RECOVAPRO percussion massager
£ 229 | Tester: holly
Whether you've improved your training before a big run, are completely new to running, or are an old-timer, your muscles probably have a few complaints. Let me introduce you to the RecovaPro, here to ease the 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 in the Best Recovery Gear category at the Product Awards 2020, after becoming a favorite at Women's Running HQ. I use it after every run and it was vital for my recent half marathon training. Here's how it works ...
How it works
This massage gun uses percussion vibrations to work in sore or tired muscles, helping your body to recover faster after exertion. This is the 2020 answer to using a foam roller and we all agree.
This is a serious kit and its sturdiness and reliability justifies the higher price. The innovation shown in its design is impressive - the Smart Glide Technology ™ behind the motor really creates a smooth movement which makes the massage both more comfortable and more powerful. With five speed settings, you can customize your massage to suit your needs, focusing on the points that need the most attention. Battery life is also great - 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 in areas where you could normally use a thumb, the Forkhead for the neck and spine, the head round for large muscle groups and the bullet head for deep tissue and trigger points. I found that 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 uncover the real bad guys, which I then apply pressure with the ball. .
Is it worth it?
The advantage of the RecovaPro is the flexibility it offers - you can go from gentle massage to serious kneading with the push of a button. It works like miracles in relieving the pain of a sports massage and, at just under £ 300, is a worth buying if you need regular treatment. I felt the tension release from my sore muscles and I was noticeably more comfortable the next day.
I would definitely recommend having your friend or partner handy so you can get to all of those sore spots, but I was able to tackle most of my lower body on my own. The accompanying user manual doesn't offer much technical advice, but there is a How? 'Or' What section on their website that is definitely worth checking out.
I can't afford it - is there a cheaper alternative?
Yes! The RecovaPro Lite (pictured above) is a great alternative if you're very careful about 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, plate, ball and, our favorite, the round ball head. It also comes with a wonderful carrying case, but it's easier to carry than the SE due to its smaller size. Weighing in at an ultra-light 0.7kg, it's a must-have for runners busy slipping into a backpack and bringing to work, on vacation, to the gym or wherever you squeeze in your mileage.
As with the RecovaPro SE, you'll be impressed with the battery life - the Lite supports 180 minutes of charging, making it perfectly portable. And when does it need to be recharged? It comes with a sleek leather charging mat which is actually quite revolutionary - goodbye to 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 take this massager to five stars. Whether you go for the full version or the sleek pocket version, the versatile technology offers something for everyone.
Most people think of course as a solo venture. And while runners appreciate ( read : need ) quality “me time, ” there’s something quite powerful about running in a pack.
“Most of the time people join groups for the social experience, but the cool thing about a running group is that you can be a part of it without saying a word, ” says Scott Miller, founder of the Boulder Trail Running Breakfast Club. “It’s a great opportunity to connect. ”
Here, Miller plus five other course club founders, share tips for building—and sustaining—your own running club.
Jessamy Little, who founded the Cass Runners Club, a 100-plus person running group in London comprised of her school classmates, suggests asking potential members what days, times, and locations work best with their schedules. Some groups may favor an early morning sweat sesh, while others may prefer meeting after work. “A recommendation for a newer club is to have two set running days, ” Little says. “One during the week that is more focused on ‘getting it done’ and one on weekends that can have a more ‘fun and footloose’ vibe. ” For Little’s group, the weekend runs were geared toward exploring new areas of the city.
“Don’t get discouraged if not a lot of people show up at first, ” says Marnie Kunz, founder of Runstreet, an NYC-based company that leads art runs—urban runs that pass by street art in cities across the U. S. When Kunz held her first art run in 2015, just one person came : a man on a bike. Kunz was disappointed, embarrassed, and considered canceling the whole thing. But the next week a few more people showed up, and then a few more. Soon, word got out. Runstreet has since hosted more than 200 runs in cities around the country “Realizing that everyone starts from scratch really helps, ” Kunz says.
Kunz stresses the importance of having your own website that houses all information about your runs along with photos. “Social media platforms can change—and not everyone is on every platform—so it helps to have everything in one place. ” Keep your communication consistent across platforms to help create a streamlined brand.
Let people know what they are getting themselves into, Miller says. His Boulder, Colorado-based group of 100-plus members meets every Saturday for a long trail run ( anywhere between two to six hours ) followed by a group breakfast. Because the group’s runs cover a wide range of terrain, he wrote several articles explaining the general genres of conditions runners can expect and the group’s approximate pace along with safety tips.
The articles are published on the group’s MeetUp page, and when a new person signs up, Miller sends them the reading material. “If your group is not a beginner group, you need to make that clear, ” Miller says. “You don’t want people to show up and have a bad time. I try to be really descriptive about the time, en ligne, and elevation of our runs so people know what they are in for. ”
Many members of Miller’s group take photos during the runs and post them to the group’s page. He says it helps draw new members. “When people are looking for a running group and they see pictures of runs in amazing areas, people smiling—both men and women—they see that it’s a mixed group that likes to be social and have fun. ”
Frankie Ruiz, cofounder of the Miami Marathon and founder of the Baptist Health South Florida Brickell Run Club, a free, once-a-week, Miami-based group of about 400 runners, can count on one hand the number of times he’s cancelled runs throughout the program’s nine-year tenure.
“Our main message is that we don’t cancel, ” he says. “If it’s really rough out, we’ll go to a parking garage or go indoors and do a core session. ” He says this has helped build the club’s reputation as a consistent amenity offered by the city. “Even if a runner doesn’t show up, I think there’s a comfort knowing that there is something in your city that doesn’t stop. ”
“If you have new people coming in, you can’t assume that they know the rules and guidelines, ” Ruiz says. “Communication needs to be all the time. ” Even though the group’s “weather-proof policy” may be well understood among current members, every time the skies get gloomy, the club blasts their social channels with reminders that the runs are still on. It also helps to communicate the planned route, distance, and pace in advance so that new members can plan their fioul and attire accordingly.