A: The process of foam rolling is a method of self-myofascial release (SMR) and is essential at every phase of movement training. The pressure applied to knots in muscles from foam rollers or massage balls not only helps to break up knots so that muscle fibers work more efficiently, but it also helps calm down overactive muscles.
Stretching can be static, active, or dynamic. It increases tissue extensibility and reduces latent tightness from previous workouts. It helps to ensure full range of motion continues to be maintained. More dynamic stretches are great for flexibility and getting the heart rate up as a warm up.
After workouts, both SMR and stretching help relax muscles for optimal recovery. Many people skip these crucial parts of the workout and the body doesn’t get the opportunity to repair itself properly. Make sure you come a few minutes early to workout class or your personal training sessions and plan to stay a few minutes afterward to take care of yourself! If you have questions about what to foam roll/stretch, don’t hesitate to ask us! We are here to help!
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