Just a couple of years ago I had no idea what foam rolling is, but after I made the discovery by doing a P90X program—Tony Horton Rocks!—my whole approach to stretching, mobility and recovery work has changed. Foam rolling is a self-massaging technique that can help you loosen up tender and stiff muscles and keeps the fascia—which is the connective tissue surrounding every muscle in your body—happy and loose. This may sound complicated and intimidating. But fret no more. By the end of this post, you will learn all you need to learn about the proper foam-rolling techniques and exercises that will help you reach common tight spots in your body as well as offer you effective strategies to help you roll your way to relief.
Truth be told, it doesn’t matter whether you are a recreational runner, seasoned athlete, or someone who spends most of their time sitting in an office chair, a strong core is vital for both health and performance. Your core muscles are the foundation for almost all athletic and non-athletic movements. And when the core muscles are in trouble—read: too weak—expect all sorts of troubles, including chronic pain, bad posture, back issues, even spinal injury, God forbid. Therefore, once you get your core strong and powerful, you’ll be adding more support to your body so you can run and perform every athletic activity (and every other life task) much more efficiently and with more ease.
The glutes are the source of power when it comes to running or any other athletic endeavor. When you run, your glutes muscles keep your pelvis steady and level, and also keep your torso, pelvis and legs aligned. Therefore, these muscles should the focus of every runner’s oriented strength workout program. But truth be told. The glutes are usually ignored. And most runners end up paying a hefty price when they don’t give the glutes the attention and care they require. Don’t be one of them. Speaking from my personal experience, glute training was never my thing. And I still have glute weakness issues that I’m dealing with. We have our weaknesses. Nobody is perfect. But one can always get on the endless path for perfection.