Good vibrations: we check out the RecovaPro SE and RecovaPro LITE massage guns
RECOVAPRO Percussion Massage Device
£229 | Tester: Holly
Whether you’ve upped your training ahead of a big race, are completely brand new to running or are an old hand, your muscles probably have a few complaints. Let me introduce you to the RecovaPro, here to relieve discomfort and speed up your recovery time, so you can get back to training in no time.
The RecovaPro SE won the Editor’s Choice award in our 2020 Product Awards Best Recovery gear category, after becoming a firm favourite at Women’s Running HQ. I use it after every single run and it was vital to my recent half marathon training. Here’s a little bit about how it works…
Already got your RecovaPro? Check out our guide on how to use it.
How it works
This massage gun uses percussive vibrations to work into sore or tired muscles, helping your body to recover more quickly after exerting yourself. It’s 2020’s answer to using a foam roller and we’re all for it.
This is a serious piece of kit and its sturdiness and reliability justify the higher price point. The innovation displayed in its design is impressive – the Smart Glide Technology™ behind the motor really does create a smooth motion that makes massaging simultaneously more comfortable and more powerful. With five speed settings you can tailor your massage to suit you, honing in on the points that need the most attention. The battery life is excellent, too – it charges quickly and lasts for hours.
The RecovaPro comes with five interchangeable attachments: the Flathead for general use, which can also be used with the Power head to dig into areas where you might normally use a thumb, the Forkhead for neck and spine, the Round head for large groups of muscle and the Bullet head for deep tissue and trigger points. I found a combination of the Round head and the Bullet head worked best for me – the Round head worked a treat on general aches and pains and would help me to discover the real nasty niggles, which I’d then apply pressure to with the Bullet.
Is it worth it?
The lovely thing about the RecovaPro is the flexibility it offers – you can go from a gentle massage to a serious kneading at the push of a button. It works similar pain-relieving miracles to a sports massage and, at just shy of £300, is a worthwhile purchase if you need regular treatment. I felt the tension seeping out of my aching muscles and was noticeably more comfortable the next day.
I’d definitely recommend having your friend or partner to hand so you can reach all those sore spots, but I was able to tackle most of my lower body myself. The user manual that it comes with doesn’t offer much advice in terms of technique, but we’ve got a handy guide that’s definitely worth consulting.
I can’t afford it – is there a cheaper alternative?
Yes! The RecovaPro Lite (pictured above) is an excellent alternative if you’re being extra careful with your money at the moment. At just £159 it has many of the same features as its big sister, with five speed settings and several interchangeable heads, including the Fork, Flat, Bullet and, our favourite, the round Ball head. It also comes with a gorgeous carry case, but is easy to transport than the SE due to its smaller size. Weighing in at a super-light 0.7kg, it’s a must-have for busy runners to pop in a backpack and bring to work, on holiday, to the gym or wherever you squeeze in your milage.
As with the RecovaPro SE, you’ll be impressed with the battery life – the Lite carries a whopping 180 minutes of charge, making it perfectly portable. And when it does need charging? It comes with a snazzy leather charging mat that’s actually pretty revolutionary – goodbye tangled cables!
We reviewed the RecovaPro SE last year and gave it a 4.5/5, but the launch of the brilliant RecovaPro Lite has to bump this massage device up to a full five stars. Whether you opt for the full monty or the sleek pocket-sized version, the versatile tech offers something for everyone.