We’ve all seen it, fit bodies rolling around on a piece of foam, and probably had the same thought the first time…WTF?!?
Self myofascial release if you want to get technical is the proper name for it, we’ll keep it simple and stick with foam rolling. The foam roller, like traditional stretching, is a great tool for lengthening and elongating muscles. Instead of simply lengthening the muscle, a foam roller massages muscles intensely, much like a massage from a massage therapist, but without the heavy cost.
Ok, so I’ll get longer, smoother muscles…and…..Bueller?…Bueller? Longer, smoother muscles are an essential part to staying injury and pain-free. This is possible because strength, mobility, and posture are improved when you lengthen and smooth muscle fiber. Since you now have improved strength and mobility, this is where it gets really cool… you will BURN MORE CALORIES during exercise. How? If you have longer, smoother muscle fiber, you can recruit more of that muscle fiber during your workouts. You could go thru the same movements you’ve been doing but by using more muscle you will burn MORE calories, shortening the amount of time it takes for you to reach your goals. Fitness enthusiasts who regularly foam roll before and after exercise will get to their goals faster, than ones who do not. Everyone wants that magic pill that will get you to your goal yesterday. Supplementing your workouts with foam rolling is pretty dang close. 5 min before exercise to increase blood flow and 5 min after to minimize soreness by releasing lactic acid is all it takes.
Look, if you are already taking the time to workout, take the time to foam roll. The benefits fair outweigh the amount of time it actually takes to do. I would highly recommend asking a fitness professional for help. Everybody is going to be a little different, taking a customized approach to foam rolling will only increase the results you see. If you are currently working with a fitness professional and they do not have you foam roll or recommend a deep tissue massage once a week, get a new one. Seriously, imagine if your doctor had never heard of penicillin… would you stay or find a different doctor?
For a quick tutorial on your legs check out this clip http://youtu.be/Q0AJh6ymwJc We will always have them here at Underground Fitness for $35.00. Thanks for taking the time and I hope you start enjoying the benefits of foam rolling today!