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    Which RumbleRoller should I get?



    Extra Firm (black) vs. Orginal (blue)
    36" vs. 12"

    I've been in desperate need for some back/hamstring relief. I'm new to the foam rolling world.
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    I'm new to foam rollers too. I got the blue 36" one. It's pretty intense. I probably need to get a non-knobby foam roller so I can work my way up to the blue RumbleRoller.
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    i love rumble rollers. you can get by with the 12" on that. with rolling out I would always recommend as much pressure as you can tolerate. The original will probably provide ample pressure but in time you will want to upgrade.
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    Originally Posted by KBKB View Post
    I'm new to foam rollers too. I got the blue 36" one. It's pretty intense. I probably need to get a non-knobby foam roller so I can work my way up to the blue RumbleRoller.
    I am interested in becoming new to foam rollers, what is your experience with the knobby to make you think you need a non-knobby?
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    Originally Posted by Cleveland33 View Post
    I am interested in becoming new to foam rollers, what is your experience with the knobby to make you think you need a non-knobby?
    It hurts!

    I think the non-knobby roller will be less painful for roller newbie like myself. I think too that one might start a session with a smooth roller and work up to the knobby one.
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    I own the blue and grey 12 inch models. I don't personally see a need for the wider versions, but I generally only use mine for my back. Anyone who has ever tried mine, thinks the blue one is painful enough and usually won't even try the grey one. My recommendation would be to buy both. Initially you use both of them (one on the lower back and one on the upper back) at the same time. It is less painfull when your weight is distributed over two rollers rather than one. You can then up the intensity by swapping them so that the stiffer one is under the area you are focusing on (allowing it to support more of your weight). Then you move to using the blue one by itself and finally graduate to the grey one by itself.

    Most of the time, I still use them in conjunction with each other. If I were only buying one, I'd buy the blue one.
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    Originally Posted by KBKB View Post
    It hurts!

    I think the non-knobby roller will be less painful for roller newbie like myself. I think too that one might start a session with a smooth roller and work up to the knobby one.
    hurts like painful hurts, or hurts in a kinda good deep tissue kinda way?

    if that makes any sense
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    Originally Posted by Cleveland33 View Post
    hurts like painful hurts, or hurts in a kinda good deep tissue kinda way?

    if that makes any sense
    I little of both, but most of my friends find it more painful at first. At the beginning of some session, I still think they are a little painful. But after just a little bit of time, they start to feel good (deep tissue kinda way).
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    I own the 36" blue one and think it is firm enough. I can't use it daily on my IT bands. I use a regular red foam roller on the ITs daily and the rumble roller maybe once or twice a week. Everything else I can rumble daily.
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    Originally Posted by dumb.bell View Post
    I little of both, but most of my friends find it more painful at first. At the beginning of some session, I still think they are a little painful. But after just a little bit of time, they start to feel good (deep tissue kinda way).
    I agree with this with the proviso that I have to get past the painful hurt in order for the good deep tissue hurt to be effective. That's why I think it might be beneficial to start with a more moderate roller at the beginning of a session.
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    I started foam rolling back in 2008. Back then I was severely plagued by hip/shoulder issues - to the point where I thought I'd never be able to bench/squat again. At the recommendation of a fitness coach named Eric Cressey, I started foam rolling/mobility drills before every workout and I haven't looked back since. In fact, I never do any kind of a workout without rolling out first. I probably do self-myofascial release for 30-45 mins before every workout.

    A couple of years ago, I noticed that I wasn't getting as much out of the regular black foam roller - so I added a golf ball to really work out specific pressure points. Today, I was browsing the Fitness section at Dick's, and I noticed they had a different kind of foam roller there. It wasn't the RumbleRoller, but in browsing Amazon for it - I found the RR instead and I absolutely had to have it.

    I went with the extra-firm 12", since I always do one limb at a time (along with The Knobble II - to replace the golf ball), and I am absolutely pumped for that thing to get here on Wednesday.
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    Originally Posted by Reggie20x6 View Post
    I went with the extra-firm 12", since I always do one limb at a time (along with The Knobble II - to replace the golf ball), and I am absolutely pumped for that thing to get here on Wednesday.
    Another tool to look at is the Body Back Buddy. I posted some photos of it and a similar tool, the Thera Cane recently in the thread, Thera Cane / Body Back Buddy Comparison. These tools have helped me with a case of plantar fasciitis.

    Let us know how you like your extra-firm Rumble Roller when you get it. I'm interested too whether you'll be able to use it right off the bat in a session or will need to use your other foam rollers to limber up a bit first.
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    I've got a 36" regular white roller, a 36" blue Rumble Roller and 12" black Rumble Roller. The black is definitely a little firmer, I usually use it after the blue and for harder to get areas/singular work. I still find I like my regular white roller quite a bit, but the knobs on the RR really do help. I have a homemade version of the stick using PVC, works the same and it's definitely good too. You should get a couple tennis balls and lacrosse balls as well. There's a good manual by Mike Robertson on myofascial release as well.
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    Originally Posted by mroc17 View Post
    There's a good manual by Mike Robertson on myofascial release as well.
    http://robertsontrainingsystems.com/...SMR-manual.pdf
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    I used to use a foam roller but now I just use a 2' piece of 4" PVC hurts like hell when I roll with it but I like it lol, for the buck it cost at a habitat for humanity I figured I try it and now I use it every night.
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    I ordered mine from Amazon Saturday night, and Amazon Prime had it to my house on Tuesday.

    As I mentioned in my last post, I've been foam rolling for three years now. I typically don't feel much pain from foam rolling (just stiffness if I haven't used it for a few days). The RumbleRoller targets what a traditional foam roller can't. My entire inner thigh (from the knee to the groin) was extremely tender throughout my first session, and my arms were probably the most painful area to roll over. I'm extremely satisfied with my $45 purchase, and I'm likely never going back to a regular foam roller after using this.

    I would also highly recommend The Knobble II. It is better suited for static holds (I treat the RumbleRoller like more of a dynamic movement) and is nothing like the golf ball I was using.

    Definitely looking forward to using each again, as I know my body is going to get a lot out of each session.
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