I recently picked up a foam roller at Dicks Sporting Goods. For those of you that don’t know what a foam roller is. A foam roller is a lightweight cylinder of compressed foam. Its a tool used to massage your body in order to help with recovery. After testing a few foam rollers out on the floor in the middle of Dicks Sporting Goods. I settled on a foam roller from Trigger Point. I liked the way that it felt and the size because it fits perfect inside my gym bag.
Learn How To Foam Roll
Some benefits of foam rolling are increased flexibility, reduced soreness, and eliminated muscle knots. The actual act of foam rolling (also known as self myofascial release) is where you use the foam roller to apply pressure on any knots that you have. Instead of just rolling back and forth. The best way to get results is by holding the foam roller against a knot for about 30 seconds. It will be painful at first, but your body will naturally respond by relaxing after a few seconds.
I referred to my NASM textbook, online articles and even YouTube videos to see what techniques would work best for me. It takes practice to get use to foam rolling. You are not going to enjoy it at first, at least I didn’t. It’s going to feel weird and awkward. You are going to question yourself, if you’re doing it correctly. After about two weeks I felt a lot more comfortable with the foam roller itself and felt like I knew what I was doing.
I recorded a Foam Roll Tutorial on my YouTube channel. In the video below you are going to see me foam roll my calfs, hamstrings, quads, hips, glutes, back and triceps.
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