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The best Theragun Prime offers for 4th generation percussive therapy massagers

Therabody Theragun Prime: specifications

PPM: 1,750 to 2,400
Amplitude: 16mm
Evaluated noise level: 65 decibels
Battery life: 2 hours
Weight: 2.9 pounds

Among the massage guns, the Therabody Theragun Prime has generated a lot of buzz thanks to Instagram influencers, online ads, and elsewhere. But does this expensive percussion massager live up to the hype?

The Theragun Prime is said to be 70 percent quieter than the previous versions and has five built-in speed ranges from 1,750 percussions per minute (PPM) to 2,400 PPM. The “percussion” part of the device lets the head “punch” the skin so that it feels more intense and hits the muscles more deeply than with a vibration massage therapy device that does not have this “drilling” effect with the massage head. The company says it goes 60 percent deeper into the muscle than your average massager.

As our Therabody Theragun Prime review shows, this is by no means an inexpensive massage gun, but the high-speed motor and technology could be useful for athletes who want to activate muscles to warm up or help with recovery efforts.

Theragun Prime Rating: Price and Availability

Theragun Prime is priced at $ 299 and can be purchased through their website or through Amazon. We like that they offer military personnel, veterans, first responders, and medical personnel a 20 percent discount through their website when you shop through the Therabody website. You can return for a refund within 30 days of purchase if you purchase through Therabody, and it should be available for free returns through Amazon if you purchase there too (but always read the fine print).

Theragun Prime Review: Establishment

The instructions in the kit suggest that you download the Therabody app and connect your device via bluetooth. You can use the device without the app or a smartphone and play around with the various attachments and grips, but there are no instructions in the package on how to use this properly and effectively, so downloading the free app is your best bet for the full Theragun -Adventure.

Theragun Prime Rating: Ergonomics

When the Theragun Prime arrived and I lifted it out of the box, my first thought was, “Oh, that’s a little hard.”

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Although it weighs less than three pounds, it had weight; I wondered if it would feel difficult to stay in multiple positions. However, it is easy to turn on the device by holding down the power button and using the up and down arrows to adjust the speed.

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The triangular shaped device has an ergonomic handle so that you can hold the device in different ways while wearing it on your body without tiring or straining your wrists, hands or arms. When I followed a routine on the app, often at the end of a 6 minute session, my arm and wrist would get a little tired holding them.

Theragun Prime Review: Achievement

“Whoa! That is intense! ”

I’ve used soft heating pads for back pain and some vibration massagers with rolling balls in the past, but the intensity of the Theragun Prime’s punch-punch-punch percussion device was unlike anything I’ve ever felt before.

When I first used the Prime, I found it difficult to properly hold the device on my shins and calves, and the high frequency pressure felt more intense in some of these areas. Later I got used to the different grips and feel of the damper and other mounting heads on my skin and muscles.

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I found that using the Prime on my lower back, buttocks, and thighs felt good and more pain-relieving than smaller muscles like my forearms, hands, and even the neck area. I tried it as a “warm-up” a couple of bike rides, but didn’t notice any difference in my feeling during training. I used the Theragun Prime after biking and walking and found that while it felt good, it didn’t make much of a difference to my recovery.

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I like that the app shows you the suggested grip for each part of the body you use it on. An inverted grip means you put your hand through the device, the base grip is when you put your thumb through the triangle and grab the front of the device, and the standard grip means you hold the device by the side of the triangle, where the power switch is located.

Theragun Prime Review: Appendices

The Prime contains four attachments, which are equipped with non-porous, closed-cell foam so that it can be cleaned easily. Each attachment has a unique shape designed to ensure the right treatment in the right area of ​​the body.

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Most of the time I have used the standard damper attachment for my massage sessions as it is recommended in most guided routines and feels good on most parts of the body. The cone-shaped attachment is recommended for targeting feet and hands, the standard ball attachment is a firmer version of the damper and is well suited for small and large muscle groups such as the buttocks and calves. The thumb-shaped attachment actually relies on the founder’s thumb (Dr. Jason Wersland) to help with certain trigger points and lower back release.

Theragun Prime Review: Noise Levels

Theragun says the Prime is 70 percent quieter than previous versions thanks to its QX65 Motor Quietforce Technology. I wouldn’t describe the device as loud, but it’s certainly not “quieter than an electric toothbrush” as it says on the website – it’s more like a digital air compressor that we would plug into the car battery when filling up a tire.

When I first turned on the device, I was concerned that my sleeping toddler would hear it about 10 meters away and wake up, so I moved to another room (he never woke up to the sound).

There is a picture on the website of a couple in bed with the man carrying the Prime on his shoulder while his wife is sound asleep next to him; I cannot imagine a person lying in bed next to another person and the device not hearing.

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While wearing the Theragun Prime around my neck and upper back, I couldn’t hear the TV show I was watching, but when I was using the device on the lower part of my body, the sound from the Prime didn’t interrupt my TV watching. My husband didn’t have to turn up the TV to hear the broadcast when I was using the device nearby.

Theragun Prime Review: The App

I found the Therabody app to be pretty impressive and easy to use. There are many guided sessions available to help you warm up before a particular workout or sport, recover after certain workouts and sports, relieve stress, sleep better, and relieve pain while sitting at the computer. You can also search for guided sessions on specific body parts. Searching for “back” displayed results from guided sessions for lower back, upper back, upper body recovery, sciatica, baseball warm up, baseball recovery, softball recovery, and softball warm up.

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Therabody seems to be adding more and more guided sessions to the app – I couldn’t remember watching baseball, hiking, surfing, and kayaking when I first downloaded the app in late spring 2021. Most of the routines guided include a video from Dr. Wersland, how it’s done The device helps with certain parts of the body.

It was a challenge to achieve the optimal force range of pressure specified in the app. It often fluctuated between optimal and too high for me. You can adjust the pressure per minute at the bottom of the app to make the frequency slower.

You can “save” programs for quick return later, and even sync Therabody with health apps like the Apple Health and Strava apps to recommend routines for you based on your training and daily activities.

I liked the variety of routines and guided sessions with timed “steps” that showed you which attachment to use, where to place the device, how to hold the Prime, and the benefits of each routine. The “Work from Home” session says it is designed to get the blood flowing into your forearms, traps, lower back, and calves.

As soon as you switch on the device and click on “Start” in the app, the Prime will come to life and the power and frequency will automatically switch to the suggested standard setting “optimal”. Sometimes this default frequency setting felt a little too much for me, so I adjusted it in the app. For example, during the work from home session, you use the device on your forearm and apply it up and down. The default frequency is 2400 PPM, which can feel a bit intense at first, so I scaled the app down.

Theragun Prime in the test: battery life

The company says a fully charged Theragun Prime will last up to two hours. I used the massage gun a couple of times a week, about 5 to 7 minutes or so, and didn’t need to recharge it for about 45 days.

Theragun Prime: Judgment

The Theragun Prime was pretty impressive. If you are an athlete or if you train hard and exercise regularly, this is a great solution for rest or warm up and is much cheaper and more convenient than regular sports massages. It’s nice that the battery life seems long and it doesn’t have to be plugged in to use it. Therabody did a good job with the app which helped remove the intimidation factor about using this noisy, vibrating device.

At $ 299, the average consumer in pain would benefit more from a less expensive massage gun that does not penetrate as deeply. But for those who need something to get those muscles right, the Theragun Prime is worth it.