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REVIEW: Foam Roller App - Rolling the Right Way

Posted Oct 26 2012 1:25pm
I gotta say, I love my foam roller but I also must confess, it gets a bit dusty at times. However, when I do use it I am never disappointed and often, it leads to my muscles feeling better quicker, or staying nice-feeling if I use it more preventatively.

I am not one to go into things blindly so when I was rolling to deal with a pesky piriformis muscle I did my research and posted these foam rolling tips . They helped but the peskiness of my left glute still lingers and it a constant reminder to stretch and roll. In fact, it was on my mind a lot that I needed to get back into the "roll" of things when I got the great opportunity to download and try the new Foam Roller App. How could I say no? Really, there is an app to help me roll better?!

Let me first say, the cost of this app is only $1.99 and can fit into my tight budget and is worth it to feel better and perform optimally. But I did get to download the app for free for this review....gotta be honest.

I love to hop into an app and start looking around so when I saw the words regression, main, and progression I was so confused. I really didn't understand. So I clicked on the image and watched and was saddened there was no sound to let me know what those terms meant. Then I approached this logically and read about the app. Needless to say, reading instructions and information is a great starting point every time. I quickly learned those confusing words weren't confusing at all. To prevent you from having to experience this learning curve....here you go!

  • Main: Imagine this as average pressure. Start here. If you are cringing or not really feeling it, make adjustments.
  • Regression: The lower intensity level, the place to go to if Main has you cringing too much or wanting to scream.
  • Progression: The higher intensity level, the place to go to if Main is a walk in the park.

Some of the muscle groups even have higher levels of pressure. Just keep in mind, foam roller may hurt so good but it really shouldn't cause major discomfort. Roll accordingly.

Once I got my terms figured out I started rolling and focused on the glute muscles and I was shocked to feel the difference in the impact of rolling as demonstrated versus how I was. I also liked that the demos were the length of suggested rolling so you could roll along with it. I no longer cared about sound as reading the prompts is enough to set you up for success. And really, what are they going to say? Roll, roll, roll? 

I started with the rolls suggested for the hip muscles and then ventured into the Piriformis roll. The first thing that stood out is with this technique I am turning the foam roller 45 degrees from how I normally placed it. Ooo.....that felt good and to the point. Then I tried the roll for the Hip External Rotators, which are very close to your Piriformis by the way, and oowie! And an aha! moment! So, it is this muscle that is peskier! What a great thing to learn and I know this is the case since on my left side I had to "regress" to the main level. I think since I have been foam rolling for so long, even if on and off, I am able to roll most muscles at the progressive level.

Question Time!

  • Is the Foam Roller App a good value? Absolutely! Like I said, even a running mom on my tight budget can pay $1.99 for the good tips and demos.
  • Is it something you would use again and again or just learn and set aside? I say, keep using it. Yes, you may get the general set-up down and think you can remember and roll but it never hurts to look back and make sure your form is correct. They have suggestions like curve your back or arch your back to get you in the proper position so the rolling hits the right muscle.
  • Is it convenient to use? Yes, it is easy to navigate through the app and find the muscle group that you want to target. And since I always have my phone on me, or near me, it is always handy!
  • What is an added cool feature? I love that it has diagrams of the muscle groups with the muscles labeled. I know, this may sound silly as they could list things like glutes, hamstrings, quads, etc. but it adding this feature makes the app more educational and helps the user identify which muscle groups to roll. 
  • Would I buy this if not given this opportunity? Absolutely! Especially if I had read a review first and knew a little bit about what it had to offer.

Do you have any questions for me?
Are you ready to download and roll away?

Please note: I was given the opportunity to try this app for free as a FitFluential Ambassador. I was not paid to write this review nor did I promise a positive review. These opinions are solely my own. I am not a certified trainer or a foam rolling expert. Please follow all cautions provided on the Foam Roller App in regards to bony protuberances and places to ease pressure. 

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for 8 hours of sleep last night.
Daily Affirmation: I have unlimited potential.
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