Do Muscles Have Memory?

Is muscle memory real?
No training = no stimulus, and as a consequence, we can experience muscle loss. ⁣

How hard is it to regain lost muscle ? ⁣

It turns out, “Muscle Memory” is real, and as many of us have likely experienced, it’s far more easy to regain lost muscle, than it is to gain it for the first time. ⁣

In fact, our muscle fibers seem to have an “epigenetic memory” which defines the changes that the cell’s DNA undergoes, including informations about its previous size. ⁣

Even though we experience muscle loss rather quickly after a period of detraining, we don’t actually lose the number of myonuclei. This increases the amount of resting MPS, and makes it much easier to regain lost muscle once we’re back to training. ⁣

In addition, motor unit recruitment appears to decrease slowly in contrast to muscle size. ⁣

This means that once we’re back to training, we’ll be able to still recruit a good number of muscle fibers, and still exert high amounts of force, compared to when we previously started training.. which again, will allow muscle regrowth to occur at a much faster rate! ⁣

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