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Foam Roller in the UK?


#1

Just read Cressey and Robertson's article about foam rollers and tissue release from a while back, have been experiencing lower back problems for a little while now, and am eager to try this. Only problem is I'm in grad school in the UK, and don't know where to get ahold of a foam roller over here. Anyone know how I can get one, online maybe, in England?


#2

Following TC's MM2K article advice some years ago, got a Monster Fun Noodle from Toys R Us. They are a seasonal product, which appear about April till about Sept though, probbaly aimed at use in gardens and pools, kids break stuff with them indoors.

They have them in Most Toys R Us, got one from Chester and one from Liverpool for example. Very inexpensive.


#3

I bought mine from http://www.totallyfitness.co.uk/CoreAccessories/FoamRoller/index.htm

including p&p I think it was about ?22.


#4

I bought mine from that place as well.

You have to be careful; a lot of the UK stores seem to sell the D shaped versions and often won't specify which one it is.


#5

i just went to a hardware store and got a 4" x 12" PVC pipe.. cost me about a dollar

it's a hard surface though, and will be more painful at first...


#6

Awesome, thanks a bunch for the suggestions and especially for the link. Will buy one from them even though it's a bit pricey.


#7

This will sound kind of dumb at first, but hear me through.

I bought a cat scratching pole for this. It was basically a carpetted wooden cylinder screwed into a wooden base. I just unscrewed the base and rolled on the round part. I did this 12 months ago (much to my cat's disgrace) and it is still going strong.

The part I roll on is solid timber, round, but has a thick layer of carpet on it, so it's not too hard on the back. It works great, and cost me $5 at a junk store.


#8

I found a 6' long roll at the local surplus store (Ax-man in St. Paul, MN) and I think it was around $5. This store has a lot of crazy stuff, but most of things in there have some sort of industrial use. Maybe you should try industrial supliers rather than fitness supliers.


#9

S'funny you said that, the first time I used my roller I was on the floor and the fookin cat pounced on me prob thought I was submitting to him or something, scratched my fuggin arm to hell.


#10

Speaking of cat scratching poles:

http://www.zippyvideos.com/6356102721867226/snl_delco_cat_toys/