Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Faster Recovery from Training: Foam Roll, Lax Ball, Massage Stick

I have said it in my blogs before, but I think that one of the sports that is most behind the eight ball on applying strength and conditioning principles is rock climbing.  My interest in the sport over the years has grown exponentially in large part due to the unique combination of skills it takes to be successful.  It is a challenge training and programming for climbing because you are constantly juggling power, endurance, flexibility, balance, and strength.  That is perhaps why I care for it so much, but at the same time it drives me nuts, no one trains appropriately for it and more importantly nobody recovers appropriately.

So I threw together some vids of easy, inexpensive ways that climbers can recover from a day at the crag or a hard indoor training cycle.  A foam roll, lacrosse ball, and massage stick is all you need to help your body's tissue recover quicker and help improve your muscle quality.  More importantly these items are easily transported and can be used just about anywhere.
Perform each of the exercises in the series as you deem necessary.  Some areas may be more painful and thus require more time.  You can use these exercises before, during, and after a workout. 



daniel sherer said...

Josh! Just wanted to say I've been scouring your website for all of your knowledge. I remember one time back in the day, I had serious pain in the triangle / diamond shaped muscle on my upper back / lower neck. You taught me how to massage it and stretch it out. Since then, it has never been a problem and I do it every day. Come climb in the bay area sometime soon. You have a free place to stay.

Keep up the amazing website.
Dig it.


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