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Soft Tissue Work Advice


#1

I just started today with a PVC pipe. Who here does it and how do you incorporate it? thanks


#2

personally i do it every night before i go to bed, because i cant take my foam roller to the gym. me foam rolling every night has made a big difference in the success of my gains this so far this summer. i firmly beleive its been keeping me from being injured (i get injured eassssily) and its really helped me squat correctly.

search Cressey foam roller series on youtube for a good video


#3

Every evenings. I use it on the IT band/hamstrings/quads/lower and upper back. Usually 50 "reps" per area.


#4

yeah I read the cressey articles and watched the videos, very helpful
I'm also using a tennis ball, so this is pretty cheap. I'm going to do it every night along with some static stretching and mobility work and see how I feel by the end of the summer. And holy shit is this painful, just did some on my IT bands and it does feel good (after)


#5

yeah i can't imagine the Pipe feels very good...however you will eventually adapt to it, when i roll out my hips/thighs on my roller these days it doesnt hurt near as much as it used to, so i try to make up for it by rolling longer.


#6

Do you pad or wrap your PVC pipe at all? Or do you go hardcore with it just raw as it is?


#7

I need to start doing this. Where can I get a foam roller?

Do I just roll it up and down every body part until all of the tight spots are out?


#8

You can get one off Amazon. Or just buy one of those pool noodles(but they suck, but cost like $1)

I've been doing foam rolling consistently for about 3 months now(as well as mobility work), I don't really feel 'loose', but I'm pretty sure its helped keep injuries at bay since I've been training balls to the wall for these 3 months also.

My roller is all soft so I'm back to PVC right now. Shit is so uncomfortable.


#9

i got mine from elitefts.com


#10

Straight up 4 inch pvc pipe about 3 feet long. It hurts so good.


#11

I'm using a 1.5in pvc and it hurts like hell (in a good way) and feels good afterwards. I think I'll do it as a morning habit. I tried doing it last night after midnight, but my clothes kept bunching up under the small pipe. So I stripped down to my boxers and rolled, but I think with my groaning and rolling on the ground...maybe nighttime isn't a good idea to do it in my bedroom.