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Mike Hammond

Mike is a master's cyclist, runner, triathlete and self-admitted gear nerd. Over three decades of training and racing, Mike has learned a thing or two about what works and loves to share it with others trying to get fit and stay active.

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Foam Rolling Benefits For Pain Relief And Injury Prevention

By Mike Hammond

Are you watching the other people in the gym use (and rave about) foam rollers but still aren’t convinced they are for you? Sure, you’ve heard them talk about foam rollers effectively massaging their muscles and helping them get better results from their workout. So, what’s holding you back? Probably, it’s the fact that the […]

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Rumble Roller Review: Great For Deep Pressure Lovers

By Mike Hammond

Foam rollers are normally smooth or textured and vary in firmness from soft to medium to firm. The most firm and textured rollers are usually reserved for serious athletes, beat up weekend warriors like me, and people who have been foam rolling for a while.That brings us to the Rumble Roller: it looks like a torture […]

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The 5 Best Foam Rollers For Runners

By Mike Hammond

Are you enjoying the wonderful mind and body benefits of running but would rather do without the aches and pains that tend to follow your run? Since I’ve started running, I’ve found that dynamic stretching and massages really go a long way in helping me avoid undue stress to my muscles and joints.Like many runners, […]

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Essential Foam Roller Exercises For Mobility And Pain Relief

By Mike Hammond

Modified image courtesy of  Roger Mommaerts under CC BY-SA 2.0Foam rollers are cheap and effective tools for improving muscle elasticity and reducing the pain associated with muscle stiffness. But, as their popularity grows, many new comers to foam rolling exercises wonder if they are actually doing it right. Are there specific techniques they should be […]

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How To Foam Roll For IT Band Syndrome And Fix Knee Pain

By Mike Hammond

Where is your pain? If it’s centered mostly at the outside of your knee, then it could be IT band syndrome. You don’t have to be a runner or cyclist to experience the unique pain of this condition. Any daily activity that causes you to repeatedly flex your knee can potentially lead to it.Recommended treatments […]

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Foam Rolling Your Calves For Pain Relief: Bliss!

By Mike Hammond

Have you been experiencing calf pain lately? Pain in your calves is actually quite common and not at all surprising when you consider all the work your lower legs have to do. From standing and walking to climbing, running and jumping, your calves are often overworked and the pain is normally a sign of this.Athletes, […]