Post # 1
I have a really silly question about working out, lol. I don’t do it often, but lately I’ve been trying to tone up. The first couple of work outs I did, my muscles were sore the next day. I’ve always known this to be a good thing. However, the past couple of times I’ve worked out I wasn’t sore at all the next day or the day after. What does this mean… Does it mean that I’m not working out hard enough? That my muscles are too used to the work out? Or that my work out did nothing?
I feel good when my muscles are sore because I know that my work out accomplished something. It had an affect. But without that post-workout soreness, I feel like it’s not doing anything :/
Post # 3
You need to be focusing on different areas each day. If you do arms and back one day, do legs the next. You have to switch it up to keep them from getting overtired and too used to the workout, and for more even results. If you take a day between areas, you should be feeling it better the next time you work that area out.
Post # 4
I find that the first couple of times I do a workout I’m WAY more sore than I am when I do it again later on, even if I keep upping the intensity and it stays a challenge. It happened when I started doing a workout from a trainer… the first two times I could barely walk, then as I kept it at I was just as difficult but was way less sore. The same thing when I started doing Insanity even though I make it through so much more of the workout now. The only thing that gets me just as sore as I get better at it is ultimate frisbee and I think that’s because it’s the constant change of speed and direction that’s causing soreness, rather than the exertion.
In my experience, a reduction in soreness is pretty natural and as long as you’re continuing to up the reps and weight as it gets easier, then the benefit isn’t fading when the pain does.
Post # 5
Maybe you need to mix it up. Like the above poster said, don’t workout the same muscles every day. When you lift weights, your muscles tear so they need time to repair themselves. So alterate between upper body and lower body and do different workouts. For example if Monday you do arms and you do biceps and triceps your next upper body day woould be Wednesday and you can workout your chest, shoulders, and back.
Post # 6
Great! Thanks for the input gals!
Post # 7
Its definitely because you’re (1) getting used to and (2) because you’re getting better at the workout.