- By Andrew Allan
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* Two-in-one design (flat vs. round)
* Great for therapeutic aid and workout recovery
* Helpful with Pilates, stretching and more
Ever think a semi-round piece of foam could help you get in the best shape of your life? It can. Well, at least the SmartRoller from Stacy Barrows can. That’s why enthusiasts of physical therapy, balance training, Pilates and Feldenkrais are going crazy for it.
Simple as it looks, this thing is loaded with uses and exercise benefits. Its signature detail: it’s not perfectly round. Instead, it has a flatter side for those sitting or standing balance-related movements that require a lift without too much rolling around. But, it also has a rounder side that allows it to roll freely for a more challenging and dynamic workout.
SmartRoller is 36″ long, 6″ wide and 4″ high. It helps loosen up that tight back, ease pain in those sore shoulders and stretch those arms. Of course, it’s great for helping you exercise, strengthen your core, improve the mind-muscle connection, and deepen your overall body awareness.
The SmartRoller is made of durable closed-cell and cross-linked molded foam that keeps it rigid for proper resistance. That also helps it last for a long time no matter how often you use it. This same material also makes it easy to clean with just some mild detergent and a wet cloth.
Keep one in your car to bring to to your gym or studio, or keep one in your closet to roll-out and relax after a long workout or stressful day at the office. Reviewers say this SmartRoller is sturdier and lasts longer than cheaper models out there, and they like how easy it is to use.