I'm new here, in my late 20's, been lifting for 10 years or so, in good shape, etc., but for the first time, really making an effort to put on some (lean) mass. (Although lots of people think I'm on the verge of being too big, I disagree).
I've been reading stuff on these forums and decided I should cut the number of sets I do. Which I did. So yesterday, I did an arm work-out. I did six sets for biceps; six sets for tris. My biceps had a massive pump, and I was feeling good.
But this morning, no bicep, or any arm, soreness. My chest, even after 10 years of weight training, still is typically sore the next day. I'm hit and miss with my arms in terms of soreness, but I thought for sure, after having this wicked pump, that I would be sore. So here are my questions:
1) Is muscle soreness an accurate barometer of how well the workout is working for me? In other words, should I now switch my arm routine around, 'cause the lack of muscle soreness indicates the workout is not working for me?
2) Can you make good progress without ever being sore the next day, and simply feeling really pumped right after the workout?
3) If I should change my routine, should I bump my number of sets back up? (Like I said, that whole delayed soreness thing, for my arms anyway, seems only to happen when I first try a routine. If I do the same routine the next week--nothing.)
By the way, my goal is to put on 10 lbs of mass, which may not seem like a lot, but I'm a short short guy, and 10 lbs would probably be huge.