Theragun G3PRO Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

Theragun G3PRO Review (Pros:Cons, Pricing, and More)

Are you looking for a state of the art self-massager designed for use anywhere, anytime? If so, I highly recommend checking out Theragun’s portfolio of self-massagers (the newest one being the G3PRO). In this review, I’ll provide you with exactly what you need to know about Theragun G3PRO, including pros and cons as well as how it’s changed with each generation.

What is Theragun?

First off, Theragun is a company that makes high-frequency, high-amplitude neuromuscular percussive therapy devices that provides muscle activation, recovery, and pain relief. The Theragun G3PRO is the third generation of what many consider the original percussive therapy brand to take the DIY jigsaw turned massager into the wellness market.

Handheld, portable self-massagers at a price the average consumer can afford has become all the rage in active and athletic population in the last few years. But now we’re seeing these massage “handguns” become popular among the mainstream to help alleviate general muscle aches and pains. Given the popularity, many brands have materialized to join in the master “massage” blaster competition.

With so many options out there regarding features, quality, and of course, price, is the Theragun G3PRO still the original go-to self-massage device? I’ll answer this later. First, let’s review the 3 version of Theragun to date.

The evolution of Theragun

Theragun G1
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Theragun G1

The first generation Theragun G1 is the old school OG that even looks like a jigsaw. Honestly, I wouldn’t consider this version at this point as you have to hold both the safety button and the trigger the entire time to engage the power. Also, last I checked, you can’t buy it new anymore.

Theragun G2PRO
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Theragun G2PRO

The Theragun G2PRO has better battery life than the Theragun G1, multi-point adjustable head, optional accessories available for purchase, and it’s still loud. With the release of the G3PRO, you can get version two for only $399.

Theragun G3PRO
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Theragun G3PRO

Theragun G3PRO is better looking, has improved battery life, comes with lots of bells and whistles, and is quieter (more on this below). But, priced at $599, it is still the most expensive option on the market!

Source: theragun.com

Theragun liv

Theragun liv has a number of the features the G3PRO has but it’s smaller and easier to carry around (for those on the go gym rats out there). At half the price of the G3PRO ($299), it’s worth checking out!

The bells and whistles of Theragun G3PRO

There’s no question the G3PRO comes with some great features! But, to no surprise, it had to maintain relevance with the emergence and rise-to-fame of the infamous Hypervolt. In fact, the Hypervolt’s desirable features and design essentially put the Theragun G2PRO out to pasture.

1) Fully adjustable arm with an improved speed

The G3PRO has a fully adjustable arm to assist in targeting hard-to-reach areas, which can come in handy when, well, trying to reach those hard-to-get areas!

2) Improved speed and battery life

The arm that “jackhammers” to do the massaging has a 16mm amplitude (greater than competitors) and two speeds at frequencies of 1750 and 2400 RPMs. However, I’m not really sure if this matters (we’ll see).

Also, the whole kit and caboodle comes with two batteries which last for up to 75 minutes per battery (again, not too shabby).

3) Decreased sound

The new proprietary gearbox muffles the sound of the previous generation’s model by 50% without compromising power output. Honestly, there’s nothing groundbreaking here but is a must since Hypervolt raised the bar to the quiet standard.

4) Six different head attachments

The device is supplied with six different head attachments which serve a variety of purposes from addressing large muscle groups to pinpoint targeted treatment (more on this later).

Theragun comes with plenty of accessories, so you’re ready to blast away right out of the box. However, let’s say you misplace one of your six attachment tips or you’d like to charge your Theragun while globetrotting (they offer electrical plug attachments), they’ve got you covered.

Does Theragun use misleading marketing?

The website is chock-full of customer testimonials from famous athletes to your typical 1-5 star online reviews from “verified” customers (classic online “social proof” which is expected).

Theragun directly states the G3PRO is is a natural pain reliever, promotes rapid muscle recovery, improves posture and mobility, releases knots, breaks up scar tissue and adhesions, relieves muscles soreness, and among others.

However, there are substantial issues with many of Thergun’s product benefits claims, which gives the public the wrong impression when making a purchase decision.

Sure, a massage feels good so it can be a natural muscle “pain reliever”, but that’s all relative just like “muscle recovery,” “posture,” “mobility,” and, “soreness.”

Assessing the company’s claims

Muscle recovery from a workout is a natural physiological process that takes time. I’m not sure how a jackhammer can rapidly increase the process and there’s no solid literature to back it up. Even if it did increase the rate of muscle recovery, it would be nominal. Pass.

You can ‘GUN yourself and still hold a sloppy posture. Further, there’s no such thing as “perfect posture” so what is an improvement of posture measuring against? Pass.

“Flexibility” would be a better word in place of “Mobility.” Regardless, because it’s a device doing something to you, any flexibility or mobility gains are quickly lost because your brain has not learned how to control the new range-of-motion. Pass.

Don’t get me started on “release” or “break-up” of XYZ. “Release” is a very relative term and knots and adhesions (they way they are described) are not necessarily a real thing. Clinicians have been using the aforementioned terms for years to describe pain mechanisms but they’re not that simple nor reliable. Pass.

If the marketing said something like, “Feels really friggin’ good on your muscles, which makes you feel better, especially if you’re an active person” I’d be cool with it. To spin the way it feels into the simplistic “scientific” explanations like it has is misleading marketing.

How much does Theragun G3PRO cost?

The cost of the product is straightforward: $599. Comparatively, it’s expensive but you do get quality, craftsmanship, and many features from a household name in the market.

Want it now but tight on cash? Theragun does offer noteworthy financing via Affirm.

Theragun cost vs competitors

When comparing the Theragun G3PRO pricing versus competitors, it’s the expensive one. Its prime competitor, Hyperice, which prompted Theragun to develop the G3PRO in a rebuke to the critically acclaimed Hypervolt (the first to offer quiet technology with extended battery life) is almost half the price at $349.

The TimTam is a fraction of the price at $199 but is more like Theragun’s previous model (G2PRO) as it puts out quite some noise.

The cheapest route would be the homemade versions utilizing a jigsaw tool and a lacrosse ball. However, this requires way more work than simply pulling out your credit card!

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Theragun G3PRO plus accessories
Source: Theragun.com

Is Theragun G3PRO right for you?

Pros

  • Feels good on your muscles
  • Can help reduce muscle tension
  • Includes many great features and accessories versus competitors
  • Quality design and materials with high attention to detail

Cons

  • The physical benefits it claims it provides are speculative
  • More expensive compared to its competitors

Final thoughts

The G3PRO is an awesome, slick, and feature-filled self-massager with every little detail covered. But let’s not forget, it’s still a massager. The design and craftsmanship are phenomenal. Whether you’re using the G3PRO on someone else or yourself, the features are top notch.

The 50-50 weight distribution is crucial with long and continuous usage. The motor withstanding up to 60 lbs is useful when trying to get deep into thick tissue (i.e. muscles, tendons, skin, etc.).

I haven’t tested to see how long the G3PRO actually lasts on one full battery charge, but having two long-lasting batteries is a nice touch when you don’t have the time or just don’t want to wait for a charge.

Though I don’t think it’s necessary, the variety of tips is nice for those who want a customized feel or “believe” different tips create different effects other than feel. However, the closed cell PU foam that won’t soak up creams, lotions, or gels is a nice touch for the people who are into that sort of thing.

The adjustable arm is a great, and possibly deal-breaking, feature as it makes self-massaging certain areas possible where other devices would fail.

Lastly, durability. No, I haven’t tried to run it over with a truck or throw it out of a tall building, but I’m sure it will last through the various drops and knocks in its lifetime. If not, you’ve at least got a 2-year warranty.

However, let’s not forget, it’s still a massager…

As mentioned earlier regarding their marketing, I’m not a fan of some of their acclaimed features and benefits, as they’re largely conjecture and anecdotal at best.

“Total body recovery in 15 minutes.” Recovery from what? Your workout? A weekend bender? Your mom’s “famous” Salisbury Steak?

Accelerate warmup and recovery by targeting each muscle group for 15 seconds.” Based on what? Any more so than simply moving your body before a workout, then getting proper rest and nutrition after your workout?

“Target each muscle group for 2 minutes to decrease post-workout soreness.” It’s subjective based on personal experience. If I have a hard workout with significant DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), the massager makes it feel good while it’s massaging and that’s about it. Your muscles get sore from workouts (it’s normal, let it be).

“Prevents and breaks-up adhesions” What’s an adhesion? It’s not accepted in health, fitness, and medical whether the definition of “adhesion” is legitimate.

“Relieves muscle spasms and replenishes energy through more hydrated muscles” Anymore than simple rest and proper nutrition?

“Better Sleep” Really? Prioritizing proper sleep hygiene will yield much greater results, and we all could use some work here.

“Replaces stretching in your daily routine” No it doesn’t. First, no one necessarily needs to stretch (movement first). Second, anything active where you move your body, like stretching, is better than something passive where you let something else do something to you, like the Theragun G3PRO.

Look, the point is, for the last time, the Theragun G3PRO is a self-massage. Don’t be fooled by hypothetical marketing jargon.  It massages and it feels good. It makes some tight muscles feel looser. It’s not the second coming of Christ. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. 

What do you think of the Theragun G3PRO? Leave your review in the comments below!

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Summary

The G3PRO is an awesome, slick, and feature-filled self-massager with every little detail covered. But let’s not forget, it’s still a massager. The design and craftsmanship are phenomenal. Whether you’re using the G3PRO on someone else or yourself, the features are top notch.

Pros

  • Feels good on your muscles
  • Can help reduce muscle tension
  • Includes many great features and accessories versus competitors
  • Quality design and materials with high attention to detail

Cons

  • The physical benefits it claims it provides are speculative
  • More expensive compared to its competitors

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RJ Burr, DC
I’m​ ​Dr. RJ Burr, a chiropractor​ ​in Plymouth, MI. I’ve never been much of a wordsmith, so I’ve always found writing these bios to be a little tricky. But hey, if I were a wiz at writing biographies, I probably wouldn’t have been able to focus on my true passion in life: helping people get back to doing what they love and performing better. I graduated from Central Michigan University before I pursued my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS). I’ve accrued more than 700 hours of post-graduate work with an emphasis on manual therapy, rehabilitation, biomechanics, nutrition and movement restoration. I’ve earned various certifications such as McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (Cert. MDT), Active Release Techniques (ART), and Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) medical track, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and a candidate for the American Chiropractic Rehab Board Diplomate (DACRB). I discovered early on that truly solving problems wasn’t something I could do alone. As a matter of fact, we have to work together and you have to be the change. I don't "fix" people, rather work as a guide to solve their muscle and joint pain frustrations, so they can get back to the lifestyle they deserve.

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