Your Muscles are like accumulated Assets – How MUSCLE MEMORY works

Muscles are like assets, like stocks, or GOLD! Once you “earned” them they will really never leave you for good.

BTW, Aboutlifting has been out for quite a while. I do apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused to the tens and thousands of regular readers all over the globe. We had some problems with the Card that I use to pay for the hosting. And I admit it was all my fault and I don’t deny it. Partly the problem was financial and some lack of management on my part. But now we’re up and running again, I will not disappoint you guys this time around.

Now getting back to the topic:

I said that your muscle and strength gains are like assets. But first off let us define what assets are okay? An asset is basically anything that you own that puts money IN your pocket. Anything that puts money OUT of your pocket is not an asset but is a LIABILITY. You can ask all successful business owners and tycoons and they will all agree with me to that definition.

Assets include real estate that you own in which you put for rent, you sell, or put up for lease, etc. Securities and stocks or shares that appreciate in value especially the ones from blue chip companies (or from penny stocks ONLY if you know what you’re doing) are also considered as assets since they will accumulate wealth in time. IOUs or servicing a loan to someone is also an asset since you gain interest with those (assuming that you have a system to assure that they cannot run away with the cash that they owe). A company that is set to run on autopilot is also an asset. For that matter I consider this website an asset.

But off course an asset requires that you shell out at first. That is called an investment. And in the process of owning it, you will also need to spend some amount of cash as well to maintain it. But the thing with assets is that they will give you more money than what you spend and spent on them. Investments that turn out to be assets (because some don’t turn out to become assets) will break even in the long run. Donald Trump says that he is happy spending millions of dollars erecting skyscrapers because in the end it will bring him billions!

But off course as humans we spend a lot of money on stuff that we think are assets, but they aren’t. Like your house or your car. Your personal stuff are NOT assets because they take money OUT of your pocket and they don’t give it back. Your house is an asset for ANY INTITUTION you pay your mortgage to. You house is an asset to basically anyone EXCEPT FOR YOU! Your personal vehicle is not an asset, unless you own it as a cab and the driver gives you money every day as a boundary. But off course we cannot avoid spending on our own liabilities, it’s the truth of life and our NEEDS are our NEEDS. Our job is to minimize them and counter the negative effects of your liabilities with your gains from your assets.

And you would notice that assets take time to become what they are. Assets are like planting a seed and waiting for it to become a tree. Thus it needs time and effort AND MONEY to sustain but the thing is, if done right, that seed will give you shade and lots of fruits to feed on, on its own in the future. Indeed the benefit that it will give you once it becomes a mighty tree will be greater than the amount of effort that you have invested on it when it was still a seedling.

You see your muscles are the same. All of us start off frail and thin, skin and bones – OR fat and lame. But after years of hard work in the weight room, you finally sculpted the physique and strength that sets you apart from normal “citizens”. Now one look and one can tell that you lift weights. And you don’t need to look like a big mutant for that to happen. A well-built physique looks impressive to regular people (especially to girls -YEAH) even if you think that YOU Aren’t BIG ENOUGH.

Muscle Memory = Long Lasting Asset

But let’s say that after years of serious training, a career or a family, or a business has kept you away from the gym for a long time. Would you lose all that you’ve worked for?

De-training or stagnancy will indeed shrink your physique. Nonetheless you will more or less look better and will still be stronger in comparison to other people who never trained at all. You will also be able to RE-gain the previous mass and strength that you once had.

Previous lifters who have de-trained and shrunk will gain X amounts of muscle mass and strength level 10 times faster than an untrained individual trying to gain that same amount of mass and strength for the first time.

That is because of the ASSETS that you have accumulated during the years that you were training hard. You see, your muscle and strength gains are not all just fibre and tissues, the muscle and the strength gains come in with the new muscle cell nuclei that are produced when you train as an adaptive response to the stress.

For those who don’t know what a nucleus is (plural = nuclei), they are the core of your cells. The muscular system being one of the largest systems requires that each cell has multiple cores. And with that we can metaphorically call your nuclei as being the asset that you accumulate.

As one stagnates and “slacks off”, he enters a period of muscle wasting. The body does not need that extra mass anymore so it removes them to save energy. Remember that your body always wants to be in a low-energy state thus become efficient with its expenditures. When it sees that you don’t use your brutes, it figures that you probably don’t need them anyways.

BUT! Further studies show that your muscle nuclei do not disappear together with the other tissues that are lost. These nuclei serve as your “Muscle Memory”. Check this entry out from Wikipedia (they also cited the studies):

Muscle memory has been used to describe the observation that various muscle-related tasks seem to be easier to perform after previous practice, even if the task has not been performed for a while. It is as if the muscles “remember”. The term could relate to tasks as disparate as playing the clarinet[1] and weight-lifting, i.e., the observation that strength trained athletes experience a rapid return of muscle mass and strength even after long periods of inactivity.[2] Until recently such effects were attributed solely to motor learning occurring in the central nervous system. Long term effects of previous training on the muscle fibers themselves, however, have recently also been observed related to strength training.[3]

Until recently it was generally assumed that the effects of exercise on muscle was reversible, and that after a long period of de-training the muscle fibers returned to their previous state. For strength training this view was recently challenged by using in vivo imaging techniques revealing specific long lasting structural changes in muscle fibers after a strength-training episode.[3] The notion of a memory mechanism residing in the muscle fibers might have implications for health related exercise advice, and for exclusion times after doping offences. Muscle memory is probably related to the cell nuclei residing inside the muscle fibers, as is described below.

The muscle cells are the largest cells in the body with a volume thousands of times larger than most other body cells.[4] To support this large volume, the muscle cells are one of the very few in the mammalian body that contain several cell nuclei. Such multinucleated cells are called syncytia. Strength-training increases muscle mass and force mainly by changing the caliber of each fiber rather than increasing the number of fibers. During such fiber enlargement muscle stem cells in the muscle tissue multiply and fuse with pre-existing fibers as to support the larger cellular volume. It has often been assumed that each nucleus can support a certain volume of cytoplasm, and hence that there is a constant volume domain served by each nucleus, although recent evidence suggests that this is an oversimplification. Until recently it was believed that during muscle wasting (atrophy) muscle cells lost nuclei by a nuclear self-destruct mechanism called apoptosis, but recent observations using time laps in vivo imaging in mice do not support this model. Direct observation indicated that no nuclei are lost under such conditions,[5] and the apoptosis observed in the muscle tissue were demonstrated to occur only in other cell nuclei in the tissue, e.g. connective tissue and muscle stem cells called satellite cells. Since in vivo imaging has confirmed that cell nuclei are added during strength training and not lost upon subsequent detraining,[3] the nuclei might provide a mechanism for muscle memory. Thus, upon retraining the extra nuclei are already there and can rapidly start synthesizing new protein to build muscle mass and strength.

The extra muscle nuclei obtained by a strength training episode, seems to be very long lasting, perhaps permanent, even in muscles that are inactive for a long time.[3] The ability to recruit new nuclei is impaired in the elderly,[6] so it might be beneficial to strength train before senescence.


Check this statement out:


The extra muscle nuclei obtained by a strength training episode, seems to be very long lasting, perhaps permanent,


Thus you will see some guys gain some amount of lean mass so fast that you think that they are doping? Most of them are just “rebuilding” their former mass and the quick response and mass gains are courtesy of your muscle nuclei.

You see the models in the BEFORE and AFTER pictures? Most of them are former lifters who just slacked off before taking the before pics. In that case they will still experience those “HUGE” gains even without using a “breakthrough” product. That is all thanks to their muscle memory and muscle nuclei retention.

thickness with back to back supersets

Deffinitely his muscles BECAME an asset!!

Right now, I can consider myself to be in that “muscle-wasting” state. I cannot afford to go to the gym and eat lots and lots of food right now. But it doesn’t matter. I have been in this state pretty much many times already, and I only need a few weeks to get some serious mass back again. But still I am the only guy in my age group I see without a fat belly (mine is still flat even without exercise). And my body is still robust and looks different from the others who never lifted weights all their lives.

And all that thanks to the hard work I put in consistently during my early years. Thankfully my hard work was enough to develop my muscular nuclei to the level that they are in right now and serve as a memory device for my past gains. By the way guys thanks for the support and see you next time! Eat your eggs, people!

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4 thoughts on “Your Muscles are like accumulated Assets – How MUSCLE MEMORY works

  1. Hi there. Sorry to hear you are “wasting” away. You don’t need to be in the gym though. You should adopt a hard regimen of callisthenics to offset your inability to go to the gym. I guarantee you that it will work, I haven’t set foot in a gym in over a decade. I only weigh about 140 lbs but people stop and ask me about working out and ask for tips. I assume you want to weigh more than 140, so you’ll need more food, maybe you can offset the lack with lard.

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