If my muscles aren't sore or aching after a workout, have I wasted my time?

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    May 11, 2014 10:53 PM GMT
    I worked out my arms today. At the time, my left arms felt pumped, but my right arm not quite so pumped.

    Its been 2 hours now, and I feel as if I haven't worked out at all! I'm just as I was before.

    Have I wasted my time if I'm not swollen, or in pain?
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    May 11, 2014 10:57 PM GMT
    It depends. Did you exercise your arms to failure?
    Also, the soreness may onset within 24 hours.
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    May 11, 2014 11:12 PM GMT
    I'm not sure.
    The first time I worked out, I was told I worked too many muscle groups at one time. The next day, I could barely move.

    This time I have been more selective, but don't think I will the workout will even be remember tomorrow.

    It's confusing me now. Should I lift a crazy heavy weight just a few times, or a not quite so heavy weight many times?

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    May 11, 2014 11:17 PM GMT
    Tom8521 saidI'm not sure.
    The first time I worked out, I was told I worked too many muscle groups at one time. The next day, I could barely move.

    This time I have been more selective, but don't think I will the workout will even be remember tomorrow.

    It's confusing me now. Should I lift a crazy heavy weight just a few times, or a not quite so heavy weight many times?



    It really depends upon what your workout goals are.

    I tend towards fitness, sustainable strength, and form. Some people seek bulk, burst strength, and other goals.

    I tend to work out to failure and generally enjoy "delayed onset muscle soreness" (DOMS). I like just enough ache to let me know that I had a great workout. I don't want the kind of ache which results from overworking or injuring any muscle.

    Don't forget to work core. Don't forget to stretch both before and after your workout.
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    May 11, 2014 11:41 PM GMT
    I'm getting annoyed with myself now.
    I have just got the barbell and lifted it as many times as I could as quick as I could.

    It has the same weight as usual, but I seemed to be working more on adrenaline.

    I didn't think I could make it to 30 reps... but then I got to 35... 40... 50... finally, I stopped at 60... struggling.

    (I normally do 10, but very slowly to ensure correct form)

    My arms feel pumped, but I still don't hold out much hope of my arms hurting tomorrow.

    We shall see...
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    May 12, 2014 12:24 AM GMT
    Soreness is not a measure of progress.
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    May 12, 2014 6:04 PM GMT
    But surely soreness indicates that you have broken your muscles and they are being rebuilt.

    PS: Today, after yesterdays 'madness' my arms have a very mild ache.
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    May 12, 2014 7:22 PM GMT
    You should never be sore the day of, that would mean you did something wrong. However you could feel pumped and swollen, but not always.

    and as far as sores, DOMS usually doesn't set in til 48 hours later.
  • buddycat

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    May 15, 2014 10:41 PM GMT
    Hmm I thought you look for the "burn" while working out and not for soreness afterward. My lower back was sore due to dead lifts so I am taking a break from those.
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    May 23, 2014 10:41 PM GMT
    I worked my lower body 2 days ago, the day of I felt nothing, the day after I felt some soreness, but today my legs felt like jello and I feel like I can hardly walk so I guess it just depends sometimes the soreness can set in a day after or two or at least that's what it did with me
  • The_Guruburu

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    May 24, 2014 12:24 AM GMT
    silver_bullet said
    Tom8521 saidI'm getting annoyed with myself now.
    I have just got the barbell and lifted it as many times as I could as quick as I could.

    It has the same weight as usual, but I seemed to be working more on adrenaline.

    I didn't think I could make it to 30 reps... but then I got to 35... 40... 50... finally, I stopped at 60... struggling.

    (I normally do 10, but very slowly to ensure correct form)

    My arms feel pumped, but I still don't hold out much hope of my arms hurting tomorrow.

    We shall see...


    60 reps? That is bullshit, you may as well join the girls in the zumba class prancing around to "Living the La Vida".

    Lift heavy - squats, deadlifts, bench press etc, rep range 1 to 5

    Do Staring Strength program or similar.

    If you don't want to do that, you may be a woman trapped in a man's( seriously neglected ) body and should seek hormonal treatment to enable your "transition".

    lol
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    May 24, 2014 6:12 PM GMT
    Tom8521 saidIf my muscles aren't sore or aching after a workout, have I wasted my time?
    Not nearly as much as the fat guy who sits on the couch watching reruns all day.
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    Jun 01, 2014 6:41 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Tom8521 saidIf my muscles aren't sore or aching after a workout, have I wasted my time?
    Not nearly as much as the fat guy who sits on the couch watching reruns all day.


    True. I work out 5 days per week and while I hit the weights fairly hard, I don't exercise to failure. I have quite a physically active job and I can't afford to get injured or spend all of the next day recovering.
  • Yoganidrasana

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    Jun 18, 2014 1:56 AM GMT
    I lift to failure just about everyday, and I workout twice a day (one cardio/yoga workout and one lifting session), and I almost never get DOMS or really any soreness. I take creatine, fish oil and protein, and I have naturally high pain tolerance, which may explain my lack of soreness. I do however see gains in strength and size at a normal rate. I don't think that muscle soreness is always a good indicator of a successful workout, often enough it could mean you pulled something or didn't stretch properly afterward.

    Pain and gain, although related, are not directly correlated.