One fot he most brutal workouts for me is not really considered a workout…it is foam rolling! I used to do foam rolling after training or before if somethign was knotted up or stiff. But it is very depleting and to do it thoroughly I can take over an hour for rolling out my full body and be drenched in sweat and exhausted. And it is painful and I cannot do it every day back to back without a days off for recovery. So now I make it it’s own workout. For some people it is liek riding on an air cushion and people do not like it when Iused to big rollers at the gym. Because it hurts to try to use them after.
Really it hurts for me. If I break 2 feet from the floor for any exercise, It is like falling prone or flat on my back from 10 feet. If I fold my legs to kneel it is like putting them in a hydraulic press and just lowering my head to accept being crushed.
I use short foam rollers because I can carry them in my backpack and I am going to buy some other ones soon. One less diameter so I can roll better. I also have a gaiam restore back roller inflatable hard rubber yoga peanut that is very knobby. One of the foam rollers Ihave is veyr knobby.
I did a lot of reading on fascia and various systems and I am workoing through a couple of anatomy books I purchased. The better understanding the better I can get out of it and not get stuck where everyone else has topped off and is still incomplete for me.
I foam roll different. And it restoes flexibility more than stretching but it crushes the tissue all the way to the bone for me. Like I said when I break 2 feet from the floor gravity increases 2X and more at times. So even though I lower myself gently and slowly when I contact the floor it hits with a thud and I have to be solid and tight as possible to disperse the impact and prevent the bones from breaking.
But speaking of bones. I like to spread the. Like the forearm bones by foam rolling them and letting them get so heavy the bones spread apart and widenthe forearm and everything slides intoplace better. It feels like I have so much there that textbooks don’t show. Also the buttocks. That is the worst tightest muscle that alays gets sucked in so much. I don’t do barbell squats because it feels like a set of clawed batwings are about to rip off fromthe pressure. I can never get myhamstrings done properly though.
If I could do nothing but do a full body stretch and full body foam roll every day for two weeks I would be in the best shape of my life. Problem is I wax and wane just like the moon when it comes to that stuff. Sometimes it just feels like I’m carrying around an extra un needed skeleton that won’t hold nowhere nearmy weight.