What Run Oregon is Trying: The Stinger from Recoup Fitness

As an ex-collegiate baseball player, I am really familiar with the importance of icing in recovery. Almost every day, I was in the training room with plastic bags of cubes taped to my elbow, shoulder, and wherever else ailed me. In retrospect, that probably wasn’t the most effective use of my time and not the most advanced thing in the world.

Obviously the world of recovery has changed exponentially, even in the last 10 years or so. Cryotherapy is gaining traction and float therapy is picking up steam as well. Add in the benefits of acupuncture and massage, and it was like I was playing baseball in the ice age! Now your icing can get a little bit of an upgrade with Recoup Fitness’ Stinger – a cold massage 2-in-1 roller ball.

Even though the Stinger looks new age, it’s pretty simple to use – which is a benefit. Put the stainless steel ball in the freezer for a couple of hours to receive up to 6 hours of massage from the internal cooling gel. When you need that iced recovery, simply utilize the Stinger to rub over the affected area. I can attest to fact that it stays pretty dang cold. I left it my garage over night (which doesn’t get as low as freezer temperatures, and was surprised by how cold it was even after noon the next day.

One thing that I really liked about the Stinger is that it isn’t solely limited to handheld massage. The inner ball is removable and would be perfect to utilize for plantar fasciitis. I remember when I had PF a few years ago, what really made it clear up was a committed plan of stepping on a ball and then icing (and repeating). The Recoup Fitness roller ball would have been the perfect product to kill two birds with one stone.

There are a lot of cheaper homemade alternatives, but we all know they come with their own limitations. From those homemade ice dixie cups or frozen plastic water bottles, they all leave a wet residue and melting all over you and your surroundings. They also aren’t great for packing for use after a long run or relay. It is also filled with 3.4 ounces of the recovery gel, making airplane transportation possible.

While it is expected that these last up to two years, you can buy each piece (the handle and the ball) separately so that you don’t have to completely reinvest in an entirely new product if something breaks.


MSRP: $39.99 (discounts for military members) (Amazon Link)

More About The Stinger:

“The Stinger by Recoup Fitness provides all the benefits of a traditional Self Myofacial Release (foam rolling) in combination with Cryotherapy (Ice Massage).  These two forms of muscle therapy help to decrease inflammation, aid in post workout recovery, and allow specific treatment for areas in need.

By applying the cold steel surface of the stinger the muscle will release metabolic waste products and toxins which become build up in the muscle after exercising.  In addition, Self Myofacial Release impacts the Golgi Tendon Organs and allows the muscle to relax.  Once the muscle is relaxed the cold aspect of The Stinger allows for a decrease in inflammation.

The Stinger’s unique combination of Self Myofacial Release and Cryotherapy allows for the body to recover faster and decrease the potential for injury.  The Stinger has application for many major injuries active people face such as Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints, Tennis/Golf Elbow and other overuse injuries.”

-Rob Van Valkenburgh (Director of NFL Combine Prep/ D1 Head Trainer / Assistant Athlete Director at Purdue)

“More About”information taken from the company’s website. We like to let their own stories speak for themselves, because we review companies that have real personality and passion about what they do.

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About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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