in the supporting muscle groups. I work machining steel and move thousands of pounds per day and have for years. I'm not the Hulk but have more muscle than I want.. and more fat. In my youth I lifted weights, mostly dumbells, and put on more muscle mass than I now want. The extra weight is hard on my knees and hips.
Daniel Welch (1 year ago)
you are completely wrong. you can't feel micro tears. the soreness is inflamed fascia
My biceps hurt so much ..i can't even move my arm
tec9 maister (1 year ago)
why this skinny motherfcker gives advices on muscles? pathetic
Steven Neice (1 year ago)
I don't normally comment on these. really good video. great work
Rock Balancer (1 year ago)
Yooh Saud (1 year ago)
I exercised and then my arm started hurting what is happening
Bobby Harper (1 year ago)
You need to take breaks from the exercise but sore muscles only remind me I've goofed off too long.
Joshua Fairbanks (1 year ago)
Just the way you phrase some of these video titles makes me immediately think "no!" Haven't even watched yet.
jeff brownell (1 year ago)
love it.
Brandon (1 year ago)
Do you even lift, SciShow? No pain no gain, brah. Get shredded.
S.S .A (1 year ago)
:50 shows the importance of putting weights down properly
Tagger Tag (1 year ago)
Looks like the presentor could do with some push ups now and again.
adam shah (1 year ago)
So why doesn't more pain=more gain?
El Kovido (1 year ago)
shock the muscle babe
Jason Michael (1 year ago)
The gym is a waste. try running, use knee brace. most of u dont need to get swole, u need to lose weight, ur fatness brings shame to usa. go run til u vomit, walk it off.
Pant Ero (1 year ago)
you have no idea. go home. play games
dj69918 (1 year ago)
Diet also affects this. I got much less muscle soreness after I started eating healthier.
Dubsmash Asim (1 year ago)
petri petri
They do get slightly stronger and bigger, I started to work out 4 months ago and i have been sore most of the time and I have see rapid growth of muscles.
NoVaKane (1 year ago)
how is it like your muscles want you going back to the gym?they just adapt it all. that's like saying since your metabolism slows when you don't eat them you body likes it when you don't eat... like what?
just4fun620 (1 year ago)
It's not inflammation, it's the feeling of getting swole.
Justin Honeck (1 year ago)
Did you even answer the question the entire video was about or are u sticking with maybe?
Ainat (1 year ago)
That sound dangerous. I shouldn't workout.. you know, for safety reasons.
Tharpa Roberts (1 year ago)
I like how he asks a question in the title of the video, and then briefly answers it with "We don't know" somewhere in the course of the video, and the video is not really about that question at all.
TheDiamond Gaurd (1 year ago)
Cool vid. but you didn't really answer your question.
Stephen Sparks (1 year ago)
"More pain does not mean more gain" yet when there is no pain there is no gain. And when you get used to it and don't get sore, your workout does not get easier as you add more weight. You should always be a bit sore after your workout because that's how you know it's working. If you aren't getting sore, you aren't gaining more muscle, you are merely maintaining it. For science, this isn't containing all aspects of science. Create theory, test theory, adjust theory, test again, and so on until you have definitive proof and then you do the conclusion.
Pat Theman (1 year ago)
so is this saying that the negative range of motion is not significantly beneficial?
Primage // Primee (1 year ago)
Question: can people who leak protein in their urine due to kidney disease still grow muscle?
this is a load of bs lmao. pussys cant stand liftin weights smh haha
newton9837 (1 year ago)
Muscle growth is signaled by pgf2a, an inflamatory prostaglandin. This is likely caused by the release of precursors (arachadonic acid etc.) due to the micro traumas. Interestingly enough NSAIDS, which interfere with vaious prostaglandin synthesis broadly, have little effect on DOMS but has been shown to inhibit hypertrophy. I think this suggests that DOMS is not related directly to prostaglandin induced inflamation response but has another, as yet unknown cause.
blackcatooow (1 year ago)
Bad video with no answer. Wtf you time wasters
Lizzy Em (1 year ago)
If I can't do running or jumping roping more,I get more tired and sore right?
Mexican cartel ! (1 year ago)
I stretch before during and after and I only get soreness the next day and it's not even that bad especially on leg day
Mexican cartel ! (1 year ago)
I do weight training and squats weighted lunges all sorts of waits traning
lamakicker69 (1 year ago)
When you first start lifting the muscle soreness is the WORST! I remember the first 3 weeks my biceps were so sore I couldn't even straighten my arms, the soreness does get easier though, it will still happen but much more manageable
lukas orvidas (1 year ago)
Thank you
Puddlepirate Yes (1 year ago)
Shut up nerd
Shmu'el (1 year ago)
In my oppinion sorenes caused by lactic acid causes no gains but sorenes coused by muscle damage by overloading does. The first is dumping byproducts in the muscles because they were brought out of their hibernation and the second is repairing damaged cells and toughening them up to be able to cope with the stress they were introduced to.
Why are there sore muscles around my anus?
Alex Gewecke (1 year ago)
I'm getting swole and uploading my journey to youtube!
omg I'm so sore I am laughing so hard every time I move an inch....
Hey Angelina (1 year ago)
I got sore muscles by carrying my heavy ass dog
John Doe (1 year ago)
My everything hurts
ASAP Mob (1 year ago)
lol he didint really answer the question 😂😂😂 he just talked about other shit and then said "maybe"
Harry Barry (1 year ago)
them GAIN ZZZZZZ... u can see them GANINNZZZ on this guy ?
Anonymous Mystery (1 year ago)
Yo, can do you guys do "the science of fast charging"?......thanks
Polymath (1 year ago)
i mean if i can go to the gym the next day and do the same shit without feeling sore doesn't that mean that im already stronger?
Nicholas Cuzzort (1 year ago)
The soreness in the muscle is the buildup of lactic acid... Not tears.
Jeff Smith (1 year ago)
xerphyz (1 year ago)
Our P.E teacher made us lift these heavy ass crates to certain teachers... The next day my muscles started hurting every time I touched them it hurt
Maximiliano Britez (1 year ago)
Got my wisdom teeth removed and I can't go to the gym yet :'c
joecugo (1 year ago)
This video could have been five seconds "we don't fucking know"
Peter2kx (1 year ago)
*clears throat* it's pronounced, "GAINZ".
gangstaberry2496 (1 year ago)
Sources?? Come on SciShow...
nacha laica (1 year ago)
terrible vid.. I didnt learn shit. barely any information and video short asf disliked
south side (1 year ago)
i feel as if im not sore after a workout it was unsuccessful
Calin Pavelia (1 year ago)
south side if you don't feel sore anymore after repeated exercises then your body adjusted to withstand with ease to the current exercise/s. You want to shock your body to make constant muscle tissue. At least that's how it works to me. I'm an ectomorph
William May (1 year ago)
This type of science is out of his area of expertise. You should look up someone that's an actual expert in this area like Ben Pak , Dr.Lane Norton or Dr. Jacob Wilson. Your not going to be an expert in this area just by Googling a few science articles.
Ty M (1 year ago)
has this guy EVER hit the gym??
Brad Lamb (2 years ago)
Creatine and fap
The Red Panda (2 years ago)
Can you please do an episode on protein? Idk if I'm eating enough and is there such a thing as protein deficiency? There's so much information out there but scishow is a source I really trust.
nick james (1 year ago)
you can absolutely be protein deficient. My brother was having very bad pains in his testicles and thought is was cancer or something. he went to the doctor and they said his protein was too low. I think you would have to have a really bad diet to be protein deficient.
The Red Panda (1 year ago)
But thanks anyways. 😊
The Red Panda (1 year ago)
I meant eating protein. I eat fine. But I don't know if I'm eating enough protein.
Calin Pavelia (1 year ago)
Panda Rojo don't starve yourself, eat often but little. If you don't feel hungry then don't eat and viceversa. Key is balance
michael douglas (2 years ago)
It has been proven beyond doubt in body building and martial art circle. The muscle soreness will be remedied with steroid which can let you train again faster as the muscle is beefed up with supplement protein. Thai boxer purposely bruised their leg bone and muscle against sandbag everyday so it has a strength and hardness that is beyond normal.
Dustin Ashley (1 year ago)
First of all, the body only needs a percentage of roughly 15% of your diet to consist of protein. More protein won't help, as it will be passed on as waste. So consuming large amounts of protein just makes it more interesting while you're on the can. Second, the process of damaging the body to make it stronger is known as Wolff's Law and Davis's Law. Both laws respectively pertain to applying certain stresses to bones and soft tissues to create microfractures and small tears. These damages will be repaired with the ability to withstand the stresses, which is how weightlifting builds muscle while making the bones denser. However, like with the protein more is not better. High stresses will create more significant damage, thus take longer to repair. This slows down the process and renders it all a moot point.
Michael (2 years ago)
should have skipped leg day..
DN KrYpT0nItE (2 years ago)
Lmao "get swole bro"
beepIL (2 years ago)
I always imagined the damage to the muscle will be healed with "extra", much like you get for broken bones, they break, but when they mend they are stronger with more thick connections in the bone structure.
Leon Greig (2 years ago)
eccentric contractions have been shown to generate greater amounts of force, the mechanism for that isn't entirely understood either. however, what that means is that utilising these eccentric contractions during your exercise will induce mechanical tension and damage, with growth alongside this. you also have to consider the neural adaptations. For example, you can lift a weight one week and it may seem easier the next, you may not have any additional muscle fibre diameter but infact body learns to recruit more motor units and hence fibres

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