I know muscle soreness isn’t the key indicator if a training session was fruitful or not but is it an indicator to how your body responds to rep ranges?
For example when training chest, if I stay in the 5 rep range for the majority of lifts, I feel great the next day. If The majority are in 10 - 12 then my chest is screaming for 48 hours. This is to be expected as that type of range does more damage to the muscle.
Conversely when training back, if I stay in the 5 rep range for the majority I’m crippled (from muscle soreness not straining anything). Doing 10 - 12 rep sets, DOMS doesn’t even come into play (with more sets than a heavier workout as well). I’m a big believer in squeezing the shoulder blades and contracting for a second before going back to best feel the muscle and keeping momentum out of it.
I generally stick with varying ranges, start with 3 x 5 then move onto higher reps…but does this suggest how my body best responds, or is it a standard “STFU and lift” response that this question warrants? Bodybuilding has never been my main concern but I’m going that way as I get older so any information is always welcome.