We’re back this week, as promised, with a follow up to last week’s article on the benefits of foam rolling. If you haven’t read that yet, click over and read that and we’ll be right here when you’re ready…
It goes without saying that rolling is a critical component of speeding recovery, increasing flexibility, and helping you warm up for a workout. This week we’re going to tackle the topic of how to choose a foam roller.
Where to start?
You’ve undoubtedly strolled through the fitness section in Wal-Mart or gone to a sporting goods store and come across the various selections of rollers. It can be quite daunting when looking at them all at once, and you probably have no idea where to start.
They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, materials and can seem overwhelming. However, when looking to purchase a roller, here are the keys factors to consider:
Rollers can range from $5 to $100 for the average home fitness enthusiast. Generally speaking, the higher the price the better the quality of materials and more complex the roller is.
You should be using your roller frequently (i.e. daily) to maximize its benefits and so that it doesn’t hurt as bad when you do use it.
How durable a roller is depends on what material it is made of. Softer white rollers are made of polyurethane and will deform and need to be regularly replaced (making them not very cost-efficient). Higher density foam rollers are made of polypropylene and last a much longer time (at least 5 years).
This is perhaps the most crucial factor when selecting your roller. If you are a newbie, you will want to start with a softer type roller until you become accustomed to using it and your body doesn’t scream at you every time you lay on it.
Regular users will want a much firmer roller to really work out the kinks and knots that eventually plague all of us who regularly workout. For the sadists out there, “firmness” can be anything from high density black rollers all the way to a PVC pipe!
There are as many size variations in rollers as there are colors and materials. However, the most common sizes are 12”, 24”, and 36” in length and 6” in diameter.
If you’re traveling, it’ll be easier to pack a 12” roller than a 36” one, but for regular use, it all boils down to personal preference.
This should be the last thing you really consider when purchasing a roller. Across the wide spectrum of rollers on the market, brand is relatively unimportant.
Now that you know how to select an appropriate roller, we’ll unveil our top foam roller picks!
Best Foam Rollers
You’ve done your homework and decided to finally make the big purchase, but which one should I get. Here’s our pick for the top 3!
When you first set eyes on this contraption, you may think it’s some sort of medieval torture device. But rest assured, this will pay back dividends ten-fold!
It comes in two varieties, the softer blue roller and the extra-firm black roller. Both come with “spikes” or “knobs” on them to really work into those adhesions and free your muscles of all those nasty trigger points.
Click the image up to the right to check out the best Rumble Roller prices.
The Grid’s growing popularity as a top roller comes from its numerous surface patterns that surround it.
These different patterns allow you to perform different massaging techniques just like a real masseuse would. On top of that, The Grid is smaller than the Rumble Roller and may allow you to attack knots with more pressure applied to them than you would with the larger Rumble Roller.
Click the image below to compare prices on The Grid.
This probably the most common roller you have seen, and for good reason. It’s firm enough to allow you to loosen sore muscles, but has enough give if you’re not ready for the likes of the Rumble Roller or Grid.
It’s also much more durable than the softer white rollers, meaning it won’t need continual replacement. This is a good cost effective option if you’re looking for a firm roller without spending the money required for the Rumble Roller or Grid.
Hopefully by now we’ve both convinced you of the need to make the investment in a foam roller AND given you the tools to make an informed choice.
Ultimately, to reap the full rewards, and get the most bang for your buck, regular use of your roller is crucial. Now, you have the knowledge needed to make the big purchase and get rolling!
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