Foam Rollers: A Must Have Tool If You’re Training HARD.
I’m head over heels in LOVE with my foam roller. I’ve always been one of those ‘perpetually sore’ people and I train really hard. The roller allows me to stretch & target areas I simply can’t get at with stretching alone. My performance, flexibility & recovery have ALL benefitted from a few rolling sessions a week. Ohhh, it hurts sooo good.
I have a RumbleRoller, which works best on my tight muscles. Other foam rollers work too, but the divets in this model feel like massage therapist thumbs - I get a deeper massage. Here are some deets from their website, in case you’re interested in getting yourself a new toy!
Stretches muscle and other soft tissues in multiple directions, breaking down “knots”, increasing your flexibility, and relieving your pain.
Full size models (31x6) long enough to roll the widest of your back and both legs on one pass.
Compact size models fit easily in your gym bag, backpack, or carry-on luggage.
Original Density (blue) surface intended for people new to foam rolling or anyone who has experienced positive results from conventional foam rollers.
Extra Firm (black) provides 36% firmer surface than the Original Density models, intended for experienced users with dense muscle tissue that doesn’t respond to normal massage pressure.
WHICH FOAM ROLLER IS BEST FOR YOU? FULL SIZE OR COMPACT?
If you plan to use your RumbleRoller in a single location, you’ll love the full-size, because its extra length makes it rolling more efficient. It’s long enough to roll the widest part of your back in one pass; you can roll both legs (quads, hamstrings, and/or calves) at one time.
The advantage of the Compact RumbleRoller is its portability. At just 12” in length, it fits in your gym bag or carry-on luggage. The Compact RumbleRoller’s smaller diameter (5” vs. 6” for the full-size model) conforms better to the curvature of some body parts, such as your neck. The Compact RumbleRoller also costs less.
ORIGINAL DENSITY OF EXTRA FIRM?
If you’re new to foam rolling or already use the conventional foam roller, you’ll want the original density (blue). The extra-firm version (black) is intended for experienced users with dense muscle tissue that doesn’t respond to normal massage pressure.
See below for a quick & easy intro foam rolling routine from Tone It Up!