Oh, the PAIN. IT Band torture. Hurts soooo good.
I sometimes get asked about the ridges in this model: it’s for extra DEEP tissue massage. And yes, terrifying, lol. Beginners can start with smooth rollers (less expensive), but I swear, NOTHING beats the Rumble Roller
for MY body. It’s intense, but so very effective (really opened up my back and shoulders). QUICK TIP for all you rollers out there
- there’s a lot to be said about the recovery benefits of this tool. But despite claims to the contrary, it’s NOT the best idea to roll when you’ve just finished a HUGE workout (or are suffering SEVERE DOMS -delayed onset muscle soreness- after a tough strength session).
It’s true that massage can alleviate soreness, but it can also further damage muscles that are trying to repair themselves - no good (kind of like massaging a bruise). Regular soreness is fine, but f you’re REALLY sore, wait a day before rolling yourself out to minimize damage TO the muscle.
My massage therapist won’t even touch me if my back is super tender from a workout: her fingers may do damage to those tiny muscles that I just “ripped”. Waiting a day means I’m still sore, but the muscles are usually repaired enough to withstand the massage without further damage, making the release more effective.
(New to foam rolling? This is a pretty handy beginner routine from Tone It Up