soreness is also affected by your lifting intensity, and soreness is not purely "incidental" to a quality lifting session. if we view MUSCLE soreness as a sufficient but not necessary condition for a quality weightlifting session, then soreness does in fact serve as an excellent marker.
very few people, particularly on a place like sparkpeople, are so conditioned that an intense workout no longer causes them soreness. i have read anecdotal evidence about OLYMPIC athletes not feeling soreness after intense workouts, but guess what--few if any here are olympic athletes.
yes, if you don't sleep, don't eat properly, and have an underlying health condition exacerbated by exertion, your soreness may be "incidental." but i will attest as someone with excellent sleep, nutrition, and health, that an intense workout does indeed result in soreess.
or, as you apparently label it, "too much" exercise. interesting phrase. real lifting focuses on progressive overload, which, by definition, is indeed "too much" for your muscles to handle. that is what is required for sustained muscle growth and sustained strength gains.
the whole aversion to soreness seems closely connected to people's very keen desire to make gains without feeling it; people avoid pain. in this thread, on this site, and the world over, people specifically justify that avoidance with a fairy tale that soreness is totally unrelated to quality strengh training.
it's a nice wish.
while some people can indeed grow significant muscle ("toners" need not worry here) without feeling much soreness, these are the unrepresentative few. everything in my experience shows that an INTEGRITY lifting session results in soreness, which in turn results in objective gains in strength and muscle mass.
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