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3 fabulous foam roll exercises

Foam roller exercises

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By Erin Motzenbecker for HuffingtonPost.com

Huffington Post Healthy LivingIf you haven’t been asleep for all of 2012, you’ve probably heard the praises of foam rolling. I’m not one to jump on trends for the trend’s sake, but this is no joke! Foam rolling helps to create and maintain long, smooth muscles by massaging out the knots and releasing trigger points. It’s also a fantastic and cheap way to release the fascia, which I’m sure you already know all about! Unless a doctor tells you otherwise, this is a fabulous addition to any healthy living routine.

Here are my three favorite exercises on the foam roller:

1. IT Band stretch: Lie on your side, using your hands for support. Bend the top leg to unload some of the pressure and maintain balance. Roll from your hip down to the knee and be sure to rest on any soft spots to encourage release.

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2 Comments | ADD YOURS

  1. December 20th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    While the foam roller is a great ancillary tool for fitness, the stretch to create more exercises than are actually really useful is a typical bi-product of the fitness industy.
    The very common ITB stretch/ massage (#1) in your article, seems to reamin on the top of the foam rollers hit-parade fro the past 10 plus years. Why? People certainly feel it. Its painful. It really doesn’t work. The IT Band is a band of fascia. It is not a muscle. This exercise only helps when paired w inner though stregnthening and retraining of a narrower gait and stance.
    Pamela Warshay
    Founder, Sage Fitness.

  2. January 20th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I saw your foam roller review and wanted to share my product information with you maybe you can do another review when my product is available to you. My name is Gary Miller and my company is launching its first 5 in 1 home and travel fitness product next month called the ProUnit Performance Trainer. Once the site is up you can find us at http://www.TheProUnit.com until then find us on Facebook at the ProUnit Performance Trainer.

    The ProUnit is a 5 in 1 product…
    1) Foam Roller
    2) Ab Roller
    3) Rotating PushUp handles
    4) Ab Wheel
    5) Stretch Strap
    The other great advantage of the ProUnit is that since the tube is hollow you can put extra fitness products in the tube like fitness bands, jump rope, agility ladder, suspension straps…pretty much you can be creative even a mat wraps around outside for a place to work out on. The ProUnit Performance Trainer is the fitness tool of 2013.
    We are planning to launch feb 1st so hopefully we can share the ProUnit with you then. Until that time please like our ProUnit Performance Trainer Page here on Facebook. We would love to share content as we grow.

    Gary,

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