This is one of them 🙂
Ever since this website started 18 months ago, I’ve constantly talked about the importance of looking after your body through stretching, self-massage and self-myofascial release (SMR for short) in order to maximise your recovery and your body’s ability to deal with your training load.
In all of those posts, I’ve talked about (and personally used) a foam roller to treat and look after my own body as well as my clients.
But a while ago, I got my hot little hands on a GRID foam roller, one of the great trigger point tools from TP Performance Therapy.
And what, I hear you say, is a GRID?
A GRID, quite simply, is a high tech and (to quote the website) “revolutionary” foam roller.
According to the supplier’s website, it’s different for 2 (primary) reasons ~
1/. unlike a traditional foam roller, the surface varies in density meaning you can easily adjust the intensity you need by changing which part of it you use depending on how sore or tight you are.
2/. because the surface isn’t flat like a traditional foam roller, it allows for blood and oxygen to channel through the muscle helping to create change in the tissue.
I talked about the importance of treating your trigger points in this earlier post.
Basically, trigger points are the sore or tight spots in your body and indicate places where tension or stress is being stored by the tissues in your body.
These trigger points limit how much the tissue can stretch, contract and move – in effect, they restrict proper movement of your muscles and joints.
They reduce how much power you can produce and make you more inefficient (ie, slower).
This can ultimately lead to discomfort and pain, create changes in your posture, movement patterns and even injury.
But by using a foam roller, you can release those trigger points, decreasing the pain and discomfort associated with them and restoring proper and free movement of the tissue.
Now I could also quote from the website or the information booklet that comes with the GRID as to why they think you should use it. But here are my own thoughts and experiences.
I love this product for 3 main reasons –
First, it’s sturdy.
This thing isn’t going to bend, break down, deteriorate or get damaged any time soon. Mine gets used on a daily basis, not only by me but by some clients. And it often gets thrown in the car, with heavy training equipment dumped on top of it, so I’m inflicting harsh treatment on it and it’s shown zero signs of wear (unlike my traditional foam rollers which are starting to come apart).
If I can torture it in a commercial setting, you’ll get years of use out of it.
The undulating surface.
I can’t comment on the claim about increased blood and oxygen flow as I haven’t read the research. But the reason I like the surface is that it makes its easier to control the intensity of the pressure you apply. And those nobbley bits on it means it feels like a massage – damn good!
A foam roller on the other hand has a flat surface so you get a constant level or amount of pressure.
It’s great for core exercises.
I use a foam roller for some core exercises but there are some which I haven’t been able to do with a traditional foam roller as it isn’t sturdy enough. But the GRID is perfect for it so its got multiple uses.
It’s small enough to get thrown in the car when you are travelling to a race or heading off on a holiday without taking up a lot of room in the car.
Now it certainly costs more than the traditional foam roller.
But I wouldn’t promote something if I didn’t truly believe in it.
And I believe in this product; the (high) quality of the product and the number of ways you can use it make it well worth the investment.
You can use the GRID in the exact same way as you would use a foam roller.
Want to know how to use it? I’ve got it for you right here: Let The Good Times Roll: Foam Rolling 101.
If you are contemplating buying a GRID but still have some questions, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at email@example.com. I’d be happy to answer your questions and help you out in any way I can.
I’m sorry this competition has now closed 🙁
I have one (1) of the original GRID foam rollers (valued at $70) to give away for free in SPARTA’s 1st competition (yay!) To enter the draw in the comments below this post, answer this question in 25 words or less: I need a GRID because it will help me ____________________________.
The most creative answer wins!
The fine print: Australian entrants only (sorry). 1 entry per person. Only answers included in the comments on this post are eligible. The judge’s decision (ie, mine!) is final and no correspondence will be entered into. And no, its not transferrable or redeemable for cash.
Entries close 9pm AEST on Friday, 19 October 2012 and the winner will be announced here on 21 October 2012.
Edit: the competition is now closed and I’m delighted to announce that Jennie Wills is the winner of the GRID foam roller. Jennie, I’ll be in touch to arrange delivery. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to enter!
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