Why Laura Loves the Foam Roller

Welcome to yet another Workout Wednesday!

The last few weeks, I’ve been focusing on some pretty intense exercises that get my heart racing courtesy of my small group training class. For today, I decided to shift gears to address what should be a key component in everyone’s exercise regimen regardless of his or her fitness level: flexibility training. Click here for a reminder on why we all need to make more time to incorporate stretching into our daily routines.

Every stage of flexibility training –  corrective, active or functional – incorporates one common denominator: self-myofascial release, or SMR. My NASM textbook defines this stretching technique as one that focuses on the neural system and fascial system in the body. Here’s a video where I demonstrate how SMR works on one of the most common problem areas – those aching calves!

Many thanks to director/producer Larry Saperstein and the crew at C & C Studios for their help with this production and to editor extraordinaire Rob Romas for putting it together. (Check out Rob’s new business Sports Media Recruit which provides video resumes for student athletes.)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: if I could go back in time and change one thing about my life-long love affair with fitness, it would be to incorporate much more flexibility training into my routine. It’s truly one of the best things we can do for ourselves in order to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on April 11, 2012, in Fitness, Health and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. sooooo true! i teach a stretch but yet dont take enough time to stretch out myself more often! its like a massage or a facial. we should treat ourselves more often but deprive ourselves of it due to schedule, neglect etc… lol! will watch video later when i have more time. day off and running out to my favorite box class with barb!! hope all is well. love to dana! xo

    • Hi Amy, Yes, we all need to take more time to take better care of ourselves! I wish I had started using my foam roller more regularly sooner -but better late than never, right? Hope you had a good day! Thanks for taking the time to check in!

  2. Awesome advice, especially for those of us who don’t work out often…flexibility training is a must! Stretching too!!

    • Hi Amy, Flexibility training is the one thing we can do everyday safely, but so many of us don’t! I can always do more, too…at least the foam roller gives you a good start! Thanks for checking in!

  3. Running used to take a HUGE toll on my calves. Foam rolling after a long run has almost eliminated the pain! Lots of great NASM info here. Thanks!

    • Glad you found the blog post helpful, Mark. I must say the foam roller has helped me with my calves along with TLF issues and tight lats. Thanks for following here and I look forward to hearing from you again!

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