You may remember my post a few weeks back regarding using the foam roller on the soleus muscle to activate the glutes and hip extensors. I have been using the foam roller on many of my clients, in between sets of squats, deadlifts, and balance work. I've even used it for a few people prior to their treadmill warmup. The overall feedback from people has been great. Everyone reports that using it prior to a hip dominant exercise seems to make the exercise easier to perform. I have tried it myself, and I am definitely making it part of my training program. I just wish I learned about it earlier!
Please try it on your own, and post feedback to this blog post, or email me your thoughts. It will help me learn.