Are You Building No-Rep Muscle-Memory
Are You Building No-Rep Muscle-Memory?
The first thing to know is that no one knows exactly how much time it takes to build muscle memory. There are different opinions about this matter. Some say that it takes at least 10 days, some say it only takes 4 days, and others claim that you need to do them every day. However, there is no definite answer.
The second thing to know is that you don’t have to go through all the exercises again if you want to build muscle memory. For example, if you already did squats and deadlifts before, then it’s not necessary to do them again. If you’re still having trouble with your lifts, then just focus on doing them for 30 seconds instead of 10 times each set.
This will definitely help in building muscle memory and getting stronger faster!
The third thing to know is that you shouldn’t try to increase the number of reps or sets. Instead, you should concentrate on increasing the amount of weight used. Try using lighter weights and heavier loads.
This way, your body will adapt better to the training and become stronger faster than if you were trying to force yourself into doing more repetitions or sets.
What Is Muscle Memory?
Muscle memory is the ability to have your muscles “remember” the strength that you had when you were lifting a heavier weight or doing more repetitions. That’s why it’s important to have a good training partner or coach watching and correcting you if you’re doing something wrong.
How Does Muscle Memory Work?
To understand how muscle memory works, first you have to understand how your muscles grow. Muscles don’t just randomly grow. There is a process that actually encourages the muscle tissue to grow.
These are the steps on how muscles grow:
1. The muscle tissue is damaged through training;
2. The body repairs this damage and rebuilds the tissue stronger than before;
3. The new and improved muscle memory is stored for later use; and,
4. The next time you need to use that particular muscle, it responds quicker and stronger than before because of the muscle memory.
This is what makes those who are naturally gifted athletes so “gifted.” They’ve trained their muscles to respond quicker and stronger through many repetitions. If you or someone else were to do 100 push-ups right now, your pecs would most likely fatigue very quickly and you’d be struggling to finish the set.
However, a person who’s in great physical condition could do those same 100 push-ups with ease.
Because his or her muscles have been trained to respond much quicker and stronger than someone who doesn’t exercise as often.
This is where Muscle Memory comes in.
If you’re training for a sport, then you most likely would use a periodization plan that would have you gradually increase your weight over several weeks or months.
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