Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Foam Rolling- Not another "How", but the "Why"

I receive alot of questions regarding foam rolling. As self myofascial release (SMR) becomes popular...and it is...I think it is important to understand "why" and "how" it works. I see many over-eager lifters use PVC piping, baseballs, and even bocci balls to "iron" out adhesions or muscle knots. Have we gone a bit too far?

If some is good, more must be better right? Hmm..not so fast.

Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) has become popular amongst many fitness enthusiasts and fitness trainers as a great tool to help relieve muscle stress and increase muscle movement at a very low cost. The foam roller is becoming a footnote in every “good” exercise program and people are reaping its results everyday.

Here are just some of the benefits of Self-Myofascial Release:

Correct muscle imbalances
Improve Joint ROM
Alleviate muscle soreness
Improve neuromuscular efficiency
Relieve joint stress

A good foam roller should be tough and be able to withstand the constant pressure of your bodyweight without “caving in” or bending. If your foam roller has already taken a beating and looks warped...then you purchased a cheap one to begin with.

However, if your pursuit is to inflict more pain thinking that you will improve more, then we need to look at those reasons. Is there such a thing as “improving more”? Yes, it’s called optimal. And optimal is achieved with cool, calculated smarts. And hopefully this article will help you reflect on your SMR usage and improve your overall exercise program.

Read the entire article here.

1 comment:

  1. Great post, I have been using foam rolling with my clients for a while now and the reults have been amazing!

    Cheers John!

    Tom Godwin
    Foresight Personal Training


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