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Old 06-24-2010, 12:14 AM   #1
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Heavy Lifting w/o soreness - normal?

I'm running into something strange as I do CFSB. I'm in week 6 and it's awesome. However, I'm finding that I'm not sore and I feel like I should be. My legs and muscles feel tired but that's different. Here's an example:

Yesterday, as part of the final week of the cycle, I did on Deadlift:

345# x 5
355# x 3
365# x 3
385# x 1
395# x 1
400# x 1
405# x 1

then I did 225# 20 times. I rested at least 3-4 minutes between each lift.

After that I did 5RFT of 195# squat x 5 and 20 tuck jumps in 6:22.

I'm not sore.

What's the deal? Does this mean I'm eating enough to facilitate fast recovery? Am I not working hard enough or for long enough? Should I be sore?

I'm kind of confused. Thoughts?
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:58 AM   #2
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Re: Heavy Lifting w/o soreness - normal?

Same thing happened to me when i did SS + GOMAD. Not once during the 8 weeks i did SS was I sore. The day after a workout I could tell my muscles were tired, but they werent sore at all. Must be due to the increase in calories or protein. Thats what i attributed it to anyways.
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:04 AM   #3
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Re: Heavy Lifting w/o soreness - normal?

SOreness is not a good judge of training efficacy.
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:43 AM   #4
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Re: Heavy Lifting w/o soreness - normal?

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SOreness is not a good judge of training efficacy.
Jamie is right, no more days of no pain no gain. Proper nutrition, staying well hydrated, and adequate stretching, all play major roles in how your going to feel and recover after a workout.

Not knowing your strength level, I'd say that was a pretty grueling deadlift session. If you know that you gave it everything you could in the gym, then don't worry about not feeling sore the next day.
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:48 AM   #5
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Re: Heavy Lifting w/o soreness - normal?

Once you adapt to training things consistently, you won't get sore, just tired. Being sore usually is never a good thing unless you can ignore it. It usually makes people change their movement pattern around the pain which is bad.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:41 AM   #6
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Re: Heavy Lifting w/o soreness - normal?

Hydration, nutrition, and sleep(quality) are a big factor in muscle recovery, aswell as soreness. Also just because your body is sore does not mean it still shouldnt rest. That said your body adapts to whatever it gets used to doing so just because you were sore doing that workout before it may be less taxing this time.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:45 AM   #7
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Re: Heavy Lifting w/o soreness - normal?

When I was doing SS + 1/2 GOMAD, I didn't get sore once in the 12 weeks I did it. I think when you're eating enough, your body will definitely recover fast enough.

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Old 06-24-2010, 05:49 AM   #8
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Re: Heavy Lifting w/o soreness - normal?

Eh, I'm in the same boat. I've squatted more in the last 3 weeks than I have in the previous 6 months. This week, I'm going to be squatting 94% of my 1RM for a 5x5 set. But, I'm less sore from squats than I've ever been. Your body adapts. As long as your numbers keep going up, then it's all good.
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Old 06-24-2010, 02:05 PM   #9
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Re: Heavy Lifting w/o soreness - normal?

Man I wish I was in the same boat as you guys.

I stopped taking glutamine because it was giving me skin problems,

and I've been SORE (running the wendler 5/3/1) after my leg days.

I consume as much (paleo) food as humanly possible.

My sleeps a little off though (only 7 hours a night), so I'm thinking that's most likely the culprit.

It's to bad about the glutamine too, because I didn't have a sore day ONCE while taking it.
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Re: Heavy Lifting w/o soreness - normal?

It also may have to do with the infrequency of the squatting you are doing.
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