Let’s dive deeper into the reasoning behind the encouragement to foam roll. Last week, we talked about different methods to combat soreness, which included foam rolling. This is probably not ground breaking news to you, but foam rolling is widely used in the fitness industry and has quite the benefactors we fitness trainers want for every exerciser out there.
When you receive a massage, how many of you think to yourselves, “I wish I could do this to myself”? Good news and money-saving news, the foam roller works in ways a deep tissue massage works.
Some benefits of foam rolling:
For starters, it breaks up scar tissue, or tissues that replace normal skin after an injury. This is one reason why last week’s blog post is so important, because if we don’t combat muscle soreness with proper pre and post-workout habits, then our muscles won’t rebuild themselves to the best of their abilities.
Foam rolling releases tension in the muscles. Taking that tension, or pressure, off the joints allows muscles to move more freely, giving the body a greater range in motion. In addition, by rolling out your muscles before exercise, you’ll get the blood flowing and circulation will kick in! So when it’s time to perform in the gym, you’re heated up and your body is ready for action!
The process of foam rolling also stimulates the lymphatic system. Foam rolling wakes things up and releases toxins, making room for better oxygen delivery into the body during a workout, which in turn improves circulation and recovery.
Is it making more sense why our coaches instruct you to come early for a session and stay after to roll out your muscles? We really want our members to stay and utilize there time at Ellipse. Some of our locations sell foam rollers, and again, they are a great way to save a buck on a massage! It’s worth it and your muscles will thank you!