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What I thought of the Theragun Pro for muscle recovery
Testing the professional-grade percussive therapy device from Therabody.
Therabody sent me a Theragun Pro for free so that I could try it out. I’ve used it almost daily in the month before writing this review, and you can rest assured you’re getting an honest, unbiased opinion on my experiences using this percussive massage device.
- Model reviewed: Theragun Pro
- Cost: $500
- Battery life: 300 minutes
- Warranty: 2 years
- Free shipping: Yes
- Trial & returns: 30-day money-back guarantee
Unboxing the Theragun Pro
The Theragun Pro comes packed with two batteries, a charger and all the attachments you need to run through its endless, structured plans in the app. Included in the box is a carrying case that fits all your attachments, two batteries and the charger for when you travel with it.
Attachments included in the box:
- Supersoft. Softest attachment for sensitive or bony areas.
- Dampener. An “all-rounder” for tender or bony areas.
- Standard Ball. For small and large muscle group work.
- Wedge. For scraping or flushing, designed to help decrease lactic acid buildup.
- Thumb. For trigger points and the lower back.
- Cone. For pinpoint muscle treatment that’s useful on the hands and feet.
At this point, you might be wondering why would I even want one of these and who it’s this for.
Visiting the Therabody site, you might think it’s for athletes or people who complete strenuous exercise regularly. Here’s my take: Have you got muscles in your body? Do they often ache? If yes to both, then a Theragun could help you.
That said, I’m in the Theragun marketing demographic and have been served Google and Instagram ads for it for at least the past six months.
Since the Theragun arrived in my hands to review, I’ve put it through its paces with various activities in my day-to-day life — like biking 1,000 miles in the month. At the start of the month, I also hauled all of my belongings across the province and completed a 270-mile bike ride in a single day.
There’s a joke in the cycling community that cyclists have no upper body strength. So first, let’s talk about using the Theragun on my back and those nonexistent upper body muscles.
Putting it into action
I was able to quickly alleviate shoulder and neck pain myself by following the in-app recommendations for attachments and placement of the Theragun. Where I struggled was my lower back. This might not be true for people with more flexibility, but even with the dynamic Theragun arm positions and suggested grip, I wasn’t able to effectively work on my back. However, with the help of my partner, I completed the app’s recommended program and my back felt much better.
The real selling point for me was an increase in muscle recovery and decrease in soreness and pain after cycling. I added the Theragun to my normal post-cycling stretching and cool down, and I quickly felt and saw results.
I do have to mention that it was more painful than I’d wanted it to be at the start. Even using the Theragun as directed online and in the app, there was a level of discomfort on particularly sore muscles. Although no more than getting a good massage.
I’ve set up sessions in the app for multiple people at varying levels of fitness, and all of them have loved and benefited from using the Theragun. In fact, all of them have added one to their Christmas list.
As the top model available from Therabody, the Theragun Pro is targeted for an audience that needs custom workouts with higher percussive speeds. The Pro model wouldn’t be out of place in a professional clinic, and it has the price tag to match. The good news is, Therabody offers five percussive therapy devices starting at $199, and you can compare each model on its site.
Percussive therapy has helped me perform longer and more comfortably when out on the bike as well as reduced the muscle pain and fatigue I typically experience post-workout. I also found the Therabody app useful both for suggesting and completing set programs for different muscle groups.
Would you recommend this product to a friend?
Absolutely. I would recommend the Theragun as a recovery device to incorporate into your everyday routine, no matter your activity level. With more people working from home in 2020, it’s an excellent tool to alleviate pressure and stress on the body after a long day at the home office (the couch).
How does it work?
Theragun provides muscle and body recovery through percussive therapy. The Theragun uses a much faster percussive approach to muscle relief in comparison to a traditional massage. What’s even better: The Theragun is designed in a way that you can work on most areas of your body yourself.
The Theragun’s use of vibration and force is said to have a variety of benefits that include:
- Pain relief
- Increased range of motion
- Reduced muscle stiffness and soreness
- Faster recovery post-workout
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