Monday, October 15, 2018

Body Wrench vs Foam Roller vs Tiger Tail and a Giveaway!

Foam rolling is something that everyone has a love/hate relationship with. I don't think I've ever heard someone talk about foam rolling without talking about how much they hate it but love it at the same time. I've been doing a lot of foam rolling lately, and have gathered a few different kinds of foam rollers over the last couple of years. Each foam roller I have has pros and cons to it and different things I use it for.


What these all have in common: They are all black and orange, and they all massage.


Our first type of foam roller we got isn't made out of foam at all.  Not only that, but it looks a little bit like a medieval torcher device when you first see it. This is called The Body Wrench.  Sounds pretty treacherous too, right? There are several different ways that you can use this roller. It came with an instructional DVD and instruction guide even. The Body Wrench is super versatile which is one thing that I love about it. There are several different ways you can set it up in order to massage different parts of your body. And, you can even use this as workout equipment for your core. My favorite way to use the Body Wrench, though, is to roll out knots in my back and shoulders with the single ball. You can get the Body Wrench with the carrying bag and the instructional DVD on Amazon for around $60.



A couple of years later Trevon got me this foam roller for my birthday. Mine came with a big roller and a small roller. They both have ridges to target pressure points. Honestly, I don't use the small one all that much. Partially because V tried to eat it a while ago, but also because I like the way the bigger one targets my muscles more. It's also a firmer material so it doesn't wear out too fast. We all know how foam rollers like this work. This saved me with my IT band and knee while I was training for my 5k! For a long time I didn't think I needed a foam roller, but the second I got this one I changed my mind! You can find one similar to it on Amazon for around $27.


Then for my birthday this year, Trevon got me another type of roller called the Tiger Tail. This one is my favorite! It does everything that a foam roller does, except I don't have to lay down on the ground to use it.  I can take it anywhere because of that. I've taken it to the park to use it while I watch the kids play. I've taken it to use in the car on road trips, I've used while watching TV and waiting for our dinner to cook. It's very easy to carry around.  Instead of laying down on it, you hold each side and roll it similar to rolling a rolling pin on the muscle that you need. You can use the ends of it to target back and glute muscles. The Tiger Tail is one piece of dense foam so there is no plastic to bruise you or pull hair out. It has two nonslip grip handles that are really comfortable to use.  If you're looking for a foam roller that works extremely well and is easy to take around. I would suggest this one every time. You can get it on Amazon for about $ 30.


Foam rolling is an important part of recovery so it's always nice to find a way to do that works for you! Once you start foam rolling you'll notice the difference that it's making in your training.

Tiger Tail is amazing and agreed to give away one of their classic Tiger Tails to one of you! To enter leave a comment here! For more entries, follow me on Facebook and Instagram, then leave a second comment here telling me what you did (I will be checking). The winner will be picked on Monday, October 22 and will have 24 hours to get back to me.


Do you have a favorite way to roll out your muscles?

What is your favorite form of recovery?

28 comments:

  1. Thanks for highlighting all three! I've never tried the wrench roller before but I do own a foam roller and a tiger tail. I love both for different reasons.

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  2. I have a couple of foam rollers (one upstairs in the bedroom and one downstairs in the family room), but my favorite roller is a stick with several wooden beads (about 2-inches in diameter). Like the Tiger Tail, it is very transportable and often goes with me around the house and on car trips.

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  3. I have 2 foam rollers, one that looks like the same one you have. I use it every day, mainly on my back. It helps so much! I also recommend foam rolling to my clients. I haven't tried the tiger tail or the wrench roller yet but now I'm intrigued!

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    1. I love using the foam roller for my back too. You need to try the tiger tail! I love it for my legs and the wrench for my shoulders and neck

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  4. Thanks for the info - good stuff! I am so terrible at foam rolling...which is horrible, because I am daughter of a running specialized PT...I should know better!

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    1. I'm not great at remembering to do it either. That and stretching, which I should do every time I workout! I love that you have such easy access to a running PT. My dad's a dentist so I love that too, but sometimes I wish I had more access to a PT because I seem to be injury prone and that would come in handy.

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  5. I take my Tiger Tail in the car for post-race use. We also have the Roll Recovery device that’s really aggressive!

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    1. I do too! It's perfect to use in the car.

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  6. I love all of my torture devices as well. I keep some in each room of the house to use

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    1. I love that you keep them in every room of your house. Great way to stay on top of it!

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  7. I can't do without my stick roller. I also love my Yamuna body rolling balls.

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  8. Wow, never heard of the Body Wrench but I'm curious and would love to try it! I love foam rolling but I'm not consistent, I even travel with mini one so there's no excuse, I need to get on it.

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  9. I have used the foam roller but this is the first time I hear about the tiger tail and body wrench. I would love to try them

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    1. I hope you do! Then let me know how you like it.

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  10. Thanks for this giveaway! I need a foam roller in my life! I haven't tried/heard of the others but they definitely sound like they'd be useful!

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  11. Ooooh. Never tried a roller like the wrench roller! I have one that’s comparable to the tiger roller and love it but like everyone else, don’t use it as often as I should. Thanks for all the info!

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  12. Followed you both on IG and FB. Would love some new rollers to try out! 🀞🏻😊

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  13. I use a big hard foam roller that I love/hate and a lacrosse ball to target knots! Sounds similar to your single ball technique. :)

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    1. Yes, Lacrosse balls and racket balls work great for that! It's definitely a love/hate relationship haha!

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  14. Following on insta and Facebook! 🀞🏼🀞🏼🀞🏼

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  15. Currently I only have a large foam roller but since I’ve just gotten into running I feel like my needs are a little different and I’m still figuring out what works best for me! I will have to check out the tiger tail

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  16. And I’m following on fb and insta!

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  17. I've never tried foam rolling, but my chiropractor strongly recommends it! I appreciate this review, since I'm new to the whole thing :)
    pbmuse at gmail dot com

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    1. So glad it helped some! Yes, I highly recommend it because it helps so much! And it also feels really good one your muscles are happy :)

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  18. Followed on Facebook- M.J. Moore, and Instagram- @silvertapestry. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  19. I've been hesitant to buy my first foam roller, because I wasn't sure what to get, but this sounds awesome! Thanks for the info!

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    1. Oh I’m glad it helped! I hope you find one you like.

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