You may have already heard about foam rollers and how brilliant they are. If not, sit tight, and PREPARE TO BE AMAZED.

All this time, you’ve had sore muscles but haven’t been able to find the time (or the money) for a daily sports massage? Then foam rollers are for you. Self-massage with a foam roller and get that myofascial release you’ve been looking for, anytime, anywhere.

Use them on pretty much any part of your body (not on your face...) to ease trigger points and improve flexibility. And when you’re done, you can store them away in your box of fitness essentials.

There is, however, a range of different types of foam rollers to choose from.

Our advice? BUY THEM ALL. Want to know more first? Get the lowdown in our ultimate showdown.

STATS AT THE READY:

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THE MIRAFIT DELUXE HI-DENSITY FOAM ROLLER

If you're the type who likes it rough and ready, then this roller is for you. The raised ridges not only get in deep, but act like knuckles of steel, ready to rid you of your trigger points.

The smooth sections can not only be used to massage more sensitive areas, but it also means you can use the roller as a support when stretching. Support your knee when stretching out your lower back; lie over the roller to loosen up tight hip flexors; and you can even support your neck while doing crunches and lower ab work.

The non-slip surface allows for controlled rolling, and the hollow centre means you can grip the roller whenever you need to keep it steady.

Not too hard, not too soft, the ridges get into glutes, upper back muscles, forearms, calves, IT band and hamstrings easily.

TACTICS: Knead into buttock cheeks like there's no tomorrow.

IDEAL FOR: Runners and Bros who lift.


THE MIRAFIT EPE FOAM ROLLER

A smooth operator, don't take this guy's ridge-less exterior to mean he's going to go easy on you. The thick, dense foam allows you to use your body weight to press into areas of tension so that you can loosen stiff joints and sore muscles.

Ridge-free, this style of foam roller is specially designed to be ease areas around the body where there's less tissue. This includes the areas around your hips, your obliques and ankles.

Light as a feather, the EPE foam roller is also great for assisting your resistance regime and will support your lower spine as you stretch.

Cooling off after a workout? Pop the roller under your neck to ward off any headaches and relax.

A slightly more forgiving style of foam roller, this style is great for helping to rehabilitate old injuries as well as banishing DOMS.

Bring another dimension to your muscle strengthening and trigger point recovery by using the EPE Foam Roller on a Vibration Plate. This will help ease sore muscles as well as improve joint flexibility.

TACTICS: Lie face down with the roller under your hip flexors for a full-on gurn.

IDEAL FOR: Improving flexibility and anyone with a tight ass.

 

WEIGH-IN DAY

They've got the beef, they've got the skills, but which one's gonna cut it? Truth is, it really depends on what your training style and which of your muscles flare up the most:

 I TEAR UP THE GYM AND PEOPLE FEAR ME: Go Hi-Density

With its dual-surface textures, the Mirafit Hi-Density Deluxe Foam Roller combines gentle massage with deep tissue release.

 

I RUN LIKE A BEAST: Go EPE

Runners know the perils of tight hips, back and IT band all too well. The EPE will help loosen everything up so you can get back out on the road.

 

SQUAT LIKE A BOSS: Go Hi-Density AND EPE

Squats require a good amount of flexibility, so you can push your weight back and break open your hips to increase depth. Use the EPE roller to warm up your joints and let the Hi-Density get into your glutes when you're struggling to walk the next day...

 

I DEADLIFT LIKE A DEMON: Go EPE

If deadlifts are your go-to, you'll want to ease off your lower back and hip flexors. The EPE Roller will not only help target tension, but also provides a great support while you stretch out your core and posterior chain.

 

I'M ALL ABOUT THE BICEP BULGE: Go EPE

Massaging your arms with a Hi-Density Foam Roller may prove too intense for many. Go for the EPE Roller and ease off those tender shoulder joints after an intense session at the gym.

 

I'M A BORN FIGHTER: Go Hi-Density

Kicks and punches take their toll – not just on your next ring-victim, but on your own body too. Banish tension and get your muscles fired up for full power and motion with the Hi-Density Roller.

 

I'M A FITNESS GOD AND ALREADY HAVE BOTH – then we salute you.

Go in peace and spread the good word.

 

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