When I first started training consistently, one of the things that caught me off guard was the amount of soreness my body felt each day. Of course it varied depending on activity, intensity, and the amount of actual stretching I did (or didn’t do). And then several injuries set in: shin splints, strained hip flexors, IT flairs. A mixture of going too hard too fast and not taking care of recovery slowly caught up to me.
Enter foam rolling.
One of those activities that can truly “hurt so good” as you gently apply roller-based pressure to your muscles before or after a solid workout. I definitely don’t want to lead you to believe that foam rolling cured any of the aforementioned injuries, but mixing it into my training regimen helped alleviate and prevent further ones.
This morning I woke up with incredible cramps in my calves after a solid week of long swims and fast, trail climbs. I grabbed some coffee and this roller and got to work!
There are an infinite amount of foam rollers on the market, but I chose this one for two primary reasons: price and size.
As foam rollers go, it’s on the less expensive side and, for what it’s worth, it’s pretty solid! I really like the textured surface so that I can dig deep into certain muscles. Fair warning: I have bruised myself from rolling too hard against bone. I also really liked the size. It’s about 13″ wide which means is stores easily and can be thrown in your suitcase for a quick business trip.