The foam roller has made its presence known in the world of fitness the past couple of years. This form of exercise has a well-deserved reputation for gently stretching the muscles and it can ease painful muscles after an intense workout. It offers relief for those just getting into fitness and those who have already been there for a long time. Its curved, unstable shape also makes it a great tool for strength training your core.
What is a foam roller anyway?
It is a roll of firm foam that usually measures 6 inches in diameter, and comes in various lengths. Most people work with a roller that is 24 to 36 inches long. The foam can hold up even with the full weight of the user sitting on top of it.
What exercises can you do with a foam roller?
You can do a variety of stretches and exercises with the help of the foam roller. The key is to roll for a minimum of 30 seconds per exercise. Here are five exercises to get you started:
How do I use a foam roller?
A personal trainer can help you develop a full workout routine that uses the roller to its maximum, as well as other low-impact exercises. The trainer can also show you how to use it to warm up and cool down after a major workout.
If you want to learn how to use a foam roller, contact me, Ralph Roberts, personal trainer at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo. If you are interested in other workouts, such as using an exercise ball, resistance bands or simply weights, I can help.
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