Foam rolling is probably the epitome of the phrase “it hurts so good.” We know, we know: you’re already sore from the day’s run and we’re asking you to mush and press on your muscles even more? Yes.
Why is foam rolling so important? It allows you to release the fascia, or connective tissue that surrounds your muscles which tends to get stiff with repetitive motions like running. Foam rolling is a great way to release this tissue and allow for increased pliability and movement. As one of our favorite personal trainers Bron, pointed out, foam rolling plays the function of a deep tissue massage (without the price tag), working to help your tired muscles relax. Check out some of the foam rolling for runners exercises he shared with us below and in this post on achieving balance in you hamstrings and quadriceps.
TriggerPoint, one of our favorite brands for recovery products, offers a few different options on this front. The 3D surface on their GRID and CORE models promotes the flow of blood and oxygen to repair while you roll. Take a close look at the ridges and pyramid-like shapes on the rollers. The handheld GRID STK model is perfect for packing into a suitcase or tossing into the car, and can be used seated or standing.
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