I have to be honest, Im really newish to the whole mobility thing. I’m one of those guys who never warmed up, or stretched before I did anything, so it still takes extra effort for me to be still long enough to torture myself into Becoming a Supple Leopard. So I bought the book, and started to do some of the stuff in there, and I have to say that it really helped with a lot if the nagging issues that I was having, especially in my knees. Lately though I had been having some serious tightness in my hip flexor area. A lacrosse ball wasn’t big enough to get in there, and the foam roller wasn’t hard enough it seemed. I even tried a softball with mixed results. Then I saw someone post on twitter about the Super Nova. Now I have to admit that I may be one of those guys that has a lot more “wants” than “needs”, so when I saw that it was $40 for a little plastic ball, I was skeptical to say the least. I have no problem spending money, but c’mon, $40?! So instead of buying it, I just read as much as I could about it, and tried to convince myself that I didn’t need it. All the while, my hip flexors continued to kill me. Finally I bit the bullet and ordered it. And I’m glad I did.
Finally after what seemed like forever of tracking it on UPS, my Super Nova arrived. When the driver, (who btw knows me by name and has one of my gym stickers in his truck, ya I have a buying problem) handed me the box it was heavier than I expected. I almost thought maybe I accidentally ordered two, or there was a secret bonus item in there. But upon opening the box, it was just the Super Nova. It was just heavy, or I’m really weak. I instantly quit whatever I was doing and got to work using it. This is what I think about it:
It’s heavy I already said that. Heavy=Good quality right!?
It’s dense Its doesn’t have any give, which to me is awesome, but painful…In a good way. The outer surface had a tire like tread on it, so instead of poking you like a spiky ball would, it pulls the muscle and fascia. Also doesnt slip around like a softball does, make sense? Kinda hard to explain.
It’s portable I can bring it with me anywhere. Fits perfect in my King Kong Backpack. So anytime I have some tightness, I can pull it out and roll out. Probably would look weird doing that in public, but hey, thats cool!
It’s kind of addicting. Maybe I’m over using it, but I like the way it makes me feel. So whatever!
It’s kind of like a pet rock. It looks cool, so I take a lot of pictures of it, it’s kind of ridiculous.
It works! I honestly don’t think I have used a foam roller or a lacrosse ball since I have gotten this thing. Yes, at first it’s painful, but the more you use it, the more you break down all of those painful knots, which are not good. (Booyah, Adam Sandler joke!) Also the more fascia you break up, the more bearable it becomes.
Bottom line is this. As CrossFitters we kick our own asses on the daily, so its important that we take care of our bodies. One of those ways is by doing mobility work. Before I started doing it, I was in a lot of pain, to the point where I wanted to quit. Luckily I didn’t have that option, and my partner suggested that I try foam rolling out a few things which had immediate results. The Super Nova, while a little pricey, gives me that ability, anywhere, anytime. It is the perfect size, and density so it can be used for just about any body part. If you really want to work on your mobility, I would HIGHLY suggest that you get one.