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Published on: 16 Feb 2017 by jshaw
The real difference between the top
performers and athletes in the gym isn’t necessarily what they are doing under
the bar, on the track, or even the pool. It is what happens between workouts
that ends up playing a huge role in how the next workout will go.
The gymgoer who kicks butt in the gym, and
the athlete who dominates the competition is just as aggressive with their
recovery and rejuvenation as they are with their practices and workouts.
And one of the top ways to keep yourself
mobile and recovering like a boss is to spend some quality time with your foam
roller. Here are just a few reasons that foam rolling
should be a foundational part of your training.
It boosts recovery big-time.
As mentioned, high level athletes, and
those that master their day to day workouts in the gym, are all about
recovering as quickly as possible. Beyond just being able to recover more
quickly, foam rolling and self-massage has been shown to boost central nervous
Reduces DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
We have all had those workouts where we
limped out of the gym, completely destroyed. Spending just twenty minutes after
your workout on a foam roller has been shown in numerous studies to speed up
the evaporation of muscle soreness. While the crushing soreness that comes from
doing leg day for the first time in months won’t completely go away, foam
rolling will help you dial down the soreness so that you can go still walk down
the stairs and sit without needing a spotter.
Another one of the neat-o things that foam
rolling does is to incerase bloodflow, helping to deliver vital nutrients and
minerals to muscles that desperately need it (i.e. the muscles that you just
worked that day!). Rolling back and forth on the foam roller will also help to
reduce arterial stiffness, something that is great news for those who need to
massage or get more bloodflow to specific areas of their body.
Benefits of massage without the cost.
Seeing a local athletic therapist runs me
anywhere between $90 and $180 depending on the length of the session. The foam
roller is something that you pay for once, and pays for itself over and over
and over again. It is literally like having your own personal massage therapist
on call, at any time, any place.
with static stretching for big jumps in flexibility.
Having massive amounts of power and
explosiveness in your workout
routines is one thing, but can you perform basic movements like bending
over and touching your toes? How about hugging your knees to yoru chest? For
many athletes and even the casual gymgoer, flexibility remains an area of
serious improvement. Stretching as an activity is not terribly enjoying or
stimulating. Foam rolling, and the myofasical care that comes along with it, is
a more enjoyable way to kickstart big gains in flexibility, particularly when
you alternate time on the roller with static stretching.
We all want improvement in the gym. We want
to get a little bit faster, get a little bit stronger, be a little bit less
wrecked after each of those massive workouts, and ultimately, get more gains.
Injecting some time on a foam roller is
apowerful way to achieve all of those aims, and best of all, is something you
can do from home on your own time or at the gym bookmarking your workouts.