The most overlooked component of the development of fitness and injury prevention is the quality of the soft-tissue in your body. Preparation of your muscles for a workout, the treatment of day-to-day stiffness and the speeding up of your recovery after a hard workout can be achieved using a foam roller.
Foam roll classes are based on the fact that loosening up the connective tissues increases muscle flexibility, which often reduces pain. They include a wide range of exercise routines that are done using a cylinder shaped foam roller. The exercises target sore spots, or "trigger points", that form within muscles or tendons. Foam rolling is a way of massaging away muscle soreness in trigger points, and preparing your muscles for deeper stretching or harder workouts.
Using the foam roller to loosen the tension in your muscles provides an excellent way of obtaining the benefits of self-myofascial release. Foam rolling classes teach a form of myofascial release that you can also do on your own, using the roller to release muscular tension without needing the help of a massage therapist. Releasing tension from your trigger points in a foam roll class also enables your muscles to stretch more easily.
The cylinder shaped foam rollers are made of varying densities, which can be used to vary the pressure applied. In our Roller classes, you will learn a variety of different ways to use the foam roller. You will practice rolling it over your muscles slowly, stopping and holding on sore trigger points until the tension is released, usually in about 30 to 60 seconds. Applying sustained pressure with a foam roller can release tension in the muscles and tissues, and minimise muscular constriction.
Roller Express Class
Our express classes are short 30 minute variations of the full versions. They are designed to be done back-to-back with another class, so you get the benefits of two classes in the one training session. If you're short on time, or if you're running late, the express classes make it easy for you to jump in for a quick workout too. Express classes are highlighted on our timetable.
What do you need for a Roller class?
Bring a sweat towel, a drink bottle and wear some comfortable stretchy workout clothes.