Earlier this month, I went to the 2017 IDEA World Fitness conference. It’s a four day conference for health and fitness professionals from around the world to come network, take hands-on workshops, get our butts kicked in workouts, and listen to educational lectures on the topics of our choosing. IT’S AWESOME! This year, I chose to focus my schedule around more corrective mobility work, because this beat up body of mine needs some help.
One of the sessions that stood out to me this year, was called S.M.A.R.T. Solutions for Improved Mobility with Intelliroll. This session was lead by Dr. Sevak Khodabakhshian (or Dr. K, as he prefers to be called). I knew right away that this was going to be good. Dr. K simply radiates passion and excitement for what he does, and it’s hard not to be intrigued and inspired by people like that. This session was the first in the morning on day three of the conference. Now, this year was held in Las Vegas, so you can imagine how exhausted a bunch of 20 something year old trainers were after two full days of straight fitness shenanigans followed by two nights of Vegas adventuring! It wasn’t a problem though, because this session was so engaging, we were all in!
In the session, Dr. K began by instructing us into a cross-legged seated position with our bottoms actually on our Intellirolls and our knees down, bringing our spines into a more neutral position, and relieving pressure. Right from the start, he was already helping us to actively improve ourselves. He provided us with a TON of information on improving our body alignment, mobility, movement functionality, and stability, all with a huge enthusiastic (and contagious) smile across his face. It was a very well thought out and organized presentation, and he was kind enough to put his entire presentation into books for each of us to follow along with and take notes in. I definitely got a lot out of the session, and it reignited my own passion for what I do. From the lecture, to the partner functional movement assessing, to the hands-on use of the Intelliroll itself, I was very impressed by how much we were able to fit into less than two hours. One of the best parts of the session was at the very end, when Dr. K excitedly announced that we each got to keep the Intellirolls that we were working with! Not only was that an incredibly generous and unnecessary gesture, but I was so touched by how excited he was to do it. My friends and I are very thankful.
Let me now introduce you to the Intelliroll, so you can see for yourself what has me so excited. For those of you who are unfamiliar with foam rolling, foam rolling (or myofascial release) is a technique of applying pressure to your muscles in order to break up knots and excessive tightness, promote better mobility and postural alignment, speed recovery from muscle soreness, improve range of motion, ease pain and stiffness, and help prevent injury. I personally have a collection of about ten different foam rollers, which I use for different areas, and I haven’t touched any of them since I came home with my Intelliroll. As you can see from the picture, the Intelliroll has a unique and thoughtful design, which allows you to use it in many different ways, easily targeting many different areas of the body. It is designed in a way that contours more to the natural curves of your body, therefore affecting more muscle as you roll. My absolute FAVORITE feature, however, is the “spine zone” in the center of the roller. The indent keeps your spine safe from the pressure as you roll, while the peaks on either side massage the muscles along your spine. I’M SO IN LOVE, YOU GUYS! I’ve used mine for just a couple minutes every morning when I wake up, after every workout, and every night before bed. It definitely helps to combat the forward posture I, and I’m sure many of you, are guilty of falling into throughout a long day. This is the first foam roller I’ve personally ever come across that can affect my upper back, neck, and shoulders this way. I’m on cloud 9 because that is where I hold a lot of tension and need the most help! I’ve been using my Intelliroll daily for about 10 days now, and have already noticed a drastic improvement in my posture and mobility, as well as a decrease in my chronic shoulder pain. HECK YEAH! This is what it’s about. This is why I’ve chosen to share this product.
The Intelliroll comes in two different density levels. There is the bright blue Flex version, which is aimed more for beginner foam rollers, or foam rollers who simply desire less intensity. Then there is the black Firm version, which gives you a more intense deep tissue experience. Both versions go for $49.99 each, however, since I’m your girl and I’ve got your backs, if you type in Amber in the discount box at checkout, you’ll get 10% off! *Fist bump!* The website is really easy to navigate, and has a lot of helpful material, such as instructional videos on how best to use your Intelliroll, and a FAQ section so you fully understand all of your Intelliroll benefits.
Those who know me, know I’ll only ever write about brands/products that I personally use and believe in. My integrity is my everything, and I am dubbing the Intelliroll a game changer. I just spent the weekend at the Disneyland Resort, and you better believe I brought mine with me! (yeah, I’m that girl, lol) Check em out for yourself, and please feel free to hit me up with any questions about my experience. A huge thank you to Dr. K for his creation, and a thank you to IDEA World Fitness for introducing me to him. That’s all for now, my friends. Take care, and happy foam rolling!