ROLL RECOVERY LAUNCHES A NEW VERSION OF THEIR ICONIC R8 ROLLER
When it comes to training and recovery, there’s nothing more worthwhile in a runner’s life than taking care of the one body you’ve been born with. Usually, it’s the ‘recovery’ part is the one aspect that falls by the side of the road for the majority of us!
While focusing on recovery is worthwhile, what is worthless is trying to comparing the R8 Roller from Roll Recovery to any other recovery product available. Trying to put the R8 in the same category is like comparing smoke signals and cell phones as effective methods of communication.
Both have the same goal, but they approach it from completely different technologies.
LIKE ALL GOOD IDEAS, THE ROLL RECOVERY R8 STARTED IN A GARAGE
Like all the best ideas, the concept of the R8 started when the founder – for his own benefit – fashioned his own ‘roll’ recovery from some old inline skate wheels hanging around his garage.
And, like all good folkloric tales, soon all his athlete friends asked to borrow it. And so the R8 was born.
2018 sees the launch of the R8 2.0. They’ve taken the first reiteration of the R8 and improved upon it.
At JackRabbit we are fortunate to have Roll Recovery in our own backyard in Boulder, Co. and we’ve been huge fans of the device from its first humble beginnings.
And here’s what you need to know about the new R8 Roller.
WHAT’S NEW WITH THE NEW R8 FROM ROLL RECOVERY
Aside from doing what its supposed to do well, the concept of the R8 being relatively compact and mobile remains the same.
What’s new is the ‘four wheel’ design. The four wheeler has become a one piece design that is now interchangeable with different inserts (coming soon from Roll Recovery) for a softer or more thorough experience.
The new spring design is stronger and has a smoother feel to it for deep tissue massage. And, one of the best (and effective) benefits of the R8 is the pressure comes from the roller not from you.
LEARN ABOUT THE NEW R8 FROM THE PROS AT ROLL RECOVERY
Who better to walk you through the new and improved R8 than Jeremy Nelson himself, the founder of Roll Recovery. Watch as he demos the new R8 and shows you all the tricks to new elements to the R8 roller, including a quick and easy tip to getting it on!
TIPS ON USING THE ROLL RECOVERY R8
If you’ve heard, or ever muttered, the phrases, ‘I have tight IT band issues’,or ‘ooh, my piriformis is talking to me!’ or ‘I’d prefer to gouge out my own eyes than have sciatica,’ then the R8 is for you.
Top of the Legs: Take the roller and start at your IT band and inner thigh, moving onto quads and hamstrings and up to you glutes for a complete upper leg ‘talking to’.
Below the Knee: Since we have shin bones, always bring the roller from the back of the calf and roll up from there to avoid the bone and move so the back wheels are right on the calf.
TIPS ON USING THE ROLL RECOVERY R8
Arms up, wings out: Cast aside the thought you can only use the R8 on your lower limbs. Since the roller adjusts to varying widths, it can also be used on your arms. While you might initially buy the roller for your legs, if you play tennis, rock climb or lift weights, try this out on your arms and you’re going to be a happy bunny.
Great news for us desk jockies: And for those of us who sit at a desk and type all day….yes, the R8 might just be your new best friend. The R8 can relieve lower arm tenderness and fatigue from all the time you spend tapping on a keyboard. And imagine the comments from your workmates as you start to roll out your arms before attacking your next monthly report!
WHAT NOT TO DO WITH THE R8 ROLLER
Ever since the Darwin Awards came to light, there is always room for some basic guidelines of what NOT to do with the R8.
Step away from your neck: Since there is a lot of force in the spring mechanism, do not use on your neck, or head for that matter.
Your cherished offspring: And for those with children, make sure they’re old enough and have enough muscle mass on their frames before they step near the R8. This tool is not designed for bones!
MORE RUN RECOVERY ITEMS AVAILABLE FROM ROLL RECOVERY
This diminutive roller is for where the R8 does not reach, or that area your partner might have no wish to go either…. your beautiful runner’s feet. It’s not symmetrical for a reason. Using it with the larger end on the inside of your foot allows more pressure where you really need it. Then flip it over for the other foot. If the words ‘plantar fasciitis’ taunt you, this is a great tool to keep under your desk to use while writing the aforementioned monthly report!
Bonus: A fabulous travel partner. Fits in your hand luggage, does not steal the arm rests and can also double as a traditional leg roller when on the move.
This portable mat is perfect for travel. The roll-masters at Roll Recovery noticed runners and endurance athletes were hunkering around yoga mats at events so they could sit down to roll out after races.
A much more convenient and comfortable way to ‘roll on the road’ (or at home for that matter) is the Roll Recovery Mat that folds down to a small square size for portability, is fully waterproof and way more comfortable than your traditional yoga mat.
Available in two colors, black and Roll Recovery rose.