So I had the idea for this post, wrote it in the title, then forgot about it for a full year. When I opened the draft recently hoping to find some helpful prompts or witticisms, turns out all Past Charlotte had written for Future Charlotte was “do some research.” Thanks young biatch.
So I did some research and basically it all boils down to the following: Muscles are like people.
I’ll explain in 8 points:
8. Muscles are like people, they remember things.
Muscle memory is the theory that repeated movements will come back to the doer, even if it’s been a while since they were last done. This is the reason you never forget how to ride a bike.
It’s also the reason you inexplicably remember all the words to Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now,” and that snappy dance she did in the video even though you haven’t tried to imitate it since 1989 (ok, 2009).
7. Muscles are like people, sometimes they forget those things.
While your muscles may remember these movements, you can’t always pick right back up where you left off. This is why even though at one time you had the final dance from Girls Just Want to Have Fun (starring a young Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt and Shannen Doherty) fully memorized and nailed (except for the flips and stuff), if you managed to remember the whole thing today, your body wouldn’t be as forgiving with some of the high kicks.
6. Muscles are like people, they need routine.
Muscles develop by doing something over and over again. It makes them better, stronger and more efficient. This is true for both daily routines and dance routines like the one Stephanie Tanner did to Motown Philly.
5. Muscles are like people, they hit plateaus and get depressed about it.
Just like an apathetic office worker, a bored muscle will never progress. (However unlike office workers, muscles will spare you from the melodramatic existential crisis that usually ensues.)
4. Muscles are like people, they have to be alert to accomplish things.
How much work gets done before coffee? (Haha work, I’m not even confident I’m fully human before coffee.) Wake those muscles up!
3. Muscles are like people, they have to be properly motivated to perform at their peak.
While you can bribe people with money (or in my case all it takes is something caffeinated), muscles are motivated by variety.
2. Muscles are like people, they have a love/hate relationship with surprises.
Your muscles will be kinda mad at you for making them achey, but they will also be happy you switched things up because it made them stronger (and shows you care.)
1. Muscles are like people, they get confused rather easily.
This is good news- it means little changes to your workout routine go a long way.
There are still two camps to this theory, some say you must confuse your muscles by switching up your routine every 1-2 weeks to see results. The other camp says consistency yields higher rewards.
I say, find some things you love to do and do them often.
Thanks for hosting, Amanda!
What do you do- keep your workouts consistent or mix it up?
Who has the better memory- you or your muscles?
Do you like surprises?