So you have a foam roller. Now how do I use it?
Foam Rolling is the easiest way to work on some sore muscles and work on mobility at home or really anywhere. You can find foam rollers pretty much anywhere and are relatively cheap depending on which brand you get.
First lets talk about the different types of foam rollers you can buy. There are foam ones, pcp pipes, rollers with ridges on them and even ones that vibrate. If you are just starting out, I would suggest any regular soft foam roller. If you are someone who is very active and often sore, I would recommend trying one of the more advanced ones possible a little harder material to really penetrate into your muscles.
Next lets talk about when you should foam roll. Foam rolling can actually be used as a warm-up or cool down or a random stretching and mobility session. You can really foam roll whenever you feel you need it or even as a prevention to getting more sore. Sometimes you finish a great workout and you know you are going to be sore. Then after the workout would be a good time to spend some extra time foam rolling and even more important to do it the day after. This will result in faster recovery and keep you from getting injured.
Now lets get into actually foam rolling. Foam rolling is very simple. Basically you want to put the roller under the muscle you want to work on and just slowly roll across the surface until you find a spot that is sore or you have a knot and you just want to sit on it or rock back and forth with the pressure from your body. Foam rolling is more about finding the specific spots that need your attention and working them out, and less about just rolling up and down your muscle.
Alright, lets grab those foam rollers and get to work!
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