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Common Foam Rolling Mistakes You're Probably Making

Foam rolling seems pretty simple, right? Turns out, you can actually be doing more harm than good. There are specific moves and techniques to foam roll the right way so that you're boosting recovery and healing muscles without causing any additional pain (or just wasting your time). Here, experts weigh in on the common foam rolling mistakes you might be making and what to do instead.

#1 Using the Wrong Pressure

When it comes to foam rolling, there's a sweet spot in terms of pressure. It's common to either use too much or too little—either way, you won't be able to repair damaged muscle tissue appropriately.

"It may take a while for the muscle you're working on to relax," says Chris Aronsen , a personal trainer in New York City. "I prefer a slower to medium speed, as I find it's more effective at releasing tension without causing excess strain."

Also, not all areas of the body are equal: Some muscles have trigger points or get tighter than others. Using the same pressure

Front of my legs look fantastic! Back of my legs...not so much. :(?

The front of my legs look great. They're smooth and muscular. You can visibly see my quadriceps. And that's the thing...It seems like all of the exercises I do, the only work the front of my legs. The backs (particularly my thighs) are still flabby and


Try doing squats.