10 Best Gadgets For Recovery
Feeling a bit sore after your run? Fear not, there are tools for every type of ache and tender spot
Roll, knead and gently pummel yourself to feel better
1 / TIGER TAIL STRAPPY TIGER
£20, triathlonstore.co.uk An accessory rather than a massage tool in its own right, but a pretty good idea: it can be strapped to your foam roller (not included) to provide an upgrade and help you get deeper, more targeted pressure in areas where you need it.
2 / BLACKROLL DUOBALL (8CM)
£14.99, live-on-the-edge.com This is a great travel-companion option for races. It’s extremely light and feels like hardened polystyrene. You simply rest your weight on it in the tight area. It’s adaptable enough to get into most areas but we found it particularly useful for the chest, neck, upper back and Achilles.
3 / PROTEC ORB EXTREME
£22.89, amazon.co.uk Made from an extremely hard and dense EVA, rolling around on this is like torturing yourself with a giant, bubbly snooker ball. But the relief it gives to areas such as hamstrings, IT band and quads is worth it. The idea is to roll as slowly as you can bear up and down on the affected area and let the ball release the tension in the fascia. Exquisite pain.
4 / 3- IN-1 MASSAGE ROLLER
£14.99, physioroom.com This is actually a 2-in-1 massage tool and an ab workout device. You can a) roll this textured foam roller over your body using the handles
b) remove the roller overlay and use the handle underneath as a harder trigger-point massage tool, or c) use it for core workouts.
5 / FASCIA BLASTER
£68.75 + £79.88 shipping, ashleyblackguru.com This branch-like device is designed to help with myofascial release – the knobs represent a therapist’s fingers and you knead away at your legs and glutes in a smooth, sweeping motion. We found it most effective on the IT band and hamstrings.
6 / HYPERICE VYPER
£169.99, live-on-the-edge.com If the deep ridges on this hard roller aren’t enough to loosen up those knots, then charge it up via the included USB cable and switch on the vibrate function to bring a whole new level of stimulation to your recovery game. Just so you know, the vibration is quite loud…
7 / SPIKY MASSAGE BALL
£4.49, physioroom.com Spiky massage balls are best used against bare skin or through a thin layer of clothing so the spikes can dig into your muscles. This one comes in a holster that can be used as a grip to get more purchase when you’re operating it by hand.
8/ STIMU ROLL
£20.41, physicalcompany.co.uk The great thing about the Stimu Roll is that you can inflate and deflate it with a standard football pump to get just the right level of firmness for you. The red massage part rotates around a central bar and as well as releasing knots of muscle it helps to promote blood flow to the area.
9 / THE GRID FOAM ROLLER
£31.49, crucialfitness.co.uk The market leader in foam rollers, its grid construction has varying densities so you can use different bits of the roller for, er, different bits of your body. And fellas, it comes in other colours, too.
10 / D-SHAPED HALF ROLLER
£9.50, physicalcompany.co.uk This is only moderately stiff so it’s a good option if your legs need some light work. The D-shape gives it stability, so you can rest your weight on it without rolling it – useful if you’ve identified a tight spot.