By: Travelle Gaines

One thing I like to tell my younger athletes is to make sure they warm up properly and ready to go from a blood-flow standpoint every time they are getting ready to train. So what we like to do with these athletes, before and after their workout, is get them on the foam roller.

When foam rolling, start with your Achilles and then work up to your calves, the lower hamstrings, the upper hamstrings, glutes, lower back, upper back, and — don’t forget — the lats.

To foam roll correctly, simply place the roller on the ground underneath the muscles you are looking to work, and slowly move the foam roller back and forth before moving to the next muscle group.

There are huge benefits to foam rolling for every athlete who comes in to train. It gets the blood flowing, and it just puts you in a position where your muscles are ready to get firing. When you are done working out, it greatly reduces the chance of soreness, which allows you to come back the next day and train even harder.

Foam rolling is one of those tasks that many athletes forget to partake in before and after training, however it is extremely important for dedicated athletes who want to keep their body is good condition.

I highly recommend every athlete that I train to go out and get a foam roller. Whether it is pre-workout or post-workout it’s just a great exercise to keep your muscles in good shape and body feeling good.