Foam rollers aren’t just to rehab injured muscles. Foam rollers are a great tool to help improve a runner’s warmup and cooldown routines.
Rollers improve circulation, getting your muscles and tendons ready for exercise when used as part of your pre-workout warmup and helps recovery after your routine. Rolling helps to break down knots that limit your range of motion, getting your muscles ready for stretching.
But you probably already know all this, so let’s get to our top pick as the best foam roller for runners…
This is the roller I started using several weeks ago and it’s been great. After looking at and trying 4 other popular rollers, I realized that there’s not a whole lot of difference between them except in a few key areas:
The Trigger Point GRID Roller hits all of these. On durability, it’s a league ahead of the others with a thick plastic inner tube that keeps it from losing shape like other foam rollers. The outer foam is also very durable without being too hard which can be uncomfortable.
That brings me to my next point: Comfort. The GRID is designed to feel like the hands and fingers of a masseur giving you a massage. While it’s not quite like getting a real massage, the firm but not too hard foam combined with the design of the ridges do make it the most comfortable foam roller I tested. Firmness is important because you want it firm enough to let you work out tough knots but not so firm that it hurts. The GRID roller fits in that sweet spot.
As for the price, I think it’s spot on considering the solid construction and overall design. I also think it looks good, if you’re worried about aesthetics. They even have 5 color schemes to fit your taste. The fact that this roller won’t lose shape and will stand up to years of regular use makes it a deal over more expensive and cheaper rollers.
I really couldn’t find any issues with it after three weeks of using it about 3 days a week and I feel like using the roller before and especially after a workout has made a noticeable difference in my recovery time.