Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller

I'm thinking about buying a foam roller, and having never used one before I have no idea about whats available / good / terrible.  The reason I am looking at the Trigger Point ones is that I have a voucher for sweatshop and these are the style that they sell there. 

Just wondering if anyone has used one and if so what they though of it?

If the grid thing is a gimmick then I'm sure I will find plenty other things to spend my voucher on and I can just buy a cheaper roller online!!


  • I have the grid roller works better for me as it's a lot firmer than the blue ones. Don't think the surface grooves make much difference. My physio seems to think it is good
  • There's been a lot of discussion about this over on the Paris thread, with plenty of people swearing by (and at) the grid roller. It takes a bit of getting used to (especially when you find knots in your muscles that you didn't even know you had) but I've found regular use has pretty much fixed a problem I was having with my hip. I haven't used a foam roller, but I think the added firmness will mean it lasts longer and is probably more effective overall.

  • Thanks for the fast responses..... I just read through about 20pages of the Paris marathon thread but didn't find anything, think I might just buy one without working through the other 460pages trying to find the discussion about them!
  • yer majyer maj ✭✭✭

    Look for references to the Orange Roller Of Doom....image

    I love mine.  It's brutal but it does the job.

  • yer_maj wrote (see)

    It's brutal but it does the job.

    That's pretty much the gist of about forty pages of chat. image

  • Pleased with my 'Orange Roller of Doom'. Use it daily and specifically for ITBS which flares up now and again. Sweatshop were at the ReAding Half Marathon, and were selling them at a discount.
  • I have a red roller of doom. Purchased from an eBay sports kit vendor for £20. Despite being just half the price of the Grid rollers I'm sure it's not causing me only half the pain! I'd agree 1000% with the 'brutal but effective' assessment - in three weeks it sorted out a longstanding calf problem that I'd been struggling with for 7+ years. It also made my eyes water and the rest of me break out in a cold sweat. My dog snarls and bristles at it when I use it as she knows it's causing me pain. Which is almost funny enough to take my mind off the horror of it all...

  • yer majyer maj ✭✭✭

    Runs with dogs - my cat goes for my OROD every time I use it too - very funny!

  • I have a basic foam one, the famed Grid, and now even the one with the big teeth I haven't really tried yet.  Always seem to end up with something from the VLM expo. 

    I'm having a bit of a TfL issue since the marathon, and I am pretty sure the grid, or even the basic roller, make it worse.  Could this be right?

  • Just ordered a OROD, will hopefully have it next week. However, wouldn't exactly say that I'm looking forward to using it!

    Any tips on how to use it effectively on the calfs? have 'em for £35 quid and there is currently a code giving 10% off and free deliver. On top of that if you go through TopCashback you can get 10% cashback too.

    Should work out to be well under £30.

  • Sean G with my very sensitive calf muscles I got them used to the roller by starting gently and building up, otherwise they would seize.  You can go deeper progressively in long strokes, then start to hold at points of tightness i.e. pain, eventually use the weight of your other leg on top for more pressure.

  • I bought one today...... Waw!
  • Reikirabit...thanks for the info.


  • KhanivoreKhanivore ✭✭✭

    Sean what's the code? image

  • KhanivoreKhanivore ✭✭✭

    I cancelled the blue one and orderd the grid orange one. You can get 10% cashback from topcashback and it's 37 quid with free delivery.

  • Code expired weeks ago.

    I used the code and topcashback. However, they ultimatley knocked back the cash back image.  Still got it for about £31.50 though.

  • Stevie seeStevie see ✭✭✭

    The blues one is too soft, I have black firmer one and it's like a block of granite! Really changed my running, I never get hip/ITB soreness anymore and helps to ease of tight calves (which can cause all sorts of injuries). For 15 pound you can't argue. Just expect a little 'discomfort' when you hit a tender spot image

  • We have a black one too - we've discovered that it's wise to be very careful how you line yourself up on it to do your ITB.  If you use the "finger tip" nodules it's extra ouchy but if you use the wider 'heel of the hand' bands it's more bearable and much more comparable to how a masseuse would release your ITB. 

    Pretty sure they do your upper body good too! Ours gets used all the time!

    Enjoy image

  • Put 'foam roller' into a You Tube search and there are loads of instructional videos on there. For example...

  • One tip for the calves, make sure you keep the foot nice and loose when using the roller. When you have a bit of a tight calf, there is a tendancy to stiffen the foot/ankle - this will prevent you getting deep into the calf muscles.
  • The Grid is a great roller, there's no doubt about it, but there are other cheaper foam rollers out there that will get the job done. Here's some information on how to choose a foam roller. image

  • I have rumble roller - the black one -it is the big daddy of foam rollers and not for whimps. I don't really feel much with the normal one or the grid but often have to grit my teeth with the rumble
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