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ABBH - No DOMS?


#1

Hi guys,

First of all, I don't post here much, but I've learned an incredible amount about nutrition and training from this site. Thanks to everyone for being such wonderful sources of information.

I am currently following CW's ABBH program and completed Day 1 last night in about 30 minutes. I did 10x3 of bench press with 170 and 10x3 of free-weight machine rows with 120. Having just come off a Max-OT program for a few months (which I saw good gains from, but then an inevitable plateau), I calculated my 1RMs from recent lifts on that program (usually 4-6 reps to failure) using the calculator on exrx.net.

The workout seemed fairly easy, and today I am experiencing no DOMS whatsoever. I know it's not the only indicator of having a good workout, but after hearing about the intense soreness on this program, I can't help but feel I did something wrong.

Any suggestions / advice?


#2

I did ABBH and don't remember experiencing DOMS, but did experience good gains in hypertrophy and strength. In my experience though, DOMS are worse 2 days post workout. It's possible that you didn't use enough weight or that you got the proper amount of pwo nutrition and rest, the latter being a good thing, the former being sub-optimal (I don't like to say bad because you still got a workout in).

DB


#3

Thanks for the input.

I think I need to increase the weight on these lifts, perhaps the calculator was not all that accurate. My question is, should I start Week 1 again after this week, using this week as a learning week? Or should I just increase the weight and start Week 2 at 10x4?

I think I'm just splitting hairs here, I'm more than a little obsessive, especially when it comes to working out. But by the looks of other posts on the board, it seems that many of you are as well (although I'm a lot smaller than many of you guys).

I'm going to start posting here more often, seems that there are many intelligent people here to learn from.


#4

Coach Staley once told me not to confuse DOMS with training progression or general progress.

If you are making gains in strength, mass, endurance or speed, you are progressing.


#5

Even we research geeks can support this. I had a grad student of mine present data a couple years ago that soreness did not correlate with the timing of other markers of recovery.

(Still, some soreness is usually welcome in my book.)