What do you get when an endurance athlete from Boulder with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Product Creation combines brain-power with his wife (Professional marathoner Adriana Nelson, with her own degree in kinesiology) to design the next generation of self-myofascial release tools? The R8 from ROLL Recovery!
Using a series of urethane wheels mounted on a spring-tensioned chassis, the R8 auto-adjusts to the user’s limbs, working out trigger points and flushing tired muscles with blood to speed recovery.
“The idea for the R8 actually came from necessity,” says Jeremy Nelson, the founder of ROLL Recovery, and the creator of the R8. “I was really tired of self massaging myself and found foam rolling to be a chore and could never seem to find ‘my spots’ with the roller…I would rather put my effort into the workout or training than in foam rolling”.
As Nelson describes it, “The ROLL Recovery R8 is a self-massage tool that incorporates the necessary massage force in the tool to provide a deep tissue massage. The R8 is designed for self myofascial release of soft tissues, stimulating and increasing blood circulation, and for breaking up muscle adhesions and scar tissues. It can be used standing, sitting or lying, and is compact so it’s easy to travel with and take to workouts”. This makes it ideal for athletes who travel to meets, whether endurance races, powerlifting events, or CrossFit games.
Jeremy and the ROLL Recovery crew are letting Colorado locals know about the R8 at events where athletes gather, most recently at the Boulder Creek Fest. You can find them at events over the summer, or find the R8 on their website at www.rollrecovery.com/r8/