Besides being tired, the one other thing I am on a pretty regular basis is sore. Don’t take it the wrong way though, I like being sore. I like it because it is a very present reminder that I am getting something out of my workout routine and pushing myself a little more every single time. I am going to the gym to see changes and I am not spending all that time there just to stay the same. So, as I was saying, being sore is a very regular part of my daily life and I am okay with that.
If you remember, about a year ago I had this list of goals and one of them was to start foam rolling. It has taken me this long to do something about that. Why so long, I don’t know. A month or so ago, I was asked to try out this massage stick from Go Sport-It (I had previously tried out some push up bars from the company and they were a big hit – my boy uses them all the time). I have been meaning to incorporate foam rolling and more muscle therapy into my routine, and since I hadn’t done anything about it yet, this would be as good a time as any to try it out.
It’s a massage stick. There is nothing fancy or complicated about it. It’s ready to roll right out of the box. There are foam bumps and ridges all along the rolling surface, and it rolls between two sturdy, griped handles. Basically it is like a long rolling pin for your body. The foam is thick, and it isn’t the type of foam that peels or picks away – think swimming noodle, nope nothing like that. Another point about the foam, it does not stick to your clothes when you are using it. I have tried massaging devices before and they always tend to bunch up the article of clothing they are rolling over and make the whole rolling procedure more trouble than it’s worth. Yes, it’s very easy to use, and even though it comes with a workout guide, I started using my massage stick without ever even looking at it. Truth be told, when I did think to have a glance at it weeks later, it was nowhere to be found. I think I might have accidentally thrown it away. Not a problem though, all the instructions and procedures are listed on their website. And really, who needs written instructions nowadays when anything and everything can be googled? (Something I get told very often from my super-tech savvy husband.)
I like the ease of use of this device. The way it rolls and the fact that it has handles makes it convenient for all parts of the body. I use mine mostly for my quads and my calves, but this is very easy to use on your sides (lats), back, and neck. I have also used it on my guy’s neck and his back and it is way easier than using just your hands for a massage. One other way I like to use this stick is on the bottoms of my feet. Just put it on the floor and roll your foot on it. I have no complaints!
So, I can now say I have finally started foam rolling. This has helped with my sore muscles a lot lately, and I am glad I had the chance to try it out. I am very happy with this product and it will be getting plenty of use. Had I not been sent this for the purpose of a review, I would have gladly spent the $16.99 on it. It’s a keeper for me. You can find one for you here.