Not getting sore anymore

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    Dec 04, 2011 9:42 AM GMT
    not getting sore from workouts from when I originally started working out.
    is this good or bad ? Don't know if I hit a plateau because I don't train the same muscles every time and yes I do add weights.
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    Dec 04, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    If your total work is increasing, then you're not at a plateau yet.

    Total work being defined as a combination of the amount of weight you're lifting, the number of reps you do (in total). Ideally, you would be comparing like with like (e.g. if you're lifting 3 sets of 10 reps with 135 pounds on a bench press and you add weight to complete 3 sets of 10 reps with 140 pounds, you're not plateauing) It's harder to gauge if you're varying your rep/set schemes (3 sets of 10 is not the same as 10 sets of 3)
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    Dec 04, 2011 4:39 PM GMT
    You may need to change your routine. I find that I stop getting sore very quickly. But I don't think it's necessarily an indicator of how well you are progressing. I can increase my weights without getting sore. I'm not sure why it happens.
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    Dec 05, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    I find that when I look for ways to increase muscle confusion I start getting sore again for a while. For example, I did presses on the machine for a while. I switched it up to doing dumbbell presses and got sore.

    I don't think that not getting sore necessarily means you're not making progress, but it does mean your muscles are adapting, so your progress slows.
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    Dec 05, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    Switch up the order you normally work parts of your body out, differ the intensity (low weight high reps vs. high weight low reps) and also incorporate or substitute other exercises to keep your muscles guessing and growing. In sum, change the order, vary intensity, and substitute old for new exercises.

    Hope this helps!
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    Dec 05, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    coolstorybrolol saidnot getting sore from workouts from when I originally started working out.
    is this good or bad ? Don't know if I hit a plateau because I don't train the same muscles every time and yes I do add weights.


    I don't think you necessarily have to be completely sore after every single workout to make progress. As long as you're adding weight to your lifts with good form, you're on the right track.
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    Dec 05, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    I saw my biggest gains when I stopped getting sore for some reason.
    I was extremely worried thinking because I wasn't sore that means I'm not going to get bigger, right? Nope. It matters more for the results rather than the soreness.
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    Dec 06, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    thanks everyone. Just worried because when I started this whole thing I was always sore, now it's just whatever. I have been doing muscle confusion but obviously it's not working, not unless you recommend a different routine icon_lol.gif