(This post was endorsed by Live Infinity. I received a product in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions are my own. Full Disclosure)
If you google "foam rolling", this comes up:
Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. This method can be performed with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane, or your own hands.
I remember a couple of years ago, only professional athletes, coaches, and therapists were familiar with this mysterious technique. Nowadays you can find a whole bunch of foam rollers in almost every gym all across the country. Basically, a foam roller is an affordable way to give yourself a deep tissue massage. You can buy one for only a few bucks.
Attention: It's always recommended to consult with your physician or physical therapist for therapeutic/sharp pain and receive approval before starting foam rolling. I'm pretty sure you will be cleared immediately and your doctor will even encourage the practice.
So why foam rolling? First of all, foam rolling can have a wide range of benefits for everyday gym-goers (or every other day gym-goers) like me and you. Some of the basic, most obvious benefits is the increased blood flow throughout the body, better movement and an increased range of motion. These benefits can lower the chance of injury and decrease recovery time after a workout. Means: more training sessions per week/month are possible, and results will show quicker. Increased circulation is huge for recovery and greater range of motion means you'll get to work muscles more thoroughly on lifting days.
There are several exercises to strengthen your core and abdominal muscles as well. Check out YouTube channels and other blogs! You will love the foam roller. I promise.
Working at a gym and regularly working out, I sure have some experience with several different rollers. And let me tell you, there are significant differences.
"Live Infinitely" sent me their 17" x 5" foam roller for testing purposes, and I will gladly share my opinion with you!
You can order this specific foam roller on Amazon. It costs $23.99, and it comes in 4 different colors: Black, Blue, Purple, and Green. I just checked, and realized Blue and Black are currently out of stock, but make sure to check back. I picked the purple one.
My favorite part right away: Unique Live Infinitely Spinal Channel! Having lower back issues, this feature is just awesome.
Here are all the features:
✧Forward Thinking- We are the first to introduce a completely redesigned, ultra functional muscle roller. Every expert knows to not push direct on your spine, so we tested and developed the Unique Live Infinitely Spinal Channel. Cradle your spine while still being able to target your sore muscles!
✧Large & Practical- At 17” wide and 5” tall, this foam roller is one of the largest gym bag friendly trigger point style rollers available. The standard 13” rollers are entirely too small and do not allow for you to massage both legs or a full back all at once!
✧Beyond Gym Quality- We spared no expense to provide the best product possible. We started with a Schedule 40 BPA Free ABS Plastic Core and Wrapped it in a custom designed & molded EVA High Density Foam. The roller can support 500Lbs and not think twice!
✧Find You Happy Place- With the Dual Pressure zones you can release your IT bands, break down lactic acid build ups and recover in half the time. All this with out a professional masseur or ever leaving your house! Perfect for all around stretching, pre/post workout recovery and even balance exercises. Every roller purchase gains you access to Live Infinitely’s exclusive online downloadable massage guides and videos!
✧Reliable Customer Service- Every purchase is backed with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If your not thrilled, simply contact our reliable customer service team and know you will receive unmatched personal assistance