Dear Soulmate Workout, it’s not you, it’s me… I think we need some time apart so I can only appreciate you more later.
I have just ordered P90X, eeek!!! If you read my “about me” you would know I’ve been doing TurboFire for the last 3 1/2 years, and TurboJam/Chalean Extreme since early 2006. But, I am pretty sure that my body has plateaued. So I have decided to change things up a bit and SHOCK MY BODY.
Have you ever heard of muscle memory? Wikipedia defines Muscles Memory as a form of procedural memory that involved consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition. Basically, the more you do it the better you get at it! Which can definitely make your fitness routine easier, but less effective over time.
Common misconception!!! Muscle memory doesn’t live in your muscles though!! Lives in your brain!! Sneaky little brains. In my research, Tipitout‘s blog says it best “muscle memory is memory for our muscles, rather than in.” Repeated movements create a memory in our brain for that. In essence, the videos I do over and over again are ‘easier’ because I know the routines like the back of my hand. I TRY to focus on what I’m doing and not letting my mind wander. However, I have my moments like when I’m driving a route I drive over and over again. I wonder how I got there? Sometimes in my workouts, I will blink and it’s over. I was thinking about something else and not focusing on the movement or muscle.
Most people will notice muscle memory or a plateau when they weight stops coming off. I don’t have a weight loss need, but I have noticed that my body will go “soft”. I can do the same ab routines over and over again and no change in the muscles. Muscle Memory!
Aren’t our bodies amazing creatures??
In the world of fitness, you have to challenge your body to see results. I have stopped being sore. I actually miss being sore!! Heck, a month ago I could barely lift my arms after doing Chalean Extreme!! And when I first started TurboFire, I remember my legs killing me after Hiit days!!
The wonderful news is that it’s easy to change this! Change your routine!!!! 🙂
I also think it’s good to change your routine so you don’t get bored. If you get bored, you will almost always set yourself up for failure. Keep it interesting. Fitness shouldn’t be forced, you should enjoy what you’re doing. I enjoy challenging myself. If it’s hard, it almost always makes me work HARDER!
PS, Soulmate workout, i will only be gone for 90 days! I already have a plan for you to be reintroduced!!
Have you ever had to change your workout routine due to plateau??
Have you ever tried P90X??