High density foam rollers for post workout massage

I didn’t know I had knots in my calves, but I did. I spend a lot of time at the computer, and I play some video games, which means that I tense my calves involuntarily and and they get knotted.

When I started working out about a year ago, I hired a trainer. The end of each training session included a massage treatment with a foam roller. That’s when I learned that I had knots, because the roller made my calves feel better.

Its nice if you have someone else to “roll you out,” but you can also put the roller between your calves and the floor and roll yourself back and forth, using your body weight to apply pressure. You can also use it on your back and arms.

It’s also improved the “restless leg syndrome” for two people I know.

I have the 36 inch version, which is bulky. I think the 18 inch version would do just as well. -- Carl Mixon

j/fit Super High Density Foam Rollers: $14 – $35 depending on size


  1. I tried really hard to use my foam roller, but it slips on carpet, and if you use it wrong it actually feels like you are bruising yourself.

  2. Often more comfortable to use it against a wall, rather than your entire bodyweight resting on it.  If against a wall is still too much, you may be able to use it like a rolling pin.  You can also try in your bed, as it may be a little more give, though possibly more cumbersome to roll.  The super high density may be too super high density for you, I and many others like the regular foam roller.  For the back and glutes, try both head to tail(up and down) as well as side to side.  I buy the 36″ version and cut them in half.  This post does not purport to diagnose or treat any conditions, see a doctor.

  3.  Mine has done wonders for my knees by loosening the muscles and tendons in the sides of my legs that are difficult or impossible to stretch. Hurts like all hell, but works as bad as it hurts. No pain, no gain.

  4. oh the things people will buy. Certainly you have a round object already at home. I use a tennis ball.

    1. Tennis ball or golf balls are good, but go to a sporting good store and try one.  Overpriced, but worth it.  

        1. I may be biased, as I’ve likely been conditioned to thinking about similar kinds of foam as disposable packing material.  I don’t actually know how expensive these things are to produce.  In terms of benefit,  I definitely agree it’s worth the fifteen-twenty bucks, but my thought is that they may be made for 50 cents worth of foam.  If they were though, I would expect someone would sell them on amazon for less.

    2. A tennis ball won’t cover my
      back, nor will it effectively cover my thighs, and it crushes under my
      weight.The foam roller saves me no telling how much money at massage therapists. And since it covers more area, it saves a ton of time compared to something as small as a tennis ball. 15-20$ for something that not only works well, but saves me time and money, and has lasted years, is a pretty damn good buy.

  5. Gotta say that I find The Stick (or similar devices) much preferable to foam rollers; for calves in particular, but also most other muscles. It’s a bit more work as you have to provide the pressure yourself, but no awkward contortions required! And you can get different aspects of the muscle easier, as well as treat many (groin, traps, etc.) that a foam roller can’t. http://www.thestick.com/

  6. Foam rollers hurt like crazy.  But they are supposed to; that’s how you know they are stretching tendons, breaking up scar tissue and such.  (I am a runner)

    If you do not feel like paying $30+ for one, you can buy a much harder version that is more painful at practically any Hobby Lobby for about $5.  It actually does the job better (and more painfully, but that’s life).

    Also, you don’t really need a long one.  I sawed off the end of my $5 job, and put it in my suitcase for when I travel.  With a bit of balance, it does just fine for what ails me (largely achilles tendons, hamstrings, etc.).  Your mileage may vary.

  7. I use a foam roller both for massage (back, glutes) and for Pilates workouts. Its great and well worth the (low) price IMO.

    1. My chiropractor used a similar, but smaller massagerator. I always thought of it as an orbital sander.

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