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Jokes, memes, and GIFs about skipping "rest days" abound. Constantly going "full send" is often seen as a badge of honor when it comes to fitness. However, recovery is one of the most crucial aspects of your wellness routine. Enter Therabody. In 2020, Theragun rebranded as Therabody when they started offering at-home wellness solutions in addition to their flagship Theragun devices. The company now provides several percussive therapy devices, compression systems, vibrating rollers, muscle stimulators, and organic topicals and ingestibles that will help you feel at your best.
The THERAGUN MINI is a great portable option for percussion therapy. Pick one up for $20 off for a limited time.
The ACTIVE Reviews Team looked at the entire suite of Therabody wellness solutions to see if these product offerings can make for a smoother road to recovery. Read on to learn more.
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Therabody's flagship product Theragun brought percussive massage therapy into gyms and homes. Massage guns aid in recovery by targeting sore muscles with rapid percussion to increase circulation, speeding up healing. Therabody offers four different Theragun options: PRO, Elite, Prime, and mini. The ACTIVE Reviews Team compared each model to provide Theragun reviews to help you determine which one fits your needs and budget.
For just under $600 you can own the Therabody Theragun PRO—the same professional-grade percussive device that superstar athletes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Maria Sharapova, use to ease their muscle soreness. With an ergonomic arm that can be comfortably positioned at four different angles to easily reach various body parts, the PRO sets itself apart from single-position massage devices. The Theragun PRO has two rechargeable Lithium-ION batteries that both have 150-minute lives and attachments such as Supersoft™ attachment, dampener, standard ball, thumb, cone, and wedge. The identifiable triangular handle also causes less strain on your hands, wrists, and arms even when you're enjoying the PRO's impressive 60-pounds of stall force.
With an incredibly quiet motor and a litany of premium features, the Theragun Elite is the PRO's less expensive little sister. This massage gun retails for around $400. Although it can deliver up to 40 pounds of stall force for powerful muscle treatment, the use of QuietForce Technology means that it will do so while still being the quietest Theragun. Through the Bluetooth-controlled app, you can pinpoint any speeds between 1750-2400 percussion per minute (PPM). It also has five preset speeds in case you're unable to use the app. You'll enjoy the ergonomically friendly triangle handle, the easy-to-read OLED screen, and five different closed-cell attachments. Plus, with a battery that lasts up to two hours, you won't have to worry about your massage gun sputtering out on you.
The Theragun Prime is the sweet spot of Therabody's percussive device line-up. With a $300 price tag, the Prime comes in at half the price of the PRO, while still packing many of the same punches. The Prime isn't as powerful as the PRO or the Elite, but it still loosens your muscles by hitting them with 30-pounds of stall force. Like the Elite, you can hit specific speeds between 1750 and 2400 PPM through the Bluetooth-compatible app. Also, four attachments and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to two hours are included with this massage gun. The ergonomic triangular handle will provide comfort as you target your problem areas.
Rounding out the Theragun family is the Theragun mini. The mini is compact and portable. It easily fits in your gym or overnight bag, as well as your budget. At right around $200, this is the least expensive of the Theragun lineup. Given its size, the mini still provides a powerful massage by coming in at 30 pounds of stall force—the same as the Prime. However, the Mini only has three programmed speed settings and one massage head attachment, as opposed to the highly specific speeds and multiple attachments of the other models.
Theragun PRO vs. Elite vs. Prime vs. Mini
Compare each model below to find the best Theragun for your needs.
|Speed||5 built-in speeds/app-controlled customizable speeds||5 built-in speeds/app-controlled customizable speeds||5 built-in speeds/app-controlled customizable speeds||3 built-in speeds|
|Stall pressure||60 lbs||40 lbs||30 lbs||30 lbs|
|Weight||2.8 lbs||2.2 lbs||2.2 lbs||1.4 lbs|
|Battery life||5 hours (2.5 hours per battery)||2 hours||2 hours||2.5 hours|
|Handle||Triangular, ergonomic multi-grip, four-position rotating arm||Triangular, ergonomic multi-grip||Triangular, ergonomic multi-grip||Triangular, ergonomic single-grip|
|Noise level||Loudest Theragun||Quietest Theragun||Quieter than PRO||Quieter than PRO/Prime|
- Wide range of massage guns to fit needs and budgets
- All massage guns provide deep tissue treatment
- PRO, Elite, and Prime have customizable speeds
- All 4 models have at least 2 hours of battery life
- PRO, Elite, and Prime models have an array of attachments
- All four models are fairly expensive
- Despite ergonomic handle, massage guns can feel heavy when in hand
- The PRO is louder than many massage guns on the market
Pneumatic Compression Systems
Pneumatic compression systems have been used since the 1950's to help prevent blood clots in the deep veins of the legs after surgery or injury. These systems use inflatable sleeves that squeeze your legs to improve circulation. In addition to preventing blood clots, improved circulation can increase recovery speed. Therabody manufactures customizable pneumatic compression devices that can be used at home to help ease soreness and possibly get you up and moving faster.
The Therabody RecoveryAir PRO System is a fully customizable recovery system. These Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-classified boots are also classified as a medical device. From runners to powerlifters, the key to reducing sore muscles is circulation, and this lightweight system helps return fresh oxygenated blood to fatigued muscles, thus helping to speed up your recovery time.
The RecoveryAir uses an iOS- and Android-compatible app that provides you with five guided treatments, an interval mode, and the ability to isolate specific areas. Therabody has also paid attention to the bacteria and moisture that can build up in other compression systems by using hidden, overlapping chambers that make it easy to clean and disinfect. With the RecoveryAir PRO, everyday athletes can bring home an elite-level recovery system.
Coming in at about half the price of the PRO system, the RecoveryAir system is a cheaper, but still impressive set of compression boots. The main difference between this system and the RecoveryAir PRO is that this version doesn't have the guided treatments and the ability to isolate specific areas. However, with this system's ability to set and monitor exact units of pressure that provide a more complete cycle of compression, it's still a top-of-the-line piece of equipment to add to your recovery arsenal.
Compatible RecoveryAir Garments
Therabody is aware that legs are not the only parts of the body that can benefit from the improved circulation provided by pneumatic compression. Therefore, in addition to their RecoveryAir PRO and RecoveryAir boots, they have created products that target other parts of the body. Please note that these garments cannot be used alone. You must have the RecoveryAir Pro System for the Compression Vest and Compression Pants and either the RecoveryAir Pro or the Recovery Air for the Compression Sleeve.
RecoveryAir PRO Compression Vest: Shoulders, arms, chest
RecoveryAir PRO Compression Pants: Lower back, core, legs
RecoveryAir Compression Sleeve: Arms
Comparing Therabody Compression Systems
|RecoveryAir PRO||RecoveryAir||RecoveryAir PRO Compression Vest||RecoveryAir PRO Compression Pants||RecoveryAir Compression Sleeve|
|Weight||4.2 lbs||2.2 lbs||3.2 lbs||4.8 lbs||1.9 lbs|
|Targeted area(s)||Legs||Legs||Shoulders, arms, chest||Lower back, core, legs||Arms|
|Dimensions||8.6" L x 6.7" W x 5.1" H||8.6" L x 6.7" W x 5.1" H||Max Circumference of Chest: 47.2", Sleeve Length: 37.7", Total Height: 22"||Max Circumference of Waist: 47.2", Length: 59.6"||Sleeve Length: 33.6", Underarm Length: 28.8", Height: 14.3"|
|Sizes||Small, medium, large||Small, medium, large||One size fits most||One size fits most||One size fits most|
|Warranty||2-year limited||1-year limited||2-year limited||2-year limited||2-year limited|
*Must be used with RecoveryAir PRO system.
**Must be used with RecoveryAir PRO system or Recovery Air system.
Therabody Compression System Pros
- Little effort is needed once the system is on
- The control device is user friendly
- Easy to clean
- Guided treatments through Bluetooth-enabled app
- Isolation chambers for concentrated massage in problem areas
Therabody Compression System Cons
- All models are hard on the wallet
- RecoveryAir only has a 1-year warranty
- Compatible garments cannot be used without RecoveryAir PRO and/or RecoveryAir
- Hissing sound can be disarming
Muscle stimulators aid in sore muscle recovery by stimulating muscle contractions. Therabody has taken Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and rolled them into one compact, easy-to-transport muscle stimulator that will allow you to find sweet relief from the comfort of your couch.
Power Dot 2.0
Therabody's Power Dot is a lightweight and highly portable muscle stimulator. Given that muscle stimulators use electricity to help relieve aching muscles, they can be seen as a little intimidating to many people. However, Therabody's app eliminates the worry about pad placement and intensity levels by guiding you, so that you can target areas of your body that need attention after being worked too hard. Therabody offers the Power Dot 2.0 in the Uno and the Duo. The Uno is equipped with one pad that can be placed on your problematic areas. With two pads, the Duo allows you to work both sides of one muscle or two areas at one time. Once you have the Power Dot's pad in place and the unit turned on, your hands will be free to carry on other tasks and activities.
|Power Dot 2.0 Uno||Power Dot 2.0 Duo|
|Device dimensions||2.4" L x 1.7" W x .5" H||2.4" L x 1.7" W x .5" H|
|Rectangular pad dimensions||3.5" L x 2" H||3.5" L x 2" H|
|Circular pad dimensions||2.1" diameter||2.1" diameter|
Therabody Power Dot Pros
- Noticeable muscle recovery
- Compact and easy-to-transport
- Can be used while doing everyday activities
- Can be used to reduce menstrual cramp pain
Therabody Power Dot Cons
- Replacing pads can become pricey
- May need help affixing pads to certain areas of back and shoulder
- Can be intimidating to some users
Foam rollers have always been a friend to fitness enthusiasts. They are a gentle yet effective way to both warm up and cool down, with many grabbing them to help ease back pain. Therabody took the tried and true simplicity of a standard foam roller and made it better by adding vibration to further prepare muscles for anything from intense weight lifting sessions to a relaxing post-workout deep stretch. Vibrating foam rollers help recovery by easing stiff muscles by increasing your blood flow and oxygen levels.
The large muscle groups such as the hamstrings, quads, and back often need special attention after intense workouts. The 12-inch Wave Roller is a full-body vibrating roller that combines vibration therapy and an innovative wave texture to further target those problem areas. Additionally, the Therabody Bluetooth-enabled app provides personalized recovery routines and five customizable vibration frequencies that will help you further release tension and increase mobility. It's clear that Therabody has also paid attention to the details by using high-density foam for noise dampening, covering the surface in a hypo-allergenic material that is safe and easy to clean, and a battery that allows you to use your Wave Roller for up to three hours.
If you are someone who carries tension in your back and neck, Therabody's ergonomically contoured Wave Duo is for you. Like its big brother, the Wave Roller, the Duo has five vibration frequencies, high traction grooves, and connects to the Therabody app through Bluetooth. However, the size and shape of this vibrating roller allow it to deliver unique angles and specific pressure for the smaller muscles in your back, neck, and shoulders. It safely curves around your spine so that you don't have to worry about injury to that sensitive area.
The ultra-portable Wave Solo is a ball-shaped vibrating roller that provides pinpointed relief. Due to its smaller size, the Wave Solo can is great for hard-to-reach areas and smaller muscles. Despite its smaller size, the Solo is definitely the spunky little sister to the Wave Roller and Wave Duo. By using QuietRoll Technology that mutes sound and reverberation, the Solo provides a quiet way to release your tension. It has three customizable vibration frequencies, and it also has Bluetooth-connectivity, so that you can harness the added benefits of the Therabody app.
Comparing Therabody Vibrating Rollers
|Wave Roller||Wave Duo||Wave Solo|
|Dimensions||12" x 5.1"||7" x 3.9" x 2.6"||3.4" diameter|
|Weight||3.3 lbs||2 lbs||.7 lbs|
|Material||Hypo-allergenic EVA high-density foam||Textured silicone outer||Textured silicone outer|
|Battery life||180 minutes||200 minutes||200 minutes|
|Battery type||12V Internal Lithium-ION||N/A (USB-A to USB-C cable)||N/A (USB-A to USB-C cable)|
Therabody Vibrating Roller Pros
- 3+ hours of battery life
- Easy to clean
- All models are easy to transport
- Pre-programmed routines help target trigger points
Therabody Vibrating Roller Cons
- Fairly expensive
- Not incredibly firm
- Not ideal to use in apartments (vibration is audible)
Topicals and Ingestibles
Therabody offers an array of topical CBD balms, lotions, and oils that use a combination of CBD and other essential oils that can be used to revive, activate, soothe, and help muscles recover. These products are applied directly to affected areas. It also has one tincture, an ingestible oil that has been formulated to help you sleep.
In a quest to offer a slew of all-natural wellness and recovery products, Therabody started offering lotions, balms, and oils that are infused with USDA-certified organic CBD, and other organic essential oils. The line of topicals is independently tested four times and then sent to a third-party lab to verify the test results so that you can rest assured that these products are safe to use. The topicals are offered in four different categories: Revive, Activate, Recover, and Soothe.
Revive, Activate, and Recover products should be applied directly to affected areas, whereas Soothe products are a full-body application to help ease tension after a long day.
Therabody offers one high-potency CBD ingestible to help you sleep. Like the Therabody topicals, the tincture is put through four rigorous tests, before it is sent to an independent lab that ensures that the findings are correct. In addition to CBD, the Sleep ingestible also has a blend of organic valerian root, lemon, and chamomile oils. So, after a long day of work and workouts, you can add this tincture to your bedtime routine to help you restore and recover through restful sleep.
TheraOne Topicals Specifications
|Type(s) offered||Balm (stick, jar)||Lotion||Lotion||Massage oil|
|Organic essential oils||CBD, turmeric, CO2, menthol, refined shea butter||CBD, turmeric, CO2, white camphor, black pepper||CBD, eucalyptus, peppermint, arnica||CBD, golden jojoba, lavender, eucalyptus|
*20% off with subscription
TheraOne Ingestibles Specifications
|Organic essential oils||Valerian root, lemon balm, chamomile|
Note: 20% off with subscription
Therabody's expansion and rebranding from Theragun has been a worthwhile endeavor. Although all of their products aren't perfect, it is clear that they are dedicated to providing all-natural recovery tools to help both elite and everyday athletes get the best out of their exercise regimens and their post-workout routines.
Is Therabody worth the money?
Although some of the items in Therabody's line-up of wellness and recovery products can be on the pricier side, they do offer a wide range of many of their products to help them fit into various budgets. Also, it is important to consider that recovery is a vital part of your health. Therefore, just as you'd invest in quality products to enhance your training, you should consider doing the same when it comes to recovery.
What is Therabody good for?
Therabody provides a wide range of all-natural health and wellness products such as massage guns, vibrating foam rollers, muscle stimulators, compression systems, and topicals and in that can help you recover faster and more efficiently. These products can work for anyone from fitness enthusiasts to pro athletes to weekend warriors.