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Theragun Pro Review – Is Therabody’s Top Of The Shelf Gun Still Worth It?

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Today it is time for the Theragun Pro review! We finally got our hands on Theragun’s top gun – the powerful Theragun G4 Pro.

We were excited and a bit overwhelmed by the thrill of having this top of the shelf device. It’s probably the same feeling teenagers get when they lay their hands on a new PS5.

You’d think as experts we wouldn’t be carried away by such thrills but we have to admit, we felt something! But that aside, let’s get down to it and look at the Theragun G4 Pro review. 



Theragun Pro By Therabody

Theragun as you might be familiar, is the big kahuna of the percussive therapy industry. They hit the ground running with the first massage gun in the market and haven’t looked back since.

Theragun by Therabody massage gun

Since 2016 they have mesmerized the percussive therapy industry with one innovation after another. They are like the Apple of the massage gun world.

The G4 Pro means that it’s a fourth generation device already. Their first generation Pro happened about 5 years ago.

Because they don’t mess about with what they do, their devices are consequently highly priced. The Pro costs $599. That’s what we’ll be looking at today.

Is the hefty price justified? Looking at the massage gun industry today, many devices have surfaced with the same or even better features than the Pro.

So what is it that makes Theragun Pro the king of the industry, or would you rather go with the competitors? We’ll cover this in our Theragun Pro review below.


Theragun Pro Review


Theragun Pro Specs

theragun pro features
FeatureTheragun PRO Specs
Stall Force60 lbs 
Stroke Length16 mm
Dimensions10 in x 7.1 in x 3 in
(25.5 cm x 18.0 cm x 7.6 cm)
Weight2.9 lbs.
Battery time2 x 2.5 hours
Noise (decibel)64- 71 dB
Speeds5, unlimited with Therabody app.
Percussion Range1750-2400 ppm
Battery Life2 x 2.5 hours
Number of Attachments6
Extra FeaturesForce Meter
OLED Display
Custom Routines Pre-set
Bluetooth and Therabody app
ProsGreat stroke length
Great stall force
2 removable batteries
Ergonomy
Accessories
ConsExtra Weight
Noise
High Price
Warranty2 years
Price$599 at Theragun.com
Theragun PRO Specifications

First Impressions, Build Quality and What’s Included

We love pulling new massage guns out of carrying cases. You get the feeling that you are getting your money’s worth and that the brand cares for you as a customer.

theragun pro unbox set what is included
The whole set you get with Theragun PRO.

Thankfully the Pro comes in a nicely done carrying case (it would be daylight robbery if they didn’t include one at such a hefty price). 

We pulled the case out of the box and noticed there was something still left at the bottom of the box. Turns out a pouch for the attachments, the battery charging dock, and the charging cable, couldn’t fit in the case.

There’s no compartment in the case for these, but we tried cramming them inside the case anyway and they actually fit, albeit tightly.

Just like in both the Theragun Prime and Elite , we also found an Apple-style envelope that has pieces of information like a letter from the founder, a quick-start guide, an actual manual with more information, a Theragun sticker, and warranty information.


The Device 

The Pro has the same triangular design that has become synonymous with Theragun. With its multiple grips it offers more ways to hold it than any other device – except the Urikar AT1 perhaps.

Theragun Pro really feels like a genuine piece and not a power tool. The Pro also offers more than the multiple grips in giving you a quality and stress-free massage as we’ll see later on.

It’s made of quality plastic, with the handles rubberized. But just like the Elite model, only the outside of the handle is rubberized.

Unlike the Elite, which has a colored ring on its arm, the Pro has a colored circle on the part enclosing the motor. There are two color variations for this part; blue and (RED).

The arm is glossy and shiny. It’s a fingerprint magnet but you probably won’t touch it as often. Like the Elite, the Pro also features an OLED screen (stylishly done) that displays the speeds, battery level and the force applied.


Controls

The mode of operation is similar to the Elite model:

  • Press and hold the power button to turn on/off the device
  • Press + or – to change the speeds
  • Press < and > to cycle between custom preset routines that are saved in the device (more on this later)

Attachments

The Pro comes with 6 attachments, so one more than the Elite. Let’s take a look.

  • The dampener
    The dampener is meant to work on bony and tender areas. It can also be used for a quick overall massage. 
  • The Standard Ball
    This one is perfect for large and small muscle groups. You can also keep it attached on the device for a general massage.
  • The Thumb
    It’s meant to work on trigger points and the lower back. 
  • The Cone
    It’s recommended for pinpoint muscle treatment. You can use it on ligaments around the hands and feet.
  • The Wedge
    This works on shoulder blades and IT bands. It’s also the perfect attachment for flushing and scraping when you need to increase blood flow and decrease tension in muscles. 
  • The Supersoft
    This is a new attachment that comes only with the Pro. It has a soft foam attached to it and it’s meant to work on tender, sore, bony, and joint areas.
theragun Attachments for massage gun
All Theragun PRO attachments and their respective impact levels.

The attachments are made from quality rubber. They are soft, but some softer than others. We noticed the larger it is the softer it is as well. The only one that is a bit tough is the cone, understandably because it’s meant to work on pinpoint areas.

The new added attachment (Supersoft) has a soft foam attached to it. The foam can be easily detached for cleaning.

We were a bit concerned with this one because from our experience foam tends to deteriorate in quality pretty fast. However, we noticed that Theragun have a foam tip refill. You can buy a set of 3 replacement foams.

Another concern that we actually also raised when we reviewed the Elite is the lack of variety in the attachments.

We still feel that most of these attachments are pretty similar. The ball, dampener and thumb attachment are all alike. We wouldn’t mind if they introduced the fork and flat head attachments. That’s just what we feel having used many massage guns.

Finally, all the attachments can fit perfectly across all fourth generation devices, thanks to the universal mount system that’s the same on each and every model.


Size, Weight and Ergonomics

Just as we expected, the Pro is bigger than both the Elite and Prime. Slightly bigger than the Elite, but noticeably larger than the Prime. It’s not the biggest device we have seen but we guess since it’s the top Theragun device (Pro) it can get away with a tad bit of extra size.

As a result it is heavy as well. It weighs 2.6lbs. That is slightly heavier than both the Elite and the Prime – actually 0.4lbs. heavier. We would say it’s probably because it carries the pride of the family – as we’ll see later in our review.

Ergonomically, it’s the best Theragun and it’s not just the multiple grip handle. The Pro is the only Theragun with an adjustable arm. The arm can lock into 4 different positions to make the massage experience even smoother.

theragun pro adjustable arm
The Pro is the only Theragun with an adjustable arm.

Other brands have tried this feature but the arm doesn’t lock into position as well as the Pro does (looking at you, Lifepro DynaFlex Mini). Here, to adjust the arm, there’s a button that you press and release once the arm clicks into a position. 

The adjustable arm will probably be a huge plus to chiropractors and therapists who may need more options as they massage different people.

If you are going to use the Pro on yourself, the adjustable arm will help if you want to reach the lower and middle back. We don’t think the adjustable arm is a must-have here though.


Performance

Stroke Length

This is how far the head of the massage gun moves back and forth to give you the percussions. Also called an amplitude, it is what determines the depth of a massage.

theragun pro stall force 60 lbs
60 lbs of Stall Force at disposal

Theragun is the king when it comes to stroke length.

The Pro has the 16mm amplitude, and as in other full-sized Theraguns, this is still the longest amplitude you can get.

That said, other brands have started equipping their devices with 16mm amplitude as well.

A good example is the Achedaway Pro which also happens to be a fierce rival to the Theragun Pro as far as performance is concerned. 

With enough stall force, 16mm amplitude guarantees a great punch and a deep to the bone massage. 


Stall Force

Stall force is the amount of pressure it takes to stop the motor of a device thereby stalling it. We can never talk of the strength of a massage gun without mentioning its stall force.

The Pro is the strongest Theragun with 60lbs stall force. This is often more than enough stall force to get the job done. There are other devices with more than 60lbs. stall force but we don’t think you’ll ever need more than than. 

Because the Pro also has the long 16mm amplitude, the great stall force means you can have a true deep to the bone massage. Unlike its two siblings (Prime and Elite), the Pro can guarantee a deep percussive therapy even to a heavily built bodybuilder or athlete. 

However, note that even here, the stall force is progressive. In other words, you won’t get 60lbs. across all speed gears. The only time the Pro stalls with 60lbs. of force is when it’s revving at high intensity.

Force Meter

theragun pro oled force meter
Theragun’s PRO OLED screen with the force meter (bars in the middle).

The Pro, just like the Elite, has a force meter that tells you how much pressure you are exerting on your body. This shows up on the OLED screen as a bar graph.

We feel that this is an important feature for therapists or chiropractors who want to achieve a consistency with the massage.

However, if you’re just going to use the gun on yourself, we feel that the force meter is not something you’re going to have to worry about (there’s no way to check it when using it on your back).

With consistent use, you can easily master how to use the devices. 


Performance Comparison

How does the Theragun PRO compare against its main competitors?


Stall Force (lbs.)

Stall Force: Only Achedaway Pro and Urikar AT1 can match Theragun Pro’s 60 lbs. The former has advertised 80 lbs. but felt closer to 60-65 lbs in our review, while the Urikar was just behind the Theragun.

Stroke Length (mm)

Stroke Length: Theragun’s 16mm is best-in-business and only Achedaway Pro and Urikar AT1 can match it. Ekrin B37s may only have 12mm but instead has plenty of stall force on all gears, and offers more intensity.


Percussions/ Speed Levels

Just like the Prime and the Elite, the Pro has the same percussion range of 1750-2400rpm. You can cycle through these using the 5 built-in speeds as below;

  • 1750 – first speed
  • 1900 – second
  • 2100 – third 
  • 2200 – fourth
  • 2400 – fifth/ highest

You can also get custom speeds using the Therabody app (we’ll look at this later in our review). 

There are devices that rev with much more intensity compared to the Pro. However, such devices rarely boast a long amplitude as the Pro does. The Pro delivers a true percussive therapy massage with its long stroke length.


Custom Routines on Device

The one new feature here that is also found in the Elite model is that you can save within the device, customized routines.

The Pro allows you to save up to 3 routines. You can customize these routines with different speeds, amount of time, and the force applied. You can cycle between the speeds using the < and > arrows on the device.

This is an awesome feature that allows you to quickly access your favorite custom programs. There’s already one custom routine that comes with the device. You can easily add the other two.


Noise

Here’s where things haven’t been so hunky-dory for Theragun. With all their glamor and innovativeness they just can’t seem to solve the noise problem with their devices.

They’ve compounded matters by running ad campaigns that seem to imply that their fourth generation devices are quieter. They actually claim that compared to the third generation devices, the fourth generation devices are 55% quieter. Luckily we could test this for ourselves.

theragun pro motor noise
Theragun PRO motor.

We pitted the third generation Pro against the new Pro. We actually did notice a major difference. The G4 Pro is a way smoother, quieter and it doesn’t rattle as much as the G3 Pro.

The thing is that the G3 Pro is an old device that isn’t in sale anymore, and when compared to most other devices available in the market right now, the Pro is actually one of the louder massagers.

It rattles a bit too much and still makes quite unpleasant sound when operating. It’s acceptable, but we think a top-shelf device should be one of the quietest ones – and it’s definitely not.

When we tested the decibels, the Pro gave us 71dB at the highest speed. While it’s not that bad, it is 3 dB louder than the Elite – the most quiet of all three (not counting the mini here). 

We’ve seen people argue that the loud noise is a tradeoff for the increased power of the G4 Pro. However, this doesn’t necessarily hold water. We have reviewed many devices that are just as powerful or even more that are quieter.

A good example is the Achedaway Pro, which, despite having over 60lbs. of stall force, is still one of the quietest massage gun in the market. At $599 the Pro should be a bit more hushed down.


Battery 

Theragun isn’t messing about here. There are two batteries that come with the Pro. It’s probably one of the things that could justify the Pro’s hefty price.

theragun elite vs pro battery
Theragun PRO comes with 2 Interchangeable Batteries

Two batteries are perfect for chiros and therapists. To sweeten the deal even more, Theragun juiced up these batteries more than those in Elite and Prime models.

Here you’re getting 150 minutes of continuous use compared to the 120 minutes on the Elite and Prime.

We did, however, put this to practice and ran out of juice in a little over an hour and a half. But, we did stretch the device with high speeds and put lots of pressure.

There are brands that can give you up to 4 hours of continuous use on battery – Ekrin B37S is a good example. However, the Pro still holds an advantage because you can charge one battery as you use the other. 

We noticed it comes with a pretty bulky charger (looks almost like a laptop charger). The charger cord attaches to the compact battery charging stand.

You cannot charge the battery in the device. There’s a button that you push to remove the battery. Once the battery is fully charged, you then simply push it into the device until it clicks into place.


Theragun App 

The Therabody app is a thing of class. We take our hats off to the company for taking their time to design an awesome dedicated app for their device.

The thing about the app is that it helps you get the best out of your massage. It’s particularly helpful if you’re not sure how to go about a massage.

For instance, once connected via Bluetooth, the app can recommend the type of grip to use, the type of attachment, and dictate the pressure applied for every part of the body.

theragun therabody app
Therabody App helps you get the best out of your Theragun.

The app has a number of suggested routines for activities, treatments, and body parts. You get to use custom speeds within the app by sliding the speed button right or left (increase and decrease speeds).

You also get to know the optimal pressure to apply during different routines. The Pro allows you to save up to 3 of your favorite routines. You can easily access these routines any time you need them.

therabody app to control theragun
Therabody App is available for iPhone and Android devices.

Who is the Pro Best for Then?

The Pro is no doubt the most powerful of all Theraguns. It’s designed to be used by professionals.

We think therapists and chiropractors will appreciate the most what this device can do for them. Features like the more juiced up batteries, ergonomic handle with multiple grips, and the power this device delivers are straight bang on. 

However, it’s not just the therapists and chiros that will get the most out of this percussion massager, top athletes and bodybuilders will enjoy it as well.

If you are buff with muscles or a serious performer, you need a powerful gun with a high stall force and long amplitude. The Pro delivers all these without compromising.

However, if you are not any of the people mentioned above but just need a top Theragun device, the Pro has everything. Do not be unsettled by its powerful features. You can still use the Pro gently and it will work perfectly.

Just like the Prime and Elite models, the Pro starts at a low intensity of 1700rpm. Combined with gentle pressure on the skin and the right attachment (use the supersoft one if you’re not sure), the Pro can still give you a delicate massage. 

If the high cost of the Pro sounds like a deal breaker for you, but you still need a stable Theragun for your massage, the Elite is a good option to consider. It doesn’t sacrifice so much on power and it’s also quieter than the Pro if you like peace of mind

Related reviews: Theragun Elite Review and Theragun Prime Review


Is Theragun Pro Worth its Price?

The Pro retails for $599, a pretty high jump from the gun below it (Elite) which retails at $399. But, is there anything that justifies the Pro being the most expensive massage gun in the market?

theragun Warranty and ProCare coverage
ProCare warranty program.

They do offer a 2-year warranty for it (which is one more year than what you get with the Elite or Prime).

You can also now purchase (for $100) an Apple-style ProCare warranty that guarantees free repair or replacement within the first year and other benefits.

But it’s still not a lifetime warranty like what competitor brands like Ekrin and Lifepro offer. 

That said, the Pro is still a banger device for demanding users with its power and unique features like the Therabody app.

Other than that, there isn’t much innovativeness that it boasts over other perfectly capable massage guns from other brands. It’s still too pricey even though Theragun still can’t figure out how to solve the noise problem. 

If you like the bells and whistles like the 2 batteries, a Theragun badge, and don’t have a problem paying the $599, then by all means have at it. You will not be disappointed.

However, from a standpoint of value for money, the Pro doesn’t pass the bill for the best choice in our opinion. It may have a force meter and Bluetooth, and also the only device you can customize with a personal engraving (for $50), but our recommendations below will still give it a serious run for its money.


If not Theragun Pro then What?


Achedaway Pro massage gun
Achedaway Pro

Achedaway Pro

The Achedaway Pro is a cheaper alternative that can still boast similar features as the Theragun Pro.

It may not have the same triangular, multiple grip ergonomics (it’s more power-drill shaped), but it packs some serious performance features.

Just like the Pro, the Achedaway Pro has a 16mm amplitude which guarantees a deep to the bone percussive therapy massage.

It gets even better because the Achedaway Pro has 80lbs. advertised stall force. When we used it for our Achedaway Pro review, we realized it was actually less (probably between 60-70lbs.), but still more powerful than what the Theragun Pro offers.

The Achedaway Pro also offers more intensity with up to 2800 maximum percussions. That’s impressive given its long amplitude. It also has 5 built-in speeds. 

Theragun may have a problem with the noise on their devices but not Achedaway. Their Pro is super quiet. It’s probably the quietest full-sized massage gun in the market today.

It also has a powerful battery (3200mAh) that guarantees up to 4 hours with a single charge. The battery is also removable, but you’ll have to separately purchase a spare battery. It has a travel case included as well and has a 2-year warranty just like Theragun Pro. 

The Achedaway Pro costs $299. However, you can use the coupon MGA25 that gives you a $25 discount that means you then only get it for $274.

If you were to purchase it with an extra battery, you can use the coupon MGA25 and get it for $344.

Just a thought; at the price of Theragun Pro you can purchase an extra quiet and incredibly powerful Achedaway Pro for yourself, and another one for a friend.


Urikar AT1 Massage Gun
Urikar AT1

Urikar AT1

Urikar AT1 was designed to be as ergonomic as the Theragun Pro. However, it doesn’t just look like the Pro but it also performs like the Pro if not surpass it.

It has a similar ergonomic shape, just like Theragun Pro. It doesn’t jingle or blow much bells and whistles but you can probably live with that given its performance features.

Talking of the performance features, the AT1 has a same, impressive 16mm amplitude. It also gets better with the stall force, the AT1 has 65lbs.

There is no stalling this massage gun once it starts revving. This gun can deliver a deep percussive massage

It revs up to 3600 percussions per minute, a whooping 1200 more than the Pro. It does have adaptive speeds, smart sensors and comes with six attachments that are more varied than what the Pro comes with – the flat head and the fork attachments are available.

It has a carrying case as well. Its battery isn’t removable but it’s well juiced up (2600mAh) and can work for 4-5 hours depending on how you use it. It may not be a perfect fit for busy therapists but it’s the better option for a personal massage gun.

It will cost you $269.99 but you can use the MGA20 coupon right here for a sweet 20% discount, which reduces the price to $215.99 only.


Theragun PRO Review Conclusion

There goes our Theragun Pro review. The Pro is a decent top of the shelf massage gun. The fact that it’s the top percussion massager from a top brand means more should be expected of it.

However, for its price it still really doesn’t authoritatively claim its position as the king of the industry. For starters, they still can’t seem to get it to hush down.

There are alternatives that are way quieter and still offer top performance features, the Achedaway Pro, Urikar AT1 or Ekrin B37s being one of our favorite ones.

If you need more, check out our post dedicated to Theragun alternatives, and feel free to ask us a question directly, so that we can get back to you with a more personalized advice.

Theragun Pro Rating
  • Quality
  • Effectiveness
  • Usability
  • Accessories
  • Price Value
4.3

Summary

Theragun Pro is powerful, elegant, effective and does a great job. However, it’s still too loud and expensive even though it doesn’t offer much innovativeness any more.

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User Review
4.75 (4 votes)

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