Review: Fitness-Mad Cork Massage Ball 7cm

Running Accessory Reviews
Review: Fitness-Mad Cork Massage Ball 7cm

Category

Running Massage Aids

Summary

Made from 100% natural cork for instant relief, this eco-friendly, multi-use cork massage ball can be used on various body parts to target those knots or on trigger points for RSI (repetitive strain injury). At an ultralight weight of 140g, it’s portable and such great value.

Fitness-Mad Cork Massage Ball 7cm
£5.99

Features:

  • 100% natural cork
  • Dimension: 7cm
  • Extra firm
  • Weight: 140g
Fitness Mad Cork Massage Ball 7cm
Fitness Mad Cork Massage Ball 7cm

Pros

  • Eco-friendly cork
  • Easy to use and carry around
  • Great price value
  • Ideal for rehab as well as general strength and conditioning
  • Instant pain relief
  • Doesn’t rub against skin like other rubber balls, texture is wonderful and tactile
  • Can be used on various body parts including the bottom of the feet in cases like Plantar Fasciitis
  • Very firm yet sustainable material
  • The size is ideal for targeting small muscle tension areas like the feet and the scapular (the muscle in between the shoulder blades)

Cons

  • Can feel too intense due to the extra firmness of the material when compared to other rubber style massage balls or something that’s lighter and air filled
  • If you have not got a mat or something to place the ball on, it’s prone to attracting dirt
  • Due to size of the ball being quite small, some people may find it harder or a little uncomfortable to support the upper body if you’re trying to massage places like your IT band (side of the pelvis) or quads

In Testing

During the testing of the cork massage ball, I had finished a cardio workout with plenty of jumping and dynamic movements to really charge up the muscles. I had invited some rejuvenating sweat, in preceding of the many grunts and squeals that were to come from the massage sequence.

I gathered myself on a mat and placed the ball in various muscles. I immediately channelled inwards and invited some deep breathing and gentle thoughts to mask the glorious pain emerging from my calves and hamstrings.

After just five minutes or about a song worth of stretching, I thought the ball itself rolls very well. It doesn’t catch on my clothes or the mat/floor surface.


Verdict

Without a shadow of a doubt, the price point and the fact it’s made of out 100% cork material had me sold. I knew it was going to be light and portable to carry around. I’m amazed at the firmness and effective nature that this massage ball has to offer. When compared to other massage balls out there – whether that be rubber, high-density silicone, or foam – this is by far incredibly imperishable. I have three of these: one at work, one at home and one in my bag.


Fitness-Mad Cork Massage Ball 7cm
£5.99

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