Theragun Liv Review by BestMassageTech
There are very few times in life when something you really want (but can’t quite swing financially) gets a major price slash. Tuesday was one of those sweet, serendipitous occasions in the fitness world. With the launch of two new percussive therapy devices, Theragun has now made it possible to treat your sore muscles to one of their recovery devices for $300 less than the cost of the original device.
The features on the G3 ($399) and the liv ($299) vary slightly from the flagship G3PRO ($599), which is intended for use by level-10 athletes. The G3PRO comes with two speeds of repercussion and six attachments to fit an adjustable arm for targeting large and small muscle groups. The G3 is similar with four attachments and a fixed arm. And finally, the lightest model at 2.5 pounds, the liv is the utilitarian workhorse of group with two attachments.
While previous iterations of the Theragun were loud enough to drown out conversation clear across the room (we passed it around the office anyway), all three of the current offerings are almost whisper quiet. You wouldn’t necessarily want to, say, bust one out while your roommate is meditating, but you could definitely sneak in some percussive therapy while watching TV.
For the unordained, the Theragun is a dream come true for your aching muscles. In a review from late 2018, beauty and fitness director Ali Finney wrote: “Nowadays, to the left of my couch sits a contraption that looks equal parts futuristic and functional: The Theragun. Anytime someone new comes over, they ask with stars in their eyes: ‘What is that?’ ‘It replaced foam rolling for me,’ I tell them—and in an instant everyone wants to try. I switch it on and just like that, people are impressed.”
“Unlike some wellness experiences, you’ll never be confused on whether or not the Theragun is working,” wrote Finney. “This is both because it’s quite loud (it sounds a bit like a drill being used) and because it brings instant relief to sore, tight muscles with long-lasting benefits.” With the latest offerings from Thergun, however, cacophony is a thing of the past.
With the introduction of the TheraGun liv massage gun, TheraGun looks to expand their demographic outside of elite athletes and into the everyday home. Their lightest and most portable device is fantastic for those looking for quick relief, wherever that may be. Not to mention, the price point is much more friendly than the other devices in their product line, the G3 and G3Pro.
Below we take a further look at the features, specifications, and capabilities of the TheraGun liv percussion massager.
What’s different about the TheraGun liv?
For anyone familiar with the TheraGun brand, you are most likely going to immediately think of the G2Pro or the G3Pro, which have preceded the development of the liv. The Pro series of devices were targeted for elite athletes to aide in recovery and range of motion to compete at the highest level. These devices offer multiple speeds, multiple batteries, multiple adjustment angles, and multiple attachments. With the liv, TheraGun has taken a simpler approach.
Unlike it’s predecessors, the liv comes as a portable and lightweight device that still packs a punch. In an effort to offer a much lower price point, TheraGun has stripped away many of the features that led to the high end cost of their Pro series of devices. With the liv, users get a built-in lithium-ion battery that lasts for 45 minutes, a non-adjustable massage angle, a single percussion speed and a reduced number of attachments. Additionally, the force that’s able to be applied when massaging is less than both the G3 and the G3Pro, as the maximum stall force is 30 pounds. (Stall force is how much pressure can be applied before the motor stalls).
What isn’t different is the quality and results of this device. The massage head still functions at an amplitude of 16 mm and users still get the maximum performance of the Pro and G3 series models with 2,400 percussions per minute.
What are the specifications of the TheraGun liv?
The TheraGun liv boasts an amplitude of 16mm, a stall force of 30 pounds and offers a single percussion speed of 2,400 percussions per minute. The exterior frame is made of professional grade plastic and the internals feature an industrial grade Japanese motor. The massage gun is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion 3 cell, battery. The liv’s battery lasts for about 45 minutes of use before it needs to be recharged. The overall weight of the massage gun is 2.5 pounds and it comes with a lightweight travel pouch. It also comes with two attachment heads designed for targeting different areas of the body.
What’s included with the TheraGun liv?
- liv massage gun
- travel pouch
- built-in, rechargeable, 3-cell lithium-ion battery
- Charging cord
- 2 attachment heads
- Dampener – tender areas or near bones
- Standard Ball – overall use
How portable is the TheraGun liv?
The liv by TheraGun is very light weight, weighing in at 2.5 pounds and comes in a decently compact size. In terms of TheraGun devices, the liv is the lightest and most compact massage gun they manufacture. Designed for users on the go, the device can easily be transported in a backpack, small purse, or gym bag to take to the gym or office. Also, with the convenient travel pouch, it makes it easy to bring all the accessories with your device wherever you are traveling to.
In terms of flying with your liv percussion massager, here is what the TheraGun website has to say:
When traveling with your Theragun, lithium-ion batteries must be stored in carry-on baggage only. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate, all lithium batteries must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin.
While you are able to travel with your Theragun unit and accessories in your carry on luggage, it is at the discretion of the TSA officer if they will allow this through. Please feel free to share our website and social media with them if they are unfamiliar with our device.
We do recommend that your Theragun unit and other accessories (charging station, etc.) is kept in your checked luggage, especially when traveling internationally.
Possible benefits of using the liv percussion massager
- Total body recovery in 15 minutes
- Promotes overall range of motion
- Accelerate warm-up and recovery by targeting each muscle group for 15 seconds
- Target each muscle group for 2 minutes to decrease post-workout soreness
- Prevents and breaks up adhesions
- Improves muscle coordination and mobility to prevent injury
- Natural, pill-free pain relief
- Relieves muscle spasms and replenishes energy through more hydrated muscles
- Better sleep
- Promotes better posture and body awareness
- Relieves body soreness from travel and jet-lag
- Replaces stretching in your daily routine