You may have seen some strange moves going on in the gym recently. If, like us, you've been trying to work out why people are rolling around on brightly coloured foam cylinders, we're here to shed some light on the situation!!
Foam rolling – the latest gym craze. What's all the fuss about? Well, the technique once reserved for professional athletes and physical therapy sessions has hit the mainstream and there's a reason why so many people have taken to it: it's called self myofascial release (but we'll stick with 'foamrolling'!). It's basically a form of self-massage used post working out during your cool-down. The idea is that by applying pressure to certain areas of your body, you're muscle knots are ironed out and blood flow is returned to them helping you to recover more quickly. We've provided some of the most popular moves below:
The areas of the body you 'roll' by moving the roller back and forth, will depend on which muscles or ligaments you've exhausted
So it seems like foam rolling has its benefits and if you do give it a go, let us know what you think :)
*Remember to always consult a medical professional before starting an exercise programme and especially if you experience any pain.