Top-notch massage guns appear on the wish lists of anyone who takes the sport seriously, although the mind remains indecisive about their effectiveness and cost a fortune. Hypervolt 2 Pro is no exception in this latter regard. Manufactured by Hyperice – a California-based recovery technology manufacturer – it’s designed to deliver targeted compression pulsations to prepare your muscles for exercise, enhancing movement, relieving stress and speeding recovery.
It’s also the most powerful Hyperice massager ever, with five preset speeds controlled by a new digital dial. At £379, it’s £80 more than the brand’s next model, yet it’s £170 cheaper than the Theragun PRO, Hyperice’s main competitor in the massage gun game.
The Hypervolt 2 Pro is essentially an upgraded version of the Hypervolt Plus – and as the “Pro” inclusion in its name indicates, this is a massage gun designed for elite athletes. Anthony Katz, founder of Hyperice, describes the Hypervolt 2 Pro as a high-performance device for athletes who are “slightly larger or have denser muscle tissue,” compared to previous iterations of “designed for everyone.”
Hyperice has increased the Hypervolt 2 Pro’s speed options from three to five, ranging from 1,700 to 2,700 beats per minute (PPM). By comparison, the competing Theragun PRO is 2400ppm. It also includes an upgrade to a battery used in performance versions of electric cars, which means more power and longer battery life (three hours, up from 2.5 hours for the Hypervolt Plus).
It’s a little lighter, at 1.18 kg versus 1.36 kg for the Plus, and the 90W brushless motor provides noise reduction, although it’s hard to tell for the untrained ear. The most telling update from Hypervolt Plus, however, is the addition of an infinity-edge wheel – essentially a digital dial – on the back of the device in place of the old push-button to change speed settings.
While this digital dial looks smart and feels good when switching between the five speed settings, it’s arguably less practical than previous models. Turning the dial requires both hands to operate, while you can use one hand with the button, and the patented Hypervolt light sensor alerts the user if they are applying too much pressure that can only be seen when looking at the back of the device. This makes them redundant when massaging the upper body, back or shoulders.
Another change is the new Hypervolt 2 Pro pill-shaped handle. Although I’m sure it was designed to be more comfortable in the palm of the hand, I found it to be more difficult to grip than the symmetrical circular handle of the Hypervolt Plus and the original Hypervolt.
Despite these somewhat over-engineered upgrades, the Hypervolt 2 Pro is a neat machine. It is much sleeker and more robust, with an all-black body, a silver band around the base of the handle and a small rectangular mechanism under the front of the gun. Moving this mechanism forward releases the device’s battery pack so you can quickly reload a new power unit when it starts to run out of power.
The Hypervolt 2 Pro comes with five head attachments (fork, ball, pad, flat and bullet), a universal plug adapter, and a built-in carrying case to keep all the accessories together.
Like previous generations, it also connects via Bluetooth to the Hyperice app, which contains a library of guided actions. These range from a three-minute training warm-up that targets the quads, calves, and hamstrings to a 30-minute “full-body flow.”
Routines like the latter seem like overkill, given that most gym-goers barely have time to shower after a sweat, let alone a half hour warm up. However, I found it a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate resource for routines organized by muscle group, meaning you can easily track and record your sessions.
It also syncs with other apps, like Apple Health, Strava, and Garmin, to monitor your daily movement and then recommend sessions based on your activity. Have you been chained to your desk all day? There’s a seven-minute “desk tension” routine for that. you can not sleep? Try “Rest Overnight”.
There’s even a three-minute workout with a PGA Tour fitness specialist that promises to “improve your swing.” Bluetooth connectivity also allows for automatic speed settings that increase or decrease the tempo without having to fiddle with the dial.
After two weeks of use, it’s safe to say the Hypervolt 2 Pro is out of my league. My muscles are obviously too flexible for their cutting edge strength, which means I’ve rarely left the rest at its lowest setting, and I’ve found myself very impatient to choose anything other than the shortest actions in the app.
However, I can see the value of the recovery tool at an elite level for those working full time in the sports field. If you strive for marginal gains and have the funds to invest in those small gains, Hypervolt 2 Pro can give you an edge over your competition.
Buying from Hyperice | £379