A foam roller is a handy tool to have around, and if used correctly it can replicate the benefits associated with sports massage. Since you use your very own body weight to control the intensity of the massage you can also decide on the level of pain inflicted. This, and the ability to audibly squeal without shame, are the key differences between this solo rollo and the steely show of strength that must be exhibited at all times during a sports massage.
Foam rollers can also be incorporated into workout sessions, challenging the muscles and crushing that core!
There are various rolly products available so here’s the heads up on a few.
Truly, Madly, not too Deeply
First up is the most gentle of our foamy friends. The Fitness Mad Foam Roller is long and blue and foam through and through. It delivers the least intense massage of the bunch, due to it being the least firm and having a smooth surface unlike the rugged terrain of the other rollers. This roller also has a more limited lifespan comparatively speaking to the other more structured products as it will compress through use and becomes less effective.
In the case of The Grid Foam Roller from Trigger Point we are advised to “Forget everything you've ever known about traditional foam rolling - The Grid is here, and it's going to take foam rolling to a whole new level.”
Following this advice Big Will Smith, still in possession of his MIB neuralyzer, popped round and in a flash my extensive foam roller knowledge was no more.
The Grid differs from traditional rollers in that it is constructed from a hard, hollow core hand-wrapped in EVA foam. The Grid has unique ‘distrodensity’ zones as Trigger Point call them, or ‘different sized bumps’ as I more technically refer to them, on its surface to replicate the feeling of a massage therapist’s forearm, palm or fingertips. This makes it easier to isolate specific muscle groups and achieve a more focussed massage.
The different surface zones on The Grid coupled with the firm feel helps toward a deep and varied self-massage experience with this roller.
Due to its construction The Grid is easy to incorporate into core workout sessions. There are a trio of DVD’s available from Trigger Point covering basic to advanced level core workouts using The Grid.
Just trundled in is the new Nike offering the Textured Foam Roller is similar to The Grid in appearance, if slightly more fashion forward. That isn’t to say that it is a case of form over function. The Nike roller is similarly hollow with a textured surface area. It doesn’t have the quite the same depth of EVA foam or surface lumpiness as the Trigger Point roller but it is still does the job well.
We have a few different rollers available for selection so if you are looking to take care of those legs, hide small household objects, or perform core work we surely have something to fit the bill.