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Foam Roller Flexibility

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
The debate about how much flexibility you really need is even hotter than the "wedge or not to wedge" issue. While it's often a matter of perspective, sports medicine experts usually agree that excessive flexibility is just as dangerous as lack of flexibility. However, if you're feeling tight, foam roller exercises can help you loosen up without adding excessive length to the muscle.

Check out the Article and Video
post #2 of 18
my life would cease to exist without my foam roller,a must have.




http://ericcressey.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html
scroll down to bottom
post #3 of 18
It's the best thing going for working on the I.T. band. Can't live without my roller.
post #4 of 18
Thanx for the link to the video LM.

My legs have felt like two concrete posts for the last few years (I'm 48). Static stretching never did very much for me. That looked like something to try so I ran thru it last night with my 4" roller.

Question, how often should one do that routine? Every day? Every workout, assuming two-three workouts a week? Every day til you feel looser then once or twice a week?
post #5 of 18
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If you're feeling very stiff, every day until you feel looser. Otherwise, 3X a week is good.

BTW, I added your page to my ski instructor links on Examiner.com
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie View Post
If you're feeling very stiff, every day until you feel looser. Otherwise, 3X a week is good.

BTW, I added your page to my ski instructor links on Examiner.com
The rolling is working on the legs; I feel looser after several days.

What's been bugging me for the last five or six years even more than stiff legs is what I think it a stuck psoas muscle mainly on my left side. Not much of a way to hit that with a foam roller. Don't know if you have any ideas for that.

If you don't mind listening to details and maybe volunteer advice, PM me and I'll PM back some history.

-L2T
post #7 of 18

Best thing I've bought in a long time

This is my latest acquisition.... the TravelRoller. Because of it's size, it has greater functionality than a full size foam roller, plus you can easily pack it with you when you travel or take it to the gym. It also comes with three different density accupressure balls, as an option, that pack inside the roller. You can get it through FitterFirst or directly from TravelRoller. www.travelroller.com
post #8 of 18
Hey exracer, I was back in Calgary over the weekend visiting friends/family and picked up a travel roller at Fitter First as well. I'd been using one at Talisman Centre and love it. My gym here in PG doesn't even have the normal foam rollers, so for the past 2 months I've only been doing static/dynamic stretching with bands.

Man last night was PAINFUL using the thing, lots of swearing and crying, but I feel great now. Haven't had a chance to review the included DVD yet but here's a few quick vids that could be helpful:

http://www.againfaster.com/the-micd-instructor/

Highly recommend a travelroller, it's a bit expensvie given it's just PVC tube with a yoga mat glued on and some plastic balls, if you were inclined you could build one yourself pretty easily. It's small enough to travel with unlike the big foam ones, which I also found too soft after a few weeks of rolling. And yeah, they are a MUST for IT band stretching (solved my running pain). Going to be bringing mine on ski trips for sure.
post #9 of 18

Great Article

If you're looking for something a little more technical on the subject this a good place to start.

http://www.nasm.org/common.aspx?id=1420
post #10 of 18

soft ball

You can also try one of these for a more targeted release.
http://www.power-systems.com/p-3487-...med-balls.aspx

They're typically used for strength training, but I find them useful for Self-Myofascial Release.
post #11 of 18
Help!

I can't find the foam roller videos any more. The link above took me to a new exercise.

Any know where the foam roller video is?
post #12 of 18
Does anyone know where to buy a standard foam rollar, and about how much I shoulod pay for one?
post #13 of 18
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Does anyone know where to buy a standard foam rollar, and about how much I shoulod pay for one?
http://www.fitter1.com/ sells them and I believe ships to Canada/US. Prices are a bit high, I'd try to find one locally if you can to save on shipping. http://www.againfaster.com/accessories/ is another place based in the US that has them.

I bought the expensive travel roller from fitter1.com's physical store in Calgary. Huge rip off at $99 for basically PVC pipe with a yoga mat over it and some varying density balls + DVD, but I didn't want to deal with the hassle of making one myself since I have zero tools right now.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by learn2turn View Post
Help!

I can't find the foam roller videos any more. The link above took me to a new exercise.

Any know where the foam roller video is?

Try here:

http://www.examiner.com/x-618-Colora...er-Flexibility
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by fitskier View Post
You can also try one of these for a more targeted release.
http://www.power-systems.com/p-3487-...med-balls.aspx

They're typically used for strength training, but I find them useful for Self-Myofascial Release.
Ooooh, I use this too. My dog always rolls around on a tennis ball; she gave me the idea. I can really get inside those shoulder blades with a little ball.
post #16 of 18
Thank you guys
post #17 of 18
Another great source of rollers, at different price points, is http://www.performbetter.com.
post #18 of 18
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Ooooh, I use this too. My dog always rolls around on a tennis ball; she gave me the idea. I can really get inside those shoulder blades with a little ball.
Yep! The rollers go for the large groups of muscles, where as the med balls get to those smaller hard to reach spots.
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