Foam Roller or PVC?

Self-myofascial release is a must in every program, and it is involved in some form or another in every program that Chris and I write.  Foam rollers, lacrosse balls, baseballs, tennis balls, tiger tails, rolling pins–there are a ton of possible implements to use.  But, what happens when it seems like your foam roller just isn’t doing the trick anymore?  Where do you go from there?  Well, my friends, a PVC pipe is your solution!  Now obviously, keep your foam rollers, don’t throw them out for the next rummage sale or donate them to Goodwill (although that would be very altruistic of you).  They still will be of use for muscles that are tighter, have more scar tissue and more adhesions than other muscles.  But, for those muscles that don’t seem to be benefitting from foam rolling, use some PVC.  It is much harder than most foam rollers and allows for greater tension to be put on the muscle, allowing for a greater effect.  Try it out!

Get Stronger,

Todd (1922)

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Chris Merritt

Strength Coach/ B.S. Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University/ FMS/ Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist/ Certified Kettlebell Instructor/ Owner of Beyond Strength Performance and Beyond Strength Performance NOVA

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