STT’s workout of the month for March 2010

Why is it that you hear people saying “I need to stretch”, but when I watch personal training sessions or sit down to help plan a practice session the first thing they want to cut out because of time constraints is flexibility.  Very few sessions that I have witnessed whether in the athletic or private realms spend quality time stretching and going through legitimate range of motions to help improve flexibility or body awareness.  Try this easy stretch that your boss won’t realize you are doing at your desk, or your coach won’t know you are doing during film.  Take a tennis ball, pool cue ball, or golf ball and roll it on the bottom of your foot.  Beginners should start with the tennis ball and as you become more comfortable pick a harder round object.  You can even try standing on thick PVC pipe.  The four to six inch variety works best to loosen up the ankle as well as strengthen the small muscles of the foot.  Oh and yes, make sure you have a way to keep your balance when you inevitably put two feet on the PVC.

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4 Comments

  1. Nice Idea. Great Suggestion!

    • Thanks for the feedback. There are a bunch of these types of posts coming soon. Keep checking back with us. Oh, STT on YouTube has some “How-To” video clips about foam roller programs too.

  2. Nice post. Sometimes the most effective strategies involve the simplest things. I am a firm believer in “getting it done” whenever possible. This means practicing all day throughout the day with strength, flexibility, and fitness. There are tons of “little things” like this that can be done anywhere and at anytime!

    • Thanks Brandon! I appreciate the kind words. Taking small steps each day can make climbing mountains possible. Check back with STT soon! There are more tips to come. Have a great day!


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