So you’re stuck at home. Gym is closed for the foreseeable future. You meant to get a something to workout with at home, but never got around to it. When you look at your options, you see a weight or two, and your roller, and that’s about it.
Fantastic! That’s all you need!
I like to use the roller with clients to get shoulders, neck, and upper back to open up from hours spent pouring over a computer keyboard….or a long commute…or curled up in a ball while you sleep….or numerous other forward-facing-pulling activities.
Most of my clients graduate from just using the roller to release tightness to using it to workout on, too. That packs a fabulous double-whammy: roll time that allows the upper back in particular to release, and strength training with a particular ability to focus on the underutilized role of the shoulder blades.
The roll has always given users the unique ability to tap into those shoulder blades and what they are -or aren’t- up to, and this is no exception. In fact, as you throw a weight around you will know very quickly if your shoulder and shoulder blade are working at full capacity under load.
Normally I like to give you a quick fitness tip to help you navigate a potential problem in your body. This time, for the first time, I made a full length “Workout along with Laura” video. I even had to edit it because I talked so much! 🙂 You are welcome to mute the audio, but please, take 15 mins (that’s all YouTube allows!) and try throwing some weights around on your roller.
I promise you will really like it! 🙂
P.S. If you find that your roller feels too hard, then by all means throw a towel on it to give it a little cushion. Individual tastes may vary!
P.P.S. Please let me know in the comments below what you think. More of this full-length stuff? I am super curious!