Foam rolling can be done as a warm-up, cool-down or both! When performed properly, a foam rolling workout can have similarities to a sports massage.
When performed before a workout, or as a warm-up, the goal is to increase the blood flow to the muscles and get the most optimal range of motion so that you can perform exercises with proper form. This type of foam rolling is more general and focused on the entire region that you’re going to be working out that day.
Foam rolling after your workout, or as a cool-down, is more focused on finding the sore areas and rolling over them for 20-30 seconds to release the fascial tension surrounding the muscle that can cause adhesions or soreness the next couple days after a workout.
Foam Rolling as a Warm-up
- Improve Performance
- Increase blood flow to the muscles
- Get optimal range of motion to perform exercises with proper form
Foam Rolling as a Cool-down
- Reduce Painful Symptoms
- Release fascial tension (reduce soreness)
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