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Of all the painful things cycling has made me do.........

Old 07-22-10, 08:03 AM
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Of all the painful things cycling has made me do.........

I think I found the most painful yesterday. Foam roller + IT band = my buddies at my gym standing over me laughing. Anyone who's not tried it should.
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hurts but works wonders
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hurts but works wonders
Its still a little sore today but if the pain is any indicator of effectiveness it should do wonders.
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i never thought it would hurt so much till i tried it
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Originally Posted by therhodeo View Post
Its still a little sore today but if the pain is any indicator of effectiveness it should do wonders.
it took me months to get my IT band back on track I'd also highly recommend massages... yes they also hurt allot
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Originally Posted by therhodeo View Post
I think I found the most painful yesterday. Foam roller + IT band = my buddies at my gym standing over me laughing. Anyone who's not tried it should.
In dealing with some Knee issue's I was told that I should foam roll my IT bands. it was so bad at first I couldn't actually roll, I had to rest on one spot for a minute then move and inch, and so on. It took me a couple of weeks to work everything out, but in conjunction with everything else I have been doing (physical therapy, and lots of stretching) my IT bands and legs in general feel great. Just keep rolling em and they will get better. Good Luck!
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Done it.
Didn't enjoy it.
Still do it.
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Foam rollers at the gym are usually well worn out (ie soft). Get a brand spanking new roller and see how painful it can really be.

BTW, it becomes less painful over time. I started using a roller due to cramping issues I was having. After starting with the roller, I have had significantly less cramping on long, strenuous rides.

I've heard "The Stick" works wonders. I haven't bought one, instead, I use a foot massager which has 4 rows of 'ball's. Imagine 4 "sticks" mounted together in a frame. I use it in conjunction with the roller. It's also pretty painful, but good at the same time.
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Originally Posted by idoru2005 View Post
Foam rollers at the gym are usually well worn out (ie soft). Get a brand spanking new roller and see how painful it can really be.
The gym I go to is run by a hospital and one side of the building is a physical therapy/rehab place so their equipment is nice and well maintained.
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Old 07-22-10, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by idoru2005 View Post
I've heard "The Stick" works wonders. I haven't bought one, instead, I use a foot massager which has 4 rows of 'ball's. Imagine 4 "sticks" mounted together in a frame. I use it in conjunction with the roller. It's also pretty painful, but good at the same time.
I'm right on the verge of getting a Sprinter Stick. I might look for something like you're talking about though if its cheaper.
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+1 on the pain. I do 'em 3x a week on Mark Verstegens program. Hurt like hell the first couple weeks but you get used to it. Works great. I agree though, it's great watching others go through that first couple weeks. Makes it all worth it.
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Originally Posted by therhodeo View Post
I'm right on the verge of getting a Sprinter Stick. I might look for something like you're talking about though if its cheaper.
It's something like this: https://www.webvitamins.com/product.a...IN&term=nextag

We already had it and I'm too cheap to buy a sprinter's stick. So I tried it and it seemed to work well...
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Try a bottle of red wine wrapped in a towel.

THAT hurts.
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And why would I want to do this?
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It helps the muscle rebuild and stay healthy. The stick is much better at it with your calves and front of your tibia ( i forget that muscles name) With your IT band it helps to foam roll your ass or piriformis (sp?) to loosen that. I come from running so foam rollers don't bother me. I do PVC pipe sometimes if I'm really really tight.

Get The Stick.

Get a foam roller.

TriggerPoint therapy has good stuff.
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x2 on the Trigger Point. Definitely a lot pricier, but on the plus side is that it's convex shape really gets into the IT band. https://store.tptherapy.com/

Don't do it and you risk knee injury, IT band syndrome and whole slew of other problems. Take this from a runner who was sidelined for a few weeks b/c of a knee injury caused by a tight IT band.
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Wow, cycling has never made me do this. Thank God for junk miles.
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No idea what the foam roller + IT band is, but I love my stick! Er, it works better when applied cruelly by others of course.
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I do this like every day. Doesn't hurt anymore.
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