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I've been following starting strength for a few months now, i have some tightness / mobility issues that from my reading in these parts some foam rolling would help, i found more details on what exactly that means, but i'm unclear on when i should be doing this, should it be part of my warmup, post workout stretching, something else ?

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I've been following starting strength for a few months now, i have some tightness / mobility issues that from my reading in these parts some foam rolling would help, i found more details on what exactly that means, but i'm unclear on when i should be doing this, should it be part of my warmup, post workout stretching, something else ?

Thanks

 

I like it as part of my warm-up.  That said, I've done it other times too.  Just depends on what's going on the rest of the week.

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I saw the thread title and my immediate thought was "always." 

 

I seem to get more out of it before a workout (usually I'll do it after a brief general warm up like a jog to the end of the block and back or 2 minutes of jump rope that gets me warm and my heart moving a bit), but I'm not sure if that's because my muscles are generally at their loosest immediately after a workout so I can't find the trouble spots or if I just don't have the patience and attention span to give it time at the end of a tough workout. Before bed is a prime time as well - or while watching a show at the end of the night. bigm is right - people  underestimate how much mobility work they need to be doing. 

 

To a certain extent, this of one of those things where the best time to do it is whenever you'll do it (and take your time on it). 

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I saw the thread title and my immediate thought was "always." 

 

I seem to get more out of it before a workout (usually I'll do it after a brief general warm up like a jog to the end of the block and back or 2 minutes of jump rope that gets me warm and my heart moving a bit), but I'm not sure if that's because my muscles are generally at their loosest immediately after a workout so I can't find the trouble spots or if I just don't have the patience and attention span to give it time at the end of a tough workout. Before bed is a prime time as well - or while watching a show at the end of the night. bigm is right - people  underestimate how much mobility work they need to be doing. 

 

To a certain extent, this of one of those things where the best time to do it is whenever you'll do it (and take your time on it). 

 

x2. Whenever you have time.  I tend to do it before working out, after working out, and then I try and get in some type of mobility work at while sitting around the house (although I'll admit those sessions have been getting fewer and fewer lately).  

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I saw the thread title and my immediate thought was "always." 

 

That was my first thought. 

 

I do it at home randomly- and then at dance class- before dance class- after dance class.

 

Someone on MFP said today- you didn't need to worry about stretching as much if you were more into lifting.

 

after I scrapped my jaw off the floor I told them they were full of rubbish and they were completely wrong. 

 

idiots. 

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Yeah, I saw the title and my first thought was that a better question was when not to. I barely ever do it, which needs to change.

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I have a quote from Kelly Starrett taped to my screen at work: "Seriously, the point is to try and find opportunities in your day to day life where you can sneak this mobility crap in. I like to think about it as: Pain makes you beautiful"

 

I stuck it there because I find it the hardest to fit in in the office. This reminds me to at least sit on a lacrosse ball while working ;-)

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