My body has long been a bundle of aches and pains from diabetes which, even under control, wreaks havoc on your body. And the long hours spent sitting in front of the computer, in all kinds of positions, or staring into the smartphone with my perpetually bent neck only made matters worse. Now the containment has accentuated everything even more. So when the opportunity arose to review the new Hyperice Hypervolt 2 portable percussion massager, I had to find out what it was.
Hyperice Hypervolt 2
So what is the Hypervolt 2? Well, this is a massage gun, the type that has become very popular in the United States and other markets over the past few years. The Hypervolt 2 actually looks a bit like a hammer, or should I say a jackhammer for your body. It therefore has a handle and a beam which is perpendicular to it with the massager at one end. On the back is a button that is used to turn on the device as well as to change the speeds. As you continue to press, you can see an LED light that indicates the three speeds. There is another set of LEDs which become visible depending on the pressure applied to the head. The device comes with several accessories – fork, ball, pad, dish, ball – which can be used depending on your recovery needs.
The Hyperice Hypervolt 2 is not a simple massager. Clever. Actually, a little too smart. This is because it has an app and can connect to your phone. The app reads your daily activity data from Apple Health or such apps and then suggests the routine to be applied on the Hypervolt 2. The best thing about it is how the app takes control and shows you exactly what to do and even activates the massager accordingly. There is a video as well as text prompts on how long a specific attachment has been used, where etc.
I found these routines extremely useful and it worked like magic to relieve exactly the stress points that had built up in my body after my 10,000 daily steps on the treadmill and walks in the park. And that’s exactly what the Hypervolt 2 is for, to help athletes recover after their daily training. In addition, the application has different routines for specific use cases and requirements. I have found that General Pain Relief was able to fix much of the stiff shoulder that I had been breastfeeding for a few weeks now. Then you will also notice that most of the routines here are aimed at athletes.
The different accessories all serve different purposes – the crotch for your legs, the cushion for the muscles, etc. And if one cannot find relief in the cushion for back pain, there is the bullet that can untie stress knots in minutes.
If you use the Hypervolt 2 for a daily routine, the device’s battery can easily last a week. The handle has an LED strip that lights up green when charged and turns orange and red when the charge drops.
Personally, I have found Hypervolt 2 to be very useful, especially in relieving shoulder pain. The percussion speed of the massage gun is perfect for loosening knots and de-stressing your muscles after a workout or just a long day at the computer.
However, although the gun is great for massaging your hands and legs, it is very difficult to access other parts of the body where you might need help. And it is not always easy to get help. In other words, it’s not the device you get if your idea of a massage is to relax in a lounge chair while browsing your Twitter feed. It is a self-help device in every sense of the word.
The Hypervolt 2 is a great buy for those who really push their body every day by being active or even sedentary. But remember, this is also a masseur who needs their users to be active, not relaxed, literally. At Rs 30,999, Hypervolt 2 is a must have in your kit if you are an athlete or a gym junkie.