- May 19, 2019
“The Benefits of Foam Rolling and Why You Need to Roll on this Trend”
This article is published by The Manual (By Jahla Seppanen)
You know those cylindrical things kept in the corner of your gym’s stretch or free-weight area? Those are foam rollers.
Most health clubs stock these therapeutic fitness tools now that the trend has reached wide popularity, and for good cause: foam rolling rocks. It’s a form of self-myofascial release or, to put simply, a self-massage that can improve flexibility, boost circulation, reduce soreness, increase range of motion, and remove lactic acid to speed recovery. It can be done before or after a workout, or even at home on off-days. Plus, rolling costs a fraction of what sports therapist or deep-tissue masseuse will charge you for a similar experience.
“All men can benefit from foam rolling, whether you’re a weekend warrior or an ultra-marathoner. Stress, diet, and your daily life are also reasons why foam rolling is for everyone. Starting tomorrow with just a couple of minutes of building the habit and routine will be beneficial for you,” says Bill Elkins, athletic director at New York Health & Racquet Club.
Elkins started foam rolling after increasing the intensity and duration of his training. His massage therapist and coach suggested he add foam rolling to the mix to help with tight calves and quads. So for all you dudes who are getting summer bod- ready and putting in more sessions at the gym, this could speed your progress.