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Is it normal to not be able to tell you're gaining muscles from working out but you actually are?

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When I get done at the gym, if I'm not hurting, I didn't do enough work. When you lift weights, you actually tear your muscles, hence the pain, then they repair themselves, and in doing so, they grow. So the way I see it, is if you are hurting, you are gaining muscle, but if you're not, you probably didn't do enough sets or enough weights. So next time you go, increase the amount of sets/reps you do, or increase the weight by 5 pounds or so. :)

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LosXAngeles96

I guess since your use to seeing yourself but other people may notice and if they don't then you didnt gain any

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It is indeed possible if you're thin enough (prior to working out) for the change to be unnoticeable. Individuals who have little weight to lose do not get to see the immediate and drastic results of working out as opposed to individuals who have a more substantial amount of weight to lose. As @DaJokerOfDaGroup and @Cjkenkel says above however, sooner or later it will show once you increase the duration and intensity. :)

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