Probably one of the dumbest newbie questions…
After each workout, basically one of three things happens to my muscles:
- Muscles get sore
- Muscles almost get sore but not quite (I can “feel” the workout in the muscle but it’s not painful at all)
- Nothing, no different feeling than usual
#1 happens every time when I resume lifting after a break, even if it’s a 1 week break. It sometimes happens if I radically change the way I train some muscle.
#2 happens typically when I change the workout routine. More rarely, it happens when I resume training after a break.
#3 happens after I do the same exercise for a while without changes. If I resume training very_gradually after a break it sometimes happens too.
Am I correct to assume that muscles grow or get stronger a lot in case #1, grow or get stronger a little in case #2 and don’t grow or don’t get stronger at all in case #3?
Or is it a lot more complicated than that?