Alright we’re going to get a little feisty here for a hot minute…
PLEASE STOP FOAM ROLLING IF YOU USE IT TO "IMPROVE YOUR MOBILITY”. 🙄
Rolling around on a foam roller for 5 minutes does not magically lengthen your muscles, improve your joints range of motion (ROM) or properly get your body ready for a workout. 🙅🏼♀️
But Sarah, what Is foam rolling good for then? Great question. 😉
Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique. (Aka. Self-massage) It’s great for massaging sore muscles when your significant other won’t, increasing blood flow, cracking your back & killing time before/after a workout so you can shit talk with your gym friends. 😏
The only way foam rolling could be used to improve your mobility is if you used the foam roller to get into a deeper stretch + THEN actively moved a joint through its range of motion.
Example👉🏻 Improving your overhead squat by having your upper back on the foam roller, moving your shoulder from your side to the overhead position & slowly working it farther back.
Sitting on a foam roller isn’t going to do that for you.
You have to ACTIVELY move your body deeper into its end ranges to improve your mobility. 🏋🏼