Have you ever wondered what the cylindrical foam equipment is for at the gym? If so, you’re not alone since its purpose isn’t always obvious. The foam rollers you always find laying around your gym are actually for performing a self-massage in order to release muscle tightness. However, aside from rolling it across your tight spots, it also aids in increasing strength. These are several exercises you can try with a foam roller.
Jumping Jack Planks
Assume the plank position but instead of placing your hands on the ground, place them on the horizontal foam roller on the ground in front of you. Open and close your legs while jumping, as you would while doing a standing up jumping jack. Complete 4 sets of 15.
Lie on your back with the your knees bent and the foam roller between your legs. Lift your hips off the floor while squeezing the foam roller between your legs. Make sure to hold for at least 30 seconds before releasing. Complete 3 sets of 12-15.
Taking reverse lunges up a notch from their usual use for a killer glute and leg workout, use the foam roller to increase balance. Place one leg behind you on the roller, your heel facing up. Slowly roll your foot behind you further until your front leg is bent, as it would be if you were performing regular lunges. The slowly slide it back to starting position. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps for each leg.