Traveling, whether it is on the road or by air, can take a toll on your body. Sitting in an uncomfortable seat for hours on end can leave you feeling stiff and immobile. Add to that dehydration and altitude and you have a recipe for disaster.
Because of this, you want to make sure you bring some mobility tools with you when you travel. To help you, we’ve found three ‘must-have’ mobility tools to take with you on your next trip!
1. The Grid
Manufactured by on of the original mobility product companies, Trigger Point, the Grid is an awesome foam roller. They come in three sizes (5-inch, 13-inch and 26-inch) as well as a couple different densities, or firmness.
For travel purposes, we highly recommend the 13-inch version. At 13 inches, it is short enough to fit in a carry-on bag or any suitcase. The hollowed out center is perfect for rolling up t-shirts or other gym gear and filling up the tube saving you critical space.
The firmness of the orange model is great for rolling on any part of the body (whereas the Grid X is double the firmness and can be quite painful). The roller will last years and is very durable.
At less than $40, pick up the Grid from Rogue Fitness.
2. MobilityWOD Supernova – 80mm
When mobility became big in CrossFit years ago the go-to tool was a lacrosse ball. It was cheap, round and easy to get. However, a lacrosse ball can only go so far. It has a fairly small diameter so it doesn’t always hit every spot. On top of that, it has a smooth surface whereas newer tools like the MobilityWOD Supernova have grooves to create more “shear”.
If you’re serious about mobility and want the best ball, we highly recommend investing in the Supernova. For travelling, the 80mm version is perfect and if you want to keep one at home, the larger 120mm is great too.
3. Rogue Door Strap
Rolling on a foam roller or ball sometimes just doesn’t do the trick. In these cases, banded stretches are usually what is needed. Unfortunately if you’re in a hotel there is not a good place to secure a band.
This is where a Rogue Door Strap can come in handy. Pair it with a Rogue Monster Band and you are good to go. The Rogue Door strap can handle up to 1,000 pounds of force, which likely more than most doors. We recommend using it with the main door in a hotel room as those are generally the strongest.
For less than $50, you can get the Door Strap and a green band. Or if you already have a band, the Rogue Door Strap is only $29.50.
So for less than $120 you can get everything you need to stay mobile when traveling or even when you’re just staying home. Most of Rogue’s mobility tools are part of the ‘3 Ships Free‘ program as well (just not the Grid).
Let us know in the comments below if you have any other go-to mobility tools that you take with you on trips.