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Old 12-25-2008, 05:10 PM   #1
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I read that eventually, if you do SMR enough it will stop hurting. When does this happen? Does it happen if you're using PVC pipe instead of a foam roller?

Also, can you do it too much? Since I got my 4'' PVC pipe a week ago I've been doing it after every workout along with home sessions, for at total of at least two or three times a day. In addition I also roll a tennis ball and smaller PVC pipe over my quads while sitting around as they seem to give me the most trouble. Is this OK?
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Old 12-25-2008, 06:13 PM   #2
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I read that eventually, if you do SMR enough it will stop hurting. When does this happen? Does it happen if you're using PVC pipe instead of a foam roller?

Also, can you do it too much? Since I got my 4'' PVC pipe a week ago I've been doing it after every workout along with home sessions, for at total of at least two or three times a day. In addition I also roll a tennis ball and smaller PVC pipe over my quads while sitting around as they seem to give me the most trouble. Is this OK?
No, it's NOT OK, and yes, ANY is too much. Throw that junk away and read my answer to your other question:
http://www.cathletics.com/forum/show...7&postcount=13
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:05 PM   #3
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Well, I'd definitely like to try the stretching method you mentioned. I emailed you.

Regarding SMR, I should mention it hurts while I do it but afterwards I feel pretty good--when I was asking about the hurting it was because I read when you do it enough it won't hurt while you're doing it. It seems to help with the stiffness a bit. I'll agree that a lot of the "miracle cure" stuff that seems to be attached to it smells hokey, but at the worst it still gives me a rather nice massage and warm-down.
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Old 12-26-2008, 07:07 AM   #4
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PVC is pretty tough on the body, that's why they tend to refer to it as "foam rolling", not "hard PVC pipe rolling".

FWIW, Dr. Cobb of Z-Health is not a fan of foam rolling either. I'd personally rather get some Thai massage...
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Old 12-26-2008, 11:46 AM   #5
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It will go away. Just means quads are one of the problem spots.. like they are for most of us since there a large muscle group. Will take longer cause its PVC instead of foam like Garrett said.
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:57 PM   #6
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just like any body adaptation, a splurge all at once isn't gonna make it go faster. just relax and let your body sink into its own pace.
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Old 12-28-2008, 09:38 PM   #7
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Sorry, noob question, but what exactly does foam rolling do, and assuming it does it, what's the controversy?

I've done a little SMR since starting crossfit and have gotten a few clinical deep-tissue massages, but I can't say that I've noticed any improvement.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:31 PM   #8
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I'm surprised to see a few knocks to SMR. I has been a godsend for me personally. Combined with TGU's and shoulder dislocates a consistent pre-workout tennis ball session on my shoulders has brought me from being in severe pain when overhead lifting to only slight occasional pain. I'm a believer in SMR, it works well for me and it's cheap.
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:17 PM   #9
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I think SMR is great. I've never read anything against it that's made much sense to me.

I never really got the pvc thing, but foam rolling has been fantastic.
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No, it's NOT OK, and yes, ANY is too much. Throw that junk away and read my answer to your other question:
http://www.cathletics.com/forum/show...7&postcount=13
Would you mind sending me the 11 stretches?
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