I’ve been trying just about everything in terms of keeping my ITBs under control - ice, electrode therapy, foam rollers, physical therapy tools, all which are working in their own little way. And while I am seeing improvement, it’s not nearly enough to be able to run the full Pittsburgh Marathon in the smartest, most safest manner. I need to get past the injury completely rather than cover it up momentarily. In a random post on the Steel City Road Runners’ Facebook page, someone mentioned the ROLL Recovery massage tool. I had never heard about it, so naturally, I was intrigued and did some research about the product.
Revolutionary in design, the R8 massage roller was developed to flush your legs after workouts, improve circulation and blood flow to tired muscles, and reduce recovery time between workouts. It is easy to use, feels great on tired legs, and is small enough to take anywhere.
The patented technology self adjusts to different leg sizes and targets the quads, hamstrings, IT-bands, gluteus, calfs, shins, hip-flexors and more.
Taken from the RR site.
First impression: “Boy, this looks intense and kind of scary!”
The RR cost me $99 (well $95 due to my $10 coupon after taxes), which is the primary reason as to why I hemmed and hawed over the thought of purchasing the ROLL Recovery for several weeks. The price is very high in comparison to my trusty ole’ $14.77 foam roller from Walmart. I’ve heard so many good things prior to purchase, but I couldn’t get over the cost factor for quite some time. On Monday, I finally decided to go to a local running store (Elite Runners and Walkers) after work to see if they carry the Roll Recovery massage tool. They did, and they even had a tester. I tested it for a minute or two, and I was immediately sold! “This has to be beneficial!”
rainbow all the way ‘cross the sky, yeah, yeaaaah, it’s so intense…" "Double rollin’ all the way ‘cross the leg, yeah, yeaaaah, it’s so intense…”
I happily tested the RR for a longer period of time after getting home, and once I was done, I could already feel the difference. It was intense, but very effective. I can’t wait to see how this tool aids in my recovery after prolonged use!
My favorite features: I absolutely LOVE the fact that you can hit 2 sides at once. This is especially good for those who are always time-crunched. Plus, it works just like a regular massage roller in that you can utilize the point-release technique by pausing on knots or tight spots.
How to 1st get the RR on your leg.
There’s no thinking involved. You don’t have to worry about creating enough pressure because the RR is auto-adjustable - you just move the tool, and the RR does the work for you. It’s really a no-brainer. That will come in handy when I have running brain (foggy feeling from low glycogen stores).
It’s convenient and portable. You now don’t have to worry about finding the space and rolling all over the floor in an awkward manner. You can use it while you’re sitting, standing, or playing a fun round of Twister (kidding to make a point, obviously).
Long gone are the days of fatigued arms from having to hold yourself up! And due to its portability, it can easily slip into a gym bag, be brought to a race, etc.
Bottom line: Would I recommended this product? Yes. It’s a great recovery and injury prevention tool for anyone who is active on a regular basis. So far, it’s completely worth the investment.
Pros: Convenient, portable, & durable
*Body made from reinforced Zytel thermoplastic
*Comes with durable travel bag
*Strong, corrosion-resistant torsion springs provide adequate massage force
*Wheels are polyurethane with smooth rolling ABEC5 bearings
*Stainless steel and aluminum hardware
*11.5” x 9.5” x 2.75” (30cm x 25cm x 7cm)
Taken from the RR site.
Disclaimer: The ROLL Recovery was purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own.4 notes
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