How exactly does muscle memory work?

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  1. mitrong

    mitrong so cute

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    I know on an ideal diet, you can gain at most 1 lb of lean mass in a week... so what xactly does muscle memory do for u? does it mean u can gain more than 1 lb of mass in a week? Does it mean it takes less calories/lifting for u to gain muscle than if u didnt have muscle memory?

    someone please elaborate +(
     
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    the mechanism is still unknown
     
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    about what?
     
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    never heard of this
     
  6. Metacomet

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    Muscle memory is your friend. It's what makes doing any sport or exercise easier the more you do it.

    Some people debate as to whether it even exists. It does. The individual cells in your entire body have their own memory, but it's not cerebral. They just remember what they are meant to do and they do it. If you train your biceps long enough they become accustomed to whatever routine you put them through.

    Muscle memory is one of the reasons people are advised to switch up their routines. Your body can easily become bored of the same thing, but it also excels at it at the same time.

    I learned the most about muscle memory through playing Tennis. No amount of schooling can teach a persons body how to perform the perfect one handed backhand, that's something you nail down yourself and repeat until your muscles themselves are literally programmed to do it.

    as shastaisforwinners said:
    Nobody knows what is responsible for muscle memory. It does it on it's own, and it's pretty amazing.
     
  7. Metacomet

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    Easiest way to explain it: Once you learn how to run, you can run. The longer you keep it up the more automatic it becomes.

    A person who hardly ever runs looks like shit compared to someone who runs consistently. It's not about training, it's about experience. The experienced runners muscles are on autopilot. This sensation is known as gliding to some runners. I had it down pat for over 2 months before I took a hiatus.

    Memory is real because you can lose it.
     
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    shastaisforwinners OT Supporter

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    I think he's referring more to the body's ability to rebuild muscle tissue that's been lost at a greater rate than building new muscle. What you are talking about is more an issue of neurological adaptations and motor pattern learning.
     
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    Motor patterns! Yeah that's it. It's a different topic. I assume muscle cells rebuild and retain memory as well, maybe the two are related.
     
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    Does the body not just adapt quicker because its had to do it before already?
     
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