If any fitness product is ripe for reinvention, it’s the foam roller. And while we were excited that TRX, a brand that has successfully reinvented home fitness, was tackling the challenge, we were initially mystified/horrified by the result. With its spiky, medieval-looking edges, the TRX Rocker appears borderline sadistic. Then we tried it out — and realized that’s exactly what makes it work so well.
See, with a lot of foam rollers, you have to really press hard to get that deep myofascial tissue release. Not so with the Rocker. While it does have low-intensity and medium-intensity zones for relaxation and semi-deep release, respectively, the truly standout feature is that pointy high-intensity zone.
Rock into such hard-to-target areas as the hamstrings, quads and calves with that section, and it’s like turning a Swedish massage into a deep-tissue session. The brand describes the effect as “hyper-focused muscle release,” and the site features a bevy of videos showing how to maximize it. All we know is that our calves feel positively glorious right now.
The Rocker comes in two sizes (13″ for $50; 26″ for $70) and just launched this week.