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The Skinny On: Foam Rollers

You've seen them at the gym — the simple cylinders, about 3 feet long. You've seen white ones. You've seen blue ones. You've even seen ones that look like a squeeze of Aquafresh toothpaste. But what is it really?

It's a foam roller and can be a great work out tool if you know what to do with it.

So, if you want the skinny on the foam roller,

Foam rollers can be used in a variety of ways to challenge your abs and strengthen your core. If you lie on a roller lengthwise you can perform basic abdominal exercises like sit ups, but since the roller is unstable you have to stabilize yourself as well. Upping the abdominal ante so to speak. You can add variety to a Pilates routine by trying an exercise on the roller.

The roller is also great for massaging, stretching and myofascial release. For example, lie face down with your quads on the roller with your elbows or hands on the ground. With your hands, push and pull yourself back and forth over the roller to release your quads. If you run or use the StairMaster regularly this is a great thing to do for your legs.

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Join The Conversation
splashofsass splashofsass 10 years
I have been using a foam roll for about 9 months, and use it twice a day (when I get up and right before I go to bed). It really works wonders on my back and legs, I LOVE it.
LisaJoy LisaJoy 10 years
I'm impressed Myofascial Release was mentioned here! It's such a great technique I wish more people knew about.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
i see people rolling all sorts of body parts with that thing at my gym. nice to know it is legit - you know?
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