It’s often said that nothing is certain in this world, except death and taxes. When it comes to working out in the gym, those two certainties come in the form of no empty benches on Mondays (AKA international chest day), and Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMs) after a punishing workout.
While there isn’t much you can do to stop the influx of pectoral pump-seeking patrons stealing your benches, there may be something you can do to alleviate the agonisingly painful feeling of DOMs. In recent years, an increasing number of advanced recovery tools have become available on the market, and one major player in the realm of workout recovery is Theragun. The Theragun G3PRO is one of its latest offerings, and we take it for a spin to see what’s new and improved, and whether it’s something you really need.
What we liked
The G3PRO looks much better than how its previous iterations were designed. This model looks like a rehabilitative and recovery accessory rather than a power tool like its predecessors, the G1 and G2, and it won’t look that strange when you whip it out at the gym.
Ease of use and performance
The triangular shape of the G3PRO makes it incredibly easy to handle and use, no matter what muscle group you’re targeting. Whether we were using it on someone else or on ourselves, it was easy to find a grip that wasn’t too taxing or uncomfortable for our hands. The massage head can also be adjusted to four different angles so you can find the optimal position to hit those tired and sore muscles.
The G3PRO comes with six different massage attachments to suit different types of percussive therapy. These are the Dampener, Large Ball, Standard Ball, Wedge, Thumb, and Cone attachments. Rounder heads like the standard ball worked fine for larger surface areas, while the cone attachment was highly effective for pinpointing smaller, more specific spots, to really loosen up that knotted feeling.
Making use of percussive therapy after a punishing workout may seem scary at first, but it was effective in relieving tight and sore muscles, and helped make recovery not such a pain.
The G3PRO also comes with two different speed settings – 2400RPM and 1750RPM. While this doesn’t seem like a big deal at first, it is actually more useful than expected. If you have a particularly tender area that you want to work on, the slightly slower speed makes it a much more bearable experience than if you were to go full steam ahead.
Last but not least – the sound. Unlike the G2PRO, the G3PRO is a lot quieter. Yes, it’s a percussive instrument, so it can’t exactly be silent, but the difference between the older and current model is night and day.
What we didn’t like
While the G3PRO has its benefits, should you really buy a massage gun? Priced at $899, not everyone will be be scrambling to get their hands on it. The G3PRO is certainly effective at what it does, but if you’re a regular gym junkie or exercise enthusiast, the price may be a bit too steep for you.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something that’s a little friendlier on the wallet, Theragun has a smaller, lighter model albeit with fewer features and reduced functionality, called the LIV. This is a little more affordable at $499 and may be something you’ll consider if you think you can do without an adjustable massage arm, or don’t need that many head attachments.
The Theragun massage gun has gone through a few variations over the years, and the G3PRO is undoubtedly the best model yet. A sleeker design, multiple massage angles and heads, and quieter performance makes it something all serious workout warriors should consider if they’re looking to take recovery more seriously. That being said, it’s not cheap at all, and not everyone will think that it’s a worthy investment to make. The next best alternative may be the Theragun LIV which is nearly half the price, at the expense of fewer features.
The Theragun G3PRO is available here for $899.
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer