Soreness from the gym. When is it enough?

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    May 10, 2009 6:17 PM GMT
    So I have been starting to go to the gym again "24 hour fitness gym" and I still am not sure how to tell if I am doing enough. I can work out till I am very sore, but I feel like I cant even work out the next day. However, when I dont work out that hard I am worried that I am not going to get any gains from the workout. So if you are not sore than was it not hard enough?
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    May 11, 2009 12:53 AM GMT
    Soreness is not necessarily an indication of progress.

    If you don't notice any results after a while, then you probably need to modify your workout routine.
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    May 11, 2009 1:41 AM GMT
    If ur sore, it means stop & rest icon_eek.gif don't over-kill bro. icon_lol.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    May 11, 2009 1:49 AM GMT
    I agree. Pain is not an indication of muscle growth. That "no pain no gain" thing from the 80's was all B.S. Pain is the body's was of telling you there's a threat to it.

    When you start working out, you'll experience some stiffness and soreness the next day, but that should diminish with each workout.

    Once you're beyond that period, pain means you've done something wrong and injured yourself, especially if the pain is in a joint.

    That's my advice for an 18 year old. For anyone who remembers the 80's, your progress is going to be even slower. The older you are, the less quickly you recover from your workouts, and the longer it takes to see results.

  • jlly_rnchr

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    May 11, 2009 2:02 AM GMT
    I'm no huge guy, but I stand by my assumption that when you go the gym, you should follow your workout schedule/routine. Not keep going and going and going until you can't lift your arms. That doesn't seem smart.

    I follow a routine for my every-other-day workouts, and I'll had a new element every couple weeks. But I try not to overdo it, and I usually do no stray from it, even if I feel like I have a lot more energy left or my arms don't feel like they're going to fall off.
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    May 11, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    this whole idea that you have to workout until your sore is utter stupidity, it was started by stupid people because it was the only way stupid people could get attention.

    Your not looking to be sore, your looking to be fatigued, your muscles shouldn't scream because you scratched your balls, they should feel weak, used, workouted, they should feel like you have done a lot to them, but not sore.

    Best way, after workout your chest, sit down in a chair with arms and get comfy for say 20 minutes, then get up, using your arms to help push you outta the chair, if your chest feels tired, ie, you feel some effort in your chest muscles from helping push your self up, but you don't actually feel sore, then you've reached your goal.

    If you push beyond that and you feel sore, not just tired, you've gone a little to far. It takes a while to distinguish between the two but when you hit the right fatigue you'll know it because it'll feel right.

    anywho, thats the way I think of it and from my own research that's the conclusion I've come too and it seems to be working for me