Massaging muscles, strengthening the core, easing back pain, smoothing out cellulite—is there anything a foam roller can’t do?
Sure, this cylindrical hunk of foam looks unassuming at first, but as far as gym equipment under $30 goes, it’s super impressive—and pretty essential.
If you’re eager to get rolling but overwhelmed by the hundreds of options, you can’t go wrong with Hugger Mugger’s Marbled model. It’s made from nontoxic, 100-percent EVA foam (meaning it’s soft and pliable like rubber, but recyclable)—and is just firm enough to support most bodies without inflicting too much pressure. Super sturdy and durable, the roller works great for everything from Pilates and yoga to massaging key muscle groups like upper and lower back, calves, hamstrings, glutes, and quads.
To see the roller in action, watch Thrive Market’s Fitness and Nutrition Editor Michelle Pellizzon and celebrity trainer Lauren Roxburgh master the ultimate back roll for better posture and run through a four-move workout for slimmer legs. Or check out Hugger Mugger’s handy guide for more quick-and-easy moves.
Photo credit: Alicia Cho