Key Item for Recovery

Dear Foam Cylinder,

I need to roll on you when I get home.  I am very sore, and my muscles need some release from their current state of tension.  Please be waiting for me by the front door, as I’m not sure I have the will to descend the basement stairs in this condition.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Love, Kimberly

This is no exaggeration.  I wrote this in my journal early in my first round of P90X2.  Those of you with a foam roller know where I’m coming from.  I have a hunch that those of you who don’t have one would greatly benefit from it.  I can’t believe how much it helped me during my first round of P90X2…why wasn’t it included with my Insanity package…or the original P90X?  Want to know something interesting?  I had a foam roller in my home for nearly a year and a half before I started using it!  Frank and I got one shortly after his parents did, because his Dad has degenerative disc disease and had it recommended to him by his physical therapist.  Frank used it for different stretches and exercises that he learned from his Dad – but we were clueless about the actual potential of this little cylinder.  So it lived behind our couch, and was used on a very rare occasion…and then our X2 package came with one.  I was thinking “I already have one of these darn things, and I don’t want to store another behind the couch…so Tony had better show me some magic with this thing.”  Little did I know what he had in store!

A few rounds of Insanity were a little hard on my lower body.  I thought the burning in my knees was an early symptom that they were going bad on me.  The high impact cardio and plyometric workouts are often considered “out-of-style” because they can be harmful to your joints if you don’t properly care for yourself.  The right shoes, a jump mat, and proper form go a long way in preventing injury, but it can still wear on you.  The results are awesome – but the intensity of the workouts makes your recovery days even more important.  The beautiful thing about foam rolling though – sometimes it only takes 10-15 minutes to work out your trouble zones.  Any additional time spent on top of that will be pure bonus – with the reward of less aches and pains.  So, I made it through the first 60 days of P90X2 with a regular foam cylinder.  Then I found that the workouts in the strength phase were building my back muscles so efficiently that I needed to upgrade.  I needed something to get into those sore spots.  So I purchased the Rumble Roller.  At that time they weren’t offered to be purchased separate from the P90X2 package – so I ordered it from Dick’s Sporting Goods (and paid over $80 for it!) – now you can get them through Team Beachbody for ($69.90 – plus you can get a 10% discount if you are club member, and a 25% discount if you are a coach – see www.beachbodycoach.com/kimberlyb32 ).

This is the one Tony uses in the videos – I was okay with not having one at first because rolling out my trouble spots put me into enough agony that I couldn’t imagine little knobs digging into those same spots.  I’ve had my RumbleRoller for 7 months now – and it has been a game changer!  I started off thinking I would only be able to use it to work out the kinks in my neck, shoulders, lats, triceps.  My upper half – in general.  ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­However, over time I have worked up to using it to work out the sore spots in my quads, hamstrings, inner thighs, and calves.  It is a blessing.  It turns out that my knees weren’t the problem – because after foam rolling the supporting muscles I’m like a new person.  I hope foam rolling helps other people in the same way it does for me – because it makes me feel like I’m caring for my body in a way that will allow me to do these workouts for life.

Tony (and the foam roller) taught me that Bringing It on your recovery days is just as important as Bringing It in your other workouts!  Don’t skip them!

All the best,

Coach Kimberly

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