I foam roll whenever I feel the need, but I have found like that during the season to remember that some extra recovery is needed if I really go at it with the foam roller. Not unlike a deep tissue massage.
http://www.athletestreatingathletes.com/ is great, thanks!
I now use PVC pipe after deforming my foam roller.. My chiropractor has recommended it to me to fix my back problems and stiff hammies.
Wens so we are clear I'm talking about this
I'm getting one of these from Santa Wife for Christmas..so I can review it after the 25th.
My balls are too big to be used as good trigger point release tools.
I have one but find it too awkward to use. I like 'The Stick' better.
At the gym last night, I saw one of the trainers (also a cyclist) with a softball on the mat under each calf with his full weight on them. He then put both of them under his lower back. I told him that was just wrong. He said, when black foam rollers are not quite enough.
I am in SoCal and went to a new gym. They had the blue foam rollers (softer than black) and 4 inch schedule 40 plastic pipe. I tried the plastic pipe and it was just nasty. The difference on my IT bands was with the blue roller and all my weight on my IB band it felt fine. On the pipe, there was a sore spot.
Before you credit the Power Cranks unique pedaling motion check the diference in Q factor between the PC's and your old cranks..your answer may be found there.
Bumping threads to shill snake oil is wrong.
Back on-topic.. I upgraded to a trigger point grid roller (orange foam) for Christmas. It is great.
any place to get those on the cheap? EMS would skin you alive...
The Grid? My local running store sells them and gave me 20% discount. Still, even at the MSRP of $39, they'll pay for itself in no time if it holds up as long as they claim it will.