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My foam roller and I have a love/hate relationship

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I know I should be using it on a regular basis, but once I get started, it just hurts too much sometimes. What are some suggestions for the best way to use it? Links to videos would be very helpful!
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  • jenny3008
    jenny3008 Posts: 97 Member
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    I just got one too and was about to post asking the same thing.
  • GiddyupTim
    GiddyupTim Posts: 2,819 Member
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    I think it gets better. In the meantime, just don't press so hard. Let yourself work into going hard with the roller. It will take a little time, but not much.
  • sheldonklein
    sheldonklein Posts: 854 Member
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    My trainer insists that if is not excruciating, you're not doing it right.
  • Aussie_in_PA
    Aussie_in_PA Posts: 100 Member
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    It really gets better and then you will push harder or start using harder materials like plastic piping etc
  • Chieflrg
    Chieflrg Posts: 9,097 Member
    edited December 2014
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    I make sex sounds when I use mine...

    Here is a really good use for flexibility for especially for athletes as well as older people.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSSDLDhbacc
  • notsuchaskinnybitch
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    Mine doesn't hurt enough! I need to start using it more- I will do tonight. Any videos would be good for me too. Will follow this!
  • Sam_I_Am77
    Sam_I_Am77 Posts: 2,093 Member
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    When it comes to foam rolling or self-myofacial release, if it hurts then it means you need to be doing it. Roll around a little until you find the tight spot / trigger point and then hold it on that spot for a minimum of 30-seconds; you can do 1-3 sets if you need. This is something you should do daily even on days when you're not exercising.
  • lyttlewon
    lyttlewon Posts: 1,118 Member
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    My trainer insists that if is not excruciating, you're not doing it right.

    OMG that's true with the tiger tail. I hate that thing when using it, but love the results.
  • Sam_I_Am77
    Sam_I_Am77 Posts: 2,093 Member
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    Over time it should become less painful, if not then you're not doing something right or not doing it enough.

    If a foam roller hurts then a lax ball will send you into shock, lol.
  • fat2strongbeth
    fat2strongbeth Posts: 735 Member
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    Sam_I_Am77 wrote: »
    Over time it should become less painful, if not then you're not doing something right or not doing it enough.

    I am just going to force myself to use it everyday until it stops being too painful.

  • dbmata
    dbmata Posts: 12,950 Member
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    Sam_I_Am77 wrote: »
    Over time it should become less painful, if not then you're not doing something right or not doing it enough.

    If a foam roller hurts then a lax ball will send you into shock, lol.

    lax balls are what all the cool kids are doing. lol.

    They suuuuck.
  • esjones12
    esjones12 Posts: 1,363 Member
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    I've been foam rolling after every gym session lately. I have found my problem spots and just keep on rolling away. Definitely helps reduce soreness, but it can hurt like a mo-fo. The IT bands and my left calf are awful. Just awful.

    I love/hate my foam roller too.
  • Sam_I_Am77
    Sam_I_Am77 Posts: 2,093 Member
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    esjones12 wrote: »
    I've been foam rolling after every gym session lately. I have found my problem spots and just keep on rolling away. Definitely helps reduce soreness, but it can hurt like a mo-fo. The IT bands and my left calf are awful. Just awful.

    I love/hate my foam roller too.

    Try rolling prior to exercise, you will likely feel improved mobility.

  • dbmata
    dbmata Posts: 12,950 Member
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    I flossed my hips during my deadlift session on sunday... mobility improvement was impressive.
  • JoRocka
    JoRocka Posts: 17,525 Member
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    dbmata wrote: »
    Sam_I_Am77 wrote: »
    Over time it should become less painful, if not then you're not doing something right or not doing it enough.

    If a foam roller hurts then a lax ball will send you into shock, lol.

    lax balls are what all the cool kids are doing. lol.

    They suuuuck.

    cosign.

    I have one in my little bag of essentials- I never go ANYWHERE without it. Ever.


    Secondly- ease up- yes it should hurt- but if it's so miserable you're only doing it once a month- you'll never get the body work you need in regularly- you have to be work into it so you don't beat yourself up so bad. The more you do it- the easier it gets - and the better the results. So find modifications- I support myself a LOT with my leg/upper body when I'm rolling my IT band- they are SO tight.

    I also find it's easier for me to roll warm then just flat out cold. it hurts a lot more if I just jump on the roller than the difference after a workout- I can usually do a whole quick once over after a work out- I think part of that is I don't over roll there- I'm done- I'm ready to be done- so I roll then I leave.

    If I do it at home- I'm cold- it hurts more and I take more time- then I'm really beat up and miserable.
  • yoovie
    yoovie Posts: 17,121 Member
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    i used to feel that it was a love/hate relationship.

    but now we are more life & death.

    I don't know if we'd survive without each other anymore. it's all love and survival together.
  • kimothy38
    kimothy38 Posts: 840 Member
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    I bought a cheap roller. Bad idea. More like concrete than foam. I was bruised for days afterwards. That's normal right? Probably not. I persevered though and though it still makes me swear its definitely helping with IT band and calves.
  • beerfoamy
    beerfoamy Posts: 1,520 Member
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    I fell out with mine! (well, technically it is the OH's)
    She showed me how to use it. I promptly fell off it and twisted my hip - yep, fell off it whilst lying on the floor

    so no real advice, but may give someone a laugh :)
  • ms_smartypants
    ms_smartypants Posts: 8,278 Member
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    I love mine ....mine came with a dvd so I have no links sorry