The New Massage Tool Every Athlete Needs

Hyperice Hypervolt
 Courtesy of manufacturer

What It Is: A handheld vibrating massage tool, the Hypervolt looks like an impact driver and functions much the same way. Four attachments, ranging from a firm foam sphere to a two-pronged plastic fork, oscillate back and forth at speeds up to 3200 RPM to help you loosen tight muscles and reduce soreness from hard training sessions.

Why We Like It: We’ve recently become converts to the handheld vibrating massager, thanks to the TheraGun G2 Pro. But, it’s just so damn loud that we can’t really use it in any normal setting—the office is a no-no, as is our small apartment when the baby is sleeping. That device’s steep price ($599) is also a drawback. But, the Hypervolt alleviates those issues. It’s whisper-quiet, by comparison: Sure, it’s noisier than a foam roller, but doesn’t sound like an industrial power tool, and definitely won’t wake up the neighbors.

Strangely, there are two power switches on Hypervolt—a switch on the battery, plus a power button on the unit itself, which you repeatedly press to cycle through the three different speeds and a stand-by mode. Fire it up and hit those tight spots. We started on the lowest speed to work out a hamstring and glute that got painfully tight after a week of fast running, but quickly went up a notch for a deeper massage. You can control the intensity of the massage by how hard you press the massager into your muscles.

But, for our needs, we stuck with the two-inch foam ball attachment. It’s firm enough to work into large muscles, but wasn’t too intense when we used it on a tight soleus (calf). If you have trouble spots you need to get at, it also comes with three other attachments: a double-pronged fork, a pointed one-inch plastic barrel, and a blunt plastic disk a little larger than a half-dollar.

The battery will last up to three hours on a single charge—we didn’t drain it in our light testing over a long weekend—but it can be quickly topped off by plugging it into a wall outlet. An LED ring around the base of the battery lights up any time the power is on to indicate how much battery life remains. Best of all, you don’t have to remove the battery to recharge it, but you can if you wish.

Nitpick: It’s still expensive: $349 will buy you a truckload of the standard foam rollers.

[$349; hyperice.com]