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Old 12-14-10, 10:15 AM   #26
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http://www.athletestreatingathletes.com/

They just finised doing an entire series on self massage with the foam rollers and other tools, it's all broken down into muscle groups. They've also just started a series on stretching, which will be broken down into muscle groups as well. Write ups, pictures, video, etc.

I'm in no way affliated with them, but the information is valuable.
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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!
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I'm totally getting a tennis ball tomorrow.
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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.
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I'm totally getting a tennis ball tomorrow.
Graduate to a lacrosse ball if you want a whole new world of pain. Slightly smaller diameter and a lot harder. Hurts so good.
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Graduate to a lacrosse ball if you want a whole new world of pain. Slightly smaller diameter and a lot harder. Hurts so good.
The ball that comes with the Trigger Point system is similar to that.
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The ball that comes with the Trigger Point system is similar to that.
Is the large trigger point roller firmer than a normal foam roller?
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Is the large trigger point roller firmer than a normal foam roller?
By magnitudes. It's my go to for my hard core sessions...usually once a week.
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By magnitudes. It's my go to for my hard core sessions...usually once a week.
yes. better for working things out and makes it last longer. later.
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Wens so we are clear I'm talking about this


Not this:


I'm getting one of these from Santa Wife for Christmas..so I can review it after the 25th.
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Wens so we are clear I'm talking about this


Not this:


I'm getting one of these from Santa Wife for Christmas..so I can review it after the 25th.
2nd image isn't there, but I assume you're talking about the orange/black ones.
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My balls are too big to be used as good trigger point release tools.
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2nd image isn't there, but I assume you're talking about the orange/black ones.
Weird..I can see it in your quote...yeah the orange and black ones.
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My balls are too big to be used as good trigger point release tools.
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Weird..I can see it in your quote...yeah the orange and black ones.
I don't see it either place. Probably need a cookie or something like that to see them?
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I have one but find it too awkward to use. I like 'The Stick' better.

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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.
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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.
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I have one but find it too awkward to use. I like 'The Stick' better.


I graduated from "The Stick" to "Tiger Tail" and let me tell you... its a whole lot better.
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I graduated from "The Stick" to "Tiger Tail" and let me tell you... its a whole lot better.
How so?
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I try to use mine daily, mainly for ITB release. This started after having some knee pain at the beginning of this year which my physio put down to tight ITBs and delayed VMO activation (on of the quad muscles not 'activating' enough). The use of the roller (along with a few painful massage sessions) has really helped and my knee is quite pain free. If I don't use the roller frequently I start to notice it a bit.
I also had knee pain for years because of tight ITBs. Stretching helped, Foam roller helped. But the thing that put the problem behind me 8 weeks ago was.....power cranks. Who knows if power cranks are going to make me faster, but I credit them with taking my knee pain away.
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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.
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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.
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any place to get those on the cheap? EMS would skin you alive...
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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.
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