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Old 08-25-2005, 12:22 PM   #1
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no pain no gain?

So if any of you have read my threads youd know I have been hitting the gym 4 days a week during my lunch hour for weight training, and also 4 nights a week for cardio (elliptical). Im 5'6 and have lost 4 pounds in the last few weeks to get down to 236 pounds. My goal is somewhere way below 200 but not exactly sure where. Between 140 and 160.

I am doing heavy weights, mostly machines. I have always been pretty strong, big calf muscles, strong arms...Im not trying to look too big but from what Ive read if youre natural about it you cant get too big if youre a woman. So Im just pushing my body so I can build muscle to aid in losing fat as quick as possible. I also am hoping that strengthening my quads which will help with the knee problems I have had for a while now.

So my question is, I go do my workout, I feel good afterwards, I get the usual burning feel to show that the weights are working. I get the swelled feeling afterwards, particularly in my biceps area. BUT I dont really feel sore in the mornings after a workout. I only ever really get sore in my chest area.

Does this mean that Im not doing enough, or not the right way? Can I be building muscle without feeling sore often? Seems like the more I work out my muscles become conditioned to it and dont get sore..but is that because Im not pushing myself enough?

Thanks in advance for some answers!

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Old 08-25-2005, 02:26 PM   #2
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Re: no pain no gain?

I donít think you should ever measure your progress or workouts with pain, just with gain. The way to tell if your workouts are being effective is to take a look at your training log. As each workout passes you should be getting stronger. You should notice that either your lifting more weight or doing more reps. Regardless of soreness if youíre gaining strength and on every workout then your workouts are effective. This is why itís so important to keep a detailed training log as this will objectively tell you your progress. Soreness doesnít always give you the clear picture and too much can sometimes be a sign of overtraining and a loss of performance and progress!

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