Written by Cheryl Tan
Percussion massage guns have been around for a while now but when you search for the best ones, one brand consistently pops up, and it’s Theragun. I’ve seen some videos on Instagram before, slow-mo footage of people using Theraguns on their arms or back with muscles hypnotically rippling under the fast pulses from the gun.
To test it out, I devoted myself to exercise sessions in an attempt to make my muscles sore. Truthfully, I don’t exercise at all. After having my knee injured when I was still playing basketball at a younger age, I stopped working out, so my fitness is pretty terrible.
True enough, a 30 minute session on my Ring Fit Adventure game on the Nintendo Switch were enough to leave me a jellied mess on the floor with my back, thighs and biceps aching from the workout.
After doing the requisite cool down session, I got down to work with the G3 Pro. It comes in a hard-sided carrying case with a thick layer of foam separating the G3 Pro and the accessory pockets on the other side, which can contain spare batteries.
With an easily swappable battery at the base of the triangular handle, you’ll get 75 minutes from a single battery, and there’s two included when you purchase the G3 Pro. Nobody’s going to use it for 75 minutes in a single session though, and I’ll get more into that later.
There are also 6 head attachments, the large dampener, large ball, standard ball, cone, thumb and wedge. For the most concentrated massage, I recommend the cone, especially for the upper back and between shoulder blades.
Generally, though, the attachments all work quite well, but I have my concerns with the wedge. That’s not to say it doesn’t work well, but rather, this is the only attachment with a seam that runs straight down the middle. If used for a prolonged period of time, this seam will cause blisters if used on bare skin.
Turning it on, you get the standard speed of 40 percussions per second, and there’s an option for a sensitive mode which runs at 29 percussions per second. I was told that just 30 seconds of use would be enough for post-workout sessions, and I found that it was generally enough for muscles that weren’t too sore.
I’m prone to very tight muscles in my shoulders because I hunch over my laptop, and it usually hurts too much to get the knots worked out through a normal massage. I gave the G3 Pro a go and found that after a single session of about 20 to 25 seconds on each side, my shoulders weren’t as tense anymore.
The downside though, was that when using this on my shoulders or near my neck, I felt as though my entire head and brain were rattling around because of the strength of the percussions.
It’s not a quiet device either, but the sound has apparently been reduced by 50% since previous iterations. Honestly, if this is 50% quieter, the older models must have sounded like construction sites.
There’s also a bit of bounce when the gun first starts up, but it quickly stabilises, and I’m a fan of the triangular shape since that means I can use the gun on my upper back or lower back without having to request for someone to help me.
Retailing at S$899, this is by no means a cheap device. For most people, we might not even consider purchasing this because there’s just no reason for us to get it. But for people who are truly into exercising and fitness that have daily gym routines? This is probably the best tool they can invest in to alleviate muscle soreness and always be at peak condition when they next hit the gym.
The Theragun G3 Pro (S$899) is currently discounted to S$779 and is available from the distributor Leader Radio Technologies’ website.