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Lest we forget about our trusty accessories, and the essential studio equipment that we couldn't do without.
For the amount of use they get, foam rollers and yoga blocks are probably the most loyal and relied upon pieces of kit at the "cool-down" area. But, we get it - they're used by hundreds of sweat-dripping gym fiends daily...so if you're in need of fresh feels when it comes to your pain-relief and open-bodied movement, you're in the right place.
Here's the very stylish proof from the designer himself...
A WORD FROM OUR DESIGNER
- JORDAN MOLESWORTH
The Gymshark Studio Blocks are an aided support trainer for any form of studio activity. From supporting your head in forward bends to lifting you up in a seated twist - blocks are ideal for adding lift or grounding you in all manner of poses during yoga. They can help stabilise and add height in standing and balancing poses, or can be placed between the knees to activate the outer leg muscles.
The design of both the Cork and Foam Studio Blocks was really important to us - we wanted to be able to offer a customisable level of support. So, with three height options - dependent upon which side of the block you use - they're perfect for any skill level!
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CORK STUDIO BLOCK
Dimensions: H: 14cm. W: 10cm. L: 22cm
BENEFITS: FIRM | STURDY | GROUNDING | DURABLE | ANTI-MICROBIAL | GREAT FOR HEAVYWEIGHT BEARING | ECO-FRIENDLY
WHEN TO GO FOR A CORK STUDIO BLOCK...
- HOT YOGA
- INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED YOGA CLASSES
Many say that they're more sturdy than their foam counterparts and for good reason. The natural fibre and texture incorporated help provide extra grip and traction, whilst the rounded edges create a comfortable surface for performance.
Coming in just slightly heavier than the Foam Studio Block, the cork model is still incredibly lightweight and perfect for backbends and standing/sitting poses.
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FOAM STUDIO BLOCK
Dimensions: H: 14cm. W: 10cm. L: 22cm.
BENEFITS: SOFT | LIGHTWEIGHT | GENTLE ON JOINS AND MUSCLES | EASY TO CARRY | TRAVEL-FRIENDLY | GOOD FOR ALIGNMENT, LIGHTWEIGHT BEARING POSES
WHEN TO GO FOR THE FOAM BLOCK...
- RESTORATIVE YOGA
- POWER YOGA
- LEVEL 1-2 (BEGINNER CLASSES)
- SLOW FLOW YOGA CLASSES
A carbon copy of the Cork Studio Block by design, but varying by way of material and purpose, the lightweight, Foam Studio Block is a firm-favourite for beginner and experienced yogi alike.
Featuring a rounded edge, the block helps with comfort and support during practice - place strategically under the feet, hands or even under your seat to intensify your yogic stretches and also achieve the right position without strenuous effort. A foam block can be extremely helpful for beginners who don't necessarily have the much needed flexibility to perform various yogic movements.
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DIMENSIONS: H: 13cm. W: 5cm. L: 5.5cm
BENEFITS: INCREASED BLOOD FLOW, IMPROVES MOBILITY AND FLEXIBILITY, HELPS TO PREVENT INJURY
In recent years, foam rolling has gone mainstream. Once a self-massage technique used only by professional athletes and therapists; foam rolling is now an everyday practice for people at all levels of fitness. There’s a reason for the popularity of this self-massage technique: it’s simple and it works! Let us explain...
A foam roller is a simple cylinder (usually made of foam or flexible plastic) which you can lay on in a variety of positions, allowing your body weight to put focused pressure on affected muscle groups. Rolling over problem areas can help release built-up tension in your fascia and re-establish the integrity (and optimal performance) of muscle tissue.
When you are doing a highly repetitive movement, you’re typically overusing some muscles and underusing others - especially if things aren’t in perfect balance. The muscles that get overused tend to get tight, and a tight muscle doesn’t function properly. When you foam roll, you can help improve symmetrical muscle function by ‘resetting’ tight areas.
Foam rolling can be performed prior to and after your workouts. Before exercise, rolling will increase tissue elasticity, range of motion and circulation (blood flow). This can help you move better during your workout and protect you from injury.
Foam rolling post-workout is a great way to enhance recovery. Focus on all of the major muscles you just worked, with an extra emphasis on the areas that feel problematic.