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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Muscle Memory: Tramp & Floor

Muscles are smart, and lazy. Muscle Memory, is a form of procedural memory that enables one to achieve a level of expertise in an activity through muscle repetition. When developing muscle memory nerves in our muscles respond with the brain to snap shot the level of muscle engagement required to pull off the task. Initially the activity will be challenging; however the repetition the activity will become quite elementary. 

When committing an activity to muscle memory it is important to focus on proper technique and alignment. Failure to do will commit the flawed practice to memory; and make it that much more difficult to break the habit. Muscle memory needs to be challenged, and the brain needs to be engaged in order for the body to get the most out of a workout. One way to do that is to switch up the intensity levels with in a workout, or to change up the surface of activity. 

In this rebounding workout, the body in challenged by moving across the hard surface of the floor and the bouncy surface of the mini trampoline. As you move across the different surface pay attention to the change in muscle engagement. This workout inspired by The Tracy Anderson Method will help you break through fitness plateaus. 

Happy Tramping!

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