By Jon Gaffney
on 4.23.09

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The Stick is an admittedly a simplistic device used to aid athletes in recovery and maintenance. Built around a “space-age” plastic core, it is sheathed in free rolling plastic spindles secured between two handles. The core is flexible to allow it to contour to the targeted body part, and the spindles allow it to move freely to knead your muscles, occasionally taking some body hair with them.

What The Stick lacks in complexity, it more than makes up for in performance. It’s meant to allow athletes to do what’s called a stripping massage (sorry fellas, this isn’t a class your lady friend can take at CRUSH) on themselves. Basically, the stripping massage technique is meant to break up muscle knots. I first stumbled on the The Stick in the Athletic Training room when I wrestled in college and definitely attempted to smuggle it out more than a few times.

the-stick-bigI’ve been using the Pro Stick again for the last month or so, and it’s excellent. I can work out knots in my muscles anywhere except my back and even if I don’t have any knots, it’s a good way to loosen up. My wife is training for a road race and has also used it repeatedly to rub out her legs.

Now, why not hear more about it from The Pro Stick spokesman Tim Borland, a guy who ran 63 marathons in 63 days. Yes… 63 days. If that’s not credentials for you, I don’t know what is.

Bottom Line: The Stick does away with all the usual gimmicks that surround massage products and does a much better job in the process. So if you’re out there pushing your body on a regular basis, it’s worth picking up.

Cost: $48