I'm forever hearing the outdated phase 'better sore than sorry!' when it comes to fitness.
Why on earth is this message so dominant in the fitness world. It's not inspirational, it's moronic. Why the hell would anyone actively seek pain? Why is it better to be sore?
If you are actively seeking pain as a reward for your training efforts, you might need to think about why. Why are you wanting to hurt yourself? Is pain really a solution to what you are seeking in life?
Of course post workout we like feeling as though our bodies have been worked to some extent. The pleasurable feeling of boosted circulation, engorged and activated muscles is always nice.