Muscle Memory...

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    May 07, 2010 1:56 AM GMT
    Is it real?

    Once upon a time, I had bigger shoulders, arms and chest muscles... because I had time to go to the gym 4-5X a week after work. Then I started graduate school, and got a dog.... and my gym schedule went down the drain... and so did my lovely toned biceps etc.

    I have some more time now in the summer to get back in the gym. I want to know if the whole concept of muscle memory is real, or if it's just a myth? And if it is real.... how best to support growth? :-D

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    May 07, 2010 2:01 AM GMT
    Seems to be real for me. When I've been away from the gym, I can usually pick back up a bit below where I left off and actually feel more pump and see more results from my workouts. Anecdotal, though. I have not kept data.
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    May 07, 2010 2:26 AM GMT
    After being out of the gym for almost 10 years, picking it back up again in Dec '09, and almost doubling my previous records last month, I'd say yes...muscle memory is real.
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    May 07, 2010 2:37 AM GMT
    Yes, it is real. Lost muscle is easy to regain quickly, unlike muscle you never had in the first place.

    I have a couple of times regained ten pounds lean in a week.
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    May 07, 2010 7:04 AM GMT
    What you call muscle memory is just the combination of conditioning and genetics, plus the age factor. You can regain mass, tonicity, fitness. How much depends on these three factors. All the best.
  • AlexGuess

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    May 07, 2010 8:33 AM GMT
    Is it me or this thread already was discussed?
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    May 07, 2010 9:24 AM GMT
    AlexGuess saidIs it me or this thread already was discussed?


    That's like saying "the simpson already did it"
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    May 07, 2010 11:59 AM GMT
    AlexGuess saidIs it me or this thread already was discussed?


    I tried searching for a similar thread but did not find anything. I dont understand why people get so up in arms about topics that get repeated anyway... lol, just dont reply if you dont want to??
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    May 07, 2010 2:52 PM GMT
    Algovion saidWhat you call muscle memory is just the combination of conditioning and genetics, plus the age factor. You can regain mass, tonicity, fitness. How much depends on these three factors. All the best.


    Tonicity is SO not a real word. Welcome to RJ btw.
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    May 07, 2010 3:57 PM GMT
    I can only speak for myself as well having been out of the gym for about 10 years and starting all over again last fall it appears to be the case although I suppose that during those 10 years absence I didn't quite lose everything I had gained previously
  • danisnotstr8

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    May 07, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    Algovion saidWhat you call muscle memory is just the combination of conditioning and genetics, plus the age factor. You can regain mass, tonicity, fitness. How much depends on these three factors. All the best.


    Are you trying to downplay or disregard muscle memory? I'll see your "tonicity" and raise you an "idiocrity."