Just had a great workout? Well, you’ll want to do it all over again, and one of the best ways to ensure a successful routine tomorrow is by using a recovery device like a foam roller today. Taking a few minutes with one of these right after you’ve hit the weights can help curb muscle soreness, making sure you’re ready to go again tomorrow.
How it works and how much it helps depends on your device—and workout—of choice, but the long and short of it is this: When you exercise hard, you create small tears in your muscles. These tiny breaks can take some time to repair and grow back stronger, creating delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in the interim. Rollers, if used right after a high intensity workout, can help to ease the pain.
They can even help warm your body up before your next training session. Whatever your exercise goals, here are a few rollers that will help you kick your regimen up a notch.
1. Epitomie Fitness Vibra Vibrating Foam Roller
The Vibra foam roller from Epitomie Fitness is no one-trick pony. In fact, it has four different massage intensities, from 900 to 3600 revolutions per minute. Power it up, select your level of choice via an LED screen at one end of the device, and you’re off—just make sure it’s charged up beforehand. Vibra has four hours of battery life, more than enough to get you through your rollout, but the LED panel also shows what charge percentage you’re at just in case. The roller’s many indentations, meanwhile, are designed to dig in and work your muscles out even further.
2. Monument Vibrating Foam Roller
This foam roller has virtually all the bells and whistles you’ll need for a successful rollout. For one, it has not one but three different frequencies to choose from, depending on whether you’re planning on (or just had) a high- or low-intensity exercise. For another, its design features a series of knobs that help to drive the massage vibrations into your muscles. A groove in the center is another plus, as it can both fit your spine and help reduce tension in your Achilles tendon.
3. Kingsfield Spark Vibrating Foam Roller
Kingsfield’s Spark roller comes with not one but four different levels of massaging—from 1,200 revolutions per minute to a whopping 3,800. Lowest level isn’t getting all the knots out? Try two or three or even level four, the last of which will help you roll out even after demanding exercises. Plus, a bulkier, denser design means that Spark won’t wear out as quickly as some other rollers.
4. LifePro Heated Vibrating Foam Roller
LifePro knows warmth can help ease achy muscles. That’s why its foam roller has a first-of-its-kind heating function. Hit a button and the roller heats to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, which boosts blood flow, increases flexibility and accelerates healing. But that’s far from all this roller has to offer. It also has five vibration settings that making using it feel like a massage. There’s also a handy Bluetooth remote in case you want to change the vibration pattern or the warmth while you’re using it.