What do you guys think of this? I found this article to be somewhat interesting as I rarely get sore anymore after lifting. Dr. Mirkin is board certified in Sports Medicine and an avid athelete himself, which makes it difficult to dismiss what he's saying.
Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health E-Zine
September 12, 2004
How to Avoid Overtraining
One of the most difficult problems for athletes is knowing
when you are training too much. You make a muscle stronger
only by stressing that muscle, feeling sore on the next day, and
taking easy workouts or days off until the soreness goes away.
Then you are supposed to take a hard workout again. If you do
not feel soreness on the day after a hard workout, you have not
injured your muscles, and they will not become stronger.
However, if you try to work hard when your muscles feel sore,
muscles do not recover and will feel sore all the time.
Every athlete knows that sometimes your muscles still
feel little sore several days after a hard workout. You may think
that you have recovered from your previous hard workout and
you think you are ready to stress your muscles again. So you go
ahead and try to run very fast and you start to feel sore all the
time. Your joints, muscles and tendons ache. You feel tired. You
can still run with the soreness in your muscles and tendons, but
the soreness prevents you from running fast. Each succeeding
day, the soreness increases and you think that you are sick, so
you go to your doctor. He does a complete work-up and
everything is normal, so you are stuck with a diagnosis of
training too much.
Now you must go back to background training. If your sport
is running, jog on the days that you can. Take days off when you
feel sore. After several weeks, your muscle start to feel fresh
again and you are able to start running. You are ready to start
training again, but first you must promise yourself that you will
never try to go hard when you feel soreness in your muscles and
tendons. Set up a schedule in which you take a hard-fast workout,
feel sore on the next day, and then go at an easy pace in your
workouts until the soreness has completely disappeared.