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    Question about DOMs

    Is DOMS a good way of knowing your program will work? When you start a new program you usually get DOMS for a few days. Does this mean that those exercises work for you and that you went to hypertrophy?
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    It is somewhat an indicator, but that's it, a good sign but not everything.
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    Originally Posted by jon6a View Post
    Is DOMS a good way of knowing your program will work? When you start a new program you usually get DOMS for a few days. Does this mean that those exercises work for you and that you went to hypertrophy?
    Not really. What you'll find in general terms is that the first time you do an exercise that works muscles in a new way (or if those muscles were previously untrained) you will likely get DOMS... but subsequently you will have to work at a higher intensity to get the same level of DOMS again as the muscle becomes conditioned/trained. If you take 1-2 weeks off you will probably get DOMS again when you restart initially until the muscle becomes conditioned again.
    It can be a good sign that you worked hard but don't worry if you work hard and don't get it.

    I think the thing DOMS is most useful for is developing the mind-muscle connection - there's nothing like a good bout of DOMS to make sure you know where a muscle group is and how it feels when it contracts!
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    DOMS is simply an indicator that you have hit/impacted your muscles in a way they are not accustomed to. DOMS is not a good indicator of whether you had a good workout or not. In fact, if you regularly get DOMS after a workout, you probably are not hitting that body part with enough frequency.
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    Not necessarily , DOMS should not be the goal of a program. When we do new exercises challenge ourselves with high volume exercise routines we typically have more muscle soreness especially we haven’t adapted to a new stimulus yet.

    As you train regularly DOMS lessens, you can get sore doing any exercise if you perform enough sets and reps, doesn’t mean the workout was effective.
    For instance you could do just a 10 sets of 10 bench press workout at a heavy weight and get really sore. But to develop all of your push muscles you can’t neglect moves such as inclines, presses, fly, crossovers ect. Good routines focus on compound moves and then moving to isolation to focus on muscle recruitment.
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    How many times are you gonna ask OP?
    Old, but not obsolete.
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    Who tryin to DOM you op? Tell’em ur not into that kinky chit
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