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10/18/18 7:17 P

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10/18/18 4:36 P

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I only get sore if it's a workout I haven't done before or in a very long time (like months or years). After the first session, I'll be sore, but after that, nope. My muscles adapt pretty fast, and then I just get stronger without the soreness.

It sounds like you're pretty similar! It might be that you aren't challenging your body enough (a lot of women can lift a lot more than they think!), or it might just be that you keep yourself properly hydrated, and the rest of your day is active enough to keep your muscles limber and avoid the soreness altogether!

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10/17/18 9:09 A

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@LADYSTARWIND

Well I do have arthritic knee pain, but that's always present to some degree so it doesn't count as post workout muscle pain (DOMS) At the worst, it has been bad enough to keep me awake at night, other times it just nags at me.



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10/16/18 11:31 P

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Soreness doesn't have to be there for you to have had a good workout. You may have done all the right things, including a proper cool down that helped prevent any delayed onset muscle soreness. As long as you are lifting to fatigue, you are doing what you should be with strength training. We also have this blog that goes into detail about lack of soreness and things to look for that you may find helpful: www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you
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10/16/18 7:40 P

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I'd say: Lucky you! (And, it sounds like you are in good shape!)

If you do some reading about "pain" you will discover that there are many different reactions to situations that "should" produce pain. Some people feel it intensely... others barely register it. My guess is that you are in the latter group. Also read up on endorphins...people produce them in varying amounts. If exercise really turns your production up, then you won't feel pain post exercise the same as someone who doesn't produce enough; although the half life of most endorphins is in the hours, not days. I haven't looked much into lactic acid production, but I do know an excess of it from muscle workout usually leads to DOMS... perhaps you metabolize it better than most?
It will be interesting to see what the Spark Coaches can share on this topic!!
patti
(PS...could I share some of my arthritis pain with you? LOL---then you'd feel more normal, and so would I!)


Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 10/16/2018 (19:44)
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10/16/18 6:29 P

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So I've recently started back with a new strength training routine after letting it slide for the last few years. Ten years ago I got pretty buff (for a middle-aged woman, that is) using kettlebells, dumbbells, and resistance training at home. My muscles toned up a lot - I went to donate blood one day and the technician remarked on my muscular arms. But in all those workouts, I NEVER GOT SORE! I thought it was weird then, but hey - I was getting results so my routine must have been working.

It is the same thing now. I joined a gym, and went last week to work out with a trainer for a complimentary session. He really put me through the paces : "Okay let's do a set of those crunches with 30 lbs. Too easy. Now let's do a set with 40 lbs. Still too easy. Now let's do a set with 50 lbs!" I did squats and lifting and the whole nine yards and during some of the exercises I could really feel the burn. But the next day nothing - no muscle soreness at all.

Last night I went to the gym with a friend my same age and approximate fitness level. We did the exact same routine. She texted me this morning, "I'm in pain! How about you?" Me, nothing. Not a thing.

Okay, well I think that is weird and I want to know if maybe I'm really not working out hard enough. I'm thinking "no pain, no gain," and that kind of thing. After all, don't you have to break the muscle down a bit to build it up? Doesn't the soreness indicate that you're doing that?

Who else never gets sore after working out? And who can explain that?

Edited by: LISALU910 at: 10/16/2018 (18:30)

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