Sore Muscles? Give Them A Good Buff—Seriously!
If you are a runner, you know that recovery is key to helping you perform your best. Hence why you probably spend more time with your foam roller than some of your friends. Well, while walking through the Philadelphia Marathon expo a few months ago, I stumbled upon a booth with a gadget I haven’t seen before. It looked like something you would use to shine your car, but instead you use it to massage your muscles. Obviously, I had to try it.
The strange-looking gadget is the BFF Miracle Body Buffer ($300). A bit pricier than your average foam roller or therapy balls, but it feels pretty great. Although not a new product, it’s not something I’ve spotted at a running store or expo before. I tried the buffer on my calves, quads, arms, back (basically anywhere I could until I was asked to hand it back). The key to the design is that it oscillates and vibrates along your skin to massage and relax tight or sore muscles. If you’ve ever tried exercising on a vibration machine, like the Power Plate, using the buffer kind of feels like that, but in a targeted area. It emits a drilling-like noise but it’s not too loud (although perhaps it was a little strange when the team tried it in the SELF office this week). The buffer also has additional uses including exfoliation (by switching the provided pad).’