Muscle Memory and Things You Need to Know

Muscle memory is real. It does have an impact on an athlete’s performance. It is due to the muscle memory that you have to train lesser after the first time. There are some underlying neurological mechanisms which contribute to a quicker regain of muscle after the first time.

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Muscle Cells and Connection with Memory

Muscle is only among the few other types of multi-nuclei cells in human body. The multinuclear cells grow quickly in size. The presence of multiple nuclei helps them develop a lot quicker.

The Physiology Behind

There was this belief that once we stopped training, we would lose those multiple nuclei. So, if you did not hit the gym regularly, it would mean creating the nuclei again. Thus, it would mean a loss of strength and size. However, the research published back a few years go by the University of Oslo, Norway contradicts this supposition. The research points to the fact that the muscles retain these new nuclei. Thus, after you have left training, your body will maintain those new nuclei for at least three months.

Some Facts About Training and Muscle Memory
  • When we exercise on a group of muscles in our body, they are acquired for the first time. The use of proper training can help build the multiple nuclei the next. When we take adequate diet, it also contributes to making that mass.
  • Upon leaving the training, the fibers become resistant to atrophy. This resistance only exists because of the multiple nuclei. When we continue to ignore our muscles’ needs for training, they start.  However, they retain the new nuclei for several months.
  • When we start exercising again, the muscle quickly starts growing back. However, this time there is an increase in speed of growth. This time there is no need to build more nuclei since they already exist. It is why we quickly gain muscle once we restart the training process. Thus, it greatly helps us in improving our health and fitness, enabling us to remain in top physical shape.
  • It is due to this method of development of multiple nuclei that gives the edge to the seasoned trainers.

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Where is Muscle Memory Stored?

It is all in the head of your muscle. The Purkinje cells in the fibers act as the brain. They store information relating to the records against particular movements of a specific tissue. Thus, this information remains in there to be used later whenever there comes a need. So, once you are regularly training, it becomes second nature.

Therefore, the Purkinje cells do not have to think about it. It is the same as how our brain acts when we perform a task on a regular basis. For example, driving a car or riding a bicycle, they all become second nature after some time.

There are proprioceptors, sensors which instruct the muscles, joints, and tendons via our central nervous system. Therefore, the entire motion becomes second nature, thanks to the memory of your muscles. Hence, when you work on a particular group of muscles in your body, they start performing to near perfection.

Researchers are still not able to find the number of repetitions required to build this muscle memory. Some suggest that it may need only a few hundred hours to create it. However, others maintain that it needs thousands of hours to develop.

Please do remember that if you are repeating a movement, it will register in Purkinje cells. However, you have to do it right because these cells are not the judge of your movements. They are record keepers that can only store information.

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John Elijah

John Elijah is a fitness enthusiast. He has special interest in self-care for fitness, value of nutrition in improving stamina, and physiological changes during exercise that shape our bodies to help us better complete in athletics.  

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