Best Foam Roller on Market – GRID Review
After the last post, there were questions about the foam roller that I use and also how to use it. As promised, I’m giving a review about my favorite GRID Foam Roller!
This foam roller is one of the most popular ones in the market and I don’t wonder why, it is awesome! This brand is recognized as making high quality products and it is recommended by massage and physical therapists, chiropractors and sports physicians around the world. No wonder why it is best foam roller on market!
What is the secret about this GRID Foam Roller compared to other foam rollers?
- Price: $26,24 (retail)
- Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
- Product Dimencions: 3.9 x 5.1 x 5.1 inches; 7 ounces
- Color: black, camo, pink, lime or orange
- My Rating: 9.9 out of 10
How is it different to other ones?
At first, I will tell you where the name grid is coming from. This roller doesn’t only have one smooth surface, it has different type of grooves throughout the surface creating a grid. This creates zones of different firmness and numerous densities across the roller’s surface. While rolling, you can change the pressure of your myofascial massage.
Most of the foam rollers are just solid tubes of foam. Unlike the conventional rolls, GRID Foam Roller is hollow. The hollow core is made for last up to 500 pounds (on most models) and that is why it is rigid and very durable. The roller’s surface is made from the patented grid-patterned EVA-foam.
Why I use the GRID?
This is the essential equipment for anyone who is being active. Do you know the feeling, when you wake up in the morning and you can’t even walk because of the training that you had yesterday? You probably think it would be better to have day or even two off from training but it isn’t best for you. The Easiest thing is to roll out of bed and immediately start rolling with GRID Foam Roller.
Don’t get me wrong. You are not going to get all the soreness away right away but it will definitely help with the unpleasant feeling that you are having.
It isn’t that easy than it looks. This is going to hurt a little, I promise! It makes a great job releasing the muscle tissue.
The Best thing about this is that you can roll any part of your body. There is one downside of this roller, it will cost more than some other models in the market. I think I have rolled with my GRID roller over a thousand times and it still looks almost like a new one. Once you buy this, it will have a long happy life with you. It really pays of when you don’t have to buy a new roller in every six months or running in spas after a massage. So it is definitely worth of every penny!
How to use it?
There are so many ways to use it. Here are the few examples how to roll your legs and bottom.
Calves: Sit down in the floor and place the roller under your right calf. You can do different types of exercises with it. You can just stay in one place on top of the roller, you can make small movement or a bigger ones back and forth.
Start rolling from your ankle towards to your calf’s middle section and roll back. Change the position with turning your toes inside or out. You can add pressure with placing your both legs on top of the roll and activate your core at the same time or roll other calf while using the pressure of other feet on top of it.
After rolling to your right calf, stand up. You can now feel that your other calf is more relaxed and lose than the left one. Change the legs.
Hamstrings:Sit down in the floor and place the GRID Foam Roller under your right hamstring. Your hands should be on the floor next to your body, behind the pelvis. Push your bottom up with your hands and activate your core. Roll down till you are near to your ham and roll back. You have to use your strength from your upper body and core to manage to do this movement.
You can add pressure with placing your other leg on top of the other. After long movements, you can change the rolling to the shorter movement. After rolling the right leg, change roller under your left hamstring.
Quadriceps: Place yourself on your arms and place GRID Foam Roller under your right quadriceps, on top of your knee. Your left leg should be next to your body.
Slide on top of the roller and use your arms and left leg to do the movement back and forth. Remember to activate your core and keep good posture with your upper body.
You can add pressure with placing your both legs on top of the GRID. It is important you keep your core activated with this one! Change the position with internal or external rotation with your legs.
Inner thighs: Lay down on the floor and place the roller next to your pelvis. Lift your other leg at an angle of 90 degrees on top the roll.
Start rolling between your knee and groin.
You can feel even more pressure if you try to place more power to the point where the roll is, while lifting a bit your pelvis.
You can stop the rolling to the point where you can feel soreness. Start straightening your leg and back to angle of 90 degrees. Do this 10 times, back and forth.
After rolling other leg, change to another one.
Outer thighs: Lay down on the floor on your other side. Place the roller under your outer thigh. You can keep your other leg on the floor to keep balance.
You can keep your other hand on the waist like I did. If the rolling hurts too much, place your hand on the ground to make it feel a little lighter.
This is probably going to feel enough! If you need more pressure, you can place your other leg on top of the other and keep both on the air.
When you have rolled with one side, turn around and start rolling to another one.
I bet this is going to hurt a a little. Remember to breathe!
Buttocks: Sit down on the floor and place the roller under you bottom. Incline yourself the way you are only sitting with other side of your buttock.
You can add some pressure with placing your leg on top of the other, like in the picture. If your mobility isn’t good enough to do that, just keep other leg on the floor.
After you are done with rolling to other side, change it to another one.
The DO’S and DON’TS
- Don’t make it hurt too much, that is the way you might get even some bruises from it. However, it will feel a bit uncomfortable but it shouldn’t make you feel a lot of pain.
- Don’t roll on top of the bruises and varicose veins.
- Don’t roll on top of the joints. Keep the pressure to the minimum while rolling on bends.
- Don’t make pressure to your nerves.
- You should roll slowly and listen your body.
- Keep breathing all the time! If you notice that you are holding your breathe, it is most likely that it hurts you too much. Lighten up the pain and keep rolling.
- Don’t over roll before the workout. Make just a few light ones. After the training you can do for example 10 rolls to each muscle.
When you have used to rolling your body, you can do it longer time and use more pressure. Then you can roll for example 1 or 2 minutes per muscle.
There are different types of GRIDs in the market. I will open up those for you and put there links to them if your are interested on different one that I have.
GRID 2.0: It is made also for whole body and it is exactly the same that original one, but two times longer, 26 inches. Three color options: orange, black or pink.
Original GRID: This is the one I have. It is made for whole body, length 13 inches. Five color options: orange, camo, lime, black or pink.
GRID MINI: It is same kind of that original GRID and 2.0 but it is a smaller one. It is made for small muscle groups and it is only 4 inches long. Four color options: orange, lime, black or pink.
GRID X: This one is extra firm. The length of it is 13 inches. One color option and it is black.
All of these are included with online instruction videos. All of these are great and quality of these are amazing!
It doesn’t matter if you are just starting to workout or even just thinking about that. Your body needs to be taken care of and that is why you need this in your life. You probably don’t want to be sore all the time and here comes the GRID Foam Roller. It will help you get away the pain and for obvious reasons you can train more often. You can buy your own GRID behind this link!
I Hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions about the GRID Foam Roller or want to leave your own personal review, leave the comment below!
PS. That’s my dog, Yoda. He wanted to play with me while I was rolling 😀
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