How to Use a Foam Roller

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In this short video, Coach Nicole gives you an introduction to using foam rollers. Learn about the benefits of foam rollers, how to choose the right one for you, and get tips to use them safely and effectively. Then, check out our foam roller exercise demos (which include myofascial release techniques) and the "Related Content" links to the right to get started!

Member Comments

  • I am on my way to be in better shape. I suffer from fibromyalgia and looking forward to using my roller that I received in the mail today. - 3/5/2016 12:12:46 PM
  • I'm thinking about using one. - 2/9/2016 1:29:49 PM
  • Thanks, I have seen them at a military base fitness center and on the store shelves but didn't understand their use until now. I don't think I am ready to purchase one yet. - 2/3/2016 3:24:58 AM
  • Great job Nicole. I have not used my foam roller for some time but I definitely am planning on getting the dust off it now! - 1/17/2016 5:29:28 PM
  • Love my foam roller, hurts so much, but in a good way!! - 12/16/2015 5:00:14 PM
  • Foam rolling is awesome! It's painful at times. It's really gets deep tissue! I have fibromyalgia. It really helps a lot. Use wisdom. It's a pretty effective tool if you use it correctly.
    - 12/3/2015 8:30:18 PM
  • Love my foam roller! I use it nearly every day. - 12/3/2015 1:23:44 PM
  • I probably need this but I cannot get down on the floor. It sounds like it would help my hip & knee pain. - 6/3/2015 8:59:32 AM
  • I should use mine MORE- too bad one of the cats decided to use it as a scratching post. - 5/21/2015 9:46:30 PM
  • I use my foam roller whenever I feel tightness in my body. This week, I have some tightness in my back focused on my right hip. If the floor is too intense, I roll against it on the wall (i.e., do squats leaning against the roller which I am rolling against the wall). It works wonders. I cannot endorse this enough. - 4/14/2015 3:44:44 PM
  • My physical therapist had me use a foam roller for exercises when I had a frozen shoulder - my favorite is to just lie lengthwise on it and let let gravity pull the shoulders downward to lengthen the spine. It feels amazing! Will have to try some of the Spark Exercises as well! - 4/14/2015 8:59:18 AM
  • i have a large white foam roller that I got at physcial therapy. I have not had anyroblems using my roller - 3/26/2015 10:51:46 PM
  • I've heard that if even the relatively soft roller is too painful to use, some people do their rolling for myofascial release on a carpet, for added softness, and that can make it more bearable. I haven't tried this myself. - 12/27/2014 9:16:26 AM
  • Very helpful instructions on how purpose of and how to use foam roller. Went visit my girlfriend doing the summer and tried her foam roller and what a relief of breaking up tightness in certain areas where I used roller. I recently purchased one and yes it will be used as often as I can add it in my exercise routine. It serves its purpose. - 11/15/2014 12:24:26 PM
  • We have foam rollers at the gym and I used one today. I have to say, they are like some sort of S&M device-they hurt but felt so good at the same time. - 8/31/2014 3:37:42 PM