Where to Get Your Foam Roller (& Which One is Right for You)
- Beginners to Advanced: This is the most basic foam roller and can be used by anyone. It releases lactic acid buildup without the intensity of the spiked versions.
- Heavy Duty: This foam roller is heavy duty; meaning if you plan on foam rolling every day for long periods, this model will hold its shape over repeated use.
- Deep Tissue Massage: This foam roller is like a deep tissue massage; it is an intense foam roll that will dig into your muscles and give you an amazing loose feeling after.
- Muscle Roller Stick: The roller stick a is another option from a foam roller. The stick massages and lengthens muscles and is hand held so you can adjust the pressure manually.
The foam roller is for anybody who wants to move better. Use it to roll through tight muscles, knots and kinks to reduce soreness and improve mobility. Studies show that using a foam roller can provide users with benefits such as decreased muscle and joint pain, increased circulation and flexibility, improved range-of-motion, better balance and improved gait. This tension or tightness is usually caused by repetitive moving patterns - so obviously running, but also resistance training or other repetitive sports/actions. Regular use of foam rollers can be beneficial in preventing or recovering from injuries, maintaining and improving mobility and preparing the body for peak performance.
When to Foam Roll?
Foam rollers can be used before or after a workout. Foam rolling before a workout is perfect to stretch, smooth, lengthen, and get muscles aligned for the rigorous workout you will be putting them through. After a workout is the perfect time to find those painful pressure points and relaxing the tension there. Post workout foam rolling also helps your muscles return to the proper length and recover even faster because it can prevent the buildup of scar tissue.
If you have never used a foam roller, your first time may feel like the most painful deep tissue massage you have ever experienced. But remember, the more painful it is, the more you know you need it! And the more often and consistently you foam roll, the less painful and the better your muscles will become!
The following is an awesome foam rolling video that takes you through all major muscles to work on in real time:
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