SMR is a great tool to use for a range of reasons. Foam rolling is the most common method but SMR also includes the use of balls, barbells, sticks and some methods of body tempering. An easy way to incorporate this into your training is part of your warm up, or between your working strength sets. Benefits include:
✔Regulate Muscle Length
✔Increase Blood Flow and Circulation (Preparation + Recovery)
✔Release Muscle Tension
✔Fasia Tension Release
✔Increase Joint Mobility
✔Increase Neuromuscular Efficiency
✔Reduce Scare Tissue (Recovery)
✔Down-Regulate Nervous System
WHICH MUSCLES TO SMR?
🔹Tight (Shortened Length) Muscles
🔹Areas That Lack Mobility (eg: T-Spine)
WHEN SHOULDN’T I SMR?
🔴 IF YOU THINK OR HAVE A EARLY STAGE TEAR OR MUSCULAR STRAIN!
🔴When you are tired, sleepy or lack motivation (SMR Down-Regulates the Nervous System= More Sleepy)
🔴OTHERWISE, SMR WILL NEVER NOT BE BENEFICIAL!