Foam rollers hurt so good. That three foot foam tube is one of the most commonly used, and beloved, pieces of fitness equipment around. So much so that sometimes people will devote entire gym sessions to purely foam rolling and working out some muscles stiffness. So what’s the magic behind foam rollers, lacrosse balls, and the roller sticks that help alleviate those irksome muscle knots and keep muscles feeling pliable and ready for action? And how can you best utilize these self-myofascial release tools for greater success.
Pain. What do you know about it? And how do you describe it? I know enough about pain to explain to you the type of pain I feel, and how it affects my daily or recreational activities. So that is how I approach the path to progress; I try to figure out how to move better without that pain! My intrinsic drive to improve movement quality is something that bubbles to the surface because I ask a lot of my body. The manifestation of an inhibited muscle, scar tissue, or whatever the epicenter of my source of pain may be, is something I like to address quickly and effectively. In order to do that, I like to get a second, very professional, set of eyes on my movement patterns.
Two of the most powerful tools you have for recovering between training sessions just happen to also be two of the most fun! Relaxation and eating enough food to meet your daily energy needs are important strategies to manage the stressor effects of training and exercising. When employed properly, meeting your calorie needs and getting a little R&R can play a significant role in allowing your body to adapt to training, as well as come back faster so that you are good to go and back to training hard when you want to be. So with these two practices in mind, let’s look at how you can improve your recovery and keep training and growing in the process!
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