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Theragun PRO Review: A Closer Look at the Super-Expensive Percussion Massager Gun

Percussion massagers are becoming more and more popular with many people using them for a whole host of benefits that traditional electric massagers are unable to provide.

A percussion massager is a great tool for loosening up taut muscle tissue, knotted fascia and other similar related issues.

The deep tissue massage these kinds of devices provide on virtually any muscle in your body can help with pain relief, muscle misalignment, post-workout soreness and pre-workout injury prevention.

If you’re new to the game you may have never heard of ‘Theragun’ but they are one of the leading brands in percussion massagers set apart most noticeably by the high price of their massagers.

The Theragun G3 PRO is their latest percussion massager and supposedly their top of the range product.

If you’re interested in buying a Theragun G3 PRO you’re likely wondering if it’s worth the money or if you should go with a cheaper brand?

Luckily for you in this Theragun G3 PRO review, this is the question I look to answer as I try it out for myself.

The test model Theragun G3 PRO

In this post, we’ll dive into everything you need to know about the Theragun G3 PRO such as how it works and what makes it so special.

I’ll also take you through the unboxing and my own experiences of using the Theragun G3 PRO and answer the most important question. Should you buy the Theragun G3 PRO?

What is the Theragun G3 PRO?

The G3 Pro is Theragun’s upgraded version of the G2. Other percussion massage guns in Theragun’s latest line are the original Theragun G3 and the newest device, called the Theragun Liv (we’ll look into these more later).

Out of all the percussion guns in Theragun’s line, the G3 Pro is the most advanced, albeit most expensive.

However, the high level of intensity it offers, as well as its quality, durability and customization features, make the G3 Pro the crème de la crème of percussion massage guns.

What’s Included with the Theragun G3 PRO?

  • Theragun G3 PRO device
  • 2 x Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Lithium-ion Battery Charger
  • 6 Attachments
  • Attachment Pouch

How Does the Theragun G3 PRO work?

The Theragun is a percussion massage gun, which works by driving continuous pulses putting high amounts of pressure into your muscle tissue.

With a massage gun like the Theragun, it’s easy to pinpoint and release small, specific trigger points almost anywhere on your body. You can dictate which area you want to loosen up by feeling around for it and honing in on what feels tender or taut.

Use the G3 Pro to for just 30 seconds in each area that feels stiff or achy to release tension, increase range of motion and reduce inflammation and pain.

With its high level of force, it goes to work relieving tightness and inflammation, which cause poor circulation, stiffness and pain.

You can quickly relieve muscle soreness in large muscle groups like the quads, glutes and hamstrings very rapidly, helping you warm up and recover from workouts in record time.

The result is a deep tissue massage, achieved simply with a hand-held electronic device and no bodyweight or exercise movements needed.

With its ergonomic design, the Theragun G3 Pro grants you the ability to be your own masseuse and work on virtually any part of your body on your own.

With its portability, you can take it to the gym or bring it to the airport on your trip for use on-the-go.


Things to Consider Before Buying a Percussion Massager/Massage Gun

If you’ve never bought a percussion massager before there are a few things you should keep in mind before buying one.

Your Needs

Using a percussion massager as a self-massage tool for myofascial release and kneading out muscle knots improves your health and posture, but there are also many other benefits.

Here’s a quick overview of the major advantages you get from using a massage gun:

  • Improve exercise performance and prevent injuries when used before workouts
  • Faster muscle recovery after workouts and less muscle soreness
  • Relaxes muscles and eases tension
  • Increases your flexibility by giving muscles a gentle stretch and increasing your range of motion
  • Improving blood flow, especially where knotted tissue has caused stagnation
  • Lowered stress hormones and increased endorphin release [1]

If you are looking for any of these points then a massage gun should be the product you are looking for.

Power

Percussion massagers adopt a ‘hammer’ like massage where the head of the massager will vibrate at high speeds as you adjust its position over your body.

Percussion massager brands typically seek to build products which deliver the most power in order to hit and release the deepest and hardest to release trigger points.

Depending on the power of the device, a percussion massager can be painful to use especially if you’ve never massaged before or have a lot of tightness and soreness in your body.

For a massage gun to feel great and do its job, you have to find the right massage gun with the right type of power that you need.

Noise

With added power comes noise. Typically the more powerful the massager the louder it is.

Massage guns are notoriously loud.

If you are looking for a quiet massage then you may be better off with a shiatsu massager or a manual massage tool.

Battery Life

Since massage guns are designed to pack a lot of power while remaining light and portable, the battery may become easily drained during a session.

Ideally you want a massage gun to have a battery that doesn’t drain too quickly. In addition it should be quick to charge to full battery without becoming overly fiddly.

Durability & Warranty

The most powerful percussion massagers are built with powerful motors that deliver a lot of power. You want to make sure that the percussion massager you buy is built to last.

If it comes with a long-length warranty, risk-free trial and good customer service, you’re on to a winner!


Main Features & Benefits of the Theragun G3 PRO

When shopping around for percussion massage guns or other self-massage tools and devices, you might ask yourself: is the Theragun G3 Pro really worth the price tag?

There are cheaper options on the market, so what makes the G3 Pro so special?

Here are a few of the unique selling points that Theragun feel sets their product apart from the rest of the other percussion massagers.

1. Triangle Ergonomic Handle & Adjustable Arms

Theragun G3 PRO’s adjustable 4 arm position

A massage gun can be difficult to use if you’re trying to hit hard-to-reach areas on your body.

The Theragun is designed with a new patented ergonomic handle which makes reaching all parts the body much easier than before.

It’s a hollowed triangle shape, so you hold onto it with your grip more like a bar instead of a handle, and there are 3 different sides you can grip it from to apply pressure from different angles.

The With 4 adjustable angles you can set it to, the device gives you plenty of reach to use on muscles throughout your body.

2. Powerful 60lbs of Force

There is a common complaint that many massage guns do not pack enough power to truly break up knots and tightness.

In particular, users complain that some massage guns do not hammer hard enough on their muscles to provide them with adequate relief.

The Theragun G3 PRO comes with two treatments speeds with the highest speed delivering up to 60lbs of force.

Since the Theragun G3 PRO can throw as much as 60 pounds of force at you with each and every pulse, this makes it one of the more powerful percussion massagers on the market to aid in releasing knots and cramps.

The intensity level the G3 Pro offers is unparalleled, making it a great choice for anyone who needs more power behind their massage and find most other tools too weak.

3. New 50% Sound Reduction from Previous Models

When reading the reviews of various percussion massage guns, you’ll notice that most of them mention extremely loud noise levels that bother users.

Theragun state that they have a new proprietary gearbox which has resulted in a 50% sound reduction to their earlier models.

Reduced noise means a more relaxing and stress-free environment; something which is important in relieving stress and tension in the body.

4. Quality Build & Warranty

The G3 Pro is built with quality materials that last and make the device a long-term investment.

If you frequently need to rely on a good massage to relieve muscle pain or help your sore muscles recover after training them, the G3 Pro is designed to be durable enough for the job.

Physical therapists tend to rely on the Theragun G3 Pro because its performance doesn’t change despite frequent, ongoing use with multiple clients.

The Theragun G3 PRO also comes with a 2-year warranty.

5. Includes 6 ‘Precisely-engineered’ Pro Attachments

The Theragun G3 PRO comes with 6 attachment heads each designed for specific areas.

The main head on the Theragun G3 Pro is semispherical, but it comes with five other attachment heads you can interchange.

One has a thin, flat edge you can use to dig into muscles that are clinging to bone, such as along your shoulder blades, spine or hip abductors.

Other attachment heads are spherical but in different sizes so that you can select the right size for each trigger point or muscle you’re targeting.

There’s also a conical attachment head for honing in on your smallest trigger points, such as tiny knots along your back or in your shoulder joint.


Theragun G3 PRO Review

Now that we’ve got past the overview now over to the hands-on review.

Before we start it’s always a good idea to outline what I am looking to get out of the Theragun G3 PRO as this will differ from person to person. This will also reflect the final recommendation.

I’m not a professional athlete nor a massage therapist but rather an average guy who works out daily to improve fitness, flexibility and mobility levels, so I’m just looking for the basics.

I tend to suffer from a lot of tightness in the body so I love trying all kinds of massage tools that can potentially unlock more tightness and increase flexibility in new areas.

This is what I was hoping to achieve when purchasing the Theragun G3 PRO.

The Contents

I’ve tried a fair few electric massagers before but not many brought the kind of excitement and anticipation as to when I got my hands on the Theragun G3 PRO. For one, it’s expensive so I am expecting to be impressed.

When it first arrived my first impressions were that the presentation level was very high. The box, case, chargers and all the accessories were very well made and the type of quality you’d expect when buying something like a high-priced Apple product.

Theragun G3 PRO Case

On opening the box the first thing in the way is the travel case. Likewise, it is very well made and the stitching is of high quality.

Once inside, the number of accessories included doesn’t overwhelm you like some massagers that come with many parts. It’s very easy to get started and make sense of how everything goes together.

The Theragun G3 PRO comes with a bag of 6 attachments, a desktop charger, two batteries and a travel case (not pictured)

The Theragun G3 PRO also comes with another case which holds all the attachments.

The 2nd case which holds the attachments (5 pictured)

Even though this is such a simple idea it gets huge bonus points with me. I’ve found that most other massagers do not include a way to hold all their attachments together. If you own many massagers, it’s easy to get all the heads mixed up with each other! Bonus points for this.

The attachments are also well made and designed. They are cushy and have a soft and padded feel about them.

As far as presentation and first impressions go, the Theragun G3 PRO gets full marks.


Using the Theragun G3 PRO: First Impressions

Getting started with the Theragun G3 PRO couldn’t be easier. Simple lift up a catch on the handle, then insert a charged battery.

Next, stick the attachment of your choice on the end and you’re ready to go.

There are two buttons on the handle. One to turn it on and off, and one to switch between the two available speeds.

Inserting the battery

After turning it on and holding the Theragun G3 PRO in my hand I noticed how much it feels like a power tool rather than a massager. The noise it makes and its rhythm is somewhat like a small portable jackhammer.

And like any jackhammer it’s loud.

It almost sounds exactly the same as a power sander or a power drill. I like to describe the type of level of noise a massager gives off in terms of whether you can use it while watching TV… with the Theragun G3 PRO you definitely would not be able to use it when watching the TV.

Even if you put your TV to a very high volume you would still have difficulty.

In terms of power, It is very powerful.

I placed it on my calves and immediately felt that it had already found untouched trigger points that I couldn’t release with all the other massage tools I’ve tried.

It did produce discomfort while using it on those areas, but its the good kind of discomfort and shows that the Theragun G3 PRO is doing what it is intended to do.

I continued to try over other areas and I was experiencing much the same thing as I was on the calves.

The Theragun G3 PRO was managing to find new areas I had been unable to unlock tightness from and at the same time, I could feel it was nicely promoting blood circulation to these areas. It felt good for sure.

Overall my first impressions were good and I was looking forward to seeing how I would get on with it for the next few weeks.

Using the Theragun G3 PRO for a Month

After owning the Theragun G3 PRO for a month or two I’ve come to an overall idea of how well it works and how best to use it, at least in my own case.

Overall I am very happy with the purchase I made. It’s hit most of those trigger points and tight areas in my body that I knew existed but could never quite find a way to release them, particularly around the back of my waist and lower back area.

It has also proven to be effective along the inner thigh and adductor area which is notoriously hard for me to release using a foam roller or a massage ball.

Other areas it worked well for me were the calves, triceps and forearms. It was also amazing around the lats and upper traps which are areas I tend to struggle with a lot of tightness.

As a rule, I found it effective in areas that are slightly inconvenient or ineffective for a foam roller.

After a few weeks use of the Theragun G3 PRO in these areas it has dramatically removed chronic tightness that I had in these areas and I am still seeing improvements as I continue to massage away at these areas.

At first, it was very sore when using the Theragun G3 PRO on these areas, but over time it got less and less painful and I could use it for longer and longer periods.

If you are worried about the initial power being too overwhelming, you do get used to it eventually.

The Design

In terms of design, I did notice that it can get quite heavy over time especially if you are targetting an area that isn’t as easily accessible as other body parts for example if you are using it on your glute area or lower back.

The weight seems to be slightly more weighted towards the front so you need a bit of forearm strength to hold the Theragun G3 PRO. I imagine some users will find the Theragun G3 PRO to be a little on the heavy side.

The Theragun G3 PRO triangle design compared to the traditional massage gun design.

From my point of view, I didn’t see any real advantage in the Theragun Triangle ergonomic designed handle nor the ability to move the arm position into its 4 potential positions.

For starters, the triangle handle can only be held on two of the three supposed handles as the one that holds the battery (the one with the logo) gets too hot to hold as it has a heat vent.

Regarding the adjustable 4 arm position never once did I find the need to adjust it. The best position is the default one.

In fact, I prefer the traditional massage gun ‘hammer’ type design with one long handle as it’s more comfortable to hold and more evenly weighted.

All in all, though, the design is fine but there’s nothing overly special that gives it an edge over other massage guns.

Battery

After some tests I did notice that the battery does run down pretty fast.

I haven’t timed the battery life accurately, but I would guess that for me it runs around 30 minutes before a fully charged battery becomes drained on the highest speed setting.

Luckily though, the idea of having two interchangeable batteries and a stand-up charger makes up for this.

The Theragun G3 PRO comes with a battery charger with two interchangeable batteries.

You can quickly switch over the battery as long as you always make sure you have a fully charged battery on standby.

Using this approach I have never found it much of an annoyance that the battery does drain quite quickly. It’s also positive that it does not take long to charge a drained battery (my guess 1 hour?).

If you plan to use the Theragun G3 PRO on a daily basis then you’ll have to make a permanent space for it to make sure your charger is plugged in at all times.

With other massage guns I’ve found that you can take out the charging equipment once a week to charge it up, but this is not so with the Theragun G3 PRO.

That being said, I have no real issues with the battery life as I always have a spare one on standby.

The Theragun G3 PRO light indicator has a light indicator on its handle

I also did notice that the battery indicator seemed to be a little unreliable. The Theragun G3 PRO has lights on the handle which indicate how much charge it has left.

For me, the lights did go down gradually however as soon as it hit two or three lights remaining sometimes the Theragun G3 PRO would suddenly run out of batter and go dead.

You’d expect it to go down gradually and give a more accurate assessment of how much time you have left.

Despite these small flaws, the Theragun G3 PRO is very well made and it is built with a quality that matches the accessories it comes with.


Conclusion: Should You Buy the Theragun G3 PRO?

Ultimately it depends on what you want out of it and how much massaging you have done already and also your budget.

Everyone has different things they are looking to get out of it some may be looking to improve circulation and some people are looking for a post-workout recovery massage.

For me, I was looking to it for trigger point relief and to relieve chronic tightness and in that regard, it did pass the test.

This is mostly in part due to its power.

The Theragun G3 PRO has got a 16mm stroke range which gives it a little more power and the ability to provide a ‘thumping’ massage. This is the best way to describe the type of massage it provides and the reason it works so well.

I’ve tried other massage guns and a lot of them do not have enough power to do anything for me.

However, despite its incredible power, this isn’t the type of massage that I find suitable for all areas of the body.

For instance, I have a lot of neck tightness and the Theragun G3 PRO just didn’t perform well for me in these areas whereas other percussion massagers with a smoother and less thumping massage worked well.

Furthermore, there are other massage guns on the market which have a lower stroke (10mm) and provide a much ‘smoother’ massage which is more suitable for delicate areas or around bony areas.

It’s with this in mind that I found the Theragun G3 PRO works best in fleshy areas such as the calves, hamstrings and thighs.

I also found that switching to the lower power didn’t help either as it’s too slow and doesn’t have enough power for me. In fact, I didn’t find the lower speed that useful at all for any part of the body. For me, it’s either the higher power or it’s not worth using.

It would have been better if the Theragun G3 PRO had more levels to find the exact level of intensity you need. This is a major flaw of the Theragun G3 PRO.

I own other massage guns that have up to 6 levels which gives them far more versatility over the Theragun G3 PRO. However, they lack the power of the Theragun G3 PRO which is a big loss in my books.

Another note is if you are looking for something quiet, do not buy the Theragun G3 PRO.

If you live with other people and plan to use this early in the morning or late at night while people are still sleeping, I think you will have trouble trying to conceal the noise.

Given that Theragun say that the G3 pro is 50% quieter than the previous models I would imagine you would have had to use earplugs with the earlier versions!

If you plan to use the Theragun G3 PRO while chilling out and watching TV or listening to a podcast then it’s simply going to be too noisy for this kind of thing.

At first, this was my biggest con with the Theragun G3 PRO.

I usually use all my massagers while I watch TV and losing this ability meant I had to change up my routine just so I can use the Theragun G3 PRO daily. I have got used to the noise though and it bothers me a lot less.

Some of the other massage guns on the market are much quieter, however, you may have to give up potential power.

In addition, if you are new to massage or are especially sore I wouldn’t recommend the Theragun G3 PRO as it’s too powerful.

If you do decide to get the Theragun G3 PRO and fall into one of those categories, you can still use the Theragun G3 PRO, but expect that it may take a long time before you get used to it.

You may be better off with something like the Purewave CM-07 or the PlayMakar MVP Percussion Massager.

And the Big Talking Point… the Price…

When making a decision to buy, you also have to factor in the price. The Theragun G3 PRO isn’t cheap.

So is it really worth the high price?

In my case, it has relieved a lot of chronic tightness and trigger points that other massage tools I have tried could not do, so in that respect, the Theragun G3 PRO did exactly what it says on the box.

However, I think it is way overpriced (assuming it stays at its current $599 price).

The conclusion that it is overpriced is based upon a couple of factors.

Firstly, it is by no means the perfect massage gun. It is still noisy and it only has two speeds.

Secondly, there is no justification for it being up to three times the price of most other massage guns on the market.

Theragun G3 PRO Travel Case

Theragun are relying on their brand name to add a few hundred dollars onto the price. This is the same with Hyperice and the Hypervolt.

Theragun has to improve on their existing models constantly so they’ll come up with new trademark ‘Triangle’ handle designs, moveable 4 position arms and nicer better-stitched travel cases which add on to the price.

But do they make a difference?

I imagine that the average user may not care about these things (and neither did I find them particularly advantageous, however, if you are a professional with clients, these things may be beneficial) and would prefer a lower price.

Another reason the price is so high is that Theragun has three models (the pro, standard and the liv). If they slash the price of the G3 PRO then they have to lower the price of everything else. This could mean their lower lowest model would be a rock bottom price.

I do feel the Theragun G3 PRO is perhaps more expensive than it should be despite the fact that it does everything it says it should. If it were $200 cheaper I would be raving about how good the Theragun G3 PRO and making it an absolute must-buy recommendation. If the Theragun G3 PRO does ever shift considerably from its current price then it’s definitely worth buying.

Even though it is overpriced it has dramatically improved my day to day flexibility and loosened up the tightness in my body, which I value highly.

The Theragun G3 PRO comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can always try it out first and see if you like it, if not then return it.

If you are put off by the price or need something less powerful you could try the other range of Theragun products or alternatively see our page on the best massage guns.

I haven’t tested the Theragun G3 standard model or the Theragun Liv (I plan to review these soon) but they may be better value for money if you want the Theragun G3 PRO but have a tighter budget.

The Theragun G3 and the Theragun Liv

The Theragun G3, which is the standard model, provides the standard level of treatment, with plenty of force for getting the job done, but nothing over-the-top.

The G3 Pro, on the other hand, offering 60 pounds of force instead of the 40 and 30 pounds that the G3 and liv offer respectively, makes it the heavy-duty champion of Theragun’s line.

According to Theragun, what separates their three models from each other is the level of treatment they provide.

While the Theragun Liv is their cheapest, lightest option, it provides just the essential treatment to get you by.

Another major difference between the products is the battery life you get.

Whereas the liv gives you only 45 minutes of use on just one battery, the G3 Pro comes with 2 batteries, each lasting 75 minutes for 150 minutes of total battery life per massage session.

The Theragun liv operates at just one-speed setting, which is 40 percussions per second. On the other hand, the G3 and G3 Pro each have two-speed settings, one at 40 percussions per second and the other at 29.

The G3 Pro comes with 6 attachment heads, the G3 comes with 4 and the liv comes with just 2, including the dampener and the standard ball.

What these models all have in common is their hollowed triangle-shaped ergonomic grip and they’re made with quality materials that last.

Each comes with a travel case, but the Theragun liv is the most compact.


*Important Update Regarding my Theragun G3 PRO

After using the Theragun G3 PRO I ran into some problems with my unit. This happened around 3 months in after owning it.

One of the attachment heads became stuck and I was unable to remove it from the Theragun. I pulled very hard but it simply would not come off.

I contacted Theragun via email telling them of the problem. There were a lot of needless emails going back and forth some with canned responses with them asking about my situation and asking me to try pulling it off in a certain way.

If they were better organised they could have asked all the questions in one email and save the multiple emails that went back and forth. I also got one canned response which had absolutely nothing to do with the question I asked.

After a while, they did allow me to return the defective unit which I had to drop off at a delivery pick-up point. I did have to chase them up a couple of times asking where the replacement was up to 2 weeks after I had a receipt that the defective unit had been delivered to them.

Once I chased them up about this they did send it out quickly (I did not get a whole new package but only a replacement unit and attachment). So things are back to normal now.

Having the Theragun G3 PRO not work as it should after only 3 months is disappointing especially considering its price. For professional physical therapists with clients, this would have been much more of a greater problem.

However, the good thing is that Theragun honoured their warranty and always replied the same day as I sent out my emails to them.


Final Remarks

Hopefully, learning about the Theragun G3 Pro in this review has helped you explore whether it’s right for you.

While many other percussion guns don’t give you enough intensity, the Theragun G3 Pro offers an impressive 60 pounds of force with each pulse.

Although it comes with 6 different attachment heads for a versatile range of use, many users are disappointed there are only 2 speeds, and some find it too intense for their needs.

To close the review, I do think the Theragun G3 PRO is the best massage gun on the market and if you are looking for a powerful massager with a high-quality build then the Theragun G3 PRO would be a good purchase (If the Theragun G3 PRO decides to die on me or break I will update this review).

If you want a quality percussion massager with a good warranty and proven effectiveness but you don’t want to pay the price tag on the Theragun G3 Pro, you might consider one of Theragun’s other massage guns, such as the Theragun Liv and the original Theragun G3.

However, the Theragun G3 PRO is overpriced and a little overhyped, which leaves it vulnerable to being taken over as the market leader, but for the current moment, it is the best massage gun on the market.


Best Places to Buy the Theragun G3 PRO?

The Theragun G3 PRO is available on Amazon.com, but also be sure to check it out at Bestbuy.com which often features special deals on the Theragun.

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