There are four muscle massaging tools that the athlete and avid exerciser must have to improve endurance and performance. Ranging from high to low, the cheapest of options will cost you less than $5. So if you’re going to keep going, you better have at least one.
THE STICK. The Stick is a rolling pin device composed of a semirigid core around which 8-10 (depending on the size) one-inch spindles freely spin. Made popular by world-class distance runners, this simple tool is fantastic for relieving trigger point pain, increasing flexibility and accelerating recovery time. The Stick comes in a 20″ and 17″ size, which is perfect for travel. I don’t leave home without it!
BELLECORE BODYBUFFER. Hold on tight because this oscillating massager packs a lot of power and provides a vigorous, deep-tissue massage and exfoliation experience. Using a HoneyBelle or smaller BabyBelle bodybuffer before a workout is a great way to kick-start circulation, heat and loosen up muscles. After training, the BodyBuffer massage action enhances blood flow to the muscles, flushes out lactic acid and toxins, and relieves soreness. This is a serious piece of machinery!
LACROSSE BALL. For precision trigger point pain and muscle knot relief you can’t beat a $5 lacrosse ball! It gets in there and gets the job done. A tennis ball will also do the same trick and is a little softer. Keep one at home and one at the office. Carry one in your bag or briefcase. Don’t be caught without one!
THE GRID FOAM ROLLER. The Grid is a versatile and comprehensive foam roller. With its unique design matrix and “Distrodensity” zones, The Grid allows for a more realistic massage experience: low and flat feels like the forearm or palm ; high and firm feels like the finger tips . The Grid is designed to withstand repeated use, and comes in a 13″ and 20″ size. It can also be used as an exercise tool for a simple core workout.