The Stick

by Her Happy Balance on August 18, 2014

I started consistently running 15+ miles a week back in April in an attempt to lean out for the spring and summertime. Once I signed up for my half and added those weekly long runs into the mix, I started to feel a lot of muscle soreness. I’ve specifically been having some issues with my IT bands and tight hamstrings. Foam rolling helps, but because of my love hate relationship with it, I haven’t been super consistent with it. It just hurts so dang much to roll!

I knew there had to be a different way to help my muscles recover that wouldn’t have me wincing the entire time I did it. I’m always on the hunt for new fitness gadgets and gizmos, and after doing a bit of research, I stumbled onto The Stick. 

The Original Body Stick Review

“The Stick rolls knots out of muscle, providing myofascial release and trigger point therapy. The therapeutic procedure inactivates trigger points [muscle knots/kinks], warms muscle, increases circulation and encourages nutrient-rich blood flow.” – The Stick information brochure

I ordered the most popular stick they offer called the Original Body Stick – it’s good for people of average build who are up to 5’10” tall. It came with a huge packet of information that demonstrated how to use it on the different muscles in your body. Essentially, the stick works like a toothbrush for your muscles. You roll it over your body and it compresses the muscle while stretching it. It’s good to use before working out to warm up your muscles, or after a tough workout as a recovery technique. 

The Stick

Whenever I use it, it feels like I’m giving myself a little massage. It isn’t as painful as foam rolling and because of that I’ve been more consistent about using it.  I’ve noticed that immediately after using it on my hamstrings and IT band regions that those muscles feel much more relaxed.  It has quickly become my favorite fitness gizmo, I even take it with me when I travel. It’s skinny so I can easily fit it into the bottom of my suitcase. But they make a shorter travel version of the Stick, too. In fact, there seems to be a stick for just about everything – there is one specifically for the trigger points in your feet, one just for kids, even one for pets!

The Stick

Th stick is also waterproof, phthalate {a plasticizing chemical} free, and the winner of many athletic gear focused awards. If the stick is good enough for the US olympic track and field team, it’s good enough for me 😉

The Body Stick I received runs for $42.50 and comes with free shipping to the 48 contiguous states. It’s a bit of an investment, but with proper care, the representatives from the company have assured me that I should have the stick for many happy years. I have no complaints about the quality and it has already become an essential part of my post-run recovery.

Thoughts??
Have you ever tried The Stick?
What are your trouble regions when you run?

FTC: I received a body stick for review purpose. No other compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and this tool really is the bee’s knees. 

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Nicole August 18, 2014 at 6:45 am

Oo I love the stick! I used it a lot along w my foam roller when I was training for the half marathon. It definitely helps!!

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne August 18, 2014 at 9:13 am

Love the stick!! I remember back when I was on my high school track team, one of the guys I ran with had one and he said it was the best. I remember using it for fun and loving it! And ugh, hamstring soreness is the worse, that is the place I get the most sore.

Brianna @ I run He tris August 18, 2014 at 11:18 am

LOOOVE the stick! I use that thing as often as possible. I use a lacrosse ball to roll out my feet though. My IT bands get tight from running, too, and I agree The Stick feels so much better than foam rolling!

Caitlin August 18, 2014 at 11:56 am

Yes! I got a version of this from Dick’s Sportings Goods a few months ago, and it has been my favorite recovery tool since. I love that it gets deeper than my foam roller but doesn’t hurt as much. It comes with me everywhere, too, since it’s a lot more portable!

Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie August 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

How do you like The Stick (catchy name haha) compared to foam rolling?

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