Last week I bought a foam roller because I felt like the lady above, even though I was stretching! I could literally feel how tight my muscles were. I decided I needed some reinforcement.
The first time I used it was extremely painful and this was in my thought bubble…
But after.. I felt like this..
I want to talk a little more about it, but first I have some exciting news:
I am officially employed at a local gym and will start work this week! I am excited for this journey and can’t wait to share it with you all.
Wish me luck!
Now, back to the business.
I have noticed circuit training and constantly changing up my routine has led to some serious muscle soreness for DAYS following my workout. After doing some research I concluded that foam rolling would help ease the pain, along with providing other benefits.
I will quickly and briefly explain what I found out.
To understand it’s benefits we first must know a little background information on the muscles and its surroundings.
FASCIA– This is the connective tissue that covers the muscles of the body, like a cocoon if you will. If the muscle is injured, so is the fascia.
Why is this important? Most of us know that when we condition our muscles it causes small tears in them. This is perfectly normal- it’s how the muscles build strength. The downfall of this is it causes the muscles and fascia to contract (get shorter) and become tight. All of this results in scar tissue. So, the tighter your muscles get and the more scar tissue you accumulate results in ‘knots’ aka myofacial buildup.
What’s a girl to do with knotty muscles and ugly scars?
Foam roll that bad boy!
- Foam rolling is a form of Myofascial release- it breaks down scar tissue that is created from not only exercise, but the daily stressors of life.
- Along with breaking up the scar tissue, foam rolling lengthens the muscles and fascia back to a normal state so they can work properly without causing injury.
The main benefits from foam rolling:
- Prevent injury
- Allows muscles to maintain normal functional length (improves flexibility)
- Relieve pain
- Improves range of motion
Have a great Tuesday!