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.