RUMBLEROLLER'S MOST VERSATILE ROLLER
Gator is more beginner-friendly than RumbleRoller's deep-tissue rollers, but don't mistake it for a beginner's roller. The advanced features of this roller benefit even the most experienced athlete.
GATOR PROVIDES HIGH COMPRESSION
The first thing to note about the Gator is that its firm surface and small diameter (about 4.5" or 115mm) produce high compressive forces in the muscle. You'll get as much localized compression as with PVC pipe, but with much less pain or soft tissue damage.
You'll also find that the smaller diameter allows you to better work smaller body depressions, such as the arch of your foot or the curve in your neck.
HOW IT WORKS
If you look closely at Gator's surface, you'll see hundreds of tooth-like bumps with slightly concave ends, flat sides, and prominent edges. The bumps are very resilient, but have high lateral stiffness and generous skin-holding spaces between them. This patent pending surface grips bare or lightly clothed skin, and resists slippage in all directions.
EASY TO USE
Cross frictional massage doesn’t automatically happen just by rolling on the Gator. To employ it, you have to learn a new (but very simple) technique. Position yourself as you would for any rolling exercise, with your body on top of the Gator or otherwise pressed firmly against it. But instead of rolling, make an effort to shift your body an inch or so toward one end of the roller. During this time, the Gator's bumps should remain engaged with your skin, and you'll feel a tugging force on the underlying muscle. Repeat and reposition the Gator as needed.
Try adding this technique whenever a muscle isn't responding to conventional rolling movements.