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Muscles not sore
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Bluebell66 · 03/10/2017 07:34

I joined the gym in May and have been going regularly since doing a mixture of cardio, machines and free weights. Sometimes I feel sore afterwards but often I don't. Does this mean I'm not doing any good if I don't feel sore? I often feel like I'm wasting my time and it gets a bit disheartening. TIA

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AssassinatedBeauty · 03/10/2017 07:35

This may be a silly question but have you upped the intensity/weights etc since May?

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Bluebell66 · 03/10/2017 08:13

Yes I have, my progress has been fairly good, not massive, but steady.

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Bluebell66 · 03/10/2017 08:13

Should I maybe up the weight but do fewer reps?

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Cakedoesntjudge · 03/10/2017 09:40

Back when I used to see a PT he said you should aim to do the maximum weight you could do for 10 reps (and it should feel like a struggle towards 10) and do three sets of that for each exercise, rather than aim for lots of reps at a lower weight - hope that helps!

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Bluebell66 · 03/10/2017 10:00

Thanks very much Cake, that sounds like very good advice, I'll try it!

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JustGettingStarted · 03/10/2017 19:59

Muscle soreness (DOMS) have nothing to do with progress. You'll maybe feel them when you do something new. But it's normal to not feel them even after a heavy workout where you have gone up in weight to a new personal best.

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Bluebell66 · 04/10/2017 06:12

Thanks so much for that Just - very reassuring.

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