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FOAM ROLLER, NIKE, $80

When I first perch my gluts on this 13-inch (33cm) foam roller I’m wor­ried it will crack un­der my body weight. But the fi­bre­glass roller hasn’t failed yet and we’re more than 10 weeks into our time to­gether.

With tight mus­cles and ham­strings scream­ing, I’d heard trendy foam rolling could help, but it might hurt. The unique pat­tern on the roller is de­signed to help iso­late mus­cles in the back, arms and legs.

I get a one-on-one ses­sion with a trainer in how best to use the cylin­der, rolling on my gluts, quads, calves and abs be­fore and af­ter a work­out.

We spend about 2 min­utes on each area, con­cen­trat­ing on the most ten­der points, the “knots”. It hurts, in the way a deep tis­sue mas­sage does – a good pain press­ing on my mus­cles, en­cour­ag­ing blood flow and restoring healthy tis­sue. I’m hooked and now spend about 20 min­utes on the liv­ing room floor rolling each night.

If you don’t have fit­ness brains to pick, there are plenty of tu­to­ri­als on Youtube to get you started.

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