Foam rollers are nothing new to those that play sports, but things have been taken up a notch with the HyperIce Vyper roller.
The HyperIce Vyper is a foam roller in every sense, with the added functionality of a vibrating motor that turns things up a notch and leaves most traditional rollers in the dust. Its ribbed surface acts like fingers, getting into muscle tissue like no other roller can. To ensure those ribs are getting into the muscle tissue the vibrating motor is in place — and it’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever used.
There are three settings, or levels, to the vibration motor. The second setting is the one I prefer most because it gets the job done quickly and as painlessly as possible. Your body weight, in addition to the vibrations, cause those ribs to kneed and massage your muscles wonderfully. The best part is that it does this quickly! You could spend up to 10 minutes rolling out just one section of your body but the HyperIce Vyper allows you to do the same thing in about 90 seconds. If you need to hold for a little longer then you can, or you can turn the dial up a bit and release those knots quickly.
I’ve been using the Vyper for almost two months now and my body feels better than it has in a long time. Consistency is key with a recovery tool such as this so I’ve been using it daily, even on my rest days. Shoes are often the main performance product for hoopers because they’re tools that can help you on the court. However, proper recovery after game play is something that isn’t focused on as much as it should be. A sneaker can only do so much to relieve aches and pain in joints, but proper physical therapy can ensure that those sneakers get put to good use.
My only real critique is that the HyperIce Vyper, at $200, is expensive. Some might be put off by the high price tag, but to me it’s worth the investment — your body is worth the investment (#healthiswealth). Yes, you can use a regular foam roller and get similar results. However, if you want to treat your body with a massage whenever it needs one then this will come in handy.
If anyone is interested in learning more about the HyperIce Vyper, or any of HyperIce’s other recovery tools, then you can head over to HyperIce.com.