A couple of months ago, my trainer Mr. Praful Raval gifted me an odd-looking object! Being used to gifts that were edible or cosmetic, at first I couldn’t decipher what it was and inquired about it.
He informed me that it is a foam roller and that we would be incorporating the usage of it prior to our workout sessions.
Being excited about this gift, I imagined that it would give me a soothing and relaxing effect and I was very delighted to take it out of its cover and start using it as a warmup to my workout session.
But my joy was short-lived as it proved to be a painful device rather than an enjoyable one. To put it very simply: the foam roller hurt every part of my body I placed it under!
Thereafter I managed to stash it away and hoped and prayed that my trainer would forget about it! But I had no such luck! As soon as he returned from one of his trips, just before commencing my workout session, he asked me where my foam roller was.
I admitted to him that I had left it in the boot of my car. He made me get it and then put me through a series of foam roller exercises. He also explained to me why he insisted that I use it!
Even the simple exercise of bending down and touching your toes becomes easier after having used a foam roller. Using it before starting your workout improves your mobility and flexibility considerably. I observed that I could do my exercises in a smoother fashion after going through my pre-workout foam roller routine. I also felt that my running was more fluid after I used the foam roller prior to my run.
The foam roller can also be used post-workout. When used after your workout, it speeds up your recovery and reduces muscle soreness. It can also be used to target injured areas, but this should only be done under the guidance of your trainer.
There are a number of simple exercises that can be performed on the foam roller. It is necessary to perform each exercise at least 10 to 12 times for maximum benefit. While using the foam roller, it is important to do your exercise slowly and correctly, feeling the movement rather than trying to rush through it. It is also equally important to pay attention to your posture and follow the instructions of your trainer carefully.
Essentially, the foam roller is a form of self-massage that increases blood flow to your muscles and creates better mobility, helps with muscle recovery and improves your overall performance during a workout.
Now after having used it a few times, I have to reluctantly concede that he was right. The foam roller does take some getting used to, but it ceases to be as painful as it initially feels. Though I still grimace and flinch while using it, the result that it gives me is worth the discomfort. I definitely recommend the foam roller to be added as a valuable tool in the kit of every fitness fanatic. It can easily be ordered online and the prices range from approximately Rs. 700/- to Rs. 2500/- depending on the type of model.
I will endeavour to keep providing everyone with fitness tools and tips that are not complex gadgets and can be used on a regular basis.
I am sure that my trainer is now busy thinking about some new exercise tool to torment me with! So that everyone can avail of his expertise, I am providing everyone with his contact information as under:
Mr. Praful Raval: 9998999577
He can be contacted via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@PrafulRaval38)