Foam rollers seem to be a staple at every gym now-a-days. Most of us probably figured it would just be another short-lived fad that would pass as quick as the New Year’s Resolutioners do.
But over time, the foam roller fad only grew. And now more than ever I constantly see people at every gym using them before and after workouts. Athletes are using them to warm up and cooldown before games.
And so the trend continues to grow. So what’s the big deal?
Well foam rolling is a pretty big deal, and it will continue to be for decades to come.
If you haven’t already heard about “self myofascial release” (SMR), this is what foam rolling does. Myofascial release is essentially applying pressure to alleviate pain, warm the muscles, and increase range of motion. And myofascial release is an incredible way to warm up before an exercise session.
If you haven’t already tried foam rolling, do yourself a favor and give it a go before or after (or both) your next training session. The breaking up of your muscle tissue feels great when it’s all said and done. And I promise you will be as ready as ever to tackle your workout.
But what exact benefits do foam rolling really provide? Well I’ll keep it short and simple for everyone: It helps prevents injuries (as any proper warm up should).
Injuries are the number one reason for impeding progress in the gym. There is nothing more detrimental to your training regime than being injured. Period.
If you aren’t able to train, are you able to workout? Even if it’s a minor injury, you aren’t able to push yourself to see results you want.
If your muscles are warmed up, you will be able to create more force and in turn push more weight.
And most importantly, foam rolling will help keep you in the gym. It will help to prevent injuries and keep you feeling on top of your game to continue making them GAINZ!
The biggest reason that progress can be prevented is due to injuries. If you aren’t warming up properly you are putting your body at a much higher risk for injury.
Does this mean that all you need to do is foam roll and you’ll always be injury free? Of course not. However, it will decrease the risk of injuries.
And as we know, injuries keep you from progressing. So give foam rolling a try before your next workout. It only takes 5 to 10 minutes to thoroughly foam roll. I know those 5 to 10 minutes will be worth decreasing your chance of injury.
Are you a fan of foam rolling? Any other ways you prefer to warm up? Let us know below!