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Foam Roller to offset stiffness

post #1 of 10
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I'm one of those people who suffers from stiffness pain in muscles after hard training, working muscle groups in a new way or after any sort of lay off for even as little as a week due to injury, illness etc. It leaves me in pain but more importantly unable to do much for 3 or 4 days if it's bad. My Dad was the same as is my son.

 

I saw foam rollers demonstrated on a fitness chanel and thought I'd give one a try. I bought one from Amazon in the UK for £14(just over 20 dollars) I've started using it and rolling over the main muscle groups I've used in a session. I've had a bit of a lay off for an illness and hadn't trained for 10 days. Normally I'd be debilitated but to my relief the thing really works. I was a bit stiff sure but not to any significant extent and could resume a normal training schedule.

If you're like me give it a try. Sorry if this sounds like a TV ad but I just wanted to let any fellow sufferers in on it.

post #2 of 10

Foam rolling is great for those of us who fall more toward the "viking" end of the "cirque du soleil" to "viking" continuum.

 

 

 

post #3 of 10

I use a foam roller mostly for my upper legs, particularly the IT band.  I also have a hand held roller - a TigerTail (see link below) - which is great for getting to areas that the foam roller doesn't touch; for example, around the knee.  I believe that, in addition to stretching and keeping my leg, butt and core muscles balanced, rolling has helped to significantly reduce knee pain.  Rolling also feels great and I like rolling better than massage.

 

http://www.tigertailusa.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=8922550006&CartID=0

 

 

 

post #4 of 10

I like to use them in combo w/ core stabilization for a 2 for 1.  Work your core, while you range your legs!!!

post #5 of 10

They make us do this at Crossfit, lacrosse ball too.  Hurts like a mo-fo.  I don't like to do it but it really does seem to help.

 

post #6 of 10


And us cheapskates can just  use a thrift shop rolling pin 

 

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Originally Posted by canadianskier View Post

I use a foam roller mostly for my upper legs, particularly the IT band.  I also have a hand held roller - a TigerTail (see link below) - which is great for getting to areas that the foam roller doesn't touch; for example, around the knee.  I believe that, in addition to stretching and keeping my leg, butt and core muscles balanced, rolling has helped to significantly reduce knee pain.  Rolling also feels great and I like rolling better than massage.



 

post #7 of 10


Duck tape a kitchen towel around a small coffee can!

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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post


And us cheapskates can just  use a thrift shop rolling pin 

 



 



 

 

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post


Duck tape a kitchen towel around a small coffee can!



 

 

 

or pvc pipe

 

 

post #9 of 10

That's all we had to when foam rolling was first introduced at our box.  Works fine.

post #10 of 10

Ok just get a 2-3' section of 5" PVC pipe. Hurts like a mother and does the job.

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