How should your muscles feel after a workout?

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  1. Enkidu

    Enkidu New Member

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    I mean, say I'm working my pecs (or biceps, quads, etc.). How should those muscles feel after a workout?

    I notice that the muscles I work out are fatigued while at the gym, but after I leave, they feel pretty normal walking out.

    They aren't sore whatsoever after a few hours and certainly not the next morning.

    Am I doing something wrong? Should they be more sore?

    I pretty much do 3-4x8, and by the eighth rep, I can't lift for the life of me. Should I be doing more weight, less weight with more reps? I'm concerned mostly with looking bigger.
     
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    Try working out once and report back.
     
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    soreness doesn't necessarily equate to growth, putting more weight on the bar does. as long as you're making steady progress on your lifts, it's fine.
     
  4. Enkidu

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    Yup, definitely moving up at a slow and steady pace!
     
  5. Uglybob69

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    My muscles feel like jello when I leave the gym or I don't feel like I've do anything
     
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    typically they feel like fatigued.

    DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) aren't a good indicator of a good workout. there are any number of reasons why some people get the and some people don't
     
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    they are sore, like jell-o, painful, and only better once i eat, and sleep...

    i wake up walking funny even after a bench day.
     
  8. Enkidu

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    Okay, good info.

    I'm making gains, just wondering why I wasn't aching normally.

    It's weird, I stopped working out for about 6 weeks, came back, did squats, and I couldn't walk up/down stairs for like 4-5 days. I couldn't get out of bed, could only walk at a very very slow pace. It was horrible. Maybe I did too much. But the second time I did squats (same weight) I was just a little sore after and great the next day.

    The same thing happened when I originally (about 12-14 months ago) started working out. I worked out my arms and I could barely move them/stretch them/etc. for days, then they got better and I was fine after.

    Can anyone explain this? Normal?
     
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    After an arm workout my biceps are about to explode.
     
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    Besides lower back, I don't feel much different the day after a workout.
     
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    I feel most on back and legs day though.
     
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    I usually have a pretty good pump going when I'm leaving, but it usually goes away after 30 mins or so. My motto is that if I'm not sore, then I didn't work hard enough.
     
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    :bigthumb:
     
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    i don't feel anymore of this so called soreness or jello since doing the push pull. maybe i should go back to body part splits, i felt like i got more accomplished.
     
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    It could be genetics but in all likelyhood its intensity. Alot of people are most focused on hitting a certain "# of reps". Are you thinking more about hitting rep number 8 or pushing that muscle to its limits. I would only care about reps if you knew you were pushing your limits.

    You could try changing your rep scheme, your choice of exercises, and order of exercises. I used to do deadlifts last on my back workout :o. I worked out with ccrooks and we did deads first. We also did 6 sets instead of my usual 4. I was pretty damn sore the next day. Same exercises, but different order. I was dumb for doing it the other way but i learned.

    When i work out legs i squat with very light weight but do 20reps. On other leg exercises i go heavy. I am always sore after legs. The strange thing is that i am most sore two days later instead of the next day :hs:

    Everyone is different but you can always find a way to push yourself harder.
     
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    I don't think I have ever woke up and not been sore, maybe not noticeably sore like the first day a person does squats after being off for a long time, but I am always sore. I don't think you are doing ti right if you are not somewhat sore, I don't mean like the inability to walk or function normally, but you should not feel normal, or just like you have not worked out.
     
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    If your having trouble getting soreness, try say benching 200 pounds for 8 reps to failure, and than immediately dropping to 150 to failure, than 100 to failure.

    Its very unpleasant but gives killer burn.

    And the bench press is hard to burn on your pec's anyway. Its mostly your shoulder push and triceps.
     
  18. rebs

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    you can achieve the same result by not eating or drinking or stretching. Soreness isnt an indicator.
     
  19. pkr

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    There is acute onset muscle soreness which you'd feel immediately into a workout or half-way through, and delayed onset muscle soreness which takes a few days to develop. See which category you fit in to.
     
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    if you squeeze your shoulder blades together its easy to mentaly isolate the pecs.
     
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    soreness isn't an indicator of a good workout, progress is.
     
  22. GuOD

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    I don't get sore :bigthumb:

    low volume but still making progress ftw
     
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    i get sore once in awhile. sometimes i just feel stiff or worn out ...i dunno. doesnt really mean anything.
     
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    slap your biceps vigerously before heavy sets to prevent this
     
  25. jared_IRL

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    I get DOMS, exactly 2 days after I lift, every fucking time.

    I do legs on Monday. Tuesday, they're ok, but I can feel that they're not healed, kinda like they're a little numb...

    Then on Wednesday, they're sore and stiff as all hell. Like a highschool girl after prom night....



    (not my girl, mind you... Mostly the girls that were dating black guys....)
     
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