The Beginners Guide To Foam Rolling Correctly

Foam rolling – or “self-myofascial release” – will ease tension as you roll muscles over a foam cylinder.

How it works: the pressure softens, lengthens and realigns the fascia, promoting muscle relaxation. Not only does it feel amazing, but it also helps break up knots and reduces the risk of injury. Check out these three moves, perfect for anytime use – whether it’s before, after, or even during your workout routine.

Tip: Each complete roll (down and back) should take at least five seconds. If any spot feels especially tight – you’ll know from the way it hurts like crazy as you pass over it – pause at that spot for an extra two seconds before continuing.

IT Band Roll

Lie on your left side with your legs straight and your left hip on a foam roller. Place your palms on the floor in front of you and place your right foot flat on the floor in front of your left knee. Straighten your arms and lift your torso off the floor. Press your body weight on the roller. Slowly roll from the hip down to the knee and back up to the hip. For a deeper stretch, rest your right leg on top of your left as you roll. Repeat on the right leg.

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Hammy Roll

Sit on the floor with your legs extended. Place your left foot flat on the floor next to your right calf and place the foam roller under your right knee. With your palms on the floor behind you, lift your butt and right foot, keeping your hands still, and slowly roll from the back of the knee joint up to your hip and back. Do another rep with your leg turned in slightly, then one with your leg turned out; repeat on the other side.

Back-it-Up Roll

Lie with a foam roller under your upper back and your feet a ruler’s length from your butt. Raise your hips and torso so that most of your body weight rests on the roller. Cross your arms, then lift your elbows towards the ceiling so the roller is in contact with your back muscles, not your shoulder blades. Keeping your feet planted, slowly roll down until the roller hits the small of your back, then return to the starting position.

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Trojan Compact Roller

This roller provides deep tissue relief with its lightweight, high-density foam. Its compact size makes it travel-friendly, ideal for on-the-go muscle relaxation and improved flexibility.

Trigger Point Grid 1.0

Replicates a massage therapist’s hands? Sign us up! This foam roller enhances mobility by targeting tight muscles and knots with its Distrodensity zones. Plus, it is compact and durable.

Hyperice Vyper Go

Behold the roller of all rollers! Power meets portability for on-the-go wellness. Energise your body with its compact, vibrating design, perfect for home or travel self-care routines.



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