I am about to change your life, new runner. What if I told you about a magical product that could make the pain, soreness, and tension disappear in your legs after a long run or a marathon or a 13.1? A 5k even. What if I told you that this thing is small and light, will fit in any suitcase, can be tucked under the seat of your car, and will literally last forever?
No, it's not crack. It's The Stick. The Stick is a device that contains a strong band on the inside and rollers on the outside. This allows you the roll the stick along your leg muscles to basically give yourself a deep massage without the deep cost of a massage, and without a stranger's hands on your precious quads. You may have seen these suckers before in running stores, and if so, you probably saw the Marathon Stick, the stick most commonly sold by stores. I tried the Marathon Stick a few months ago, because a friend had one, and it definitely felt great after a long run.
It was NOTHING in comparison to the Sprinter Stick which I purchased at The Miami Marathon Expo, and which TheStick.com kindly sent me in the mail for the blog. The Sprinter Stick is like a swift kick in the lactic ass for your muscles. This thing goes deep. The company recommends that you find your trigger points and then roll them slowly and firmly, several times per day. For example, using the stick, you can find the area just above and to the outside of the knee where a “dip” occurs at the beginning of your large quad muscle. From this point, you press firmly on the stick using both hands, at both ends, and roll slowly up the quad toward your hip. You can also roll your calves, and I recommend it. Keeping your calf muscles massaged helps avoid both calf cramps during your next run and achilles tendon injuries!
The stick uses myofascial release and rigger point therapy: that means that it wars your muscles, increases bloodflow, and encourages better circulation. The company recommends about 20 deep passes over each major muscle group, daily, concentrating on the knots and bumps where you find your "trigger points."
Definitely be sitting down for this. You will feel the pain. You will note that your quads will scream. Your calves will foam at the mouth. That's the lactic acid breaking up. That's the knots working out of your muscles. In the morning, after you've rolled, you'll spring out of bed like a baby bunny ready for your next run. At least, I did, after I started using The Sprinter Stick religiously in the morning and at night. Tip: Keeping it by the bed helps! Don't tuck it in a closet somewhere, or you'll forget about the thing, and you'll never know the difference between lovely, freshly rolled muscles and tight, cranky legs. This thing is waterproof, can go anywhere with you, and will help you remain uninjured by working the tightness out of your stiff muscle groups before and after your run.
There have been days when I've rolled my muscles, and days that I haven't. I can tell you with 100% certainty that the mornings I have have produced better runs that day, looser, more responsive muscles the day after, and a world less full of hurt. It's worth owning one of these lifesavers, and it's worth posting something on your bathroom mirror or your smartphone reminding you to roll thyself.
You can purchase The Stick directly from www.thestick.com, and they offer free shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. They've got short sticks, long sticks, sticks for runners, sticks for other athletes, and they've got full body rollers too!
NOW for the fun: I have an extra The Sprinter roller, just sitting here looking forlorn in its package, desperate to get rolling on somebody's lovely legs. Who will it be? I'm'a give it to you! Enter the raffle below and maybe the Sprinter Stick will be yours!!! You have 3 days! Just 3! Good luck sprinters!!!
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