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    Barbell SS program

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    The first couple time I did this routine I was sore, especially my thighs! But now not at all. Does that mean I should add more weight (mire than the recommended amounts each workout)?I read that soreness doesn't necessarily reflect if you are getting stronger but it seems weird to.

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    If you are doing starting strength, just follow the program. The weights will get really heavy soon enough.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 180 x 2. Current Deadlift: 230 x 2

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    Just keep adding the normal amount of weight. Lack of soreness means that your body is better adapted to the lifts than when you first started. As long as you're adding weight to the bar, the program is doing its job.
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    That's pretty normal in my experience. Just enjoy the fact that you're rapidly getting stronger and not suffering from the process The only reason to increase the weight increments is if you're finding the actual lifts too easy, but that's unlikely to be the case except maybe when you've just started. Best to stick with the program.

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    I'm very new to lifting, a month or two off and on as in lifting like 4-5 times before this past week. This past week I started SS so I thought I would be in pain,

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    Pain is a poor measure of workout effectiveness. If you are following Starting Strength then you are doing 3 sets of 5 at your work weight. This low rep, high weight scheme results in less soreness than more reps at lower weights. Even 3 sets of 8 will produce more soreness usually than 3 sets of 5 even though the weight you can do 5 reps is going to be heavier than the weight you can do for 8.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 180 x 2. Current Deadlift: 230 x 2

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