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Health & Fitness- Q&A: Should I Feel Sore?



By Kim Duke, NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer

I get asked a lot of great questions in my line of work, some of which I thought I would share with my readers in an effort to answer them for more than just my clients.

Since I promote strength training, (which can often create muscle soreness) I am often asked:

“If I am not sore after a workout, does this mean I am not working out hard enough or am doing something wrong?”

I know it’s rude to answer a question with a question, but I typically respond with, “How do you feel after your workouts? Do you feel stronger, healthier and better overall?”

If you say yes to any of those things, then your workouts are providing you with benefits that are more important than feeling sore.

However, if soreness is what you are seeking, then I will advise that you try adding more weight to your current movements so that you reach failure in the eight to ten repetitions range.  Now, add volume to your workouts, for example add more sets per movement and more cardio to your circuits.

If that does not give you the results you seek, change up your exercises and your sequencing across the board.

Just remember, soreness does not equate with a great workout.  How you feel overall after the workout is way more important than feeling sore.

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