Slow-motion videos of the rippling effects of massage gun heads pounding against bronzed flesh seem to have appeared out of nowhere.
And now everywhere you look, it’s massage gun ads and their supposed therapeutic effect.
Massage guns first became popular with pro athletes at the end of the 2000s as a way to loosen up their sore muscles while resting during the game.
That’s how the biggest name in the massage gun game - Hyperice - got its start: by making customized wind-down products for the Late Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers.
It wasn’t long before the rest of the world noticed the futuristic-looking handheld device, however, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now everyone from gym bros to health enthusiasts and octogenarians are looking to add the massage gun to their repertoire of recovery or relaxation equipments.
Unsurprisingly, literally hundreds of massage gun brands have popped up, seemingly, overnight on social media, shopping platforms and your local Walmart.
So the real question becomes: how do I know which massage gun is the right one for me?
There are 5 things you should consider when choosing a massage gun:
1. Stall Force
Simply put, stall force is the amount of force required to stop the massage head from moving.
To put it into perspective for you, the Hypervolt has a stall force of 57 lbs and the Theragun has a stall force of 60 lbs.
In case you were wondering, TXMSpot also has a stall force of 60 lbs.
We’re going to assume that you might want to take your massage gun to work or to the gym.
The Hypervolt and Theragun both weigh 3.1 lbs.
In case you were wondering again, TXMSpot weighs 2.4 lbs.
2.4 lbs, that’s what a regular sized pineapple weighs.
3. Noise Level
Unless you live alone and only plan on using your massage gun at home, you need to think about whether it’s going to sound like a jackhammer when you use it on your calves.
A Theragun can be as loud as 79 decibels, whereas the Hypervolt tends to be somewhere between 65-70 db.
And, only if you’re wondering, TXMSpot sounds like a quiet rural area at barely 45 db - even when turned up high.
Let’s get real, price matters. The Theragun will run you $299 to $599, unless you’re going for the mini, which is $199 but only have half the features.
Hypervolt models retail from $199 (for the mini) to $349 (for the pro version).
And because we know you’re wondering, the TXMSpot is priced at $199 and only comes with full features.
How is this possible?
Let’s just say we got our patent early, so we don’t have to jump through hoops to optimize our product and pass the costs off on you.
Oh, and one last thing, the TXMSpot has the only AI-powered Smart Chip Pattern Recognition System on the market.
What does that mean?
Well, at the push of a button, it will remember the intensity of your preferred massage mode, so that you can hit that sore spot exactly the same way the next time you need, by pressing a single button.
5. Battery Life
The last thing you need to consider is how long your massage gun can go on a single charge.
A short battery life can be tedious. It’s not a great feeling when you’re looking for that relief after a hard workout and your massage gun doesn’t start because you forgot to plug it in last night.
Without getting into boring details, the TXMSpot can go up to 2 weeks on a single charge, even if you’re using it every single day!
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