I posted something on Facebook talking about what a good workout is. Essentially what I said is a good workout isn’t sweating a lot and feeling sore afterward. Now there is nothing wrong with sweating a lot and feeling sore afterward but those things don’t mean you’ve had a good workout.
A good workout depends on what the goal is. So the only way we can say whether or not a workout is any good is if it is moving us closer to what we want to accomplish. Now if what we want to accomplish is to sweat a lot and be sore afterward than a good workout is any workout that does that. But if we want is to be stronger and leaner and more muscular than we have to have some other way of measuring.
The only measure of progress is progress, they say. Are you getting better at what you want to get better at? If so, then you are doing good and your workouts are probably OK. If not, then you are not doing good and your workouts are probably not OK.
Even if you are sweating a lot and feeling sore afterward, that does not mean you are doing the right kind of workout. It also does not mean you are doing the wrong kind of workout. It only means that the kind of workout you are doing is causing you to sweat a lot and feel sore afterward.
Some of the best workouts I have ever had and made the most progress with didn’t cause me to sweat at all. But some of the other ones did.
PS – You might also enjoy my Inner Circle because Inner Circle spelled backwards is pretty much unpronounceable.