Self-myofascial release, also known as “foam rolling,” has transformed from a once mysterious technique used only by professional athletes, coaches, and therapists to a familiar everyday practice for people at all levels of fitness. Recent information, technology, and affordable products have introduced an increasing array of training and recovery methods to the average person.
Many athletes may wonder why they are not able to lift more than the person next to them. This is especially true of males, and this can be a sore subject among men in the CrossFit world. Many men, and to a lesser extent women, that I have spoken to felt self-conscious if there was a workout that had a particularly heavy load that they themselves did not have the ability to lift, but other athletes present could. Some have even admitted to lifting the weight even though they knew the load was too heavy, all because those around them were lifting the load. This, of course, eventually led to injury or intense soreness in the aftermath of the workout.