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new item on my list of "do want"

Common Foam Rollers Compress Soft Tissue
Physical therapists, trainers, and athletes use foam rollers to relieve muscular pain and tightness (often called "adhesions", "knots", or "trigger points"). But conventional foam rollers have smooth, hard surfaces that further compress soft tissue. Rolling on top of them improves blood flow and tissue flexibility, but the effect is limited and relatively superficial, unless you spend a lot of time rolling.

The RumbleRoller was created to perform this therapy more effectively. The RumbleRoller Manipulates Soft Tissue - Like a Massage Therapist!

The surface of the RumbleRoller contains 200 specially designed "bumps". The bumps are firm, but flexible, much like the thumbs of a massage therapist.

As you roll over the top of the RumbleRoller, the bumps continuously knead the contours of your body, gently stretching soft tissue (muscle and fascia) in multiple directions. This action erodes trigger points, helps restore flexibility, and brings quick relief to common types of muscular pain. By design, the RumbleRoller's bumps are firmer than muscle tissue, but much softer than bone, so they deflect out of the way if they contact your spine or other bony protrusions.

Through simple techniques, you can control the amount of pressure the bumps apply to your body. The bumps are closely spaced to one another (< 2" apart), so several of them simultaneously contact your body during most exercises. However, with a slight shift of your body, you can reduce your area of contact with the RumbleRoller, which increases pressure and provides deeper, more penetrating relief.

Add Another Dimension to Your Foam Roller Program
The RumbleRoller's massaging action can be further intensified by changing your movement from a back-and-forth rolling motion to a side-to-side rocking motion. That's because the RumbleRoller's bumps have an asymmetrical shape that allows them to flex more easily in one direction. During rolling movements (i.e. the most common roller exercises, with the roller moving beneath you), the bumps flex relatively easily, and provide a wiping-type massage pressure. However, if you rock from side-to-side toward the RumbleRoller's ends, the bumps are forced to flex in a direction in which they're designed to be somewhat (about 30%) stiffer. This creates a deeper "digging" pressure.

This rocking technique nearly doubles the number of ways you can use a foam roller. It's especially effective for penetrating dense tissue like that of your calves, as well as hard-to-roll areas like your upper lats and even your neck. For specific details, please see our Techniques page.

Anyone have one?

AND YES I'M FUCKING BORED AT WORK LAST TWENTY MINUTES FRIDAY AFTERNOON and no one but no one is trying to do any deals.


I have one. I like it, but I would not rate it as a must-have item. I use both a regular foam roller and a rumble roller and if I only had one, it would be a regular foam roller. It is good, but certainly does not feel like a real massage.


Are those French Ticklers?



I thought the same thing and laughed...then I saw your avatar...oh god, is that what I think...wut?...hahahahahahaha!


My buddy has one of those. The other thing I like doing with it is laying on it like a pillow on the back of my neck. All those little fingers push into all the tension trigger points in the back of my neck and head and it hurts, but it destresses me big time.

For foam rolling, I've been using just a PVC pipe and I like it much better than the foam. Its cheaper too.


just got back from the massage guy. Needed big time from the work stress this week.

check out the travel roller. Small PVC pipe with some foam, and has 3 different density balls that fit inside it


Iron Dwarf...What the fish?!


ID's best avatar yet.


Hmm self-potrait?... Do Want.


Damn I just read a couple forum threads about it, apparently it is kick-fucking-ass. Do want!!! (not ID's avatar)


do want..........ID's new avatar.. wat wah?!


Can't buy it on the website. Apparently I can drive to Burlingame to get one... maybe stop on my way up to SF in a few weeks.


its pretty meh, feels good but not much better than a regular foam roller.


The thing he doesn't tell you is that self-portrait is to size. Fits in your pocket.


By Jupiter's Cock!!!



They don't call me the Pocket Rocket for nothin'!

(Props to Henri Richard for that nickname)


So, for those who've tried the rumble roller, do you think one would be better off to just use PVC pipe or a log?


elite carries it as well.

seems kind of pricey. i think i'll still with my pvc pipe for the moment.


A log that made me laugh.


I am just constantly having magical thinking that I can somehow give myself a massage like experience.