Dear XCCM Athlete,
This year we are going to try something new. To augment our dryland and yoga practice, we are going to add a foam roller into the mix. Foam rolling is a great way to increase range of motion both before and after training. There is also evidence that it helps with recovery. See the articles below for more information.
Another benefit of the roller is that you can roll out your muscles at home after practices on inclement nights.
Foam rollers – what size?
Foam rollers come in different sizes and even travel versions. I own three – a full-length foam version, a trigger point version and a handy travel size one. The travel ones are more portable and are usually hollow so you can stuff them with things like socks so they don’t take up much room in your luggage.
If you buy a large one, you may want to get some yoga mat straps to carry it sling-style.
Where can you buy them?
Pretty much every outdoor store sells them from MEC (see link below) to Bushtukahm Fitness Depot and even the Running Room. Prices range from $25 to $45. Fitness Depot is offering XCCM members a 15% discount off foam rollers. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can even buy a foam cylinder from a craft store like Michael’s.