Holistic practitioner and author Sophia Kupse says positive thinking and muscle memory are the keys to hitting new PBs
‘Muscle memory’ is not memories stored in your muscles, but in your brain. It is the memory of movement stored in the part of the brain that controls movement, the cerebellum.
The cerebellum contains millions of neurons called Purkinje, which receive signals from 200,000 other sensory cells under muscles that regulate motor movement in the body. The cerebellum coordinates voluntary movements such as posture, balance, coordination, and speech, resulting in smooth and balanced muscular activity.
How does muscle memory work?
When we learn tasks such as riding a bike, playing an instrument, learning a song, we spend hours on end practicing. Muscle memory doesn’t judge whether you’re doing good or bad – if you practice a song poorly for hours on end, you’re going to be really good at making the same mistakes over and over again.
When you repeat mistakes again and again, you reinforce those pathways in the brain the same as if you were doing it right. That makes those mistakes even harder to overcome later. This is one reason why the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is often true. The key to building good muscle memories is to focus on the quality of the quantity. Working on technique from the start can sometimes seem a little dull, but it etches those perfect moves into your muscle memory forever, making it easier to continue to improve.
When it comes to hitting new a personal best in any sport of fitness regime, if you believe you can do it, you’ll be able to. This isn’t just a case of positive thinking, but of muscle memory in action. By believing you are going to smash that last record, your brain instructs your muscles to drive through the paths set in muscle memory. It’s all about the relationship between your sensory cells, muscles and brain.
The way in which we communicate with our self is key to reducing physical pain and attaining success. In psychology we are the parent to the adult and the inner child within us. Allowing a deeper understanding of the relationship between the two people we are, will enhance mental performance and reduce physical pain.
By learning to silence the negative chatter we constantly allow our mind to play on repeat, negativity we’ve often collected and stored as far back as childhood, we are able to transform the way our body reacts to daily stresses. We are able to outperform our yesterdays.
Sophia is the author of Desperately seeking a pain free self. Find out more www.themusclewhisperer.co.uk