Ever since I tweaked my lower back last year after too many track speedwork sessions and not enough time with my massage therapist and foam roller, I have been diligent and adamant about making the time and setting aside a budget for monthly sports massages, plus weekly CryoSauna sessions and foam roller "therapy" a few times a week using Trigger Point's products. (I refer to them affectionately as "foam roller on steroids"!)
I learned the hard way that when your body and muscles ARE your job and work tool, sports massages and cryotherapy are not "indulgences." They are critical maintenance tools. Without them, I am no good for my students and clients and my muscles scream at me way too loud.
With massage and CryoSauna, I perform better. My muscle recovery time is markedly shorter - a must given my heavy load of classes and clients. Moreover, I recommend my hard-working students and clients give just as much care to their own muscle recovery and tension release. Overworked and under-indulged muscles don't get stronger. They just get injured.
So imagine my excitement when Trigger Point founder Cassidy Phillips and his team debuted a new product at the IDEA fitness conference I attended in San Diego last month. They call it the Cold Roller, and they had a few on hand at their IDEA expo hall booth, where I fell in love and pre-ordered one ($109.99).
It combines the cold therapy I get in the CryoSauna (which is like a speedy, dry-cold version of the ice bath) with the myofascial release I get with their Grid, Quadballer, etc.)
You store the Cold Roller in the freezer, and once it's out it stays cold for two hours. Much like the CryoSauna but for far less cost-per-use, the Cold Roller provides the benefits of the ice bath but without the need to "thaw out" frozen, stiff muscles for hours and hours afterward. Instead the Cold Roller rejuvenates and stimulates the targeted muscles with the rolling effect.
As you'll see from the video below, it sort of resembles the much-parodied Shake Weight - but I promise you the Cold Roller is nothing to laugh at. I have used it every other night this week after my 2-a-days of bootcamps and cycling classes, and all I can say is: Wow. My quads, IT bands and hamstrings are very, very happy!
Badass Fist Bump to the Trigger Point theme for this awesome product!
Coming up: Algae for extra energy and less hunger?...some of my favorite, latest Fit Fashion...and a Badass playlist and cycling ride to roll through!