This self-massage tool takes the extra effort out of an intense foam rolling session, allowing me to get a good deep tissue massage without having to administer the pressure myself or bug my boyfriend to help roll me out.
After a long run, I always remember to eat something, put my legs up the wall, and rehydrate. And I know I should foam roll but…ugh it’s just so much effort! Post-run, the last thing anyone feels like doing is a workout that wasn’t even on the training plan. The spring-loaded R8 takes care of the labor of self-massage for you; all you have to do is roll it up and down your legs.
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The R8 uses two parallel rollers attached to a handle that clamp together over your muscles. It’s most effective on the quad, hamstring and IT-band area. The rollers are about 6 inches long and each have four ribs, which is a more effective shape for getting deeper into the muscles. The two rollers pull apart with handles on the outside so you can position it around your leg. It is currently only available with one setting, but applies pretty intense pressure (at least, in my opinion and several others in the office who have tried it).
Provides Intense Pressure with Hardly Any Effort
Getting it around my hip flexors/glutes was a little tricky but totally worth it. It only has one tightness setting, which can be pretty intense, so I could really only stand it for a few seconds when I was super sore. I would probably get more use out of it if it had multiple settings so I could adjust to the preferred level of pressure on the area based on size and soreness. According to the website, different sized roller inserts will be available soon to help customize the pressure level.
It’s a bit difficult to clamp over your leg at first, and the single pressure setting can be really intense on very tight areas, but it was a great tool for prolonged pressure and easy massaging post-run. All I had to do was pull it up and down my legs, and it took care of the squeezing by itself.
Riley Missel is an experienced road racer, mountain biker, national champion on the track, and a former Bicycling editor. She is a USA Cycling-certified Level 1 coach, a loud and very stoked Spin instructor, and she will definitely stop the ride to pet that dog.