Foam rolling has recently become a standard in today's fitness industry for its numerous benefits ranging from increased mobility to injury prevention.
Foam rolling before a training session can help with breaking up scar tissue and improving blood flow to the muscles, priming them for movement. You can also benefit from rolling after a training session to help aid in recovery.
Think of your muscles like a rubber band. If you tie the band up and pull it tight you get a small bump. If you were to work the muscle in this condition the bump will only increase tightness and shorten your range of motion. Foam rolling helps break up these little "bumps" and decreases muscle density. As stated in the title, think of it as a poor man's massage!
I have my client's roll either before or after training sessions, depending on their mobility. I also stress to them the importance of rolling and recommend they purchase one for their homes as well. I tell them to roll at least 3-4 times per week when they aren't with me. It only takes a few minutes and can be done while they watch t.v.!
Foam rollers are pretty inexpensive, and can be purchased in the $25-$35 range. Grab one today and reap the benefits of improved recovery, increased mobility, and decreased muscle soreness!