Yes, foam rolling has a time, place, and purpose. As a general rule it’s when you wake up, before you train, or before you go to bed if your back and chest are overly tight.
The size and density of most foam rollers make getting into the IT bands, groin, fascia, and muscle adhesions challenging for some areas. Joe Clark, lifting and mobility junkie, has a cheap and easy solution: go bars deep.
The barbell itself is dense, heavy, narrow, and as dextrous as the tiny, evil elbows of your favorite Thai massage specialist. Clark shows how to use that thing you already have laying around the gym or garage to ramp up recovery and limber up for improved flexibility.