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How using a foam roller can make you quicker on the bike

Cyclist magazine
18 Nov 2019

HyperIce’s high-torque vibrating Vyper 2.0 is no ordinary roller

While it may look pretty conventional, HyperIce’s Vyper 2.0 is no ordinary roller. It contains a high-torque motor and its lithium-ion battery has a claimed run time of up to two hours.

Just as dentists say that an electric toothbrush can be better for teeth than a manual one, HyperIce founder Anthony Katz says a vibrating foam roller can be better for muscles than a regular foam roller.

He points to independent tests at the University of North Carolina, which found that the HyperIce Vyper 2.0 significantly reduced soreness in test subjects and increased range of motion.

‘Foam rolling is a type of self-myofascial release technique that can help relieve muscle soreness and inflammation,’ Katz says.

‘Traditional foam rolling uses static pressure from your bodyweight to pressurise then decompress soft tissue. Our roller adds vibration at a specific frequency and amplitude, meaning the roller becomes dynamic as it affects the fluid in the body in addition to the soft tissue.’

According to Katz, this is important if you want to optimise your body’s ability to move.

‘The pressure and vibration decompress the fascia layers and also create friction, causing the tissue and surrounding fluid to heat up,’ he says. ‘That makes it less viscous, so it flows through the body better and allows for smoother and more efficient movement patterns.’

Smoothness has long been a desirable trait in a pedalling action, so the Vyper 2.0 could be good news for anyone who fancies a shortcut to souplesse.

Buy the HyperIce Vyper 2.0 vibrating roller from Runner's Need for £169.99

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