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... am I doing something wrong if I'm not sore after my workouts anymore?
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
... am I doing something wrong if I'm not sore after my workouts anymore?

G - the most basic question is "what do you want to achieve?"


if you don't want to encrease you ability to "X" then why should you be sore? you can go for the rest of your life maintaining a good and healthy level.
 

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Originally Posted by globetrotter
G - the most basic question is "what do you want to achieve?"


if you don't want to encrease you ability to "X" then why should you be sore? you can go for the rest of your life maintaining a good and healthy level.


Getting more fit - I know it's a very general concept but it includes: significantly reduce body fat, slightly increase muscle mass and increase stamina, endurance and heart resistance. The whole enchilada


I used to feel sore the day after weights but I don't anymore. I even used to feel sore after an intense cardio run. I do increase the weight to the point where I can only do about 7 or 8 reps, so I'm not just "lifting light". Still, no soreness anymore - is that a good thing?
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
... am I doing something wrong if I'm not sore after my workouts anymore?

This is a natural side effect of being in greater shape, although this is more prevalent in smaller muscle groups. For instance, you can do curls until your arms fall off and given how fast biceps can recover, you may feel little burn the next day.

Are you doing the big 3 (squats, dead lifts, bench press)?
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
Getting more fit - I know it's a very general concept but it includes: significantly reduce body fat, slightly increase muscle mass and increase stamina, endurance and heart resistance. The whole enchilada


I used to feel sore the day after weights but I don't anymore. I even used to feel sore after an intense cardio run. I do increase the weight to the point where I can only do about 7 or 8 reps, so I'm not just "lifting light". Still, no soreness anymore - is that a good thing?


are you happy with the way it is going? if you are, don't change. if you want more muscle, add weights, if you want to increase stamina, add cardio.
 

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OK thanks guys... this is veering towards the classic "what do you eat, what do you lift" thread, which was really not my objective. I'm not really looking for an analysis on my diet and gym habits, I just want to understand what creates soreness and if it's normal to reach a point where it doesn't hurt anymore. Are you frequent gym-goers still sore after workouts? or not?
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
OK thanks guys... this is veering towards the classic "what do you eat, what do you lift" thread, which was really not my objective. I'm not really looking for an analysis on my diet and gym habits, I just want to understand what creates soreness and if it's normal to reach a point where it doesn't hurt anymore. Are you frequent gym-goers still sore after workouts? or not?

But the two are related. It sounds as though you've gotten into a routine. Now that you've trained your body to do specific movements, it does them no problem. Add variation to your routine, if you're on machines, begin the move to free weights. Stop doing 8x3 exclusively, add in drop and super-sets. The point is to shock your body out of its comfort zone, which is what you're drifting into with this potential plateau.
 

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Originally Posted by DK Protagonist
But the two are related. It sounds as though you've gotten into a routine. Now that you've trained your body to do specific movements, it does them no problem. Add variation to your routine, if you're on machines, begin the move to free weights. Stop doing 8x3 exclusively, add in drop and super-sets. The point is to shock your body out of its comfort zone, which is what you're drifting into with this potential plateau.

Thanks. So the implied answer in your post is that, no, it's not a good sign not to be sore and that I should change things around to address that ?
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
Thanks. So the implied answer in your post is that, no, it's not a good sign not to be sore and that I should change things around to change that ?

Correct, although I wouldn't make no pain, no gain my mantra, but it does sound as though your body is bored.
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
Thanks. So the implied answer in your post is that, no, it's not a good sign not to be sore and that I should change things around to address that ?

Not really, it depends on the exercise. For example, some people never get sore doing bench press, as discussed in this thread:
http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=36996&page=2
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
Thanks. So the implied answer in your post is that, no, it's not a good sign not to be sore and that I should change things around to address that ?

I wouldn't judge a workout successful based on how sore I was afterward.

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a lot of these responses make no sense. if you're never sore, then i would think you're either made of adamantium or not exerting yourself enough.

sometimes it takes days before the soreness shows up "” look up delayed-onset muscle soreness.

adequate glycogen intake after training can also stem muscle soreness.
 

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8x3 is strictly strength though . You wouldn't be getting much sore if not doing a hypertrophy type session .
I do 1x a week strength and 1x hypertrophy per large muscle .
chest , back and legs

others body parts once a week medium range 6-8 reps or so ..
 

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Originally Posted by thekunk07
a lot of these responses make no sense. if you're never sore, then i would think you're either made of adamantium or not exerting yourself enough.

Not true at all. I can break myself in the gym on well trained groups, take a big recovery meal/shake/whatever immediately after and not be sore at all... and still see improvements.
 

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