I've always used the ones with a completely smooth surface. My only complaint is that over time the center will become somewhat more compressed than the outer edges and it won't roll quite as smoothly. I've seen a different kind recently...it has an uneven surface with little bumps, I guess to increase muscle activation/blood flow. Just by looking, that one appeared to be even more firm than the regular ones....but I couldn't take it out of the package to really tell.
I've seen 2 different lengths, but I've always bought the shorter one. I should probably try the longer one, because I always have to be careful to stay in the center and not roll my way completely off the side.
I found my latest one at Marshall's...much cheaper than the first one I bought at Target.
Any suggestions on buying a foam roller? I do not need for exercises, just muscle soreness and releasing my IT band. There are so many choices I have no clue what to look for in one. Any suggestions would be helpful!
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