You can't train or have an active life with severe DOMS.
It isn't really an indicator of actually training hard or well.
So depending on how active you are in life, what your goals are, what your training is like will all influence the answer. If you follow one of those body part splits then you should have DOMS a lot of the time. If you use more frequency you shouldn't. If you ever want to do anything other than lift weights in any given week then you'd be better off with the frequency and no DOMS.
If i have a good workout, the next day i might be slightly sore.
I`m basing it on the workout, that it went well, i lifted *heavy weight... sufficient enough to encourage max or nearly max muscle hypertrophy* without sacrificing any form hence making the movement even more effective rather then lifting * heavy....* and either cheating, swinging etc.. to complete the set
I guess i have DOMS all the time but im pretty active as a instruct a few fit camps and i have to do various calisthenics and cardio exercizes. DOMS doesnt bother me anymore, i just look at it as soreness and not any sort of severe injury so if moving a certain way hurts its ok because its not injured so i keep moving anyways. I used to work in a concert lighting warehouse where everything is heavier than shit and i would still have a bodybuilding style training split where i would be sore as hell but i just block it out.... Now that i think of it, there were times when i had to lift heavier shit at work than at my gym LOL. What i have noticed is that sometimes my shoulders dont get sore unless i have an extremely intense workout with monster sets.
DOMS bothered my lifestyle when i was younger but i just learned to block it out and it never upsets me. I was just wondering what people thought about when they got sore.
I only get DOMS after a long lay off.. if your nutrition is good and your train consistently you should not have serious DOMS..
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Soreness essentially has 2 phases, 1) the mechanical damage phase (lasts about a day or so and 2) the inflammatory phase (the rest). The inflammatory phase is more so the cause of DOMS, with the pain/stiffness being due to increased pressure on the nociceptors and thus sensitization to afferent signaling.
Can you have hypertrophy without DOMS? Of course... but there's also little doubt that the inflamatory process is pretty powerful for promoting hypertrophy, that's why taking NSAID's after workous blocks the hypertrophic response to weight lifting.