With a hefty price tag and high-tech features, the HyperIce Vyper is said to be the "holy grail" of foam rollers. How thoughtful, Ashton!
Mila Kunis just turned 32 and her thoughtful hubba-hubby Ashton Kutcher celebrated the occasion by giving her a...unique gift. It vibrates. It massages. It rolls. Oh yes, it's a vibrating foam roller. (Duh—what were you thinking we were going to say?)
The lowly gym tool, normally used for working out the kinks in tight muscles, has really risen in the world. And Kunis isn't the only one delighted with the high-tech gym tool. The version Kutcher gifted her, the HyperIce Vyper ($200; hyperice.com), has 4.5 stars on Amazon reviews, with satisfied customers saying it rocked their world—their gym world, anyhow. (The HyperIce is one of the more popular models, but if you want to experience the joy at a lower price tag, BodyForm makes a cheaper version ($70; brookstone.com).) (And check out The New Wave of Foam Rollers.)
At first glance, it looks just like a spiffed up foam roller you might see in the stretching section at your local gym. But the Vyper actually has a a motor inside with several vibrating options. According to the manufacturer, the vibrating action intensifies the foam rolling we already know and love (or love to hate), helping to release tight muscles quicker, break up scar tissue, and speed up recovery after a tough workout. According to reviewers, it does all that, with the added bonus of "making [your] eyes feel like they're being shaken out of their sockets." Sounds like Kunis has fun times ahead of her! (You could definitely use it for these 4 Foam Roller Exercises That Burn Fat and Reduce Cellulite.)
But whatever it does, it seems to work. A kinesiologist commented that he was impressed both from a personal and professional standpoint, writing, "The time and discomfort are why I hate foam rolling, no matter how much it serves to protect me from injury. With this jewel, I was able to hit every spot with practically no pain or discomfort. My typical pain spots were gone."
Our favorite review, however, was the one that concluded that there are likely "many creative bedroom uses other than massage. Just saying." We love a multi-tasking gym tool! (Psst: Happy belated birthday, Mila!)