The Hyperice Hypervolt could be your new best friend
HYPERICE Hypervolt Massage Gun | £349
Massage guns are seeing a surge in interest from runners at the moment: and not just elite runners either. Loads of us have been persuaded to try these devices, encouraged by the huge benefits of the deep tissue massage they can deliver. And now, during the pandemic, when access to deep tissue sports massage is limited, if available at all, we’re all looking for other ways in which we can recover from our training efficiently, and build our muscles better so that we can run stronger for longer. And this is where the Hyperice Hypervolt comes in.
First things first, the Hypervolt has a bit of an announcement to make. It’s now part of a brand new partnership with Digme Fitness. Digme Fitness is a boutique fitness brand offering online classes on its Digme At Home Platform. They have hunkered down with Hyperice to create a Recover with Hyperice class on demand, focusing on muscle activation, maintenance and recovery. Each session is between 4 and 24 minutes long, and targets different muscle groups in line with different fitness activities. So if you fancy a Hypervolt, but aren’t quite sure how to use it best, this is definitely your best first step.
But on to the Hypervolt itself. Your investment gets you a super slinky massage gun in brushed chrome, with a lovely tactile handle. It also has a high-torque 90W motor that’s pretty quiet, all things considered. There are three speed settings, five interchangeable heads, a pressure sensor, and once you’ve charged it, it’s good for three hours.
What does it do?
It enhances muscle performance. Percussion therapy – for that’s what this is – helps improve muscle contraction, which results in lengthening and strengthening the muscles and fascial tissues.
It accelerates warm up and recovery. The vibrations from the massage help improve blood and lymph circulation around the body, which helps produce more oxygen and nutrients into the muscles. The result is speedy recovery, improved range of motion, pain relief and relieving muscle fatigue and soreness.
Reduces muscle stiffness and soreness. The percussions from the Hypervolt forces the myofascia (the connective tissue throughout the body that support the muscles and bones) to relax. Pain lessens when the myofascial is released.
Improves range of motion and flexibility. The Hypervolt works deep on the muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints, all of which work together to aid mobility. With consistent use, the joints become more flexible and less prone to strains.
What’s it like to use?
Pretty darn good, if I’m honest. A massage gun might seem like a luxury, but the rewards you get from this are immediate and long-lasting, so it genuinely feels worth its weight. I always find that a foam roller, while good (if I remember to use it – ahem), doesn’t quite get to the parts I need it to. And with calf niggles, and ongoing sciatica in my glutes and down into my hamstrings, this was nothing short of joyful to use.
You simply charge it up, turn it on, and find the speed you prefer. The Hypervolt is pretty quiet in use, utterly painless, and fairly light for a massage gun. It delivers up to 3200 percussions a minute via its five changeable heads, and feels lovely to hold, too, with a smashing tactile handle. My kids definitely enjoyed pummelling my butt with it, which was actually very useful.
And over on Digme, there’s a whole bunch of practical (and short!) classes to help you make the most of your new Hypervolt, including a brilliant warm up specifically for runners, and a longer cool down, to ensure you’re focusing on all the right muscles and recover more effectively – basically making sure you run better on the next run, which in turn makes you a better runner all round. And that wins me over!
It’s so easy to use, and I immediately felt the benefits from it – it’s great straight after a training session, and also the day after a run if you’re suffering from DOMS. And also for longer term issues that I’ve been annoying everybody by complaining about for years, such as sciatica. I don’t often wax lyrical about tech, but this is nothing short of essential.
You can sign up to the Hyperice class through the Digme At Home platform. All classes are free for Digme At Home members and will cost £6 for individual classes.