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Company on a roll with gadget for combating gym stiffness

Is this post-workout muscle-relief device really worth the buzz? Abi Jackson has a go

Pulseroll have been making vibrating foam rollers a while now - basically upgraded versions of traditional foam rollers (those stiff, knobbly foam cylinders people use to deep-massage their own muscles), with motors inside them to make them vibrate.

The vibrating motion, they say, means the foam roller works its magic more quickly, helping to improve circulation and flush away lactic acid - meaning speedier recovery and less tenderness and tension after training - so you don't have to spend so long on the job.

One of the latest additions to the line-up is the Pulseball Vibrating Massage Ball.

What is it?

It features the same vibrating technology as Pulseroll's foam rollers, but this, as the name suggests, is more ball-shaped. The idea is, you can use it on all those tighter nooks and crannies, such as around your shoulders.

Designed to be portable and lightweight, it comes with a three-hour rechargeable battery and has four speed settings, depending how vigorous a vibration you want.

What's it like to use?

Pretty simple. The choice of speed settings is super-handy, as you can decide whether you want a more intense deep massage or something much lighter and soothing.

Its small size and dumbbell-esque shape means it's really easy to use yourself, and great for easing tension around the shoulders.

I found it especially useful for this, while the higher settings worked wonders on the glutes and hamstrings.

Verdict?

Compact, easy to use and versatile enough for a bit of DIY deep-tissue work or massage. It's a thumbs-up from us.

Pulseball Vibrating Massage Ball, £89.99-£99.99, pulseroll.com

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