Why you should use your foam roller to warm up

When it comes to your warm-up, the foam roller could be bet­ter than dy­namic stretch­ing

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

YOU’RE prob­a­bly al­ready fa­mil­iar with us­ing the foam roller as a re­cov­ery tool but re­cent research sug­gests that it could also be a valu­able ad­di­tion to your warm-up. A Tai­wanese study com­pared the ef­fect of static stretch­ing, dy­namic stretch­ing and foam rolling in a warm-up on sub­se­quent mo­bil­ity and force out­put. In terms of mo­bil­ity, the foam roller ran cir­cles around the other two, with sig­nif­i­cantly greater range of mo­tion mea­sured in the quads, ham­strings and hip flex­ors. Rolling matched dy­namic stretch­ing in en­hanc­ing force pro­duc­tion, but since the goal is to op­ti­mise both mo­bil­ity and strength pre­run, the re­searchers deemed foam rolling su­pe­rior over­all. For max­i­mum ben­e­fit, do both: then you’ll be ready to roll.

Some­times you ought to do things by calves

ROLLING PINS And you can use it on your glutes and back, too

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