Get some soft tissue work done
This is another addition to your program that can give you huge paybacks over the long-term. First, if you havent purchased a foam roller] yet, what are you waiting for? Id venture to say almost any performance coach worth his salt is using one, so why arent you? If you arent sure how to use one, check out our Feel Better for 10 Bucks article. Something we didnt discuss in the foam rolling article is changing the length of the muscle while youre working it. This allows you to work different areas of the muscle and get an even better response. For instance, try this for your rectus femoris and quads Roll these areas like you normally would, and then continue rolling but bend your knee. You may not feel it at the bottom of the quads, but I think youll notice a big difference when rolling the top of your thigh.Now as great as the foam roller is, it still pales in comparison to specific soft-tissue work performed by a specialist. If youve never had soft-tissue work done before, Id start with a solid ART provider, as theyll be able to get rid of adhesions and scar tissue that have built up over the course of your training career. After that, a more general deep tissue massage will help normalize your tissue tone and help you realize better quality of movement. This isnt really something that can be described in words, but youll know the feeling when you effortlessly drop into a deep squat for the first time.