How to Use a Foam Roller

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In this short video, Coach Nicole gives you an introduction to using foam rollers. Learn about the benefits of foam rollers, how to choose the right one for you, and get tips to use them safely and effectively. Then, check out our foam roller exercise demos (which include myofascial release techniques) and the "Related Content" links to the right to get started!

Member Comments

  • I should use mine MORE- too bad one of the cats decided to use it as a scratching post. - 5/21/2015 9:46:30 PM
  • I use my foam roller whenever I feel tightness in my body. This week, I have some tightness in my back focused on my right hip. If the floor is too intense, I roll against it on the wall (i.e., do squats leaning against the roller which I am rolling against the wall). It works wonders. I cannot endorse this enough. - 4/14/2015 3:44:44 PM
  • My physical therapist had me use a foam roller for exercises when I had a frozen shoulder - my favorite is to just lie lengthwise on it and let let gravity pull the shoulders downward to lengthen the spine. It feels amazing! Will have to try some of the Spark Exercises as well! - 4/14/2015 8:59:18 AM
  • i have a large white foam roller that I got at physcial therapy. I have not had anyroblems using my roller - 3/26/2015 10:51:46 PM
  • I've heard that if even the relatively soft roller is too painful to use, some people do their rolling for myofascial release on a carpet, for added softness, and that can make it more bearable. I haven't tried this myself. - 12/27/2014 9:16:26 AM
  • Very helpful instructions on how purpose of and how to use foam roller. Went visit my girlfriend doing the summer and tried her foam roller and what a relief of breaking up tightness in certain areas where I used roller. I recently purchased one and yes it will be used as often as I can add it in my exercise routine. It serves its purpose. - 11/15/2014 12:24:26 PM
  • We have foam rollers at the gym and I used one today. I have to say, they are like some sort of S&M device-they hurt but felt so good at the same time. - 8/31/2014 3:37:42 PM
  • Gonna try mine today...thank you! - 3/23/2014 3:14:02 PM
  • Guess i will dust mine off and...start all over again - 2/16/2014 5:44:17 AM
  • I have had one for years. Yes, it can hurt, but the benefits far outweigh the short term pain. VERY helpful! - 1/30/2014 9:13:33 AM
  • Have one...love it - 1/27/2014 7:14:17 PM
  • Eventually I would like to buy one of these foam rollers! Sounds Awesome!! - 12/23/2013 11:52:33 AM
  • Bought one of these years ago thinking if I did this daily it would smooth out cellulite!
    Got it home. It was very awkward for me to use and hurt like heck! Gave up and gave it away. Wish I had seen this video then. - 11/21/2013 10:39:48 AM
  • Anxious to purchase foam roller/s and give it my best. I can already envision grand kids saying "Wow, look at Grandma...she's rollin' ! - 6/17/2013 8:59:33 AM
  • My Chiro recommended this for my tight hamstrings and lower back. The discomfort was awful but luckily that all worked out. It's a great thing to have handy after you're done with your workout! - 6/9/2013 3:12:16 PM