Ironing out all that knotted, bound soft tissue in your forearms is key to preventing the development of tendonitis in your elbows …

Which, thusly, is key to allowing you to continue to actually climb without sucking, if not pain …

Which, ipso facto, is essential to not becoming a bitter, miserable, old fool like me. (Just kidding, I’m not that old ….)

RolflexSay goodbye to pumped forearms and elbow tendonitis with the Rolflex, a self-massaging tool that will smash out your arm tissue and prevent those guitar-string tendons from snapping.

The way it works is simple. From a seated position, steady the bottom end of the Rolflex on your thigh and place your forearm in the jaws of the device. Pinch down the jaws by squeezing the top handles together as much as you can. Now saw your arm slowly back and forth through the Rolflex, working out those trigger points where you feel tightness or pain.

There are other devices out there that are similar to the Rolflex. The Arm-Aid is one, and the R8 Roller is another. There are pluses and minuses to all three devices.

From a performance perspective, the Rolflex and the Arm-Aid are virtually tied, in my opinion. The Rolflex is so light weight, that you could easily throw it in your climbing pack, which is nice for pre- and post-climbing mobility work.

The Rolflex is the cheapest and lightest of the three, which, in my mind, probably makes it the best.

My one critique of the Rolflex is that the foam rollers are just a little bit too soft. I wish the foam was much harder (the Arm-Aid wins points here). But more than anything, I wish that the rollers were more like the R8 Roller, which uses rollerblading wheels to do the grunt work. I much prefer a harder piece of plastic shearing my tissue, but then again, I’m a masochist (goes along with my whole bitter/misery thing.)

If you’ve got some tight forearms and elbow issues, the Rolflex could you start recovering right away, without breaking the bank.