Why Foam Roll?

If you’re an exercise or gym newbie and you’ve seen a ton of people on the ground, torturing themselves with a small cylinder of foam, you may have asked yourself “Why foam roll”

That, man, that is a great question! And one we get a lot. Readers all the time are asking what’s the point and why would you want to put yourself through so much pain? We’ve done a series of posts on foam rolling exercises to try and the proper way to use a foam roller, but when it comes to answering the question “Why foam roll?” this infographic from Bracken Foam Fabricators (who make, well, foam for lots of things including foam rollers) lays it all out so perfectly.

Plus, there are so many great tips and tricks for beginners! Which is why we’re sharing it, of course. (We love you, newbies!)


Pretty cool, right? And these days there are so many different kinds of foam rollers out there. There’s a little something for everyone!

Are you pumped to foam roll now? This reminds me that I need to bust mine out more regularly! (And not just to play with Gwen on … she’s obsessed with my foam rollers.) —Jenn


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  1. I have ALWAYS wondered about these! I had no idea there was so much you could do with them. Thanks for sharing. Now I am going to find myself a foam roller 😉

  2. This might be a stupid question, but why not using a foam roller on your lower back? I have never tried that area, and I understand why I should not use it on my stomach. Can someone please explain to me what can go wrong with using the foam roller on the lower back.