The love/hate relationship to end all love/hate relationships. This is simultaneously the best and worst thing ever. The instant and excruciating pain followed by the eventual muscle rejuvenating benefits are certainly a paradox. You think your muscles are sore after a workout? Use one of these babies and really feel that fire burn. But you know what? The next day isn’t so bad. As in you don’t have to walk around like a zombie, trying not to bend your knees while walking down stairs or just not bending your knees at all. Eventually, you can even sit down on the toilet without your quads feeling like the fire of 1,000 suns.
So the way these things work (as told by my Google searching experience and this guy), is you use your body weight to massage your muscles after a workout. For example, you start out by lying on the floor on your stomach, with the foam roller under your leg and positioned above your knee, then slowly move your body backwards so the foam roller moves along your quad up to your hip and then you reverse the move. Repeat as necessary. I actually cry out in pain when I use my foam roller. The most agonizing spots? Anything that’s sore, but most notably: my quads and chicken wings, whatever those are really called. Another muscle group to presently add to the list: The muscles between my armpit and the front of my shoulder. I should take an anatomy class.
Regardless, foam rollers are not for the faint of heart; they are for the brave, the bold, and/or the stupid. It’s Heaven and Hell, all rolled (ha!) into one little object.