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First and foremost...

I believe that EVERYONE should own a foam roller! 

If you train with me, you may already know how I feel about this. :)

In a nutshell, the foam roller allows you to perform self myofascial release (SMR), which is akin to deep tissue massage. 

By performing Self-Myofascial Release (SMR)  techniques on a simple piece of foam, you can improve flexibility, function, performance, and reduce injuries.  In a nutshell, you can use your own body weight to roll on the round foam roll, massaging away restrictions to normal soft-tissue extensibility.

BENEFITS OF SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

  • Correct muscle imbalances
  • Increase joint range of motion
  • Decrease muscle soreness & relieve joint stress
  • Increase extensibility of musculo-tendinous junctions
  • Increase neuromuscular efficiency

Maintain normal functional muscle length

General Guidelines

  • Hold each position 1-2 minutes on each side (when applicable).
  • If pain occurs, stop rolling and REST for 30-45 seconds.

       Continuing to roll when pain is present activates the muscle spindles, causing increased tightness and pain.

       Resting 30-45 seconds will stimulate the Golgi Tendon and autogenically inhibit the muscle spindles; reducing muscular tension and improving the regulation of fascial receptors.

  • Keep core engaged, which provides stability to the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex during rolling.  
  • You can perform the SMFR Program 1-2 x daily.

So...why do personally love this "gizmo"?  I use it almost daily as a means of staying flexible, reducing post-workout soreness, and staying injury-free.  It promotes BALANCE amongst the muscles of the body, and healthy muscle tissue means better progress, regardless of your fitness goals!
READY TO ORDER ONE?
I prefer the "First Place Premium Foam Roller," from Perform Better!  It lasts longer than regular rollers, Perform Better has excellent service, and they ship 'em quick!
 
Click the Perform Better link below!
 

Also, check out the JC bands, the "Jungle Gym," and kettlebells!  More info on all of these coming soon!