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  • Using a buffer to get buffed

    An article by Matt S on the use of a buffer (yup, your basic Ryobi buffer you'd find at Home Depot) to boost recovery time. I have been using one since he showed me this method, and it's helped with some tight areas foam rolling and other methods didn't help.




    Buff to get Buffer – The foam rolling game changer that will boost your recovery in a fraction of the time
    By Matt Stranberg

    Whether you are a serious athlete seeking improved sports performance or a casual weekend warrior crushing cathartic heavy deadlifts, most veteran gym goers understand that the iron game is a long term investment. The key to success is accumulating hours of consistent quality stimulation over a long period of time.

    A serious impediment to obtaining this aforementioned goal is suboptimal tissue quality and impaired movement. In recent years, self myofascial release and foam rolling have swept the strength training community as a means to ameliorate these deficits. Although the science regarding foam rolling remains a contentious issue, many practitioners and athletes consider the practice a staple of proper recovery. Although this article will not discuss the background and science of foam rolling, as the Brink Zone includes innumerable resources concerning the topic, it will instead introduce a new potent tool for your extensive recovery arsenal.

    Time to get Buff

    One day during a training session, a good friend of mine revealed a car buffer from his training bag. Although I started laughing, as it was typical for this avid engineer to regularly carry spare tools. What did surprise me however, was when he instructed me to apply the device to my adductors. At first I was skeptical, but with some enticing I positioned my foot upon a bench and began to buff the inner portions of my leg. Fighting the urge to pull away, I was instantly stunned by the precise intensity of the pressure. Despite its common use as a car polisher, the newly repurposed tool now functioned as a Brookstone massage wand on steroids. After a few concentrated strokes across the length of my adductors, I instantly experienced relief. My friend began to smile as he realized my astonished delight and subsequent excitement. Soon I was buffing my pecs, traps, quads, calves, and any other area that I could reach. It appeared that this tool provided an enhanced self myofascial release in a fraction of the time. Before I could recommend the tool to my fellow friends and clients I decided to experiment for a month. The results were absolutely tremendous and I expressed to my friend the possibility of marketing a new product. Together we began to research and soon discovered that similar to many other fitness “discoveries,” we were not truly original in our self massage epiphanies.

    It appears that Clint Darden and Brett Summers had discovered the massage technique years ago but were largely unnoticed. Their original article can be read here. In relation to introductory self myofascial release techniques, this guide can be viewed in conjunction with Mike Robertson’s PDF here for added completeness.

    So, instead of plagiarizing these articles, claiming the discovery for ourselves, as seems to be the standard in the fitness industry, I have decided to detail my experiences with the buffer and my opinion of related applications.

    Cont:

    http://www.brinkzone.com/injuries/bu...n-of-the-time/
    - Will

    Performance/Fitness Advice For the Tactical Community

    www.OptimalSWAT.com

    General Performance/Fitness Advice for all

    www.BrinkZone.com

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    I though I had tried almost everything to do SMR now I read this. I love my lacross ball and rolling pin. But I may just have to try this. Thanks for posting it. Clint has some good stuff in his "house of biceps."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by NORCOCOP View Post
      I though I had tried almost everything to do SMR now I read this. I love my lacross ball and rolling pin. But I may just have to try this. Thanks for posting it. Clint has some good stuff in his "house of biceps."
      You'll find the buffer really helps with recoup and compliment to trigger point stuff like lacross balls, etc.
      - Will

      Performance/Fitness Advice For the Tactical Community

      www.OptimalSWAT.com

      General Performance/Fitness Advice for all

      www.BrinkZone.com

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      • #4
        Excellent idea, thanks for posting this Will!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by saone View Post
          Excellent idea, thanks for posting this Will!
          Get you some!
          - Will

          Performance/Fitness Advice For the Tactical Community

          www.OptimalSWAT.com

          General Performance/Fitness Advice for all

          www.BrinkZone.com

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