I’m working with a new client and although in the midst of her work outs with me she is struggling with the weight I have assigned to her for a particular strength training move, the next day she experiences no soreness whatsoever. I will admit I am a new trainer so there may be a little knowledge lack on my part here…but here’s the question – All my other clients when I see them struggling at the tail end of their 3rd set – i follow-up to see if they are experiencing soreness the next day. All usually do and have the soreness in the muscle group worked the day prior. This client however has not. My question is do I bump up the dumbbell weight on the prescribed moves and just be extra alert on her form OR leave the weight as it is an up the reps from 12 to 15? Trying to find which would be most effective…thanks so much all.
I would not make muscle soreness or lack thereof an indicator whether or not the amount of resistance was appropriate.
When I see clients ‘struggling with a weight’ as you put it, it means that they cannot execute the movement without compensation. This should give you pause to investigate why that is so. The first thing I would do is reduce the weight to the point that the movement is correct. Once correct form is established and can be maintained you can look at the other variables such as reps and amount of resistance.