The Foam Roller, Reimagined

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A couple of weeks ago, a representative for EvoFit contacted me, asking if I’d be interested in testing their product, the ensō Muscle Roller.

Ugh, foam rolling. It hurts! But I do it anyway, wincing and screaming, because I know full well the need to stretch and massage tight and tired muscles. Don’t do it, and you end up with a medically confirmed tight butt, which then turns into lower back pain and a whole host of unspeakables that I’d rather not remember.

Especially now that two-a-day workouts have become a nearly every day sort of thing and getting injured is really not on my Santa list. So rollin’ it is!

I’ve had this nifty li’l thing for a week now, and I’ve been pretty impressed with the kind of hurt it can instigate on tight muscles — calves in particular!

You see, unlike a foam roller, the ensō roller is made of eight different “rings” that can be re-positioned on a metal rod to have very little to no space between them — or enough space to fit your calf muscle quite tightly and squeeeeeeze through: Or you can space the rings out evenly and use the thing like a normal foam roller. Except you get more of a deep-tissue massage, because the rings (with their soft rubber covers — think of a barely inflated bike tire) go deeper into the muscle than a regular foam roller, which tends to put more evenly-spread pressure: And don’t let these photos fool you, the roller is pretty small, light and very easy to carry around:The foam roller looks so… long, doesn’t it?

KidRuns tested it, too. Here is his detailed review:Yup. It feels good. But it hurts. Sums it up well.

I’m not planning to retire the foam roller any time soon, but this one’s definitely going to get lots of use — especially when we’re traveling.

Disclaimer: I received the roller for free, for testing/ review purposes. Opinions are my own.

One thought on “The Foam Roller, Reimagined

  • December 12, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Aww, I love the video at the end! So cute!

    That thing is pretty odd looking! I’ve never heard of it before so thanks for the review. Might be worth checking out some day.


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