TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller Review
Foam rolling after exercise has been conclusively shown to improve flexibility and speed the recovery of tired muscles.
The TriggerPoint GRID foam roller isa unique portable exercise tool specially designed to mimic the feeling of a physical therapist massaging your tired muscles. It quickly gets oxygen and nutrients deep where they need to be.
You’ll recover faster, you’ll feel fewer aches and pains, and you’ll even see improved flexibility in your muscles and joints.
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Besides helping a speedy recovery after exercise, foal rollers have been shown to help with:
- Piriformis syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Runner’s Knee
- Neck Pain
- Lower Back and Lumbar Pain
- IT Band Syndrome
- DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
- Achilles Tendonitis
Proven Benefits for a Healthy Life
Particularly over the past decade, interest in foam rolling has grown, as athletes and coaches alike have come to understand how useful the technique can be. The TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller will help you recover faster after exercise, reduce soreness, get better workouts, and roll through tight muscles and knots.
But further to this, studies have shown that foam rolling doesn’t just help recovering muscles. Using the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller can improve your flexibility, your range of motion, and even improve your performance.
Foam rolling may have started as a therapeutic aid, but it’s progressed into becoming a must-have tool for anyone who wants to improve their mobility and maintain their quality of life.
TriggerPoint GRID Versions
TriggerPoint GRID Foam Rollers come in a number of variations:
- TriggerPoint GRID
- TriggerPoint GRID X
- TriggerPoint GRID 2.0
- TriggerPoint GRID VIBE Plus
By far the most popular version is the original TriggerPoint GRID, which also happens to be the cheapest. Thousands of positive reviews show that TriggerPoint got the design right with the original GRID.
The GRID X is a more niche product for professional athletes who have particularly dense muscle tissue. It’s identical in design to the GRID apart from the foam being much firmer, and it only comes in black.
The GRID 2.0 is identical to the GRID except it’s twice the length. This makes for improved weight distribution when the foam roller is used on larger bodies.
The GRID VIBE Plus includes a vibration feature. Research has shown that this can further speed recovery, but in the case of all foam roller products, it comes at the price of portability.
Overall, the original TriggerPoint GRID offers the best solution for most users.
The TriggerPoint GRID has a number of top features that help it remain the king of the foam rollers.
- Helps tissue aerate, promoting the fast transfer of oxygen and nutrients in the blood to the muscle
- Simple to use even by beginners
- Includes a free online course that teaches you how to get the best out of your foam roller
- Replicates the feeling and movement of a professional massage
- Patented multi-density EVA foam surface hand wrapped around a hard hollow core makes for a firmer feel than other foam rollers
- Strong construction that’ll take all the punishment you give it
- Easy to clean
- Can handle up to 500 pounds of weight
What we like about the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
Having what amounts to a portable masseuse is a great boon to the frequent gym visitor, runner, swimmer, or athlete.
The TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller is only 13 inches by 5.5 inches and weighs just 7 ounces. This makes it an ultra-portable companion that can come with you for your after-workout stretch and cool down. It can also be stored away easily at home.
TriggerPoint knows that foam rolling isn’t something everyone’s an expert in, so they’ve smartly included free access to an online instructional video library with every purchase. These videos show you how to get the most out of your new product.
Most of all, what we like about the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller is that it feels really great when you use it! If you or your partner has ever had mild back pain from work, you owe it to yourself to try the GRID. Buyers with nagging back pain issues have reported that using the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller is equivalent to or better than visiting a chiropractor.
Similarly, we all know the discomfort that comes from working out too hard. Using the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller makes the soreness and pain melt away, and instead of languishing around waiting for your muscles to heal you’ll be back training in no time. This can really give you the edge and help you reach your fitness goals so much sooner.
What we don’t like about the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
You may want to choose the longer TriggerPoint GRID 2.0 system if you have a larger body. While both of these foam rollers are weight tested up to 500 pounds and perform similar duties, the new TriggerPoint GRID 2.0 Foam Roller is exactly twice the length of the original TriggerPoint GRID, making for a more stable surface for larger bodies.
The TriggerPoint GRID is the original foam roller. While it’s inexpensive, portable, and effective, increasing research has shown that vibrating foam rollers have the edge over standard foam rollers. If absolute effectiveness trumps portability for you, consider the TriggerPoint GRID VIBE Plus. This foam roller has vibration built in, but be advised it’s more than double the price of the standard TriggerPoint GRID and much heavier.
Some of the more muscular users out there have complained that the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller is overpriced as they’re not able to feel significant benefits from it. This is because they want a deeper massage and the foam is “bottoming out,” making them wonder why they don’t just use a round pipe! Thankfully, this is why there is the alternative product, the TriggerPoint GRID X, that’s designed to offer much more resistance for a deeper massage on hard muscle.
The TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller is designed to release tough knots on your quad muscles, re-energize the muscles in your hips, alleviate soreness in your laterals, relieve tight muscles in your back, and help your hamstrings and gluteal muscles recover from hard exercise.
However, there are muscles in our legs, feet, chest, and neck that also benefit from foam rolling. The TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller is therefore often paired with the TriggerPoint MB1 Massage Ball or the TriggerPoint MB5 Massage Ball. The MB1 is 2.5 inches in diameter, and the MB5 is 5 inches in diameter.
Purchasing both a foam roller and a massage ball at the same time will net you a hefty discount and ensure you have every important muscle covered, whether big or small.
Thousands of people have gained from the foam roller revolution. The TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller represents the best foam roller you can buy because it’s been designed to have the best combination of features. It’s lightweight enough to take to the gym, easy enough to use alone at home, and powerful enough that it’s used by professional athletes and recommended by physicians and physiotherapists.
If you’re looking for a foam roller that’s perfectly balanced and will help improve your recovery and performance, the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller is the right choice for you.