If you just want to know the price of the Theragun massagers, then I have listed them immediately below.
Want to know more about whether these machines are worth the price and how they compare to other massagers on the market, then continue reading…
- Theragun G3Pro 599$
- Theragun G3 399$
- Theragun Liv 249$
Note: These are the normal retail prices. The massagers rarely go on sale, but they did cut the prices up to 200 $ last Black Friday.
Is The Steep Price Of The Theragun Really Worth It?
I am going to start off with one assumption.
I will assume that you actually enjoy massages, but if you don’t then the value of the Theraguns falls drastically…
Besides feeling good, massages can also be an effective treatment method. Sore and achy muscles are commonplace among pretty much everyone and not just from working out, but also the many hours we sit down every day.
In addition, the stressful lives we live tend to make us tighten up. It is typically the muscles in the upper body.
All that soreness can inhibit your movement and negatively affect your performance. Put simply, it makes your daily life tougher than it need be.
You can visit a massage therapist or ask (beg) a good friend or your significant other to give you a massage, but it is going to be a costly affair since massages are best when you can enjoy them on an ongoing basis:)
While the price tag of a Theragun is high, you have to bear in mind that it is a one-time investment. Getting regular massages from a professional quickly adds up. If you are in the US we are easily talking about 80 – 100$.
Furthermore, with a Theragun you have the freedom to massage yourself when and where you want.
If you want to know more about the pros and cons of the massagers from Theragun, then you should check out my comparative review of the three models.
Does The Theragun Actually Work?
The Theragun will help you alleviate sore muscles, and there is even some evidence to suggest that it can help reduce recovery time in athletes.
There is a ridiculous amount of very positive anecdotal evidence that the Theragun percussion massagers work really well.
However, it should be mentioned that this kind of anecdotal evidence extends to many of the popular percussion massagers from varying brands.
I have tried out many machines myself, and I can say that they feel awesome. They make quick work of your soreness and make you feel better about working out again.
My favorite spots to use the massager on are the neck and back. It has also worked well on my thighs.
When it comes to scientific evidence as to why this work and how, it is surprisingly vague and many claims you will read online are total BS.
In the green box below, I have put together a few notable effects mentioned in the scientific studies.
- It could help alleviate delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Read more about it here (meta-analysis).
- Potentially speed up muscle recovery and performance due to the so-called myofascial-release. This can also be achieved with foam rollers. Read more about it here (meta-analysis).
- Could make you happier and more relaxed by decreasing cortisol and increasing the level of the two neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
The Percussion Massager Jungle
Percussion massagers have become incredibly popular in the past years resulting in an explosion of different brands and copycats to chose from.
In my estimation, I don’t think the popularity has reached its peak yet and there will probably be even more of these massagers popping up on the market. However, at the same time there will probably also be massagers that will go away.
Theragun is one of the companies that have been around since the beginning, and due to its commercial success it will probably continue to be around.
Other comparable companies include TimTam and Hyperice. I have put together a long list of alternative options to the Theragun, that you might be interested in.
Figuring Out What Theragun To Buy
The G3Pro is an overall stronger machine and comes with more battery power. It has two interchangeable batteries that each have 75 minutes of battery life.
While this is very convenient, not many people will need that much massage at a time. I think most people will want 10-20 minutes of massage with these machines, and then both the G3 and Liv are sufficient.
The Liv is your best option if you don’t need deep tissue massage, e.g. if you are mostly looking to massage your sore upper back and neck (my favorite spots).
For more information on the various models, you can check out my review here.