I’ve been experimenting recently with different lower body exercises.
None has left me as (almost) cripplingly sore for days than doing the 1 legged romanian deadlift.
Surely that’s proof that soreness is not a good indicator of how well an exercise has broken down your muscles - because few people would say that the 1 legged romanian deadlift is an effective exercise for hypertrophy…?
So is it possible I’m just getting all the soreness without any of the muscle-building benefits?
On the converse note, barbell hip thrusts leave my ass extremely sore whilst in between sets. However, there is no DOMS at all the following days. Does that mean the exercise is doing nothing in terms of hypertrophy?[/quote]
I’m fairly certain that a regular RDL would make you just as sore. All your pistol squatting didn’t develop your posterior chain, and that’s what a proper RDL stimulates. Soreness has nothing to do with progress. It just happens when your body is recovering from some shit it has never done before. Personally, I think soreness is mostly your body attempting to stop you from doing shit while it recovers. But I’m not a fucking scientist.
As far as progress goes: you need to do it for awhile before you decide whether it works or not. That’s what I hate about bodybuilding and muscle growth. There’s so many factors to keep track of, it would drive me nuts to give a shit about how I look. That’s why I just pick up heavy and heavier stuff and hope I’m not fatter 2 weeks later.