If you’re a runner you’ve probably heard of a foam roller, most of us swear by them. It’s cost and time effective, doesn’t need much space, but it can hurt (which usually means you’re doing it right).
With so many to choose from, differing in size, shape, foam type, and cost, follow this guide on how to choose the best foam roller for you.
These are the most basic of foam rollers and are simply a cylinder of open cell polyethylene foam.
Good for beginner runners, they come in various lengths and diameters. These foam rollers tend to have a shorter lifespan than their harder counterparts as the nature of the foam can flatten or squash with use. On the plus side this makes them excellent for beginners or those carrying extra weight as the soft foam provides less push back against your body weight meaning a less painful roll.
You can use this type of foam roller for core and balance exercises.
Like the open cell foam roller but made from much denser EVA foam making it more durable and more effective on stubborn knots, aches, and pains.
Foam rollers like The Grid and Just Be have a mix of flat areas for beginners and larger muscle rolling, and ridges and spikes to get deep into muscle tissue to get rid of knots and tightness especially in hard to reach areas like your hip flexors. These foam rollers are designed for heavy use.
Also comes in smaller, more travel friendly option, the Trigger Point Performance Mini Grid provides a smaller surface for targeted compression.