When I started training for my half-marathon, my friend Mike recommended that I purchase a foam roller. It’s one of those things that, unless you’re plugged into the fitness world, would never have imagined it existed.
Foam rollers are for self-massage and myofascial release. It basically simulates a deep tissue massage as you use your own body weight to supply the pressure. It’s one of those products that will help with your recovery, flexibility, prevent injuries, and improve your overall running/workout experience. After a bit of research, I decided to settle for The Grid from Trigger Point Therapy. Its sort of like the crème de la crème of rollers, made from a piece of tube covered with a foam-rubber-like material with a number of ridges and bumps that are meant to mimic massage therapist fingers/knuckles/palms (depending on the surface you use).
I started experimenting with the different surfaces to see whether it made any difference with the varying shapes and lengths of foam. Well, my short answer is no. If you really want to target a particular area of the muscle with a specific part of the roller (i.e., “knuckles”), you can. I just didn’t think it was easy or worth it. I end up rolling down the entire length of the muscle with whichever pattern I happen to land on. But if you are more patient and want a certain roller point, especially after a grueling workout, then go for it.
Overall, I do think it’s a nice roller. This orange, foamy goodness made me feel like a real-deal athlete. Maybe the fact that it looks kind of cool and like a toy made me want to use it more. The construction of the roller is very sturdy and well made, and its not too hard or overly soft. It’s light and small, which is great for my tiny room. The compact size makes it easy to maneuver and use for the different muscle groups on my body. It’s also good if you would travel a lot and want to take your roller with you. The only down side is that it is on the pricier side, but I always purchase items for their longevity. I’d rather spend a bit more and have it last longer, than buy a cheaper one only to have it fall apart in a couple months.