I’ve noticed that when im lifting heavier (sets of 8-10 reps) i rarely ever feel my muscles working in a way which makes me feel as if im hitting them adequately, even if taking some sets to failure and trying as hard as I can to maintain good form and a complete ROM. I can often leave the gym feeling that I could’ve worked the muscle more.
Would it be more beneficial if i was to choose a lighter weight and reaaaally focus on making the muscle contract, keeping absolute perfect form, total ROM and not going to failure?? In particular, I always feel as if my chest, middle delts and lats don’t feel worked enough after I hit them, and its really quite disheartening, especially as I did always feel satisfied after workouts in the past… Any advice would be great guys, thanks[/quote]
Are you doing whatever when you go into the gym? Get a solid routine. A good upper/lower split or 2 bodypart split. Progress up in weights. Don’t forget the negative part of an exercise can just be as important as the positive. Nice and slow negatives seem to really blast my muscles also.
Sounds like you’re on a full body routine. If I could’ve started all over I would’ve probably done a upper/lower split, 2 way split, or 2 body-part split.
Are you growing? Are the weights you are using going up? Progress is more important than soreness mate.
Yes I agree with the progression part. Yet, I don’t care what smoke someone blows up your ass, if you’re not feeling some sort of soreness, you’re not doing something right.