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.
As mentioned previously soreness is not an indicator of a good workout.
The main thing is your clients goals. If they are to build defined/toned muscles I’d increase the reps but don’t go to failure unless you are on your last exercise and last set. Otherwise you just fried that muscle group and your client won’t have an effective workout on any other exercise.
If they are trying to build strength then increase the weight appropriately and knock the reps down some.