Friday, May 11, 2018

The 5 W's of Foam Rolling: Everything You Need to Know

I'm linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales & Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0.

Happy National Foam Rolling Day!! Every year May 11th is dedicated to the wonderful world of foam rolling, so I thought I'd answer the 5 W's - who, what, when, where, and why - of foam rolling.


Foam rolling is for everyone! Runners, lifters, cyclists, yogis, even couch potatoes can benefit from foam rolling.


Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial massage. Using a foam roller allows you to give yourself a deeper massage to work out any kinks and soothe trigger (sore) points.

So many different muscles can benefit from foam rolling.


Foam rolling can be done anytime!

Do it before a workout to get your muscles warmed up.
Do it after a workout to aid in recovery.
Do it when your muscles are feeling particularly tight or off.
Do it while watching TV after a long day at work.


Foam rolling can be done anywhere! If you've got enough space to do a plank, you've got enough space to do a little foam rolling.

Do it at the gym.
Do it in your living room.
Do it on your patio.
Do it at a park.

Curious about foam rolling? @EnjoytheCourse explains all by answering the 5 W's - who, what, when, where, and why. #nationalfoamrollingday


There are seriously so many benefits to foam rolling!

To name a few, foam rolling...
  • Aids in Recovery
  • Assists in Healing
  • Increases blood flow
  • Improves mobility and flexibility
  • Prevents injury
  • Makes Your Workout More Effective

Do you foam roll? If so, how often? Before or after a workout? Where's the most unusual place you've rolled?

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  1. I'm a huge believer in the benefits of foam rolling. I have a small roller, the original worm, which I use before runs when I'm away from home -- for runs from home, I tend to use the stick before the run.

    And then I try to foam roll using my larger roller after my run -- it doesn't have to be right after but sometimes if I push it off to later in the day it doesn't get done.

    I'm not sure I've ever really foam rolled in an unusual place. :)

  2. I forgot that today was Foam Rolling Day! My foam roller has been feeling the neglect lately. I need to head back over to it. I've got some sore spots from my bike crash.

  3. Foam Rolling is a must! Come link up on

  4. I did NOT realize there was actually a foam rolling day! I was in the habit of doing it every night but i really slacked thus week. Thanks for linking up with us.

  5. I have to admit, I've gotten so bad about my foam rolling! Really need to stop being a slacker and make it a regular thing again as it does help!