hmmmmmm..... I may not be doing this right...

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    Jan 27, 2009 10:48 PM GMT
    So last week was my first time starting incline blench press and incline fly. what i do is 40lbs dumbbells for the press and 20lbs dumbbells for the fly (i could prolly do 30lbs but I don't have those). So anyway, the first time i did the exercise was last Monday(each with 3 sets of 12) and the front of my shoulder's were sore for the next 4 days. They were so sore that I could hardly reach up or behind myself without them hurting pretty bad. I'm fine now though.

    Ok now I just did the same 2 exercises with the same sets and reps earlier today, but this time I'm not feeling anything. I feel like I didn't even to the exercise at all! Am I missing something? should i do more sets and/or reps(i don't have any heavier weight right now)? Why is it that I'm not one bit sore compared to last week? Should I be concerned?
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    Jan 27, 2009 11:59 PM GMT
    Soreness is not an indication of progress.
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    Jan 28, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
    oh really? i see then... hmmm...
  • gumbosolo

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    Jan 28, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    He's right. Gauge during the exercise how hard it is for you to finish a set-- there's your measure of progress.
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    Jan 28, 2009 3:40 AM GMT
    Your muscles were initially sore because your body wasn't used to performing the exercise. You'll probably get sore again when you work up to a higher dumbbell weight. Just be sure to use proper form.

    If you want to know whether or not you're doing it right, then check the mirror after you're done with your set. Most people think pumping in front of a mirror is vain and conceited. It's not. If you just finished a set of incline bench presses and you notice that your triceps are pumped but not your pecs, then you're doing it wrong. Focus on proper form and "feel" the muscles being exercised.
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    Jan 28, 2009 4:00 AM GMT
    ok I understand. thank you very much. both of you