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Lifting and Soreness

First, I’d like to say thanks to the boards and the site. I have been training for 4 months. I feel great and people are noticing my new frame.

Now a question. I am trying to build mass and lift hard. Basically 4x6-8 sets during workout and a bulk diet. I have been rating if I lift hard enough by my tightness of muscles while lifting and how sore I feel the day or two after.

Since soreness is muscles building, would it be safe to say one should always be sore after lifting? Or can this be a sign of lifting over what is good for my body?

Don’t use soreness as a gauge to how well (effective) your training is.

You should use more accurate ways of determining if your training is producing results…

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improved strength
improved endurance
improved physique
improved image (yes it’s vanity somewhat, but still)

If one or all of the above is not happening there’s a good chance you’re overtraining or have reached a plateau and need to re-evaluate your training…

[quote]ChuckDHunt wrote:
Don’t use soreness as a gauge to how well (effective) your training is.

You should use more accurate ways of determining if your training is producing results…

Like

improved strength
improved endurance
improved physique
improved image (yes it’s vanity somewhat, but still)

If one or all of the above is not happening there’s a good chance you’re overtraining or have reached a plateau and need to re-evaluate your training…[/quote]

This is a great post aside from the over training stuff I just dont like even talking that anymore as it seems to have become an excuse. BIf your eating, resting etc and train your ass off its really hard to actaully over train. thts a whole other can of worms

To go a step further and steel one from Charles Staley. Soreness happens dont seek it. Its a biproduct of hard work new stimulus etc. and may not always happen and the more advanced you get will get less and less.

The real judge like the above poster pointed at would be progression to your goals, strength, sizes, performance, fatloss etc.

phill