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The Grid Foam Roller Review

Review of The Grid Foam Roller

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Updated November 03, 2011

The Grid Foam Roller

The Grid Foam Roller

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If you use a foam roller, you owe it to yourself to try the Grid Foam Roller. Its unique design and construction provides a better and more targeted self massage for athletes of every age.

The Benefits of The Grid Foam Roller

Before I review the Grid Foam Roller, I need to say that I am a proponent of using any foam rollers for myofascial release and self massage. Adding a few sessions of foam rolling to your weekly workout plan is a great addition to any training routine, whether you are an elite or novice exerciser.

The Grid Foam Roller, however, is a current favorite. Made by Trigger Point Performance Therapy, this new sleek foam roller design, uses EVA foam over a hollow core, which prevents break down over time. The foam design provides a variety of different densities, foam patterns and widths that provide a more targeted trigger point feel. These three different zones are designed to feel like (1) fingertips, (2) forearm/palms and (3) fingers and thumb. By using the different zones, you can easily vary the amount of pressure on specific muscles.

At about 13" long and 5" around, the Grid is much more portable than traditional foam rollers. Although I had no trouble using the Grid on all the major muscle groups I use a traditional foam roller on, it was a tight fit across my upper back and shoulders, and I suspect others will have similar issues.

Finally, the 1-year warranty, is tough to beat.

The Downside of the Grid Foam Roller

The Grid Trigger Point Foam Roller

The Grid Trigger Point Foam Roller

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The Grid Foam Roller is small and portable. While this is definitely a plus for travel and for use on the arms and legs, for some people it could be a bit too small. Unfortunately the small size of the Grid makes it difficult to properly roll the upper back or to perform movements that require a longer surface area.

Even though it's designed with a variety of patterns and foam densities to simulate different types of massage, I had a bit of trouble, first, noticing a major difference between the types, and second, staying on the desired foam type. For some areas (calves, IT band) I wished the foam was softer, and for some areas (upper back, glutes) I needed more firmness. Compared with other foam rollers, the Grid worked exactly as advertised and all in all, it's a fine product.

I still use a longer, standard foam roller for some of my self massage work, simply because the length offers a bit more ease of use for some muscle groups.

Also, at $40 the Grid foam roller price point is quite a bit higher than a standard foam roller.

That's about all I can find wrong with this amazing new option for foam roller fans!

Why Use a Foam Roller

Using a foam roller is the best way to perform self-massage and myofascial release, but still isn't commonly used by recreational athletes. For anyone who exercises regularly, or has muscle tightness, imbalances or a history of injury, using a foam roller on a regular basis can help loosen tight muscles, reduce muscle adhesions and scar tissue formation, increase flexibility. It's also a great way to prevent muscle stiffness and aid in the rest and recovery process as well.

Used before exercise, foam rolling can help increase blood flow and prepare the muscles for exercise. Even if you don't exercise intensely, foam rolling eases aches, pains and tension caused by sitting at a computer all day.

Keep in mind that not all aches and pains and injuries can be helped by foam rolling. Check with your doctor before you use a foam roller, especially if you have some health conditions such as heart disease, PAD, problems with circulation or fibromyalgia.

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