It's semi-rigid core is enclosed by a number of spindles that roll independently to manipulate soft tissue as you work it against your muscles. It can be used before, during or after exercise and is seen as a fast affordable alternative to a sports massage.
There are two handles on either end of The Stick that you grip onto, whilst you target areas of pain or muscular tension. It's a very simple but effective concept.
...So why do I need one? And have I actually used it?
I picked up the Sprinter Stick shortly before I rode in the Prudential Ride London 100 in August 2013. This particular version is great for working my legs as it is stiff enough to apply a good amount of pressure, and long enough to comfortably do so. If you are looking for one that you can use on the upper body I would pick a longer option as you need to reach around your back which can be hard with the Sprinter.
I used The Stick in the morning before my 100 mile ride, at the top of Box Hill midway through, and also once I crossed the finish line. And it did the trick. My muscles felt relaxed at the start line - no need to spend the first few miles getting 'used' to the fact my legs had a big ride ahead of them. At the 65 mile mark it was a welcoming feeling whilst having a quick break and definitely helped push me along for the final third of the ride. Finally when I crossed the finish I used it once more. It hurt. But the next day I could walk... so I was happy!
Since I purchased The Stick 4 months ago, I have used it for running as well as cycling. It's just a really great tool to help relieve the stiff legs after a long jog. It is definitely worth the £35 I paid.
At the time of publication if you can buy The Stick directly from the US here, and you will receive a 90-day satisfaction guarantee and a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty against defects.