June 2018 Newsletter
Free Classes - All of June
All yoga and Zumba classes are free for the month of June. Members and non-members are welcome. Come check it out!
Wednesdays - 6PM
Martial Arts and Self Defense
Mondays - 7PM
Thursdays - 7PM
The Importance of Self-Myofascial Release (SMR)
Flexibility is an integral part of exercise and reaching exercise goals. It helps to correct any muscle imbalances, increase joint range of motion, decrease muscle soreness, relieve joint stress, improve muscle extension, and maintain overall muscle function. Self-Myofascial Release is a form of flexibility that assists muscle down to the neurons and muscle fibers.
SMR can be done with a variety of tools; Including the foam roller, lacrosse ball, medicine balls, handheld rollers and other assisted devices.
The idea behind SMR is to completely calm the muscle fibers. Quickly doing so will only excite the fibers. So find the tender spot, apply pressure and slowly roll.
Myths and Misconceptions of Self-Myofascial Release
- "SMR feels good, but does not do anything."- SMR is a proven method to help increase flexibility and range of motion without decrease in power.
- "SMR is only beneficial after a workout." - Studies have shown that SMR before a workout helps to increase range of motion which will then help to prevent injury.
- "SMR will help to prevent muscle soreness." - Performing SMR after a workout may reduce soreness. However, a study recently found that participants used SMR for faster recovery but did not experience any significant decrease in muscle soreness. If the recovery process is quicker, you are able to train harder, longer and frequently.
For more information, Check out this blog from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
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