Motor Memory or Muscle Memory?

The term muscle memory is very common, but it has always struck me as being imprecise in a way that leads people away from holistic thinking to focusing on separate muscle groups and body parts. And this type of focus is not the most productive for long term improvements – adjusting the way you move part by part or strengthening individual muscles groups is hard work and usually offers only a temporary change at best.

This article makes a nice distinction between two types of memory:
There’s some inherent memory in muscles, which accelerates the regaining of lost muscle mass, but memory that deals with coordinating movements is not ‘in the muscles’, it’s in the brain and spinal cord. Click here to read the full article.

Improving motor memory offers long term change. Whether your muscles are strong or not, good coordination(aka quality of movement) makes a huge difference!