We´re going to learn how to foam rolling. I love my foam roller so much, I´m even worried! Maybe I skip a training session or miss a yoga session, but I always find ten minutes to catch up with my foam roller.
As each exercise has its own instructions, but there are main guidelines and usual mistakes common to all of them, I think it´s easier to read separately. Once you know the «basic rules», it gets boring read them over and over again, right? Anyway, if you need a reminder or thinking on new followers, I´ll add a link to this post for everyone´s safety.
- WARNING! Most important: Do NOT use the foam roller on your lower back. Never. You may get injured. And that´s the opposite you want. Rolling your lower back will cause your spinal muscles to contract to protect your spine. To release your lower back, we roll the muscles that connect to it, glutes, hip flexors, and so on.
- Time: Ideally, you should spend 20 seconds or so on each tender spot while managing how much pressure you apply. When using a foam roller you should apply enough pressure so that you feel some tension released, either with constant pressure or by making small movements back and forth. A mild amount of discomfort is expected but you shouldn’t be in pain.
- Pressure: Apply enough pressure so that you feel some tension released, either with constant pressure or by making small movements back and forth. A mild amount of discomfort is expected but you shouldn’t be in pain. On painful or inflamed areas, it’s often best to roll just a few inches away first and then use large, sweeping motions to cover the entire area.
- Speed: Do not roll too quickly; slow and concentrated movements. If you roll too fast, your muscles won’t have time to adapt and you’re not going to get relief.
- Bad posture: If you use an improper form or bad posture while doing this, it could exacerbate existing postural deviations and cause injury. This is why we give specific instructions for each exercise!
Are you ready to foam rolling?
Upper Back Relief
Most beginners have problems to keep their spine straight doing rows. Instead a flat bench, you can use a couple of chairs, and practice at home. Keeping your spine straight is essential to avoid injuries.
Place your right knee and right hand on the chairs (bench). Bend your torso from your waist until is parallel to the floor. Bend your left knee if necessary.
Pick up the dumbbell with the left hand, with the palm facing your torso. Do not bend your wrist! The forearm should not do work.
Exhale and pull the dumbbell, keeping your elbow close to your side and keeping the torso stationary.Concentrate on squeezing the back muscles.
Inhale and slowly back to the starting position.
Repeat with the other side :)
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For several reasons, a lot of people don´t like gyms. It doesn´t mean that they don´t like to work out.
With a few items, we can build a better body, at home :)
The list is as short as five.
The bigger, the better. Your selfies will also look better but the real reason is that you need it to correct your posture, watch what are you doing, and how are you doing it.
2.- Stability ball.
Cheaper than a bench, also it allows you to perform hundreds of exercises and stretches. Are you worried about your core? The answer is spherical :)
3.- Resistance bands.
There are tons of brands. Select a proper resistance for you and get ready to sweat!
4.- Two dumbbell bars.
The number is important: two (2). Why? Because you will need both for a lot of exercises. More versatile than a single long bar, they will become your better friends :) Also, check the bar´s diameter.
5.- Weight plates.
You only need a few, but the pic is pretty cool :) Please, check the plate hole´s diameter because you don´t want an awful surprise. I´m sure you know what I mean.
I bet you already have some of these at home :)