Foam Rollers



    One of the most important parts of training but arguably the most neglected, stretching is essential for overall muscle health as well as joint mobility. Most of us know this, but most of us also know we are guilty of skipping the stretch warm-up or telling ourselves we will do a cool-down stretch instead (which never happens). Get yourself into the habit with the right piece of equipment from our foam rollers range.

    The Benefits of Using Foam Rollers in Your Training Routine

    One of the key benefits of using a foam roller is that when used correctly, it can ease muscle pain. Particularly useful after a gruelling workout, the benefits of this are relatively self-explanatory. Reduced muscle pain can help improve your recovery after training and can assist with helping you perform exercises better thanks to reduced soreness from previous training.

    Another well-known benefit of using foam rollers is they can help increase flexibility and general range of motion. This combined with regular stretching can be beneficial in improving your overall performance.

    Perfect Your Pre and Post Workout Routine with World Fitness Australia 

    Our range of foam rollers has plenty of options depending on what your needs may be. Find traditionally sized foam rollers, multi packs to help you stock up or mini rollers to help you target a particular muscle or group and increase circulation. We also have a massage ball which is perfect for getting into harder to reach areas such as hips and shoulders.

    Exercising is an important part of looking after yourself, but stretching is equally as important for recovery and taking care of your body. Shop our range of foam rollers online at World Fitness Australia and start incorporating a stretch into the start or end of your workout. For those looking to perfect their warm-up and cool-down sessions, we also stock a range of equipment like resistance and power bands to make sure your body is set up to do its best at the gym.


    Foam Roller FAQs


    Foam rolling can significantly help with muscle soreness. It's a form of self-myofascial release that works by applying pressure to specific points on your body, aiding in the recovery of muscles and helping them return to normal function. Foam rolling can reduce muscle tension, increase blood flow, and break down knots in your muscles, leading to decreased soreness and improved recovery times.

    The size of the foam roller you should choose depends on your specific needs and the exercises you plan to do. A longer roller (around 90 cm) is versatile and ideal for rolling out large areas like your back, while a shorter roller (about 30 to 45 cm) is more portable and better suited for targeting smaller areas like arms and calves. Consider what parts of the body you'll focus on and your storage needs when selecting a size.

    Foam rolling can be done daily, especially if you're dealing with specific areas of tightness or soreness. For general maintenance and to help with muscle recovery, 3-4 times a week is beneficial, although this will change depending on each individual. Listen to your body and adjust your foam rolling routine depending on your activity level and recovery needs.

    Yes, there are specific exercises you can do with a foam roller to target different muscles. Common foam rolling exercises include rolling out the calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, back, and glutes. Each exercise involves slowly moving back and forth over the roller on the targeted muscle group for about 30 seconds to 2 minutes. It's important to focus on areas of tension and discomfort but avoid rolling over joints and bones.

    Foam rolling is perfectly suitable for beginners. It's a simple and effective technique for muscle recovery and flexibility to incorporate into any fitness routine. Beginners should start with a softer foam roller to get accustomed to the sensation and gradually move to a firmer roller if needed for more intense pressure.

    Foam rolling can help improve flexibility by increasing blood flow to your muscles and breaking up adhesions that limit movement. When combined with static stretching, foam rolling can improve overall flexibility and range of motion.

    While foam rolling is generally safe, there are potential risks or side effects if not done correctly. Applying too much pressure on specific areas, such as the lower back or neck, can cause injury. Always use the foam roller on muscle tissue and avoid rolling directly over joints or bones. If you experience sharp pain, discontinue use and consult a healthcare provider.

    Alternatives to foam rolling for myofascial release include massage balls, handheld rollers, and myofascial release tools designed to target specific areas. These tools can offer more pinpointed pressure and help reach difficult areas to address with a foam roller.

    For most people, it's okay to start foam rolling without consulting anyone. However, consulting a fitness professional or physical therapist is a good idea if you're unsure about how to use a foam roller or if you have specific concerns due to injuries or medical conditions. They can provide personalised advice and demonstrations on proper foam rolling techniques to ensure safety and effectiveness.

    Foam rolling can enhance performance by aiding in quicker recovery, improving flexibility, and reducing muscle soreness and stiffness. Regular foam roller use helps manage muscle fatigue and maintain optimal muscle condition, which can lead to improved physical performance. Incorporating foam rolling into your pre-activity routine can increase blood circulation and range of motion, potentially leading to better strength and efficiency during physical activities. Post-workout foam rolling can also aid recovery, reducing the likelihood of injuries. Overall, foam rolling is a valuable tool for optimising their performance and recovery routines.