I just started boxing. I've been 3 times so far. Great workout! The last time I went was Monday and there is a practice today (Wednesday). So 2 days. I find today that I'm sore. Specifically sore in the rib area (sides and front). Or above the stomach if you prefer. Not sure of the name but looks like internal and external obliques from a diagram I saw and perhaps latimus dorsi.
My specific questions are:
Is it normal to get sore here given that I was not hit here? The practice consisted of lots of punching (air, bags, training mitts), sit-ups, but no sparing. Also, curiously (to me), I did not feel particularly sore Monday night after practice, but rather Tuesday night and now (Wednesday morning).
Should I go to boxing practice today even though I'm sore? The fun part of my brain says "go for it", the intelligent part (what little there is) says "better hold off for a few days". Practice is tonight at 6 p.m.
(Bonus question) Anything to do to prevent and/or help with soreness in these areas?