Training hard and heavy, day in and day out, is very taxing on the body.
Walking around with aches and pains is not uncommon for bodybuilders or even regular gym goers.
Each time you workout, you are literally tearing muscle fiber and it isn’t the most pleasant feeling in the world.
There is a definite pain threshold where it can be very difficult to persevere through a workout and get those last few reps out.
This pain is why a lot of individuals have turned to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
NSAIDs work by systemically reducing pain and inflammation in the body.
Essentially, they numb you to the pain that you would otherwise be feeling if you had not taken them.
Turning to NSAIDs was once thought to be a good strategy to break through the pain threshold and induce growth. But recently it has started to become a questionable practice.
In general, abusing NSAIDs is a bad idea as you can become dependent on them. They can also have an opposite effect on muscle growth.
The way a muscle grows is you create micro tears during training, eat a diet with sufficient calories and macronutrients to repair those tears, and the muscle adapts to the workload by becoming stronger and bigger.
The other mechanism by which a muscle grows is inflammation.
The muscle undergoes slight inflammation after a workout session, and this inflammation is what stimulates your muscle to adapt and grow.
By taking NSAIDs on a regular basis, you are reducing the inflammation that is necessary to trigger new growth, consequently inhibiting your muscle growth potential.