A foam roller is a tool I use to free my body of aches, pains and to promote my bodies ability to move effectively.
My exercise routines are pretty hardcore and I'm active daily as a Personal Trainer, class instructor, aspiring kickboxer, calesthenic enthusiast, extreme runner, novice sprinter and rugby player. My body takes an absolute hammering weekly. I have also just started cycling and mountain biking on weekends too.
With so much going on I have to be a master of recovery. My favourite recovery tool is the foam roller because I feel the difference instantly. There's no you'll have to wait to see the difference gimmicks.
Complete a squat...
How did it feel?
How supple were you?
Ok now foam roll your Iliotibial band (outside of leg, area between knee and hip) for about 20 seconds on the most painful spot you can find and boom. Now do the same for the other leg.
Try that squat again.
I have recorded clients on camera and measured there range of movement in the squat and seen them achieve ridiculously exciting improvements....YES AFTER JUST 40 SECONDS IN TOTAL.
The foam roller helps you to breakdown adhesive sticky gluey like soft tissue (dehydrated soft tissue) that occurs when your neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems are overly stressed out or in active. The foam roller gives you deep tissue trigger point release as you roll up and down. By putting weight into the roller it causes a forced drag and disperses the blockages allowing your body to move freely. These techniques are labelled as myofascial release. Myo means muscle and fascia is a band of fibrous connective tissue that binds the body head to toe from skin, muscle, organs and other soft structures of the body.
If like me you wish to be active and full of fun forever then you need a foam roller! Be a master of recovery!
I have helped myself and clients recover from achilles problems, calf pain, knee pain, sciatica, lower back issues, impinging nerves in back and shoulders, bicep tendonitis, frozen shoulder, tight traps, golfers, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, and shin splints...just to name a few.
I always recommend you get a relevant qualified professional to show you how to use a foam roller. If you're going to do this, do it properly.
If you wish to learn more please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced Personal Trainer
Rehab and Movement Specialist
Strength & Conditioning Coach