nygmen wrote:The only time I get DOMS is when I do something new or haven't done in awhile, OR I under eat.
The first one is a common cause. Exercises with a strong eccentric element - lunges, depth jumps or plyo pushups, slow eccentric holds, negative-only chinups, glute-ham raises - are also a common cause. But you can do concentric-only exercises like sled dragging or Prowler pushing or tire flipping or box jumps, get stronger and improve for the next workout, but not feel sore.
nygmen wrote:Also, I'm with Peter, in that, I like adding weight, and not being in pain because of it. ;)
Yeah. The thing is, I'll use DOMS as a sign of work too. But it's not the best or only sign. It's a bad thing if it's the only sign you use - you get into that "I must leave this workout wrecked" mode, as if this workout was the end-all and be-all of training. It's not, it's a step in a series of workouts designed to improve your body and your performance.
Let me put it this way - if my max reps or my max weight goes up, I'm improving and I know the workout worked. If they don't, even if I'm sore after the workout
, I know it didn't.
So if I do something this weekend and make myself sore, but the week after I'm not doing more reps, more weight, showing a better time, etc. - it wasn't productive. And productive is all I care about.