Healthy Obsession: The One At-Home Workout Accessory Everyone Should Own

February 4, 2016
by Courtney Wissot for Thrive Market
Healthy Obsession: The One At-Home Workout Accessory Everyone Should Own

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

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  • pixelzombie

    These are great to have, but they are grossly overpriced.

  • Legend79

    For the true beginner, do a little more research for how to introduce yourself to rolling. Many of the techniques can be done standing up against a wall. For those with low back issues, weak muscles, tight in the hips etc...the back roll can put a lot of unnecessary strain on the region. Plus it can exacerbate bulging discs, or cause other issues if you don't have a strong and tight core to hold the torso in a nice straight line.