Disclaimer: I received a Addaday Pro Massage Roller to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
Apologies for all of the recent reviews, but BibRave has been treating us Pro’s well and we’ve had the opportunity to test out a lot of wonderful products! As always I do my best to share my honest thoughts and opinions in each review!
Yesterday I shared that in addition to the Marine Corps Marathon that I’ll be running this fall in support of the Organization for Autism Research, that I’ll be running the Hartford Marathon 2 weeks before.
While it may seem crazy to run 2 marathons 2 weeks apart, I’m confident that I can successfully do it if I really focus on my recovery leading up to and after the first race.
I’ve long been a fan of foam rolling, and can definitely can feel the difference on my long runs when I’ve been neglecting my regular rolling. I even have an alarm set on my phone to “Stop, Drop & FOAM Roll” every night during marathon training!
Given my focus on recovery, I was excited to have the opportunity to try out and review the Addaday Pro Massage Roller.
I’ll admit while I am clearly in love with my foam roller, I’ve never really gotten on board with the “stick” type massage rollers, so I wasn’t quite sure what I’d think about this one. Right off the bat I liked that it had several different rollers or “gears” on it, as opposed to the standard straight stick or “rolling pin” style roller.
I also quickly discovered that it’s super portable! After a recent long run I didn’t want to pass on my recovery and rolling, but I also wanted to get down to the beach…so I took the Addaday with me and rolled right there in my beach chair!
Sure, I may have gotten some funny looks, but probably not nearly as funny as if I had brought my foam roller!
One area that I really struggle with in my running is my calves, which in turns leads to tightness in my arches or plantar fascia. It’s difficult to foam roll with enough pressure to really get my calves worked out well, but I found that this Pro Massage Roller really allowed me to work out my calves well.
At the suggestion of one of the other BibRave Pro’s, I checked out the massage tutorial videos on the Addaday website and really learned how to target the exact area I needed to get at – these videos are such a fantastic resource!
Addaday has several different styles of rollers, so you can easily find on to meet your needs, they even have a PT line designed in partnership with a physical therapist!
While I will say that I personally prefer a foam roller for my quads, hamstrings and IT band, my calves definitely belong to the Addaday!