What: The KnotOut
Where to buy: TheKnotOut
As CrossFitters, we may be just a little obsessed with mobility. Thanks to K-Star and his Becoming a Supple Leopard, we are always on the lookout for tools that will help us get a little more limber. During the games I came across a post on Instagram from KnotOut, a company based out of SoCal that makes a series of mobility tools. I’ve got pretty much every mobility tool you can think of, so when I saw these, I knew I had to give them a try.
The KnotOut Family comes in 2 density levels, and many different sizes. I received a Firm Maxx 15, a Soft Large, both about the same diameter of a softball, a Firm Medium, lacrosse ball size, and a Small Firm, which is about the diameter of a golf ball. The firm KnotOut’s are about as dense as a lacrosse ball, while the soft feels similar to the density of a tennis ball.
The most obvious thing about the KnotOut tools are their unique shape, which are designed to allow you to get to areas that are difficult to reach with the standard foam rollers, and other mobility tools that are out there. I’ve been messing around with them for a few weeks and here is a in-depth look at what I’ve found.
Shape: The design of the KnotOut looks like a set of multiple spheres shrink wrapped in a rubber casing. This design allows you to hit different pressure points, as well as get into the curves, and tough spots that you can’t get with a foam roller, but it also tends to stay anchored to the floor, so you don’t have to worry about it slipping around. You can use the outer part of the spheres to grind out any tight tissue, and use the inner troughs to work out some of the more sensitive areas, such as the IT-band.
Size: The different sizes work well for different body parts. The Large Maxx feels amazing rolling up and down my back, and will even crack it, as if I am getting an adjustment at the Chiropractor. Not to say it’s a Chiro replacement, but a few passes up and down does a pretty good job! The Large also does a great job of reaching the psoas muscle, the IT-band, Hamstrings and Quads. As far as versatility, I would say the large diameter Maxx goes the furthest. The medium seems to work best in the calf, and neck areas, while the small is amazing for the feet. I’m 6’2, 235 lbs, so standing on my feet all day coaching, and working out takes its toll. I can’t tell you how much relief I get from 10–15 minutes just rolling along the bottom of my foot with the small.
Density: I’m not going to lie, the firm is pretty damn firm, so if your new to the mobility game, or a huge wuss, I would suggest going with the soft. When it’s at the gym I would say 60-70% of the members feel like the firm might be too much, and they prefer the soft. The soft feels good to me, but more like a massage. I think I benefit more from the firm. You can’t go wrong either way, It’s really just a matter of preference.
Price: The KnotOuts range from $12.95 for the XS, to about $100 for the Firm Maxx. This is about par for the course. Mobility tools aren’t cheap, but they are just that, tools. These are investments for your body’s health, so eat at home a few nights instead of going out, and you’ll save enough to get some really awesome mobility products.
If you are on the lookout for some new mobility tools, I couldn’t recommend the KnotOut enough. As a big fan of the SuperNova, and the Gemini by MobilityWOD, I can tell you it’s a huge compliment to the KnotOut team that I haven’t even pulled them out of my bag since I have received my KnotOut mobility tools. With tools like these, I am able to workout longer, harder, and recover faster. My only complaint is that I don’t have a set at the gym, and at home, so I have to lug them back and forth, but it’s a small price to pay.