Monday, July 23, 2012

Foam Roller

Now that I've been teaching cycling 5+ times a week my legs feel pretty close to a perpetual state of soreness. I crave the days when I'm not teaching so I can give them a rest, yesterday was one of those days, today was not. I've heard from several people about using a foam roller is to stretch sore muscles, but I've only given it a half-hearted try once, using one at the gym. They look like such a simple tool and the "exercises" appear to be so basic that it doesn't seem like they will be very effective. They're not expensive, but on a graduate student budget even $15-$20 is a major purchase. Has anyone had experience with a foam roller? What kind of success have you had? What stretches have you done? What's the difference between an  18" and 24" roller (besides the obvious 6 inches)? 

1 comment:

eyerisgrl said...

I LOVE our foam roller! I'll lay on it on my bad hip to massage the muscles or lay with in down my spine to pull my shoulders back. There are a ton of other ways you can use it too. Definitely worth the money. Lay on your stomach and roll over it on your quads- amazing. Get one!