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Manufacturer: STI Industries

Price Range: $44.95 - $69.95

Manufacturer Description

The RumbleRoller is marketed as an alternative to the traditional foam roller or massage stick used in fitness and rehabilitation for self-myofascial release, or massaging one’s own muscles and connective tissues that become tight from inactivity, injury, or repetitive movements. These tight spots can form painful areas called adhesions or trigger points which can limit the function of the area. The RumbleRoller works by rolling on the surface of the cylinder to massage the underlying tissues to improve blood flow and flexibility. The surface of the RumbleRoller contains bumps or ‘teeth’, spaced less than 2” apart, that provide pressure and allow a deeper penetration into the tissue than smooth, flat-surfaced foam rollers. It is sold as a bigger full-sized model and a compact model for on the go.

Manufacturer Specifications

Compression-molded EVA core roller, elastomeric shell with antimicrobial additive.  Comes in two sizes: compact (5” diameter x 12” long) and full-size (6” diameter and 31” long) and two densities: regular (blue) and extra-firm (black). A brochure explains techniques for massaging such areas as the hamstrings, back, glutes, Iliotibial bands, and quadriceps.

ACE Expert Review

Myofascial release is a type of soft tissue therapy that helps keep muscles healthy and pain-free. Products such as massage sticks, balls and foam rollers are often used in gyms and rehab centers to work out knots and trigger points in sore or stiff muscles. By putting direct pressure or performing small back-and-forth movements over soft tissues can relax tense muscles, release areas where the fibers have become bunched up (aka trigger points), improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, and improve tissue flexibility.The RumbleRoller combines the ease of use of the foam roller with the penetrating pressure of the massage balls or household items such as tennis or golf balls that are sometimes used for this purpose.

All models of the RumbleRoller were very easy to use as they rolled well and had a good surface for massaging the muscle tissue. We found the blue model a good density for most people and the black model useful for someone with deep tissue soreness and adhesions. The brochure and the techniques shown on their website were helpful resources and provided with clear directions and visuals. It also showed how to that also provided ways to progress the exercise by adding more weight, (such as putting one leg on top of the other to increase the compression onto the roller). Even the neck stretches, when done slowly with the blue roller, were more comfortable than expected.

The professional, even “off-road” appearance and color along with the durability and anti-microbial surface are good selling points for use in commercial settings. They will be popular items in gyms and could even be used at the beginning or end of group fitness classes.

What we liked:

  • Professional appearance and durability
  • Antimicrobial surface
  • Teeth that gently knead muscle tissue while gentle on bony areas
  • The compact model easily fits into a gym bag The brochure and website give a lot of options for use in easy-to-understand language and clear pictures

What we didn't like:

  • The black (denser model) was a bit hard and somewhat painful to use, but as theaccording to the manufacturer recommendsrecommendations, most people should use the softer (blue) model.

July 7, 2011

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