4 mobility tools to help soothe and stretch your sore muscles

The faster you recover, the sooner you can get back in the gym.

If you want to get stronger, faster, and healthier, your recovery and mobility are just as important as your workouts. These simple tools can get your weary muscles back into shape quickly, so you can get back to the gym.

Foam roller

As you run your sore body across the 13-inch-long TriggerPoint Grid, you can choose among geometric textures that replicate the long strokes or focused pressure points of a therapist’s hands and fingers. A stiff plastic tube inside supports up to 500 pounds.

Resistance band

Wrap one end of the Rogue Echo Resistance Band around a stationary object and pull away from it to loosen up your shoulders and back. The 41 inches of natural latex expand to more than double their length, gradually increasing tension during a stretch.

Percussion massager

The oscillating head on the motorized Hyperice Hypervolt rapidly pounds your muscles, increasing blood flow and relaxing knotted tissue. Preset routines in the companion app automatically apply the perfect amount of power for each body part.

Hot and cold pack

The silica gel inside the Arctic Flex reusable therapy bag is pliable even straight out of the freezer, so you can wrap it around any sore area to reduce swelling. For tight muscles, pop it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to get it nice and toasty.

This story appears in the Winter 2020, Transformation issue of Popular Science.

Stan Horaczek
Stan Horaczek

is the senior gear editor at Popular Science and Popular Photography. His past bylines include Rolling Stone, Engadget, Men's Journal, GQ, and just about any other publication that has ever written about gadgets. For a short time, he even wrote the gadget page for Every Day With Rachel Ray magazine. He collects vintage cameras, eats pizza, and hopes you won't go looking at his Tweets even though the link is down there.