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Top 10 Muscle Rollers in 2020

Completing a successful workout is one of the greatest feelings of all time. The soreness you get afterwards, however, is not quite as pleasant. Muscle rollers are commonly used after hard workouts to alleviate knots and muscle fatigue. The muscle rollers listed below are considered to be the best in their field.


TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller

The GRID is ideal for self-massages and working through knots, kinks, and tight muscles that might be causing you discomfort. It features unique, multi-dimensional surfaces that somewhat simulate the hands of a massage therapist. This in turn helps to facilitate the flow of blood and oxygen to damaged tissues which will quicken muscle recovery.

One of my favorite things about the Grid is that they are extremely durable. They can withstand the heaviest of users, with a 500 pound weight limit. For the average person out there, this product should last for decades.


Pros

  • Improved balance and mobility

  • Increased circulation and flexibility

  • Trusted by professionals-it’s the foam roller we often see in chiropractic and physiotherapist’s offices

  • 3-D distrodensity zones allow for blood and oxygen flow and can help to aerate the muscles

  • Hollow core makes it easy for your hand to get a good grip on it

  • The design means that you don’t have to use your bodyweight to press quite so firmly on it

Cons

  • Some say it is too hard

  • The slightly shorter design may make it harder to use.


Idson Muscle Roller Stick


This is by far one of my favorite products released by Idson. It has a great design and does exactly what it says it will do. This massage roller is cheaper than most of the others roller sticks on the market, but the reviews and rating on Amazon are on top.

It’s made from industrial strength plastic and designed to last for decades, no matter how hard it gets used.



Pros

  • Cheaper than most of their competitors, yet very sturdy

  • Industrial grade plastic (extremely durable)

  • Releases trigger points, reducing stiffness and pain after a tough workout

  • Small in size, ideal for travel and taking to the gym

  • Ergonomic design means your hands won’t get fatigued from using it

  • Improves blood circulation

Cons

  • Some people found the rollers too close together to work effectively

  • Others wanted more prominent knobs in a stick roller

  • May not get into small areas like under the shoulder blades


Yansyi Muscle Roller Stick

This muscle roller stick will always grantee superb results for all athletes. It is specially designed to help in boosting blood circulation in core muscles to help you exercise more with fewer hassles. It features industrial-grade materials to ensure it serves you for a long time.

The thermoplastic rubber and polypropylene handles and steel rod core means that this muscle roller stick is built to lasts a lifetime. It is a perfect choice for massaging quads, hamstrings, neck, shoulders, and other core body muscles.


Pros

  • Not as harsh on tissues as other brands creating more comfort when using it

  • Low risk of cloths/hair getting caught

  • One of the cheapest options but is still durable

  • Helps treat as well as prevent injuries

  • Assists with muscle recover


Cons

  • Grooves are not as deep as other brands

  • Hard to use on certain areas of the body (easier with other person)


Coolife Fascia & Cellulite Blasting Massager

Fascia Release Roller is a great option for athletes and avid gym goers. It's got the innovative design which is known to help release muscle tension while removing cellulite. Because the roller is designed with the large and intensive knobs, it offers a deep tissue massage. When you place a good amount of pressure, it'll hit all those deep knots and tough spots. It's designed in a way to break up fat cells to provide not just pain relief, but also smoother and healthier skin.


Pros

  • Three textured massagers designed to target pressure points

  • Helps with both muscle recovery and cellulite reduction.

  • Can get good pressure with very little effort

  • Increased circulation and flexibility

  • The three localized points reduce the need to press firmly to get a good massage

Cons

  • Some wish the spikes were softer

  • May be a bit too short for taller or less flexible users

  • Some find it can leave bruises if too much force is used


Kamileo Muscle Roller

The Kamileo's unique design allow you to easily access and release trigger points, increase blood flow, and reduce fitness-related cramping and aching. The tread design also means it wont bend or squeak, allowing you to get the most out of each rolling session. A thermoplastic rubber mat allows you to hit those slightly trickier areas throughout the body for optimum results. In addition to reducing pain and soreness after a workout, you can use this massage stick to warm up your muscles before a workout.


Pros

  • Tread design means no bending or squeaking

  • Self-massage workout poster is included

  • Good to use before and after workouts

  • Gets deep into tissue to work through kinks and knots.

Cons

  • Deep massage might too harsh for beginners

  • Relatively small

  • A few complaints of the rollers sticking over time


Original Tiger Tail Massage Stick


The Tiger Tail Rolling Muscle Massage Stick is unique because of its sturdy center, which features one continuous piece. Benefits of this design include increased comfort, due to the lack of pinching between the gaps of multiple plastic pieces, and a surface that is easier to clean. with a length of 22 inches, the roller is portable enough to travel between the gym and home with ease. This massage stick is designed for deeper massages and can help to circulate blood and oxygen for pain relief and faster recovery.


Pros

  • Continuous surface is easy to clean

  • Eliminates potentially painful pinching found on rollers with gaps

  • Ideal for deep massages

  • Rubber bicycle like handles allow for comfortable use

Cons

  • A handful complain that parts can periodically get caught on clothing and hair during use

  • Stiffer construction may make it tougher to use in areas such as upper arms and back


Ameri Fitness Muscle Roller Massage Stick

This 17” massage roller stick is designed with a solid core. It is very durable and is guaranteed to have a long lifespan. A nice feature included in the design is a gap between the gears to prevent noisiness while using it. Made with a premium Polypropylene handle with thermoplastic rubber anti-slip mat that helps you hit the spots that are hard to reach and allows for easy self-massage. Designed with freely spinning rollers, it delivers a deep tissue massage straight to your tired, aching zones, bones, and muscles. It improves the efficiency of blood circulation to strengthen muscles while reducing soreness.


Pros

  • Firm, gear-shaped rollers allow for deep tissue massage

  • Comfortable Grip

  • Very durable

  • Good size for carrying it to and from the gym

  • Ergonomic design means your hands won’t get fatigued from using it

Cons

  • Some say it can be too short and hard to use

  • Rollers are made of hard plastic which can be more painful during use


Gimme 10 Foam Roller for Deep Tissue Massage

This muscle roller includes triple grid massage zones to mimic a physical therapists hands and fingers. With a medium density this massage roller soothes almost every muscle group including the back, leg, hips, shoulders, etc. Perfect for athletes of all kinds of sports, and helps with muscle and tendon injury recovery.




Pros

  • Durable and will last long

  • Grid design allows for deep tissue massage

  • Relieves tension and soreness in muscles

  • The rubber like material is not too harsh on muscles

Cons

  • Bulky, thick build makes it hard to travel with


The Stick Travel Stick

This 17" travel muscle roller stick is made up of two gripped handles and eight roller spindles in the middle that are designed to be highly effective in rolling out knots and kinks in the muscles. Its slightly-flexible construction makes it pliable enough for use on many areas of the body, while still being hard enough to provide a good massage on your muscles. With a 4.7-star rating on Amazon and more than 1,200 reviews, it’s safe to say that it will accomplish exactly what it was made to.




Pros

  • The smooth surface of the rollers create a soothing comfortable massage

  • Convenient size for travel

  • Eliminates potentially painful pinching found on rollers with gaps

  • Assists with muscle recover

Cons

  • Shorter length makes it harder to use on certain areas

  • Small cracks can lead to clothes and hair getting caught

  • The smooth plastic makes it hard to get deep in muscle tissue

Day 1 Fitness High Density Muscle Foam Roller

The Day 1 fitness roller has a slightly rough surface texture that keeps it from slipping against clothes or the floor, and the 36-inch size allows for techniques that smaller rollers don’t, like stretches that involve lying along its length. With a very basic design that is similar to mast foam rollers, its simplicity is easy to use and reduces the risk of injury due to improper use.



Pros

  • Durable and will last long

  • Textured material prevents sliding

  • Continuous surface is easy to clean

  • Good to use before and after workouts

  • Improves blood circulation

Cons

  • Bulky and hard to travel with


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