Am curious what a consensus is re feeling the weight. When I train I seldom feel the weight. For bench presses and lat work (ie rows, pull-ups) I feel it most in my elbows. Even with isolation movements for triceps presses and barbell curls I feel it equally it seems in forearms and elbows, but not in upper arms.
Question: how many here place importance on feeling the muscle you are working when lifting?[/quote]
Your elbows are not a muscle. If you lack the ability to feel a muscle working at all, my assumption is that your gains will come much slower. One thing that sets apart those who make quick progress from others is the ability to tune into the target muscle group instead of simply going through the motions.
When I train chest, I feel it in my chest. Yes, triceps and shoulders are involved as well, but that doesn’t erase the fact that my chest is what feels worked after a training session.
The same with every other body part.
Some of that is because I have been training for a long time. However, if you are doing pull ups (or pull downs) and don’t feel your lats working at all, you may want to concentrate on fixing that problem. It may be as simple as trying to move too much weight or simply not paying attention.
When I train lats, I feel it in my lats.