Muscle memory...

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  1. Layman

    Layman New Member

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    Okay, so here's a hypothetical scenario:

    A guy gets in shape, benches a max of 180 for 6 months or so (I know, weak).

    But he lets himself go and gets out of shape.


    Then he gets back into shape, benches a max of 225 for 6 months or so...

    And again lapses back into being out of shape.



    Now, the question is: If he gets back into shape, what level of performance will his muscles "remember"? The 180 bench or the 225? Or does it work that way.
     
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    Chris3G Bullshark Testosterone

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    you're thinking into it way too much. Muscle memory just means that it will be easier to re-attain performance and size that you have previously achieved than it is doing it for the the first time.

    you muscles don't remember that they benched 180 and 225, and what level you get back to is gonna depend on how hard you work.
     
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    i think his muscles will remember the level of performance he had as a little 12 year old boy. so if he lifts again he'll actually shrink... and maybe lose a few pubes too. i recommend not lifting just in case.
     
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    Okay, gotcha. Just curious.
     
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    I think you need to be physically and mentally strong in your lifts. Since you know you've been able to lift 225, mentally you aren't intimidated by the weight as you were before.

    but there is probably a little truth to your muscles being able to re-attain quicker.
     
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    Limp_Brisket New Member

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    kind of. i'm no expert but i have heard that when you are progressivly lifting heavier and heavier weights that alot of it is due to your mind's ability to recruit more and more motor units and then there's muscle growth as well. well, when you stop working out your muscle mass shrinks but your ability to recruit those muscle motor units doesn't, or at least diminishes much slower and can probably be "relearned" quite easily. that's what i think anyways.
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    The nervous system detrains faster than muscles do.
     
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    well does it also relearn faster than muscles do?
     
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