It is my firm belief, that flexibility and mobility are the key to rowing fitness as without this, you will struggle to have a long and efficient stroke. Imperative to this is the humble foam roller – however new models have emerged in the market lately that I have had the opportunity to experience as they have emerged during my career and so I am here to tell you which I think is the best foam roller.
1. LuxFit – High Density Foam Roller
So LuxFit is probably the best selling brand for what is essentially a vanilla foam roller – just a lump of high density foam. This is the type that I first started using and I have to say, using a foam roller for the first time is genuinely life changing! The amount of stretching you can do, and the ability to remove aches and pains is incredible.
I think this a high density foam roller is perfect for the beginner as the foam naturally has some give to it, meaning it is slightly more forgiving. However, with the right stretches, I don’t believe that any performance is lost.
The only draw back to a high density foam roller is life span – with high usage, the middle becomes compressed and you will need to buy yourself a new one after a year or two (even sooner if shared within a club).
However, for the money – this is an essential purchase for a beginner!
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2. Triggerpoint Grid
TriggerPoint is a relative newbie to the foam roller game, and it has completely rewritten the rulebook! TriggerPoint is a brand you will see all over high end physiotherapy studios, they do a vast range of goods for athletes.
The TriggerPoint Grid is a fantastically designed foam roller that uses a solid plastic inside, with very dense foam on the outside, textured to provide a varying surface to provide massage like relief.
When these came out, I personally found the price prohibitive, but the popularity has seen these become very very affordable, and I (and my past rowing clubs) swear by them. I honestly cannot recommend these enough. The built quality and durability is superb, and the product offers a much better experience than the LuxFit. My only caution would be that there is limited ‘give’ in the foam, and this might be a bigger shock to a newbie than the LuxFit.
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So What Is The Best Foam Roller?
For me – the best foam roller has to be the TriggerPoint Grid. It is available in various sizes, and more importantly, many colours!