Personal Traner St Albans - Foam Rollers and Massage Balls

Foam Rollers, Massage Balls and Massage Peanuts

Massage Tools

Tools for self-massage can be used to massage the back, shoulders, and legs, among other body areas. They may be beneficial for reducing stress, enhancing circulation, and encouraging relaxation. Foam rollers, massage balls, and massage sticks are popular self-massage tools.

Foam rollers, massage balls, and massage peanuts are tools I use in my warm-ups most days I train and in all the personal training sessions I deliver to clients and patients.

Foam rollers are frequently lengthy, cylinder-shaped objects constructed of dense foam. They are useful for loosening up stiff muscles, especially those in the back, legs, and hips. Small, firm balls, known as massage balls, can apply pressure to particular muscle areas. They are frequently constructed from rubber or another sturdy material.

Self-massage devices should be used carefully, and any pain or discomfort you experience should be noted. Before employing self-massage products, you should speak with a healthcare provider if you have any underlying medical issues or injuries.

Here are some of the SMR tools that I use and recommend to my osteopathy patients and personal training and accountability coaching clients.

Foam Rollers

Meglio Foam Roller – 90 cm

This is my go-to foam roller; versatile and just the right density to not stress the spinous processes.

Foam Roller Personal Traner St Albans - SMR 4

Massage Balls

Black Roll 12cm Ball

All the Black Roll products are excellent. I use this ball most days before my CrossFit workouts. Great for the chest muscles and lats.

Black Roll Massage Ball Personal Traner St Albans - SMR 5

12cm Massage Ball by 4KOR Fitness

A good alternative to the 12cm Black Roll Ball, heavier and grippier. However, much more expensive.

4KOR Massage Ball Personal Traner St Albans - SMR 9

12cm and 8cm 4KOR Fireball with Lacrosse Ball

A great selection of massage balls. A ball for every occasion and body part. High quality, built to last, but not the cheapest. But if you’re considering purchasing the 12cm 4KOR ball separately for a little more, you get two extra useful balls.

4KOR Massage Ball Set Personal Traner St Albans - SMR

Massage Peanuts

TRS Gemini

Invented by Kelly Starrett, popularised the use of lacrosse balls to release tight tissues. This is the best tool to work on tight muscles deep in the spine. Not cheap, in fact quite expensive. However, it will last a lifetime, and I wouldn’t be without mine, which I use most days.

TRS Gemini Personal Traner St Albans - SMR 7

Black Roll 8cm Duo Ball

As stated above, Black Roll products are excellent, light in weight and great value for money. This is a cheaper alternative to the TRS Genini.

Black Roll Duo Personal Traner St Albans - SMR 6

Double Lacross Ball

I’ve included this as a budget option for a peanut. Based on the original concept of two across balls taped together. It’s simple but effective.

Double Lacross Ball Personal Traner St Albans - SMR 3

Proiron Massage Balls Set – Lacrosse Ball, Peanut Massage Ball

I’ve included this as a budget alternative to the TRS Gemini as it’s the only one easily available that’s influenced by the TRS Gemini’s design. I’ve not used this myself yet, but from the online review and videos, it does seem like a genuine alternative to the TRS Gemini at a fraction of the price.

Personal Traner St Albans - Foam Rollers and Massage Balls

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