The origins for this idea are back in my mid-twenties when chronic injury ended my running career.
15 years on and I’m struggling with chronic lower back pain. At 39 years of age I’m told I need a back operation to deal a rupture between my L5 and S1 vertebrae.
At the time I was managing our local U16 hurlers in Wolfetones, Shannon. I was looking at these young lads arriving in and rolling around the floor on foam rollers.
I got one and Gerard Hartmann gave me a program to release the tight muscles that cause lower back pain. It was working but every day I used it, I was rolling all over the floor and saying to myself wouldn’t it be so much better if the roller was mounted on a frame to stabilise it.
I made a prototype and began using it, 4 weeks later I’m pain free. I regained my full range of motion. I was able to run again, this thing changed my life, and I knew I’d a product that people would want.
I worked closely with Hartmann to prefect it, I got tooling build and 180K later in September 2016 we’d the 1st shipment landed and ready for sale.