The Theragun G3 Is the Recovery Tool I Never Knew I Needed
If you hate foam rolling, you'll love using this high-tech massage tool that promises to relieve soreness and speed up recovery.
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As a Shape editor, this is perhaps the most shameful admission I can make: I never foam roll. Yes, I know muscle recovery is a crucial part of any good training program, but I never feel like I'm doing it 'right'—or that it's working—so I never make time for it beyond forced group settings. (It's true that you could be doing more harm than good if you're making one of these common foam rolling mistakes.)
So when I had the chance to test the Theragun G3—one of the brand's new, streamlined percussion therapy devices—I was intrigued. It felt like a surefire way to *know* that I was really targeting the appropriate sore muscles or tender areas. In the month or two since using it, the G3 become my go-to way to unwind before bed—and it's helped relieve neck and hip pain that I wasn't able to on my own without a massage therapist. (Related: These Tech Products Can Help You Recover from Your Workout While You Sleep)
Interested? Some basic specs: The G3 is the mid-tier option in the Theragun line-up, making it more accessible at $399 than the G3PRO, the most powerful professional-level model, which clocks in at $599. (The most affordable option, the liv, is $299 and even more lightweight and compact.) The G3, though, has two speeds—the standard, 'deep treatment' speed to break up knots and relieve muscle tightness and a lighter one for 'extra sensitive, sore areas.' Plus, it has a 60-minute built-in battery life, so you don't need to charge it constantly, depending on how often you're using it (or how often your roommate is stealing it.) The G3 is also the quietist Theragun ever (although tbh, it's still a bit too loud if you're trying to watch Bravo while massaging your neck at the same time.)
My other fitness junkie coworkers say it's changed their recovery game, too. Executive editor Liz, who has overcome pretty much every major sports injury in the book, has been using it to mitigate tight calves which she says are "riddled with trigger points". Associate editor Lauren, who was already diligent about her recovery found that her typical lacrosse and yoga balls couldn't hold up to the power of the G3 when it came to working out kinks. And post-half marathon, social media manager Marietta, used the Theragun to help her achy muscles recover—she even used it on the bottoms of her feet. (Pro tip: Use the Theragun G3 after a long day of walking around for the best foot massage ever.) All in all, everyone agreed that unlike foam rolling, using the Theragun feels like less of a chore—with more of an immediate sense of relief—which makes us want to actually use it
Bottom line: I never thought I'd be someone with a fancy massage gun, but now that I have one I never want to give up my new recovery routine. Seriously, this thing has been so life-changing I even stopped a stranger carrying one on the subway to share that I too, was a part of the Theragun club, and I'm not embarrassed to admit it.
Sold? Buy It, $399, theragun.com