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Yes and no. There is no literal memory in the muscles, but the thing people call “muscle memory” exists, though the name is a misnomer. What is Muscle Memory Anyways? When you strengthen your muscles (even if the last time you strength trained was in high school) your muscles, which are made of multinuclear cells, grow.

The more you strengthen them, the more they grow in size. When you stop working out, you have what’s called ‘muscle memory’. Actual muscle memory. While this research is still in the early phases, it joins other studies that have found evidence of muscle “memory.”. Last year, a study that involved eight human.

Muscle memory is real, but it’s probably not what you think. The term can refer to two different things. Many have said there is no such thing as muscle memory.

However, research is now showing that it does exist and how helpful it can actually be. Muscle memory is a bit of a misnomer, since the muscles themselves do not remember anything. Muscle memory really refers to us storing memories of muscle motion.

It is also called Motor Memory. We do have special facilities in the brain to “chunk” motions into groups of motions and memorize these groups of motions together. Muscle memory is definitely real. Pro players are super experienced with their hand-eye coordination, so they can apply that universal experience to any sensitivity. It is better to stick with one sensitivity though.

Muscle tissue does not have a “memory” of past exercise training, new research suggests. Muscles that have trained hard in the past and those that have not trained show similar changes in. Yes it’s real. I think the major contributor is polynucleation. Basically the size of your muscle cells is limited by how many nuclei they have in them (it’s crazy but each of your muscle cells has multiple nuclei-“polynucleated”).

When you build muscle, you force your muscle cells to build more nuclei. Muscle memory is the act of completing a particular physical or mental task with such repetition that your body then learns to complete the task more efficiently, using less brain power.

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Whether this is a function of good genetics for training responsiveness, a certain “muscle memory” in the brain or muscle cells of the detrained athlete, or just past knowledge of how to train is unclear, but it does seem to be real.

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from Wellness and Physical Therapy
by Fair, Sharon Elayne Fair
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2010

The term “muscle memory” is a misnomer.

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by Matthew Walker
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(Even though we often hear the term muscle memory, it is the brain, not the muscles, that remembers.)

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from Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity
by Shirl J. Hoffman
Human Kinetics, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as muscle memory.

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by David John Collins, Angela Abbott, Hugh Richards
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Because of a phenomenon known as muscle memory, your body is sensitized to recover lost muscle tissue when you return to training.

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by Brad Schoenfeld
Human Kinetics, 2008

They call it muscle memory.

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by Robert Olen Butler, Janet Burroway
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You might have heard of such motor skill learning described as “muscle memory,” but the learning is in your brain, and it is a type of implicit memory.

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from Cognition: The Thinking Animal
by Daniel T. Willingham, Cedar Riener
Cambridge University Press, 2019

In fact, muscles themselves have a sort of memory that works much like a reflex.

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by Joseph Weisberg, Heidi Shink
Pocket Books, 2005

Calling this “muscle memory” is a lie.

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by Raph Koster
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Only after hundreds of hours of dedicated training does execution become automatic, turning into what is colloquially referred to as muscle memory.

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by Christof Koch
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  • Correction: I say ‘genetic’ changes, should be ‘epigenetic’ in relation to the researchsimply a misspoken word, not intentional. Thankyou

  • I’ve been watching your channel for a few months now. Thank you for putting out good, honest content. Also, for someone who’s not a troll, you sure can troll with the best of them. Lol. Nicely done.

  • From personal experience: I had to stop training for 2.5 years due to health issues and poor treatment. Before that, I trained for approx. 5 years, of witch 3 years were consistant and the first 2 on and off. I restarted training 2 months ago and the results I see are crazy. I am not the biggest guy for sure, but how fast I reached a size, I had to work for for years including weight training and now only using simple body weight and resistance band exercises, is just something I wouldn’t have expected. Still some way to go to my old size and more importantly strength, but if it keeps up the speed and I can get to the gym again any time soon, half a year back into training will probably be enough to be bigger than ever before.

  • 2:10 “there are going to be times when you can’t train for certain reasons…” March 16th 2020: Corona Virus forces shut downs of gyms in the USA….this will be remembered as The Catabolic Ages

  • Even though you stop working out, If you start doing it again, It can be faster for you to regain what you have lost than before. Because your body must remember what you have attained before.

    However, It would be hard to regain what you got 10 years age unless you had trained it for over 1 year with intensity.

  • No he got it right. The use of the word bate comes from the movie Idiocracy. Which is where we are now in the good ol’ US. But, he was ‘Batin’. So click bates are quick click “bates” and are therefore meaningless, and leave you feeling empty.
    Stop click-bating people. Go for quality bates.

  • on april 3rd this year, I was hit by a car. I had to be put in a coma, and my life was all about relearning to walk and that kind of stuff. I had trained all my life different sports, but 3 years of propper gym training. After a 5 months rehab I came back to the gym, and I regained weight, strenght, etc at an incredible speed. So, in MY experience, muscle memory is there, and you can regain 18kg in a couple months(not all muscle, but you get me)

  • I’m back into training after almost 10 years off. I’m now 39.
    My increases in strength are far quicker than my previous time, diet is similar, training is very similar also… my endurance is also picking up as quickly too.

  • Hey Alex, all good? Considering i cant do exercises that uses the lower back with high weights ( as squats, deadlifts, rows.. ) netheir vertical moves ( pullups, military press.. ) what aproach of training would you use? Higer reps at thats exercises or use machines when i can? As well, i fell nothing when doing traps, like, i cant make them sore no matter what exercise i use ( except one bi-set of facepulls + lateral raises in sequence )thats good? tHANKS, ur the boss!

  • Really enjoying your informative videos without the fluff but with the added comedy element! Only wish I’d found u & others earlier…. Keep doing your thing!! wishing u all the best, growth & exposure

  • you should have also mentioned muscle cell cores. they increase with resistace training and does not go away. so the muscle hase more potential to grow again after some time of. that is very close to “memory”

  • Tell in 1 word…. If i workout fo 1 month and rest for 1 month….. My muscle definitionand performance will increase or it become same….

  • Is there adipose tissue memory? Would those who have previously had an over abundance of fat, lost it & kept it off for some time be more efficient at putting it back on during a period of sustained caloric surplus beyond the impact of metabolic compensation?.. Would weight gain have a higher ratio of fat to muscle in these individuals, assuming they are training during the period of caloric surplus?
    …your videos always have me pondering.. Thanks for the consistently amazing content!

  • Ive seen muscle memory with my own eyes for sure. My friend got a hernia and was out for 7 months and was back up to squatting 500lbs in a few months and got even stronger lmao

  • I’ll add my anecdotal evidence into the mix. Whenever I end up not training for a couple of months, I always find it doesn’t take very long to get back to the level of development I was at before I stopped. The hard part is then following up with new gainsbecause let’s face it, that only happens with hard work!

    Great channel, I’ve watched a handful of your videos and I’m impressed.

  • Could the muscle regains be attributed to the movement memory which allows the body to perform the movement with better efficiency allowing the muscle to reach its previous size faster?
    Does this make sense?

  • The sad part about memorizing the motor schema by the brain is that it doesnt really care if you are executing the exercise with correct form or not. You might as well learn to execute it the wrong way. But, on the bright side, you can always change one motor schema into another. And having one in place with small inaccuracies might be an improvement cascade for the new pattern. Hurray for neuroplasticity!

  • I used to do strength training weightlifting very seriously decades ago, and I bulk up now absurdly easily under fairly trivial loads. I would say it’s pretty darned permanent.

  • I may sound dumb here, and I apologize. But does motor schema aid in muscle memory? For instance, we know there are ‘kinesthetic learners”. I’m assuming those people would have a greater motor schema, and therefore be able to build muscle quicker after a break? Does one affect or aid the other? Again, I’m sorry if I sound dumb.

  • Hey SPS I have a question is it possible for a 300pound man to loose weight to quickly on a high protein diet. I’m currently eating well focusing on protein while shedding the weight faster then I expected. In the past 3 months I’ve lost 10kilograms or 22IBs from changing my diet and excersising more (shocking I know). Am I losing weight to fast though many people keep telling me that and I don’t really want to believe them. As at my current weight I am still morbidly obese so losing the pounds to quickly is the least of my worries matter of fact it’s probably great news. What do you think?

  • James, the research of Bruusgard et al has explained the physiology behind muscle memory. Muscle hypertrophy is limited by myonuclei. The myonuclei act as regional control centers covering a set area. The cell cannot grow unless it has sufficient myonuclei to cover that area. During hypertrophy satellite cells translocate to form new myonuclei. During muscle atrophy, the myonuclei do not die off but are retained for decades. When muscles are stimulated sufficiently they can hypertrophy rapidly without the rate limiting effect of insufficient myonuclei. Once you have built that foundation muscle, it is much easier to regain in later life.

  • you are straight forward, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VIDEOS.

    I wish you can make a vid about fasting for a day every week, or a day and half, because i was struggling with my cutting plan, and i decided to come up with this idea where i fast every sunday since sunday is boring and i do nothing and i dont workout ” my workout is monday-friday”, and if i can sleep on empty stomach at the end of sunday its even better, and i was surprised that it really worked and my cutting is getting better and i am leaner been doing it for a month now. Could it be becasue the overall calories intake decreased over every week thats why its working? or is there a scientific explanation to it? i really really hope you make a video about it. Thanks for the great content

  • Can’t u please do a video on ‘Skinny Fat’? I can’t seem to locate your video on that topic..If there is then can u please reply me the link..
    Lots of respect..Thank u.

  • I recreationally practice football (soccer) free kicks, passing and shooting techniques and after a 6 month period where I stopped for a while, techniques I had spent months honing in on suddenly became hard to perform despite me never forgetting how to do the movements. After returning though, very quickly the ability to perform the technique came back despite me spending up to several months practising them initially. I wonder if there is research to determine the cause for this, most likely it is neurological and has relevance to pathways being stimulated again by the repetition of learned patterns. It has to be the pattern of muscle activation that stimulates and re-establishes the ‘muscle memory’ because it is the only thing that has changed between the period of time from when I was practising regularly to no practice for 6 months.

  • hi, I wish I found you when I was 14. I destroyed my knees with bad form and I’m still having problems with them.now i found you i no longer have any injuries thank you for your work

  • Off topic question: I’m currently trying to increase my Pull Ups and therefor following the ‘russian fighter pull up program’ which is supposed to increase reps over time. Now, Chris Heria always emphasizes the importance of perfect form when it comes to pull ups. Only do as many as you can execute perfectly. So far, that is three for me. However, according to the routine, I should be doing sets of 6-5-5-4-3 today which I obviously won’t be able to do with perfect form throughout. But the reps past 3, where my form starts crumbling, would still count as time under tension, regardless of perfect execution, if I understand correctly. Ultimately, I want to reach 10 perfectly strict pull ups. So, my question is, if I should focus on perfectly excuted reps only, or disregard form in favor of time under tension?
    Thanks in advance, I appreciate your knowledge.

  • James what’s your opinion of turkish get ups? I know it is a Crossfit move but Joe Rogan thinks that’s a good example of a functional move that nobody does in gyms today.

    Thank you in advance and sorry for possible bad english, not my native language, love from Perú.

  • This may explain why deload weeks help the muscle recuperate and come back stronger. Maybe the CNS, which takes longer to recover, also benefits from a break to establish stronger pathways?
    Your channel is always thought-provoking as well as troll-provoking.

  • hey man. love the content.
    you should do a peer review of this channel called “bellyproof”. He has some interesting point of views on caloric deficit, training etc. and i think you could create a brilliant video with some great counter arguments and a overall great review. Have a good one!

  • Jason Blaha is gaining back the 3lbs of lost muscle in his legs using muscle memory.

    If only he had lies memory. He’d be in a much better position.

  • I would love to workout with this guy and have him critique my squat and deadlift form. I like the way he acknowledges that we’re not all proportioned the same, so our lifts may be executed differently than “standard”. He is so knowledgeable and presents his info understandably! Yeah, SCIENCE!

  • As someone who’s gone from absolutely DYEL to into the top 10% at my gym in like a month due to previous training, it’s super real. Don’t be afraid if you lose your gains

  • I have muscle memory when it comes to playing guitar. I’m highly trained and can take two years off and still have good control of movements when I return and it won’t take long for most speed/endurance levels to return.
    I don’t have muscle memory in weight training. Any strength loss from a lay-off will come back at the same speed as the first time around and that’s after 30 years of regular training.
    I think this is evidence that I have talent for guitar but not bodybuilding.

  • Flex Wheeler and Kevin Levrone proved it in the last couple of years by adding up to 90% of their previous competition Olympia size within 6 months to a year.

  • Booked off gym by my physician for a week, this video put my fears of losing all muh gains to bed. Thanks James. Keep up the excellent content

  • Can you do the video about German Body Comp by Poliquin. your take on it would be interesting you always put science in priority in your videos.

  • What about strength memory? Not sure how else to put that term. But the idea that we can efficiently regain strength (not just mass) after periods of inactivity.

  • I tore my pec this past January. Since then, ive lost a large amount of my muscle mass. Once im good to go, i hope to be able to prove muscle memory true haha

  • I know how much you love bulletproof coffee and biohacks, so you’ll absolutely love this video: Bulletproof Upgrade Labs: Biohack Your Body And Mind To Become Superhuman

  • Is there any way I can stop working out but not lose strength or muscle? and is there any way I can keep eating all day but not get fatter?

  • Hi James, I’m surprised that you didn’t mention anything about myonuclear addition which occurs during muscle fibre growth (i.e. hypertrophy). Myofibers represent terminally differentiated cells and as such, while they might reduce in size, they should retain the added nuclei. As such myonuclear addition should not be when trying to regain strength and size.

  • “There may be times you’re not able to train….. There could be a tragedy in your family” Straight to death James? Pretty dark bro:P

  • I’ve always been curious about this topic. And now that you’ve put out a video on it, I’m immensely satisfied and I thank you for it James. Stay blessed ��

  • I know you wrote this a while ago but can I see some kind of article that says how the satellite cells donate their myonuclei? I can’t find anything online, thx

  • Best explained muscle memory video on the Web… thanx Jeff, After 3 years out of the training I started last week and I already see good results, It feels unreal though… But I didn’t gain fat during my time away I got little smaller though

  • This is encouraging, i stopped training because i was recovering from a surgery for 2 months, i lost a lot of hard earned muscle mass..

  • Sir, I’m having a minor shoulder impeachment. Can u tell me how long will it take to recover? I’m loosing hope and getting demotivated. ��

  • Come on Jeff… We know you don’t need to fence your garden because you taught your dogs how to move externally outside….
    Poor dogs, they are probably doing their facepulls everyday….

  • I had stopped working out for about 7 years because I got Gerd which got bad to the point I couldn’t work out anymore. But recently for about month now I’ve got back to it and I’ve noticed my muscles growing alot faster and I’m not even drinking protein.

  • I know this is an old video,but I have a question..I badly broke both my wrists a year ago,I wasn’t allowed to gym as the physio was scared id injure myself..if I had to start now would I be able to get all my gains back easier than when I first got them? It has been a year and I’m not sure how long muscle would keep memory

  • Lost 80+ pounds two years ago and gained a decent amount of muscle. Just started going back this week and I’m so glad to hear this

  • I was searching for a muscle memory video on drum sticks but actually stayed and ended up watching this whole thing lol good video

  • Stopped for almost two years then went hard at my biceps Wednesday,man I forgot how frustrating yet GOOD these DOMS feel,feels like heaven every time I try to extend my arms past 120 degrees lol

  • Thank you so much again, Jeff! This was exactly the question, I recently had at a class in my personal trainer studies and they weren’t able to answer me that question, because it is “too scientific”… Instead, people around me always get annoyed, because I ask about the reason behind everything.. Luckily, I have you by my side, who teaches me everything a good personal trainer should know about!:) Thank you for sharing your essential knowledge, so many people are lacking!

  • This is pure gold. I’v been a powerlifter on and of the most of my life. The longest period was around 6 years. Also started bodybuilding a couple of times in shorter periods of around 2 years..
    When life got in my way, a was out of the gym for a year or even more.. And every time I start up my sport I’m being accused for steroids use. I am sick of it, and from now on, I will link this video to all the fat asses and skinny dudes who can do noting but being jealous.

  • If atleast muscle memory would prevent me to stop pulling credit card for WOW like before I even knew about wow I would be amazed _

  • well i’m going back to gym after over an year layoff(did go every other month or so between them but not much) so i came here to know how long does it take for me to get back the 20-30lbs of muscle that i lost back…you didn’t talk about it.

  • Jeff, this is brilliant. I have been in good shape for the past 3 plus years but the flu finally caught up with me. I avoid the flu at all costs as I have emphysema from poor choices while younger. This flu over the past 3 weeks has destroyed me. Although I am almost well again but have lost at least 6 kgs. I look like someone has skinned a rabbit. I just want to say thank you. Although I have not dedicated fully to my 45 year physique; I am in the best shape of my life due to what you (and Jessie) share with this channel. Thank you mate.

  • Literally, I have experienced this thing in the past 2 days after returning to the gym from an 11-day rest after working out regularly for 3 months now.

    My biceps have shrunk or weakened in thickness whenever I touched it during the break and I was eating on average 1500 calories per day (if not less, 1500 calories is best case scenario) due to sickness and lost about 1.5 kg of weight, right away when I started again yesterday with the arm day I noticed an immediate change in the size and thickness of them, it felt like the same level of jump I got after 2 weeks of starting exercise 3 months ago; Equivalent of 2 weeks of gains in one day.

    Now my question is, does protein add more of these dogs? To make it as simple as possible?

  • I’m confused. Do the circles inside the muscle fiber represent Satellite cells or myonuclei? I thought satellite cells multiply to generate more myonuclei to allow growth. At one point in the video Jeff says those circles are called satellite cells that provide myonuclei, but some seconds after he calls myonuclei to the circles themselves. Can someone clarify?

  • does anyone know how much fat i will gain if i begin bulking again after losing about 15 pounds of muscle? also how long will that take if im lean bulking?

  • How much time has to pass for the satellite cells to disappear? In other words, for how long can you get away with being lazy and then come back to your muscle memory still being there intact?

  • It’s so true I had 15 months off because of tennis elbow. Been back for 2 weeks and my chest has shown growth and Iv always struggled to grow my chest

  • Can you make a video for those who want to come back to the gym? How to do it safely because our bodies are not used to it anymore. I heard going a bit easy is a good idea at first, cause logically we’re not going to pull a 1rm.. Thanks for everything Jeff, good to be back.

  • Muscle memory is one of the bodies coolest features in my opinion. Not only does it allow you to keep alot of strength even after you stop working out, its responsible for alot of our coordination. With enough repitition your muscles can learn to do incredibly quick and complex movements with extreme precision, all without even having to think about it. Pretty much any proffesional athlete relies very heavily on muscle memory to perform their sports. Of course nervousness and anxiety can make you overthink things and mess yourself up. Thats why professional basketball players cant make every freethrow, even though logically it should be second nature to them.

  • I’ve stopped for just over a year use to be toned, fit light weight now medium weight or so. get cramp a lot. I’ve noticed within a month there is a great improvement. Best to keep it when you’re young, bones age so keep your mussels strong

  • 4 YEARS off dealing with DEPRESSION, ANXIETY and very bad nutrition, some months could called starvation. Lost 11 kg of pure muscle, I wonder would it be possible with max effort get kilos back in lets say 6 months. Waiting for OPINIONS and PERSONAL STORYS:)

  • Got depressed and haven’t gone to the gym for 4 months after I had been going non stop for one year. Gained 10 pounds of fat but I’m ready to get back at it. No set backs!

  • You Alex!
    Iv been watching ur videoes for somtime now and iv learnd a lot! Thank u
    But my case is that i been training for 9-10 years in total, but have not been working out for 2 years duo to injury….
    So i was hoping u could pleas answer me on how i can fastest kick start ny mucle memory, back to the point i was in shape?
    When i was in shape my weight was 202.8 pounds
    Bench: 2020.4 pounds for 8-10 reps and at 264.5 pounds for 3-5 reps
    Deadlift: 462.9 pounds or 2 reps
    Thats the only stats i remember

    Hope so much u can answer this question, it would help me som much.
    Because i want to be able to start ur Natural enhanced program as fast as possible, but i want to be at my old stats first.

    Thanks so much in advance
    M.JALLOW

  • This is absolutely amazing and true I just started working out today after 3 freaking years of doing absolutely nothing and I was blown away. So 4 years ago I worked out for about a year then moved and I had a 2h on/2h back comute from work + 8H shift so 12 hours even though I shoud have never stoped I did. Just got laid of and said to myself hey Bro remember how good you used to feel when you went to the gym better go again no so I don’t go crazy and depressed at home looking at the ceiling and wondering wtf am I gonna do how I lLL make ends meet… So any way at my strongest was going 5 days 0130-2h stats were  benching 275 x 5 DL 375 x 5 Squat 315 x 5 never tried more since I train alone, dumbells would bench 90 x5,also in the beginning first months  I had terrible form  muscle imbalance my right arm was going first up in BP or any  press  always able to do 2-3 more reps same for the legs fortunately it even out in 2 months. NOW today 19Sep2017 at 28 years old after 3 freaking years where the only activity  I had  was running to catch the subway once in a bluemoon, I did chest and biceps I benched 205 x 10 and my arms were pushing perfect at the same time my back and position on the bench went right away to tight core flare lats feet pushing the floor created that strong indicated tight core form for BP. I was mindblown how the heck I am still able to do this? For DBL I did 70lbs (my max was 90) for 8 reps. For biceps though  I did feel a bigger drop from what I did curling 60 lbs dumbels x 8 today did  30 x8 but even so I was puling with both arms the same reps same on the bar curl the bar did not came up on the right side first like it used to it was amazing hell I even lasted for about 1h45, I am absolutely amazed I was a little afraid and insecure thinking man such a shame I was getting such good results in 1 year I was feeling like a million bucks but after stoping for so long it is gonna suck I have to start back from zero etc etc but I am so happy and motivated to see I was wrong cant wait to wake up and hit back tomorrow let see how much my back held up during this 3 years of nothingness. Sorry for the block of text I am just happy and wanted to share it:))

  • I’m 16. A week ago, at my peak, i weighed 58kg. I trained every other day (3–4 days a week). I gained quite some defenition but I got into a football accident & fractured my wrist which will take 6 weeks to recover.

    Seeing as though muscle memory exists, how long will it take for me to regain muscle?

  • at 5:00 you said we can “likely” get the cells back? I haven’t worked out since I was 22 and in 32 now, will I be able to get my size back with this muscle memory? how long do you think this will take. it took me about a year to get to where I was, I’m going allot sooner than that, hence why I haven’t got back into it.
    thanks

  • Excellent video, only contention is that those nuclei aren’t satellite cells but rather the muscle cell is multi-nucleated. Same thing though….

  • hey thank you, i have an injure and hear about muscle memory, this really help me out not to strees, because i want to workout so bad haha and i though i would lose mi gains, so thank you!

  • I broke my forearm and I can’t workout for 4 months. I am currently 2 months in and I really can’t wait to get back to working out. I hope I will not lose to much strength though.

  • took four months off looked flabby ass fuck everyone would tell me I let myself go I go back to the gym for a month straight and friends tell me how I got so big and one even asked if I take steroids lmao

  • After some depression had struck I had been out of the gym for 2 almost 3 months. Lost so much strength and size…not eating had to do with this as well. Been back for 2 weeks now stressing why I let myself get to this point lol. This video really helped to calm my nerves.

  • This is wierd but this happened to me i worked out from age 20 to 23 stopped working out one year(24). AT age 25 i got my mass back really fasy

  • I’m here cuz I stopped working out a year ago. Took off to take care of my girl and my newborn. Then I couldn’t go after new year and then covid hit. Just got some 100lbs adjustable dumbbells to set up my small home gym.

  • This effect comes also in handy to singers (singing is also just a coordinated use of several muscles) after a longer “singing break” or also to other form of arts.

  • do you still require as much protein as before to regain your muscles or can you manage without. I’ve got fat after not training and don’t want to excessively eat.

  • I use to train like crazy when i was in my early 20s now in my 30s i worked out for a solid month and im ready seeing results in strength and size

  • this applies to using keyboard bc at first we try to stretch our fingers we even have to look at the keyboard to type a key but with much practice we get better bc our fingers get more comfortable and we would use a keyboard more efficient

  • Can you talk about muscle memory in terms of myelination and what occurs in the very beginningwhy a dance move is so awkward at first and how we go from zero to one? (Vs why it’s easier to come back)

  • True, I learned pistol squat since high school. Never do it for about 10 years and i still able to do it while my friends struggling with it ��

  • Christians out there, times are getting nearer and nearer each hour, each day. There is going to come a time, and its going to be soon when we will face The Author and Finisher of our faith(the Lord Jesus Christ) face to face.

    Are we ready for His glorious return? If we are, then are we ready to stand face to face to give our account on what we’ve done on this earth for His most Holy and precious name Jesus Christ? Do you know that every idle word we say is recorded, and we’re going to give an account on the day of Judgment? Mttw 12:36

    Do you know, we’re going to be judged by our works and everything we’ve done good and bad while we were living in our earthly bodies? 2 Cor. 5:10 Christians, these are things we need to be thinking about each day! The reality of when we face our Savior Jesus Christ at the Judgment Seat should sober us up instantly.

    We need to ask ourselves: can I be doing more? Am I getting lazy in my faith? Am I not sharing my faith amongst my family, friends etc.? Am I having the “someone else is going to do it” attitude?

    At this moment right now I want you to look ahead and visualize yourself standing before the Everlasting Father(Jesus Christ) Isaiah 9:6 and ask yourself how sorrowful or how happy am I going to be when the One I lived for my whole Christian life, is judging me, and burning all the works I have ever done on this earth? Is there going to be more of Wood? Hay? or Stubble? Or will there be more like precious stones or things that aren’t going to be burned up when He tries it by His Holy fire.

    How many opportunities do we actually take to preach the gospel, to help the poor, and uplift fellow brothers and sisters in His Holy name. Christians, we need to encourage each other and live how we ought to live, staying away from sin, walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Gal. 5:16 Not letting any sin being named amongst ourselves, brothers and sisters! for we used to do those things, Amen? 1 Cor. 6:11, Col. 3: 8-11

    We need to turn to righteousness and live a holy life unto the Lord and not to ourselves. 2 Cor. 5:15 Please think on these things in the name of Jesus and allow them to sober you.

  • How long take my muscles back to the same mass after ACL and meniscus surgery?now it’s almost no muscles in my left leg. I am 3 weeks after surgery and not sure yet when I can start rebuilding. But my question is how long it’s going to take if I finally start my workout?

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  • Learning to play a musical instrument is also largely down to muscle memory, and that is an amazing muscular feat if you think about it, although of a different kind.

  • So I used to be able to do an Ariel one time I was doing it on wet grass I slipped and fell on my head and tried a day later couldn’t do it and I try and try to do it a lot and my body has muscle memory of putting my hands down I can’t stop it and your not supposed to put your hands down is there a way I can fix this?!!?

  • Finally, someone gets it. Muscles don’t have the capacity to remember. Only the brain does that. What the muscles do is adapt to the stress that has been put on them. I used to be able to run a 2:52 marathon and now I’m not even close. Not because they “forgot”, but they no longer have the stimulus of training mileage and speed work.

    The guy that goes back in the weight room has muscles that still have adaptations to the previous stimuli.

  • Hey PictureFit, if it’s a nervous center thing, how is someone I know who is “brain-dead” use their organs? With the help of machinery his heart beats and his lungs breath, everything works but one hiccup, this machine only pumps air and through my research plays a small part in keep someone on life support alive, they said there is no brain activity and they’re gonna pull the plug, but any person with a sense of logic would know that those HUGE bodily functions required to stay alive are done because the brain is ALWAYS active(even when asleep)and it’s the brain that tells the body to work together in such a way as to keep its host alive. I find it hard to believe that after ALL these supposed “tests” they’ve done they still say there is no brain activity, whatsoever. I think that’s utter bull** and they are just to lazy or to nice to invoke any hope in his mom. He has a kid, f***, 4 months old, not even gonna know what her dad sounds like, and I want to know if this “muscle memory” bs going on is actually muscle memory, doctors say he’s brain dead. But his body is alive and couldn’t be just by pumping air, you know what I mean? Anyway I’m sure I won’t get a response from you before the plug is pulled but I want some kind of answer and research on that type of situation isn’t easy and I can’t find anything to help cure my anger towards the possible negligence of these ‘doctors’, (please get me back, and maybe not through a YouTube notification? If it’s the only way I’m still gonna check it. I’m sure you get what I mean and I hope you can give me ANY kind of answer, even if it’s I’m not sure)
    P.S.
    Good video, I just learned something about muscles, so, thanks��

  • muscle memory is very real…. I had to take a year off the gym due to an injury that started causing blood cloths…. I lost a lot of muscle, from about 215lbs to low 180s… I am 6’4 btw to put in perspective how low that is for me… within 2 months of working out again, I got back up to 205lbs…. within 4-5 months I felt as bigger and stronger as before…. its incredible how it works, because on my first workout back I felt like im working out as a complete beginner… I felt weak, nauseated, low endurance, and in a matter of a couple months I felt stronger than ever….

  • 2months?? I get my gains back in like 5 workouts and stuffing my face for a week lol thats after a 6 month layoff. BUT im 26 and have been training since i was 15.. so maybe that has something to do with it

  • Does this work for sports such as tennis? I found that after 6 months not playing I still was able exactly how i did before when I had returned back to playing after a 6 month gap of not exercising or doing any physical activity! I was surprised that i still had it! This is known as muscle memory.

  • Awesome iv stopped training for around 3/4months lost weight alot of gains knowing this has motivated me to get back to working out!

  • I always thought muscle memory was the ability to do something without thinking hard about it… Like playing a song without thinking about it because you’ve played it so much. Is there a word for what I described?

  • I broke my leg and have been inactive for 3 weeks. Ive dropped 7-8kg. My quad and calves have wasted away the most. Sure hope muscle memory works.

  • This is very true. After strength training for what seemed to be almost a year I was making okay gains but nothing spectacular. So then I decided to just say screw it and detox my system for a few months. Upon returning my ability to build muscle and do work outs more efficiently increased like crazy. 2 months later and I’m bigger and stronger than I’ve ever been before. Its truly amazing how the human body works.

  • I’m 16. A week ago, at my peak, i weighed 58kg. I trained every other day (3–4 days a week). I gained quite some defenition but I got into a football accident & fractured my wrist which will take 6 weeks to recover.

    Seeing as though muscle memory exists, how long will it take for me to regain muscle?

  • Seriously these are the best videos I have ever seen on fitness. Major kudos! You do an amazing job of both illustrating and explaining the topics so that it is easily understandable!! Thank you so much and keep them up!

  • I probably won’t get answers to allll of these question lol but her goes: Is muscle memory still the same after longer periods of time, say 1-2 years?
    Also, if I’m a dancer trying to get back in shape for dance by doing body weight exercises should I do how many reps/ do more endurance or hypertrophy training? Sorry for all the questions but also how important is it to have a specific plan, or can you just go and workout? Last but not least can you do a video on how Pilates effects your body and physique? Thank you

  • I’ve been training hard 2 months and then stopped my journey for 1 month. Now, only for 1 month i got back to my previous position that took for me 2 months. This. Is. So. True.

  • umm learning More lmoves create More connections bethween neurons in The musceles So tecnicaly theres are memories on The musceles

  • I know it has been a while but when did you notice that you started to lose strength and muscle mass? Was it 2 weeks in or 3 weeks?

  • I’m 16. A week ago, at my peak, i weighed 58kg. I trained every other day (3–4 days a week). I gained quite some defenition but I got into a football accident & fractured my wrist which will take 6 weeks to recover.

    Seeing as though muscle memory exists, how long will it take for me to regain muscle?

  • I love the concept of muscle memory. When I ruptured my Achilles my jump shot barely took any work to get back, admittedly there were thousands of hours that had gone in to it, but still.

    I think it’s real, I do. Now, what isn’t real is MY 16″ biceps, but I’m working on that lol.

  • so many factors at play..some of it is glycogen/water..etc on how you look….eating a bit more, particularly sodium rich foods will make you look “bigger” even without training..same happens when you cut down and dehydrate untrained, you can look smaller and everything in between..so some of it is size loss, though some of it is just the training/nutrition making the muscle look bigger..re-composition is definitely real, though there are other things that twist that equation..so all that being said, you can really see how the last priority for the human body is gaining muscle..its great that you have a coach man! thanks for doing these..you stimulate my thought and experience in the processes..I like learning

  • @colin if I wanted to send you a pic, what steps would I have to take? I have so much potential bro, althought my passion is powerlifting, I could be a dangerous natural bb. Im very proud of my physic, my only problem is that ive been going threw some life issues, that have caused me to develop a drinking problem, so Im not at full potential

  • Man the motivation is off the charts. I just ordered my supplements and im getting ready to go back to the gym next wek after a 2 year absence. Frame still good. Lost a lot of muscle. Gained a bunch of fat. Time to reverse that shit.

  • I was in a accident lost 18 pounds more or less was very negative and stopped training now I’m trying to get back soon in the gym and see if muscle memory works.

  • I’ve been away for 4 years but making a comeback now, I’ve lost 28 lbs so I wont be back over night but the few times I go gym I’m surprised to see theres alot still there when pumped up.
    looking forward to getting it back ��

  • There is theoretically no such thing as “muscle” memory. It’s just your freaking brain recalling the information/skill that was stored awhile back and sending signal to your muscles to work as they should. It’s really that simple.

  • 100% i was 190 pure muscle i injured my shoulder i stop traing for a year and lost all my muscle i just looked like a normal sized guy i was 182 no muscle i swear down now after to weeks i was 187 pure muscle drug free i have never took a drug in my life for muscle and ppl think i do im 36 now and back in shape after 2 weeks

  • I’m back to training after 20 years off due to bringing up kids and working, i’ve put on 7lbs in a week and start to see my body change so fast from a fat man to a lifter, i started training at 12 yrs old and stopped around age 23, i am now 44 and started training again using mostly body weight exercises as i am 287 pounds i get a good workout, i done press ups on my knees to start with but within a week i can do proper press ups, muscle memory is a remarkable thing. Even at my weight i can do sprint training on the treadmill quite easily.

  • What’s the best weigh to be for medium weight? I’m 11 stone atm no drugs, I think it’s cheating you can be small and be strong as fuck natural training. Then bigger, what’s the best leg exercises, I could do high kicks and 360 kicks? Can’t do much running.

  • dude I was like near your same body build almost, was for sure 180 and looked around your same build I am 5’10, your back is lil broader then mine, but then I never really looked straight at my back, anyways, my question is, I hit 38, broke my damn ankle off a rabbit hole while jogging a grassy stretch, anyways it was a ripple effect not just my ankle, I pinched a nerve in the process of fall, near a whole year of being a near cripple bro!!! I didn’t take the surgery on lower back, another whole year man in pain, But I pushed on at work with pain, honest to god I’m 41 now, my back feels almost 100% again, I want to start lifting again, sadly in 3 years I lost near 30lbs man, around 155 now, like dude like how I once was but well I still got abs at my age man and still cut like no other, but I want my guns back and weight, I would work out with my nephews, they live in the gym now, thinking about returning and wondering how much can I recover, and if it’s possible to maybe be as good as I was at 38 before injury at 42, I want the old me back, you think it’s possible and how long you think it would take, IDK I need to get caught up with work, back on track and in routine, I see you say get big as f, natural I never juiced either just didn’t have the cash to spare then for such, I just did my thing and still grew pretty nice size, really I was far from what I was and man all that hard work near gone now

  • Took me 2 months to get back to where I was 6 months ago. Every week I got stronger and stronger and now I’m stronger than I was. Shit is real son!

  • How long it took to lose these dogs? I lost 30 pounds mostly muscles. Do I have to eat as much as I used to eat when I was gaining the muscle I lost?

  • I’m 16. A week ago, at my peak, i weighed 58kg. I trained every other day (3–4 days a week). I gained quite some defenition but I got into a football accident & fractured my wrist which will take 6 weeks to recover.

    Seeing as though muscle memory exists, how long will it take for me to regain muscle?

  • This is even a question? People don’t believe in this? I’ve been playing drums for 8 years. If i don’t play for a month I don’t just forget everything and suck at playing. Uh, duhhhhh muscle memory exists!

  • Happened to me too bro.. I got IBS and acid reflux bad and couldnt eat for shit.. Ended up weighing 145 pounds @5 foot 11
    Looked like a fuckin alien… Now im back up to 174 after almost 2 years… 13kg of gains.. id estimate about 10 of muscle..

  • it is true coz ive busted my hands up and had them in casts so took long time off the bar and almost immediately within a week or 2 tops im pulling up like i used to

  • I was away from the gym for 19 years and I regained 90% of my strength in about 5 months. So got about 2 years of gains in just 5 months.

  • This is by far the biggest ive ever seen you look in this video, especially the traps and delts, was it the lighting? In all your other videos you can tell you are short even though you are sat down with only your head and shoulders showing. But in this video, you look like if you stood up you would be 6 feet tall, the clavicles look miles wider, how?

  • Honestly… I can relate to this video, but mainly when it comes to my violin playing. Playing an instrument is muscle memory and technique. At some level that is ALL it is. And I can tell you that after a loooong break I will get right back at where I was in a couple of weeks. It sometimes even feels like I’m doing better than before when the break hasn’t been for too long.

    I mean LOGICALLY why would my muscles forget what they could do well once. It’s not quite the same thing, but I just recognized it so well when you talked about it.

    Anyhow you probably thinking how the fuck did this person end up here, but I did:) and I’m glad I did!

  • I did some research on this and found some interesting facts.

    I have been out of the gym for years. I messed up my back during a deployment many years ago and just never got into the gym.

    I started working out about a month ago again, I’ve been out of the gym for over 6 years, however when I was in the military I was a beast. 40 pull ups at one go, could rep 210 for 4 sets of 10; incline, decline and flat, run a marathon etc.

    Anyways started back in the gym a month ago and struggling to bench 130 for more than 5 times, lat pull down for 140 more than 6 times etc. A month later I am at 180 lbs bench and 200 lbs lat, etc…everything is going up.

    It took me months if not years to get on that level. Science says it’s about the nuclei that aids in protein synthesis. Supposedly once you create new nuclei they never due, you don’t lose them etc…they just lay dormant.

    As far as my body composition I still have a lot of weight to lose to get to where I was in my prime, about 50 lbs (yes I put on a lot of weight) however you can tell that I am getting bigger (muscle wise) and losing a lot of fat. I have only lost 4 lbs in a month but you can tell I an loosing fat quick. Now that school is over I can focus more on losing weight.

  • If muscle memory is true, bulking is way superior to cutting when you’re skinny fat. Even if you gain fat along with muscle, then you can cut trying to maintain the biggest amount of muscle. And after that you can clean bulk (10% surplus) and get the body you always wanted.

  • the best piece of information in this video is body recomposition… I’m a seasonal labourer, and I put on twenty pounds and get leaner by the end of every summer, and lose it by the end of every winter… the muscle just sorta plumps up

  • Lifted for 4 years consistently and then I stopped lifting for about a year now. It’s only been about 2 months so far since lifting consistently again, but how long/ is it possible to get my gains back while cutting? Gained a shitload of weight in that year and bulking is not an option.

  • I believe it’s metabolic training that better conditions the body to manage more weight and being that you’re training to build muscle instead of just eating and putting those calories back on as fat, your body can readily give you the muscle you want.

  • I personally think its due to water being regained by all the cells and muscles. When a person is normally sick, they end to eat less and not drink water a lot coz lets face it, we dont like to eat or drink as much water when sick. They are almost in a fasted state most of the time and get dehydrated and lean. But when they comeback, their insulin is highly sensitive and they fill up on glycogen and water and the slight amount of fat loss makes one look better. my conjecture.

  • It’s weird how you make a video like this shortly after i got all 4 of my wisdom teeth extracted, I haven’t ate for almost a week an lost about 10lbs and I’m planning on training again in about 3-7 days when I start eating lots of food again i can’t wait to see the gains come back an to be honest I think It makes you look better than before when you get the strength back

  • If it’s one person I miss in the YouTube scene it’s definitely Migan. Man that dude had so much knowledge. Migan if you’re watching this #Team#3D awaits you brother.

  • I got sick for about 1-2 weeks but im back, how would you jump into the weights? To where i finished or some specific percentages?

  • Hey alex! I was wondering if your body is hot? Not like looks wise, but temperature? Like, has someone ever touched you, and they said you felt warm/hot?

  • When I started beatin off again on top of regular fucking, my crank actually got thicker. I noticed I did have a thicker and stronger boner. No pills or any of that shit. Eat good, workout and muscle memory is real and it may take a little bit to come back and the strength comes back slow but it will all comeback as long as you stick to it.

  • I 100% agree Alex, i stopped squatting for a long ass time when i went home during a university break literally like a month or so and then when i went back to it i was weaker yeah but within about 2 month of consistent training was back to the same weight and i was also lighter!!! Shit is amazing.

  • hey alpha destiny im a guy who preefers to look big and not care a lot about strenght what hypertrophy programm do u recommed me to follow?

  • had a tear in my rotator cuff (infraspinatus)…had to take about 7 months off…bench went from 120 kg down to about 90 right now…looking forward to see how well muscle memory works,hopefully ill be back to where i was in a few months:D

  • Ever heard that every cell in your body will have been replaced after 10 years? I wonder if a guy who gets jacked by 20 years of age will and takes 10 years off will have muscle memory if he starts training again at age 30.

  • Interesting! This summer I’ll probably take my first gym break in 4 years. I’m really curious to see how my body reacts after 2-3 weeks of no lifting.

  • God damn, miss them videos from Migan, he was actually the reason I found this channel…. Good video Alex!! keep up the good work mate

  • Alex, what if someone were to go on a large deficit, and lose a ton of fat and muscle in a really short period, then lean bulk back up, regaining the size back quick, while being a lower bf %. Wouldn’t someone get lean and big this way vs a slow cut.Thoughts?

  • You are the only youtuber im subscribed to that I want to train with. (And Eric Bugenhaggen, hes a fucking beast)

    Today I decided to follow your advice and start band training. I have a 325lb incline bench, a 600lb deadlift and a 405lb zercher squat (I dont like back squatting) and holy fuck it kicked my ass. This is some next level shit and I wish I had done it sooner. Ive been training for 4 years and band training is a new tool that I am going to be using. Thanks for the advice man, I look forward to the results that it will give me. Stay strong you jacked mofo.

  • Alex, so muscle memory is basically like where you once were, takes less time to get there if that makes sense? An example being when i stopped�� my arms were 9.5 and getting back to it, in 2-4 wks went back to 10.5

  • I wish u showed someone natural because roids builds muscle so fast, I was really strong doing 10 muscle ups in a row, 40 V ups, 50 push-ups, benching 140 and I’m 14. Then I was in the hospital a lot in for a week out for a week for about a year and no exercise and I’m just now getting back into it.

  • I just conducted my own little muscle memory experiment. When I graduated High School in 1992 my Bench Press 1 rep Max was 255. Other than some weekly 5 rep max lifting my first year in college, I completely stopped lifting for the next 27 years. Four months ago I started seriously lifting again trying to get back in shape. After 12 weeks of fairly intense training I put up a 245 max, and I think this week (week 16) I should get that 255 max back up. That’s 16 weeks to get back 100% of my strength after no lifting for decades. I am pleased anyway. It’s a lot of work but the recovery is fast. Now I’m going to chase that 300 lb max I always wanted to hit.

  • I was about to say that your traps look under developed….
    Then I realised its the massive width of your back that makes them look tiny xd

  • You know, muscle memory is real by the jealous naysayers calling out roids behind your back, which has to be taken as a compliment cause you must be doing something right if the lazy uneducated fools are swearing on their knickers that you must be on steroids lol
    I hadn’t trained for years then within a mere 6 weeks of getting back into training, not only were the results visable to me but also the “he must be on steroids” whispers proved it too,

  • I’ve been out of it for 3 years, got back for 4 on a cut, the gains weren’t significant as I was on a definitive deficit and just got back on a bulk, this video really inspired me on what I would expect, also 6 foot 4 but a meso-endomorph so certainly not stuffing my face as much as you lad, keep up the great work man, cheers

  • -How much protein per lb/bodyweight were you on?
    -how much of a caloric surplus?
    -how much weight did you gain?

    Fuck, muscle memory is incredible

  • Really interesting. I’m injured right now and haven’t been working out for about 4 months now which is killing me. My physio said I can work my legs Abs and left side of my body arms, shoulder etc.. I hope I see it come back. P.s new to you channel. Okay cheers mate.

  • thanks i have been out for almost half a year. im tired of being called scrawny. im two weeks back and i notice my pump finally coming back; cant wait for the solid muscle!
    like you stated, a lot of it is making sure i eat A LOT with my height and fast metabolism

  • I don’t understand. You claimed that the muscle you’ve regained is from muscle memort which you acquired within a year. How would you hit your genetic ceiling in 12 months? You hit your genetic ceiling after like 4-5 years lol, not 2 years

  • LOL.  Love your sense of humor and self-deprecation, bro!  Stumbled onto your page and subbed without a second thought.  I can’t say welcome back because I never heard of you before today, so how about, “Nice to meet you.  PLEASE help me improve my physique.”  Anyway, later.

  • A new video, glad to see you back man…I have been watching your videos for some time now(and I have really seen some dope improvements using your methods) great ���� transformation!!!

  • It is cool Muscle memory exists. However steroids are a factor in THIS individual. Clearly you will get super huge again, when cycling back on steroids.

  • Damn you’re looking wide as fuck man. But I really like your NE program man it’s about week 6-7 now of following it and I’m seeing nice differences already. More capped delts, traps gettin’ bigger, posterior chain a lot stronger… can’t wait to see what will be the progress after a full year.

  • Thank god because I just got started back after three months of not working out. I started to notice my muscles were coming back but I thought it was just a mind game. Good to know I’m actually getting my gains that I worked so hard for back.

  • Thank god because I just got started back after three months of not working out. I started to notice my muscles were coming back but I thought it was just a mind game. Good to know I’m actually getting my gains that I worked so hard for back.

  • Moron needs to think of others to instead of Swearing At Ambulance coz it could be him on another day fighting for his life… have some respect to fellow humans you TINY BRAIN dumb fuck.

  • Well this is good news, I’m an actor and also really into fitness. I’ve recently been given a role and I’m planning to get hella scrawny for it. Naturally, I was worried that I’d have to spend years getting fit again.

  • Good to know, lost about 2 years of muscles in gym after i moved to a new city. Very stressful life and 6 months in i had lost almost all my muscle mass. Im on my third week in exercise now. Feels decent to good but i miss my old body stretching these shirts and jeans.

  • Thank you �� this gives me so much hope! I’ve been sick for years bed ridden a lot and unable to metabolize nutrients, lost a lot of muscle. Now that my illness is under some sort of control, I’m rebuilding my body from the ground up, and this gives me great hope to learn that I still may have the capability to rebuild those muscles �� I once had!

  • I lifted since I was 18 in 1987. I lifted straight for 18 years…6 ft 230 lbs. Then I was injured deployed to Iraq in 2006…I stopped lifting for 10 years…started back last year and I was getting swole fast…true stuff

  • I have mono and cant lift for a few months or else my spleen will rupture �� sucks I cant lift but I’m excited for the challenge of my comeback

  • I use to workout my 9th grade year in 2015. I ended up losing all my muscle mass later on the summer due to lacking and not working out lately. I’m 18 years and it’s hard for me to regain my muscles mass back since 2015

  • So back my sophomore year I use to workout everyday I use to be able max 195 in bench my body weight at the time was 165 and I took a 6 month break and started to work and then Started again this Monday and bro… I can barely even bench 95…. 5 times… my one reo max is probably like 120 if I had to guess now I did lose 10 pounds and went down to 155 but like I wanna be like before but just not gain the weight…

  • Thanks this is very good news i had a great body no roids trained for 9 years and was ill and got very depressed about it this gives me hope great news

  • Your physique looks good bro. really strong thick back.. I got one question for you though. you may have noticed; I’m a subscriber trying to build up a following on youtube as well.
    At the 8.2 k following Can you do enough online coaching to make a living?

  • That explains alot man. Thank you. I took a 4 year hiatus after becoming a dad and gaining more responsibilities. I gained 60 pounds of fat and my muscle disappeared. I started working out and lost 6 pounds of fat in like a week and stopped losing weight after that. I’m on week 7 and my muscles just keep getting bigger. I thought I was delusional and I just hit a wall with my weight loss. So I guess I’m just in a period where I’m making my old gains and losing body fat at an even ratio. I was confused cuz I know muscle grows slow. I kinda of thought I hit second puberty or something.

  • I kinda find this hard to believe. I stopped working out 6 years ago and just started again recently, and I’m running a pretty identical diet + training routine. The gains are pretty fast (due to being back to zero/beginner level) however they are not much faster than when starting working out the first time around.

  • Muscle memory does exist, especially for natural gains. I trained 6 years, than quite for 10 years, being absolutely sedentary for almost 4 years. When I started training again, the first 8 months I gained back gains equivalent to two years training. But then it went back to a normal progression. Good video by the way, but Levron is not the best example as he is juicing all kinds. In his case it is more about training ability and pharmaceutical expertise.

  • Man same here i was out the vym for almost 2 years partying new job had me out yoo much….Went back kicked my ass hard for the first 3 weeks next 4 weeks i was maxing on the bench 495…..All natrual no steroids

  • I was doing well enough with my workouts, diet and overall gains through to early august when I stupidly aggravated a lingering shoulder injury through a drunkin arm wrestling episode at a cottage party. I went from a manageable ach to full on pinched nerve, tendon, joint snapped my shit up situation in a second by being stupid. I had hoped to heal on my own through just rest and stretching but when that failed I started physio a few weeks back and it is slowly becoming less painful and more mobile but other then a few exercises to heal my real weight training has stopped. I may start going through the motions with super light weight on some exercises next week and maybe in two or three weeks be able to start adding weight. This clip offers just the encouragement I need to stay with it and make the long trip back to where I was and beyond. Although I may not be quite at the point where I can work out again I can see that I should heal up before to long to start back and it is a good time to read up on and watch videos on the subject of returning after a injury to help me stay focused and this clip was one of the best on the subject so far. Thanks for the info and encouragement.

  • After 6 years of training i was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Im now 21 and will be finally released from the hospital and my big fear is to have to completely restart. Of course ive lost all my muscles in the hospital and strength aswell. I hope to regain my physique will 100% dedication and motivation over the next coming year

  • I’m 16. A week ago, at my peak, i weighed 58kg. I trained every other day (3–4 days a week). I gained quite some defenition but I got into a football accident & fractured my wrist which will take 6 weeks to recover.

    Seeing as though muscle memory exists, how long will it take for me to regain muscle?

  • it is absolutely real, 14 to 20 i worked out every day and for example couldn’t do the bar when I started. to maxing 345 at 20. got hooked on drugs from a bad girlfriend. lost everything and was so weak. testosterone low and all. at 22, cleaned up I started back barely doing 135 for 2 and being insanely sore the next day. within 2 weeks my bench skyroketedd to 315 for 4…. 2 weeks.. no word a lie and your elevated testosterone also rushes back.. also note you do get more neroticly developed as you age until around 28. you get stronger with age until around that point.

  • Thanks Omar, I needed this. I was away from the gym for over a year, due to personal family issues. And I”m getting back into it slowly but surely. It’s hard not getting frustrated practically starting where I began. But I push that emotion aside, and am re-learning everything again and thinking as if I were a beginner again.

  • quick question regarding muscle memory would you expect to gain more than 1/2 lbs a week if gaining muscle back that you have previously lost? cheers

  • it’s been two and a half years since I trained due to some fucked up injuries that have left me in daily chronic pain and headache since. just started going back to the gym. was big before. wonder how long it’ll take me to get back..

  • hey Omar, great vid!
    what about the required stimulus to the muscles after a long time off the gym? lets say a year on then 2 years off.. how does the stimulus correlate with muscle memory?

  • I can attest to this. I have had chronic tennis elbow for almost 3 years now. after a year out of the gym, I decided to go back. within 4 months..i was pretty well back to where i started both in terms of strength and muscle. Before hand, I had worked out consistently for about 5 years. So I got re-injured and am now out of the gym but Im not too worried because when and or if i can step in a gym again, within 6 months ill be where I left off.

  • 4 years off and it only took me 3 months to gain back 15 lbs of lean muscle…lost some fat too. Of course once i caught up it slowed to a crawl…

  • I totally agree. Lets see how my legs and squats do. I use to squat about 265ish-lbs 3 sets of 10 as a teen. A few years back I though I would do 135Lbs squats 1 set 20 reps… my legs were so phenomenally sore, I had to craw around on the floor to get around I could barely walk for several days. It’s like I gained 400 pounds. now in my mid 30’s My legs got sore with just 100Lbs 2 sets of about 10… and I mean SORE! This will be my 3rd squat day, for some reason I couldnt make it to my usual 3rd set in the past, lets see. It’s not about gaining muscle mass or getting stronger, it’s about not getting sore. Every other workout I can gain back muscle pretty easily. Easier than I thought. 14.5 to 15.5 arms in no time at all. Like a month or less.

  • this was a helpful video cause i was out of state and wasnt able to hit the gym and came back weak but I had got weaker and thought it take forever to get back!

  • why do you use seroid users for all your examples, like anyone who is natural gives a fuck.
    are you a steroid channel or a naturals channel you ass muff. love the content!

  • THIS Video is BS BIG TIME and all the way to the bank! it is like: woreshipping bitches, ohh… look at her, she is so beautiful. NO, she is not! she’s just wearing a shit load of Fake up! same here!

  • I had a bad stomach last winter, Fuk me that was some bad times, no gym, outa work, stuck to the toilet. one month it was, hell. Look after yourselves people.