THE TEN-STEP FOAM ROLLING ROUTINE November 30, 2015 10:53

If you've been to our free foam rolling class, you know just how valuable foam rolling can be for your muscles. Like a toothbrush for the body, using a foam roller smooths out muscles, works out knots, and decreases injuries to help runners, walkers, joggers, and athletes of any kind maximize their potential.

Here's a simple foam rolling routine to help you make foam rolling a regular habit. The first five steps give specific foam rolling routine suggestions. The last five are essential foam rolling tips.

10-Step Foam Rolling Routine

  1. Begin by sitting on a comfortable surface such as a yoga mat with the foam roller directly behind you.
  2. Roll from the back down (mid-upper back, glutes, hamstrings, calves, ending in prone position with quads)
  3. Repeat three centered rolling motions in each zone, breathing evenly
  4. For the back, roll from mid-to-upper back with pause on spots with feedback
  5. On glutes and legs, angle slightly to the left and roll three times, then repeat with a slight angle to the right (about 45 degrees)
  6. Tip: Foam rolling can be done every day, before and after a workout
  7. Tip: Avoid joints and the bend at the hip, work the muscles around these areas
  8. Tip: Spend extra time on areas giving feedback (note: feedback is not pain, but the places where muscles announce they are in need of extra attention)
  9. Tip: To work on areas with feedback, pump the brakes, windshield wiper, and wheels go round and round (for the motion of the feet or legs)
  10. Tip: For shins, work on outer muscle only (not bone of inside shin) in a prone position and do a crunch with the roller moving along the shin muscle

 

FREE TRIGGER POINT CLASSES COMING UP

Our Free Trigger Point classes take place about once a month at St. Pete Running Company. Visit our EVENTS page to find out when we'll host the next foam rolling class.

 

 

Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.