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The Foam Roller You’ll Want to Use Tonight

Written on July 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm , by

Ah, lactic acid. There’s nothing quite like being so sore that just walking to yoga class is its own challenge (let alone actually working through the class). But if there happen to be foam rollers lying around the studio—or any gym, for that matter—that’s a big score for your bod. You can use ‘em to roll out your tight spots post-workout (learn more about how to roll each muscle group here), and these days you can toss ‘em in your suitcase so you’re set for even the busiest of travel days. They’re not the most comfortable tool to use, but we’re firm believers of the “hurt so good” motto when it comes to this device.

To help us fit gals up our performance and prevent injury, a company called Hyperice created a new roller that will take muscle recovery to the next level. The Vyper vibrates at three different speeds while in use to help you dig deeper where you need it, and comes with rechargeable batteries—basically, it’s a spa session for your muscles. And because some really incredible pro athletes are driving the Kickstarter campaign to get this thing in stores—Blake Griffin, Adrian Peterson, Lindsey Vonn and Troy Polamalu—we know it’s going to be good.

All you have to do is contribute $199 to the Kickstarter to get your hands on one of these bad boys in early November. Otherwise, wait until later that month when they roll out online and in Dick’s Sporting Goods stores, among other to-be-determined retailers. If you don’t want one for yourself (but come on, we know you do), we highly recommend scoping one out as a holiday gift for your favorite runner friends.

Image courtesy of Hyperice

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  • @fitness_mags_suck

    Ah lactic acid!! Please explain what lactic acid has got to do with being sore? Ah Bethany, you really should do some basic research before writing articles on subjects you have no clue about.

  • sarah

    Lactic acid is exactly what builds up that causes your muscles to be sore. Have you ever used a foam roller? They work amazingly!

  • @fitness_mags_suck

    @sarah – lactic acid is an energy source that can accumulate while you exercise but is quickly converted to pyruvate and then glucose in a process called the Cori Cycle within minutes.

    Lactic acid has nothing to do with delayed onset muscle soreness in the proceeding 24-48 hrs. after exercise.

    Post-exercise muscle soreness is a result of microtrauma (microtears) to the contractile proteins in muscle fibers.

    The myth of lactic acid causing muscle soreness has been perpetrated by mis-informed and uneducated so-called fitness experts (and writers) for years.

    A simple Google search will provide you with a plethora of information explaining the real process for muscle soreness.

    Also btw the is no definitive evidence that foam rolling provides any physical benefits apart from maybe a sense of relief. Please take a moment and do some research.

  • samantha bullock

    Not a bad price for a good exercise tool for an after-workout. I am getting a Personal Training Adelaide at Paragon Fitness. This will do great for my sore muscles.