Muscle Memory

A few weeks ago I restarted my running training and have experienced unexpected growth in my performance. I knew muscle memory was one of the key contributors toward my unexpected growth, however I did not exactly understand how it works. Through research I was able to understand the process of muscle building and memory, which could possibly help you better plan your training programs. The below information is sourced by Legion Athletics, 2016. 

1. Firstly, as you continuously overload your muscles through training new nuclei (muscle cells) are formed. These nuclei in turn synthesis proteins into muscular fibres which have adapted to handle more overloading stress. The muscle nuclei are the dark spots shown in the picture below. 

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2. Secondly, when you stop training or train a lot less, your muscle fibres decrease in size and strength to adjust to the current level of stress. However, in this process the nuclei obtained from previous training remains.

3. Thirdly, once regular training resumes your muscles already have pre-built nuclei which can more rapidly synthesis muscle fibres. This allows you to regain your previous muscle size and strength faster than you had to develop it earlier. You have therefore essentially done the hard work before hand.

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As well as retaining muscle memory, the Holy Spirit, within those that have accepted Jesus, reminds and teaches us of God’s word and other things that we’ve learnt. This is similarly said in John 14:16

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

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