FOAM ROLL GUIDE

The ultimate guide to get inspired and learn more about Foam roll and Tube roll. It will help improve both your training and body. Foam roller training is for all and not just for athletes, everyone can benefit from foam roll training because becoming mobile enough to properly perform basic human movements will help to avoid overuse injuries and chronic pain later in life.

How does foam roll training work?


Foam and tube roll training works by applying localized pressure to chosen regions of the body using, prescribed techniques as explained in this booklet. When pressure is applied with a roller, the roller exercises with help increase the circulatory flow through that area reducing soft tissue damage and improving movement dynamics.

It's a good idea to go barefoot or without shoes when you are foam rolling for a more relaxed feeling, and helps you to be more aware when completing the exercises.

When you encounter a tight area – which could be a tender spot in your muscle - rest on that spot, breathe deeply, and slowly massage back and forth and side-to-side with a subtle rocking motion for a few more reps or seconds, or until the tenderness you feel decreases by about 50%. When you cannot find any new trigger points, it is suggested to upgrade to a harder foam roller. 


Can foam roller help prevent injuries?


Yes, studies have shown the benefits of regular foam and tube roll training can help reduce joint and back pain. Also aid as an excellent injury prevention tool.

"Add a qoute about mobility training and how foam rolling can help you in all different training forms."

guide produced with Matthew Griffith

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FOAM ROLL

 

We have designed different rollers based upon your needs and wants. The Casall foam and tube rollers vary in material density, length and travel convenience. Generally, if you are new to roller training or suffer with muscular tension then we suggest you to go for a softer density such as a Casall small or medium foam roller, that is easy to manage and comfortable to use. If your training type is performance, then we advise possibly a harder density such as a Casall tube roller or Casall Foam roll mini. If you are interested in using the roller for additional training such as stability training, then we suggest a Casall Long foam roller. If you want to travel with a roller, then the mini roller is an ideal choice. 

Foam roll Mini

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The Mini Foam roll with only 10 cm diameter and little harder density 35–40 D is easy to bring along when travel or going to the gym. Harder density to give more pressure. Smaller diameter also makes it easier to use when doing flexibility exercises for beginners since you are closer to the floor when flex.

Art. no: 74010 (go to product page here)

Density: 113 kg/m3
Material: EVA and Polyethylene, PVC FREE / No phtalates.
Recommended for: Experienced users

Foam roll Small

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Foam rolling can be painful in the beginning because tight muscles are pushed upon with your full body weight. Casall small foam roller will produce a little less pain with its firm density compare to Casall Tube roll. The smaller size also makes it easy to bring or store and easy to handle for leg exercises.

Art. no: 74005 (go to product pager here)

Density: 50,78 kg/m3
Material: EVA and Polyethylene, PVC FREE / No phtalates.
Recommended for: Beginners and intermediate users

Foam roll Medium

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Firm density and medium length makes foam roller perfect for first time users. The Foam roll with 61 cm length covers larger area of muscles and make it easier to find balance while doing practice.

Art. no: 74009 (go to product page here)

Density: 50,78 kg/m3
Material: EVA and Polyethylene,PVC FREE / No phtalates.
Recommended for: Beginners and intermediate users

 

Foam roll Large

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Firm density and long length makes this foam roller perfect for both massage, balance and core exercises. The Foam roll with 91 cm length covers large muscle areas and the lenght also makes it perfect for advanced core and balance exercises.

Art. no: 74008 (go to product page here)

Density: 50,78 kg/m3
Material: EVA and Polyethylene, PVC FREE / No phtalates.
Recommended for: Beginners and intermediate users

Tube roll

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A solid tube roll for the most optimal muscle relief and tension alleviation. Ribbed surface, compact construction and hardness 35–40 D with density above 113 kg/m3 for enhanced effects and results. The ABS inner tube also helps keep the hardness and shape when frequently used.

Art. no: 74007 (go to product page here)

Density: 113 kg/m3
Material: Outer foam: EVA plastic, Polyethylene and Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE). Inner tube: ABS plastic.
Recommended for: Experienced users

 

FOAM ROLL EXERCISES

 

This guide will assist you carefully how to complete some of the most effective Foam Roll exercises shared by our Casall training expert Matthew Griffiths.  Let’s get started and make your body move and feel better!

T-SPINE ROLL


BODY ZONE: UPPER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: THORACIC SPINE
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Lay on your back with your knees bent, cradling your head in your hands, with the foam roller across your shoulder blades. Lift your hips up off the floor and use your legs to roll your body up and down on the foam roller, 10–15 cm upwards and downwards. Aim to relax your upper body and let your spine fold backwards.

 

T-SPINE HOLD AND STRETCH


BODY ZONE: UPPER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: THORACIC SPINE
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Lay on your back with your knees bent, placing your hands behind the back of the head, with the foam roller just below your shoulder blades. Keep your hips on the floor with your feet hip width apart. Slowly begin to fold backwards. Keep your hips on the floor, supporting your head. Begin gently to bend backwards over the roller. Stopping at a point where it feels comfortable. Return back to the starting position and repeat.

 

T-SPINE CROSS FRICTION


BODY ZONE: UPPER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: THORACIC SPINE
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Lay on your back with your knees bent, placing your hands behind the back of the head, with the foam roller just below your shoulder blades. Keep your hips on the floor with your feet hip width apart. Position your back parallel to the floor, then begin move side to side in a sideways motion.

 

SIDE BACK ROLL


BODY ZONE: UPPER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: LATS, SHOULDER
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Lay on your side with the legs in a bent position that feels comfortable. Place the foam roller perpendicular to your body, under the middle to upper part of your side back. Length the arm with the palm facing upwards, then use your legs to slowly shift your body 10–15cm upwards and downwards.

 

SIDE BACK HOLD AND STRETCH


BODY ZONE: UPPER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: LATS, SHOULDER
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Lay on your side with the legs in a bent position that feels comfortable. Place the foam roller perpendicular to your body, under the middle to upper part of your side back. Length the arm with the palm facing upwards. Slowly pull the arm down towards your chest bending at the elbow. Length the arm and repeat.

 

FRONT SHOULDER ROLL


BODY ZONE: UPPER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: PEC, DELTOIDS
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Place the foam roller under the upper chest where it meets the shoulder, while using the other arm for support. Find a comfortable position for your lower body and push the roller a few centimeter foward and backward with your upper body.

 

LATERAL LONG ROLL


BODY ZONE: UPPER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: ERRECTOR SPINE
FOAM ROLLER: LONG


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Lay on the roller with your hips and head firmly placed on the roller. Length the arms to the side of your body while keeping the knees bent. Move your upper body againist the roll in a sideways motion, rolling towards the outer body. Roll back towards the middle and repeat on the other side.

 

FRONT SHOULDER HOLD AND STRETCH


BODY ZONE: UPPER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: PEC, DELTOIDS
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Place the foam roller under the upper chest where it meet the shoulder, while using the other arm for support. Keeping the roller fixed, pulling the arm in a downward motion. Push the arm forwards as you were going to straighten it and repeat.

 

FRONT HIP ROLL


BODY ZONE: LOWER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: HIPS FLEXORS
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Place the roller under frontal portion of your hip, while supporting the arm body with flexed arms. Use the upper body to roll backward and forward 10–15 cm across the front of the hip.

 

FRONT HIP HOLD AND STRETCH


BODY ZONE: LOWER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: HIP FLEXORS
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Place the roller under frontal portion of your hip, while supporting the upper body with flexed arms. Flex the knee and position the working leg a 90 degree angle. Keep the upper body stable with your arms, gentley move the leg in a rotational motion across the roller. Work inwards and outwards with control, stopping at the end movement.

 

FRONT HIP CROSS FRICTION


BODY ZONE: LOWER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: HIP FLEXORS
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Place the roller under frontal portion of your hip, while supporting the upper body with flexed arms. Keep the upper body stable with your arms, gently move the hip in a side ways motion across the roller. Work in a range of 5–10 cm in each direction.

 

BACK HIP ROLL


BODY ZONE: LOWER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: HIP ROTATORS
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Sit on the roller placing the one leg over the other at a 90 degree angle. Support yourself with the arm that is on the same side as the leg that is crossed, while gently pushing the knee down with opposite arm. Use the supportive leg to gently push yourself forwards and backward in a range of 10–15 cm, applying pressure to the whole outer portion of the outer hip.

 

BACK LEG ROLL


BODY ZONE: LOWER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: HAMSTRINGS
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Position the roller under the upper thigh, close to the backside of the hip on one leg. Support yourself with both arms while keeping the other leg flexed. Flex the foot and use both the arms and the supportive leg to gently roll backwards and forwards 15–20 cm. Placing the other leg over the working leg, will help increase the pressure and the effect.

 

FRONT LEG CROSS FRICTION


BODY ZONE: LOWER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: QUADRICEPS
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Place the roller above the knee while supporting the body with flexed arms. Keep the upper body stable through your arms. Gentley move the thigh in a side ways motion arcoss the roller. Work in a range of 5–10 cm in each direction.

 

FRONT LEG ROLL


BODY ZONE: LOWER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: QUADRICEPS
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Place the roller above the knee while supporting the body with flexed arms. Use the upper body to move the thigh in a forwards and backwwards motion arcoss the roller. Work in a range of 5–10 cm in each direction avoid rolling the knee.

 

FRONT LEG HOLD AND STRETCH


BODY ZONE: LOWER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: QUADRICEPS
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Place the roller above the knee while supporting the arm body with flexed arms. Flex the knee and position the working leg a 90 degree angle. Keep the upper body stable with your arms. Flex the knee bringing the foot towards the hip, stop when you have reached the end of the movement. Straighten the leg and repeat.

 

LOWER BACK LEG ROLL


BODY ZONE: LOWER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: CALVES
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Position the roller under the lower portion of the leg. Support yourself with both arms while keeping the other leg flexed. Flex the foot and use both the arms and the supportive leg to gently roll backwards and forwards 10–15 cm. Placing the other leg over the working leg, will help increase the pressure and the effect.

 

LOWER BACK LEG HOLD AND STRETCH


BODY ZONE: LOWER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: CALVES
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Position the roller under the lower portion of the leg. Support yourself with both arms while keeping the other leg flexed. Use the arms to support the upper body in a stable position. Point the foot away, follow by flexing the foot. Point and flex foot repeatedly as suggested. Placing the other leg over the working leg, will help increase the pressure and the effect.

 

LOWER BACK LEG CROSS FRICTION


BODY ZONE: LOWER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: CALVES
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG, TUBE ROLL


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Position the roller under the lower portion of the leg. Support yourself with both arms while keeping the other leg flexed. Use the arms to support the upper body in a stable position. Flex the foot and rotate the lower leg on the roller in a inward and outward motion. Placing the other leg over the working leg, will help increase the pressure and the effect.

 

LOWER FRONT LEG ROLL


BODY ZONE: LOWER BODY
WHAT IT WORKS: SHIN, TIBIALIS ANTERIOR
FOAM ROLLER: MINI, SMALL, MEDIUM, LONG


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Position the roller under the lower portion of the leg. Support yourself with both arms and the opposite leg. Point the foot and use both the arms and the supportive leg to gently roll backwards and forwards 10–15 cm.

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