Does the way your muscles feel after a workout dictate how successful you were in developing sufficient stimulus to cause your muscles to grow? Not necessarily. While delayed soreness is an indication of micro tears in muscle, which are necessary to cause the body to overcompensate and build more muscle tissue after a workout, it doesn't indicate if proper training protocols were followed during the workout.
- Ideal tut or reps for each muscle fiber type/group
- proper amount of resistance to cause muscular failure or exhaustion with this rep count
- constantly attempt to use more weight every workout
- get the proper amount of rest
- train the right amount and none extra to avoid over training