For me, I've been foam rolling religiously for the past three years ever since I had my IT Band issue. I can tell you that, for me, using a roller is something that had been imperative to keeping me healthy and keeping me running. I don't need to be convinced that rolling makes me a healthier runner.
While you can purchase a cheap white foam roller, you are wasting your money if this is something that you plan to do for the long term. Yes, it's not something everyone enjoys doing because frankly, it can really hurt using one of these if you are not used to it but it's worth it. Sometimes while using other rollers, I could not seem to get enough pressure on the muscle - until I used the Enso.
Here's what it comes with:
|Directions to configure it|
|A 13" aluminum tube and 4-5"discs and 4-4.5" discs|
Of course, you can configure this anyway that you want to fit your needs but the instructions give you ideas of how to roll with it. Here are several of the configurations that you can put it into that I used.
|Hip, legs, back, calves(super aggressive)|
Don't get me wrong, the pain(good pain) is still there but it targets the particular muscles you want to roll. I will warn you that if you are not used to a harder foam roller, be careful as you use this as it takes some getting used to. For example, the super aggressive calves position, in the bottom right corner creates lots of pressure on the calves since you are putting it again hard aluminum but it works very well.
I'm probably on the extreme for foam rolling. I roll before I run and after I run and I also roll each evening as well. This has made an incredible difference in my running and keeping healthy. For those considering foam rolling, you can be confident that this is one of the best rollers out there in the market. I know because I've use five different brands and styles.
Given the superior product, it does come with a price($89.00 on their website or $69.00 for a travel version). Yes, I know it sounds very expensive but, in my opinion, it can be justified several ways. First, if you were to get regular massages, one or two massages can add up to the cost of this product that you are going to have for years. Secondly, unlike many rollers, this one will not break down. The white foam roller will only last a couple months if you use it like I do, and at $20 each, you would go through at least four in a year. This is something you can buy and will not need to replace. Last, it will help keep you healthy. It will keep you running and it's hard to put a price on that but I would gladly part with the money to keep me out there running without being hurt.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary Enso Muscle Roller by EvoFit in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a particular opinion other than an honest one.