Yes, I found the same thing with stretching, it does help. But the main reason it hurts so much is you're making your muscles do new things, they kind of go WTF! I used to be a bit of a body pump queen, but after 7 months of being sedentary (thank you so much, Uni!
) my first pump class back with seriously NO weight on the bar... OMG I couldn't walk without wincing for days. But now, after a couple of weeks of getting back into it, I only have a small bit or of soreness, and it only lasts a day if that.
Keep at it, you will feel so much stronger! And the pain won't be so bad forever, it will get easier! Even push ups get easy after a while (or so I've been told
Also ali: yes, that's definitely the right word, but spelled "wane" -- a "wain" is a wagon! But only big geeks like me would notice...