FOAM ROLLING 101
This is a vital step in your training program and is at times overlooked by a lot of people. As much as it’s torturous, it helps you feel a whole lot better after an intense training session, and speeds up muscle recovery – it’s a god send after leg day!
WHAT IS A FOAM ROLL EVEN?
Think of it as a massage that helps with muscle tightness at trigger points in your body. The idea of foam rolling and applying pressure to certain parts of your body is to boost blood circulation to muscles and returning it to it’s elastic, healthy and “ready to perform” state.
And we want our muscles to return to it’s normal state after an intense workout, so that everyday tasks aren’t hindered and we’ll be in our best form for the next workout.
HOW TO FOAM ROLL – THE RIGHT AND WRONG
Grab a foam roll and apply pressure to a specific muscle or muscle group using a combination of the roller and your bodyweight. Slowly roll yourself in one direction, don’t go back and forth.
By rolling slowly you’re able to pinpoint the areas that are tight/painful, and once you’ve found that sweet spot pause for a few seconds. It’ll be intense discomfort at first, but should lessen after 30 seconds or so. Once the discomfort is lowered, continue rolling until you find the next trigger point.