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Product Review: Pro-Tech Athletics The Orb – Deep Tissue Massage Ball 5″ & 7″ Diameter *

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• Multi-directional roll provides focused massage to target areas
• Deep tissue massage:
1) Reduces muscle fatigue and tightness
2) Promotes flexibility
3) Enhances performance

5″ diameter high density ball provides aggressive deep tissue massage to:
IT Band, Hamstring, Quadriceps, Calf, plus more

7″ diameter high density ball provides moderate deep tissue massage to:
IT Band, Hamstring, Quadriceps, Back, plus more

pro-tecathletics.com

The balls are super lightweight dense foam. They don’t require pumping up.

Because they are super lightweight and foam, I am not sure about durability. If you have a dog, keep it away or it will be in pieces!

I can’t wait to try them as they are much larger then a lacrosse ball and much different then a roller!

Pro-tec also offers a wide array of massage and physical therapy tools! Check them out for all your needs! Their prices are reasonably inexpensive also!

**Update** April 23rd 2014
I tried the Orbs today! The larger ball was awkward and I didn’t like it! The smaller ball however; felt awesome! I love it! It felt crazy good under my hamstring! I didn’t have much time, so stay tuned for more!


Product Review: Pro-Tec Athletics Y-Roller – foam roller *

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• Dual or single ridge option offers a targeted aggressive massage.
• Ability to roll in between ridges for a less aggressive, moderate massage.

Product Features & Benefits:

• Made from Elastomer – a high density, durable foam
• Excellent tool to promote flexibility and myofascial release
• 6” Diameter x 15 1/2” Length
• Deep tissue massage:
1) Reduces muscle fatigue and tightness
2) Promotes flexibility
3) Enhances performance

Y-roller Hamstring:

Y-roller Quads

Y-roller Calves

Y-roller Back

pro-tecathletics.com


Product Review: The Cold Roller – by Trigger Point Performance *

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Cold Roller – $99.99
Quick Overview
The Cold Roller™ is the most advanced and effective recovery product on the market.

Myofascial Release and Cold Compression

• Best, most effective recovery process

• Targets only muscles with cold compression maximizing recovery

• Speeds recovery and results

• Reduces rolling time with greatest rate of return

Cold Roller™ is a game changer
• Maintains cold effectiveness for up to 3 hours
• Compact, travel friendly
• Patent Pending Design
• Patent Pending Gel Core
• Stainless Steel roller resists scratching and breakdown
• Polyurethane Wheels for easy rolling and durability

How to use
• Place in freezer for 2+ hours
• Wipe down with warm washcloth to remove frost
• Begin rolling with only light pressure allowing muscles to adjust
• Do not stop rolling while using Cold Roller

Waiting the 5min to use my cold roller!

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Well here I go! Just finished my back day and now cold Lat rolling! (Not taking my shirt off! Not the first time lol)

OMG! I started doing my lats and it felt sooo good I ended up doing my entire body!! Entire legs, lats, rear delt, bis, forearms and my neck and traps!

I feel so refreshed! And relaxed! I love the cold compression! Especially; after working out!

**Update** March 5th 2014
Today is leg day and my legs feel amazing! The Rumble Roller did a number on my legs a few days ago and it hurt for 3 days! Then all pain went away! Before that I was taking 3 Aleve 2xs a day for knee pain. Then with the advent of the Cold Roller yesterday, today they feel amazing! I have a huge bruise on the inside of my left Quad on the year drop that I think the Rumble Roller did as I was learning to adjust the pressure, so today I will not go heavy on leg day. Now that I know how to minimize pressure and use the Cold Roller, Rumble Roller and Beastie Bar; that won’t happen again! Next week I will be using the total body kit: Footballer, Quadballer etc…

I can already tell you I will not like the TP balls, as the beastie is the balls x2, but Trigger Point is super smart and ingenious! They have invented a sleeve that you place both balls into and it turns them into the peanut! I have never used a peanut and I heard it is really cool, so I can’t wait to use the peanut! Remember what I said earlier; do not discard your tools as one day you may be too sensitive for one of the tools; so one day I may be too sensitive for the Beasties and need the TP Ball. I can safely say that I can give away my lacrosse ball though!

Furthermore; it’s awesome how versatile the tools are and it goes from 2 separate balls to the peanut instead of having to buy another device! I will also try to put both Beasties in the sleeve, but I don’t think they will fit. I haven’t opened the sleeve to see how big it is.

I also saw a picture of someone using 2 rumble rollers one under the upper back and one under the legs. I will take the Rumble Roller and the M80 Roller and attempt to recreate it and tell you how it feels!

**Update** April 19th 2014
Broke out the Cold Roller today to freak out my niece (8yrs old). She just got finished with the Rumble Roller and the Grid so I broke out the Cold Roller and she was like ahhhhh it’s sooo Cold! It was in the freezer ☺️

But she rolled it on her lats and hamstrings and calves lol

Then I used it for a while. Absolutely love this Roller it’s my absolute favorite, but I only use it when I am sore to soothe my body (lats, upper and lower legs and arms)

The Rumble Roller is my favorite Roller, the M80 roller is my favorite travel roller and the grid is my favorite my back is sore Roller. I haven’t used the Y-roller yet, so I can’t comment on that yet.

If I need specialized targeted area attention I have the beastie bar and beasties.

I still haven’t tried the Orbs so I can’t comment on those either.

The Beastie Hook to me is worthless. I don’t use it.

Buy the Cold Roller!!


Product Review: The Total Body Kit – by Trigger Point Performance *

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pictured on the right.

(This post is delayed a little due to spraining my knee doing cardio)

**Update** April 25th 2014
I am watching the DVD and let me tell you it’s awesome!! It shows a whole bunch of movements I have never done like the Psoas & Piriformis

I did the full soleus, calf and the Antierior Tibialis and I feel amazing!

Then I did the pecs and it relieved tension off my shoulder and I feel great!

I tried to do the lats but my lats are too big and I’m too barrel chested to reach and it too awkward on the wall so I will stick to my cold roller on the floor!

Tomorrow I will do my quads and hamstrings!

I’m going to tell you not its not going to happen daily! However; I will play with doing the body parts I workout that same day and I will try 1 & 2 days offset. Stay tuned for those reviews here on this total body post!

There’s a tip section on DVD 2. I am going to try the car tip on my next long trip to the Air Force. Stay tuned for the reveal!

**Update** May 13th 2014
I found that using the quadballer in bed is better to start; as the bed gives when you put all your weight on the quadballer and it’s much more forgiving then rolling on a hard floor over your quads especially the outer Charlie-horse area. I suggest using it that way first to desensitize your legs before moving to the unforgiving floor!


Product Review: The Total Body Kit – by Trigger Point Performance *

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pictured on the right.

(This post is delayed a little due to spraining my knee doing cardio)

**Update** April 25th 2014
I am watching the DVD and let me tell you it’s awesome!! It shows a whole bunch of movements I have never done like the Psoas & Piriformis

I did the full soleus, calf and the Antierior Tibialis and I feel amazing!

Then I did the pecs and it relieved tension off my shoulder and I feel great!

I tried to do the lats but my lats are too big and I’m too barrel chested to reach and it too awkward on the wall so I will stick to my cold roller on the floor!

Tomorrow I will do my quads and hamstrings!

I’m going to tell you not its not going to happen daily! However; I will play with doing the body parts I workout that same day and I will try 1 & 2 days offset. Stay tuned for those reviews here on this total body post!

There’s a tip section on DVD 2. I am going to try the car tip on my next long trip to the Air Force. Stay tuned for the reveal!

One thing I was disappointed about in the total body DVD was no shoulders and neck!


Product Review: The Grid – by Trigger Point Performance *

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Pictured on the left

Initial review:
I took the Grid, the Everlast (Grid knockoff) and the M80 Roller and compared them:

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Grid is 4″ inside diameter
Everlast is 4 3/16″
M80 is 4″

The foam on the grid is twice as firm as the foam on the Everlast and the grid has 2 distinct patterns the wide and the narrow section.

This is my recipe for success:
The Grid is a perfect beginner roller, the extra padding will help when starting rolling as the extra padding will help when your muscles are sensitive.

The M80 Roller is not a beginner Roller! I suggest starting with the Grid, the when the muscles are desensitized move to the (Advanced) M80 Roller then once a week use the Deep penetration of the (Super Advanced) Rumble Roller and Beasties! It’s my finding that the Rumble Roller is too aggressive for daily use. My legs still hurt from my initial roll!

Start with the grid, let your back align and use the extra padding under your hips and let your hip flexors stretch and open up. Then move to the (Advanced) M80 Roller for daily maintenance (Once you can handle it).

Then; once a week go for extreme deep tissue with the (Super Advanced) Rumble Roller and Beasties.

That’s everything except Post Workout! Post Workout hit your legs and lats with the Cold Roller! For Cold Compression and Deep Tissue Massage.

Now; do not discard your grid once you move up to the M80 roller! There will be days when you are extra sore and need that extra padding!

Now; there’s always times when you need extra tools such as the Footballer, the Beasties and Beastie Bar! The TP Baller Block can be used with the Footballer, Beasties and Beastie Bar.

When it comes to your body, do not be loyal to one company! Use all the different companies and make your own kit for success! All their tools can be used interchangeably! They all compliment each other! That’s the beauty of these companies! They don’t compete with each other; they enhance each other!

There’s your recipe for a strong pain free (not when you are doing it! It sucks when rolling lol) healthy body!

**Update** April 19th 2014
This is my favorite in home roller. I like the spikes! My niece (8yrs old) used the Rumble Roller today and had a ball doing it. She was pretty good at it, but she said AHHH it hurts lol while giggling. Then she switched to the grid and used that one in her back, lats and legs and I used the Rumble Roller, then she tried a beastie and said ahh that’s got spikes! 😦 lol but she tried it lol

The Grid was much easier for her to use, and surprisingly her form was pretty good! She made me proud!


Product Review: Mobility Tools – Rumble Roller – Deep Tissue Massage Roller *

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Initial inspection:
This things huge! It dwarfs my m80 roller! Which I will use when I go away because it fits easily in my gym bag. Ts also much firmer than I thought! I expected the spikes to be softer. I first laid on it on my upper back I usually start at the low back and allow my back to stretch around the roller. Then I go lightly by my lung/kidney area and then roll up. With this I put it across my upper back by rhomboids and I yelled AHHH!! It hurt like a torture device! But then I got used to it and it felt weirdly cool.

What I would do is use a standard roller such as the M80 roller or the Grid and align everything and let your back crack and align once ready switch to the rumble roller for deep spiky penetrated rolling.

I would not use this as your only sole roller.

Stay tuned for performance review.

**Update** April 19th 2014
This is my favorite in home roller. I like the spikes! My niece (8yrs old) used the Rumble Roller today and had a ball doing it. She was pretty good at it, but she said AHHH it hurts lol while giggling. Then she switched to the grid and used that one in her back, lats and legs and I used the Rumble Roller, then she tried a beastie and said ahh that’s got spikes! 😦 lol but she tried it lol


Product Review: Mobility Tools – Everlast Foam Roller (the Grid knockoff)

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I got it on Groupon and the deal wasn’t bad. It is much cheaper than the original Grid (you are paying for the name) Everlast is a fitness (boxing) company that has been around forever, so you know they will make a quality product.

Just because its foam doesn’t mean it’s soft! This thing feels like a rock under my back! I would not know it is foam! With my upper body size there is a lot of weight coming down on that thing and so far it held up.

I ran it under my back a few times and tonight I will do my back and my lats because today is back day at the gym.

I ran it under my thighs and hip for the IT band stretch and let me tell you, it was excruciatingly painful! It felt like I kept giving myself a Charlie horse!

Well I’m off to the gym so keep in touch and lets see how it works!

Remember to purchase Becoming a supple leopard and use it for beginner, intermediate and advances moves and don’t forget to get a lacrosse ball and add that to the mix. If you are short on time do one day with the ball and the next with the roller. It can’t hurt! Well it does hurt, it can’t be detrimental how’s that.

**Update** December 27th 2013
I love this roller!! At 290 lbs it held string under me without cracking! I am now 260 and use it at least 1-2times a week! I haven’t had back pain in a while! When I get discomfort I roll on it, my back cracks and off I go feeling like a million bucks! When I first got it I had to use it daily! Now I just do maintenance rolls! Usually the day before and day after a back workout.