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Foam Rolling

Myofascial release, or better known as foam rolling, is something EVERYONE should be doing. Here are some of the benefits: Increases blood flow to the target area, which decreases recovery time between your workouts (in the vernacular, it can significantly help alleviate muscle soreness) Loosens up the muscles in the target area and can help alleviate muscular and skeletal pain Can assist in adjusting your back Increases your range of motion When should you do it? You should foam roll both before and after your workouts, for it can be used to stretch, increase blood flow, warm you up and cool you down. Foam rolling in the morning can be beneficial to waking you up and increasing alertness throughout the...

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The Benefits of Stretching

We’ve all been there, it’s the end of your workout and all you want to do is go home...not spend the extra 5-10 minutes stretching. Or maybe you walk into the gym and the squat rank is open for once and you run to it to make sure you get it before anyone snags it, and you neglect your warm up. Making excuses to avoid stretching is very easy, after all, stretching can’t be that important, right? Wrong. Stretching is very important not just to improve flexibility, but to increase your range of motion, to prevent injury, helps your joints stay strong and healthy, and it increases blood flow to your muscles. What stretches should you do? Stretching is going...

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