Foam! Roller!

This big stick here is the best £15 I've spent in a long time. It's a foam roller, and many of you lovely folk were nagging me to try one… about three years ago. I do listen to you, there's just a slight delay in putting things into action.

Foam-roller

If you're unfamiliar with foam rollers, they are another cross-over from the world of physiotherapy, like stability balls and exercise bands. They're just a cylinder made of high-density foam. Mine is a metre tall and 15cm in diameter. You can use them for all sort of things like stretching, massage and stability exercises. Just Google "foam roller exercises"; there's gazillions of them. Or if you're immature, you can simply use your roller to whack your loved ones on the arse.

I had to get one after I visited my friend Jillian and was whinging about my "golf ball", this horrid knot of tension that I frequently get below my right shoulder blade. Being a physiotherapist Jillian whipped out her trusty foam roller and gave me a quick tutorial. OH BABY. I could not help letting out a rather guttural moan… it really hit the spot and ironed out the pesky golf ball. I bought from Amazon the next week. Turns out it is also fab on my crappy hamstrings, just like many of you said it would be.

To emphasise my love! of! this! thing! I tried to arrange it with my stability ball into an exclamation mark, but the ball kept rolling away. I flipped the pic in Photoshop instead. It looks more like one of those fancy pepper grinders, but I think next time I get into an argument with Dr G I will assemble my giant exclamation mark on the living room floor. For nothing says SO THERE! quite like an exclamation mark made out of physiotheraphy equipment.

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30 thoughts on “Foam! Roller!

  1. I’m sold. I also have excruciating knots in my shoulders. Could you post a link to the type you bought on Amazon, please Shauna?

  2. Oh! I love my foam roller! One of my favorite things is to lie on it lengthwise (i.e., aligned with my spine) and just let my arms and shoulders drop to the ground – what a great tension reliever. Enjoy it in good health!

  3. I’ve never heard of one of these… Will google it to find out more!

    Glad it’s helping with the tension knots. 🙂

  4. I have one of those golf balls on my right shoulder too. It’s getting a little better now that those lawyer monkeys are off my back but I’m definitely going to look into one of those foam rollers. Even if it doesn’t work on the golf ball I can always use it to beat B when he starts acting up. 😉

  5. I just bought one of those “pool noodles” from the dollar store and cut it to size. Out of one noodle I got 2 that run the length of my back plus a small one (aprox 8″) for other areas like feet, neck, etc

  6. I’ve never heard of it before, but love the fact that you can use it as punctuation marks LOL!

  7. A personal trainer once had me using one to try and correct my poor posture– I imagine with regular use, it might actually have worked… I think I need to get myself one of those for home. Thanks so much for the link- Amazon seems like the obvious source, but for the life of me I couldn’t think where to get one!

  8. So serendipitous… I’ve been thinking of getting a foam roller for my stupidly tight IT band and hips (and hamstrings for that matter). Now that I have your recommendation, I’m getting one this weekend!

  9. Don’t hate…but I was staring at the picture for the longest time trying to figure out what the hell that was! It’s an EXCLAMATION point, makes sense now 🙂

    I had heard good things before, but I didn’t realize you could do all that much with it. It’s a piece of foam (in a roll) for cryin’ out loud! I might have to try it out though 😛

  10. OMG I LOVE MY FOAM ROLLER mmmmmmmmmmm…. mine is a bit different though, about 20cm diameter and 50cm long. Still, (painful) bliss!

  11. My golf ball resides in the exact same spot. Gotta get me a foam roller!
    Although, I’m betting Kiddlywink’ll think it’s a brand new toy all for her. LOL

  12. Congratulations on getting your foam roller. They are great. The kind you have will serve you well for a little while, but once it starts getting squidgy on you, you should upgrade to a club core foam roller (a little more expensive, but they are indestructible and more versatile, because you can really put your full body weight on them). Go for the thinner kind, which give you more pressure. I also really really recommend bodyrolling, especially with the little black balls. Those will do a better job on your back and calves than the foam roller can, although the roller is great for shoulders, upper arms and the ITB. Bodyrolling is so straightforward and fullproof you can learn it from a book or a video online. It’s pretty hard to injure yourself doing it. I love my toys, as you can probably tell, but the best thing is that between the foam roller and the balls I haven’t needed to have a massage for ages, as I can hit all my tight spots myself. (I am a professional dancer, so keeping my body loose and knot-free is a requirement, not an option, for me).

  13. By the way, MB, pool noodles won’t work at all. You need something that offers some pressure and resistance.

  14. I’m surprised it took so long to get one. I got one about a year ago for my ITB, and found it worked wonders on upper back stiffness. A local health mag just ran an article on it: I think it helps stretch out your mini or micro muscles? But yes, nothing says statement like punctuation made from physio equipment.

  15. @greatlettuce – was also a space issue – had been renting and there was no room at the inn 🙂 now we finally have a permanent place it's all "oooh what crazy stuff can I get now!?" 😀

  16. ahh the foam roller.
    Ive not used you yet and know I should.
    This weekend in fact a STRANGER (do I attract these things?!) came up to me at the gym and announced that “you will get a stress fracture if you run for a long time and dont use the foam rollers immediately afterward”

    and you know me, DG.

    Did I make a beeline for the foam? Indeed I did not.
    I made a beeline for the car.

  17. I’ve heard soooo much about foam rollers and still haven’t made the investment (afraid it’ll end up a fitness prop with my balance ball and elliptical machine collecting dust)…but just for the ironing out part of the thing it might be worth the risk.

    xo,
    Bex

  18. oh my God! I am SO glad I found you!! I read your book a while back and it was one of the big pushers to start my own weight loss blog. You are such an amazing writer and a huge inspiration to me. I loved your story… and the manner in which you told it. I can’t wait to read up on your past blogs!! So excited and glad to see you are still writing! I would be lost without Dietgirl!

    ~Megs

  19. Thanks so much for all the stuff you put out there Shauna! You’re such an inspiration to me, and I get all excited when a new 2 fit chicks podcast pops up! I’m at the very beginning of my weight loss journey, and would appreciate as many people popping by my blog as possible, to keep me on the ‘straight and narrow’. Thanks again, and keep on keeping on!

  20. Ok – I MUST get one of those. I’ve been hearing about the wonders of them forever and my back and legs could use some love. 🙂

  21. Man, I’d LOVE to have that to just wack people around when they drive me nuts.

    I think I need one. Actually, I MUST get one!