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This week on Test Dummy, Jess takes the Theragun G3PRO for a spin. The percussive therapy device claims to improve muscle strength, flexibility and performance—but does it deliver? Teaming up with Associate Editor Claire Maldarelli—a seasoned marathon runner in training season—Jess digs into peer-reviewed research and speaks with experts to find the truth. Does the…

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This week on Test Dummy, Jess takes the Theragun G3PRO for a spin. The percussive therapy device claims to improve muscle strength, flexibility and performance—but does it deliver? Teaming up with Associate Editor Claire Maldarelli—a seasoned marathon runner in training season—Jess digs into peer-reviewed research and speaks with experts to find the truth. Does the Theragun actually help muscles recover, or are Jess and Claire just experiencing the placebo effect? (This weird, wild, and wondrous video is a part of YouTube’s #stayhome and #learn #withme initiative.)

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(upbeat music)

– Hey, what’s up you guys?

Welcome to the first
episode of Test Dummy,

a new series from Pop Sci,
where we test trends for a week

and then dive into the
science behind them.

I’m your test dummy Jess Boddy.

And this week I’m joined by

my esteemed colleague, Claire Maldarelli.

– Thank you, happy to be here, excited.

– Yes, we feel so blessed to have you.

This week we are diving into
trends about muscle recovery.

And for that we have this
contraption, the Theragun.

– This bad boy.

– Yeah, this bad boy.

What we know of it is
that it’s a massage gun.

But I guess Theragun
calls it a high-frequency,

high-amplitude, neuromuscular
percussive therapy device.

And that it provides

muscle activation
recovery and pain relief.

– That’s a lot, that’s good
stuff if it does it all.

– Yeah, right if it delivers.

Do you wanna talk a little bit about

what stories you like to get into?

– Yeah, I’m interested in
sort of like the science

of exercise, physiology and what sort of

goes into how our muscles perform.

I’m training for a marathon,
I ran a marathon last year.

So I run a lot.

– Yeah, is this like a trend
that’s been on your radar?

I mean–
– Yeah,

it’s so popular, you see
it in like locker rooms.

And all my running groups sort of have it,

and people keep it in their backpacks,

and after a long run
will like go and use it.

So I’m really curious as to,
first what it feels like,

and then second, whether or not
it works as it says it does.

– So this is the machine itself.

We’re gonna try a few of the attachments.

I believe this is the Standard,

here I’ll do beauty blogger style.

– I know, I love it, I love it!

– This is the Standard Attachment,
it says for overall use.

– Okay, so you could basically

put that on any muscle on your body.

– Yeah.

(Theragun rumbles)

It feels really good.

– It’s amazing.

– Then we have the
Dampener, and it’s good for

tender areas or around bones.

– See that’s important, because if I wanna

use it like near your shin,

like your shin bone sticks out sometimes.

– Should I do your shin?

– Do you wanna do it on my shin?

All right, I’m really nervous.

This is my bad area.

Oh, that’s delicate and nice.

– The rest of these are the weird ones.

We have the Wedge, the big
ball, Large Ball (laughs),

big ball’s funny, and the Cone.

Then there’s the Thumb.

– Looks like a thumb.
– Thumb,

and this is for lower back
and trigger point therapy.

– Oh interesting, so a lot of people

get like knots in there back.

(gun rumbles)

– So there’s also an app like
for your smartphone device.

And also online they
just have a few examples

of things that might be useful to do,

some areas that you might wanna target.

One, I think this is my
favorite one, glutes, aka

your butt.
– Your butt.

– So they say the average person sits

for 12 hours a day,
which is appalling to me.

And that the Theragun
can provide a quick burst

of muscle reactivation
throughout your day,

waking up the biggest muscle in your body.

– I can just stand up and
take a lap around my office,

and can do the same thing, so.
– For zero dollars.

– For zero dollars.

– Okay, so let’s now look at the specific

claims that they’re making online.

– Yes.
– Yeah,

’cause that’s gonna be really useful

for us when we actually test this.

And we’re gonna speak to some
experts, read some studies

and really see what kind
of science backs this up,

or maybe doesn’t back it up.

On the website they say, “All it takes

“is 30 seconds per muscles group

“to improve muscle strength, flexibility,

“coordination and performance.

“After an intense workout it works deep

“to relieve soreness
and speed up recovery.”

– That’s a lot of claims for 30 seconds.

– I’m with you, yeah.

I mean, per muscle group, so I guess

that would be like five
minutes, for all muscle groups.

– True, yeah your whole overall
body is not 30 seconds, but.

– Still, I mean 30 seconds
for all of those benefits

seems like a lot, but we’ll see.

– Seems tall.

– Okay, so how are we
actually going to test this?

I think the main–
– Love tests.

– Do you?
– No.

– I was gonna say (laughs).

I think the main one that we’re interested

in is improving our recovery.

My favorite day to lift
is leg day, hands down.

But you know when you
get off a busy subway

and you’re walking up the steps,

and all of those people are behind you?

– And they’re like, hurry it up.

– Yes.
– And you’re like–

– And you’re like I’m so
sore, I’m really sorry.

– I am in pain, each
step is like a mountain.

– Yeah, exactly, exactly.

I’m hoping that Theragun might be able

to improve my recovery
enough that I don’t–

– So you can sprint up those stairs.

– Yeah, so the crowd behind me

doesn’t turn into an angry mob.

So that’s me, that’s gonna be

my main measure, but what about you?

– Yeah, I’m in the middle of
marathon training right now.

So I’m hoping that if I use the Theragun

throughout the week I will feel refreshed

and energized and ready to go.

– So now that we’ve kind
of looked into all of this,

and we’ve laid out our questions

and things we wanna learn more about,

I guess the only thing left is to try it!

(gun rumbles)

Hello, hello it’s Tuesday morning.

I am walking back from the gym right now.

I did leg day, it was great.

But I’m really hurting, I’m
looking forward to using

the Theragun, hopefully my pain
will be remedied, we’ll see.

Hello.

(Theragun rumbles)

Yeah, this is not half bad at all.

I definitely don’t mind this.

(bell dings)

(Theragun rumbles)

If I’m sore tomorrow we’ll see
like if this can help that.

Like I’m kind of trying
to see if it can replace

foam rolling at all, like if
it’ll compare to that, so yeah.

I’m about to leave for work.

But I left myself with five
extra minutes to do this.

I am sore, let’s try this.

(Theragun rumbles)

Okay, we’re back, it’s been
seven days, it’s been a week.

– Full week.

– What do you think,
what’s your impression?

– The device is super fun, so
it wasn’t a drag to use it.

I just like every time
after I finished any run

or hard workout I was excited to use it.

– I had a similar experience.

I don’t think my trip up the
subway stairs was any easier.

– Right.

– But I think after I
would lift and get sore

and use it, it would feel better.

– What was your favorite attachment?

– That’s a good question,

I mostly stuck with like the standard one.

– Yeah.

– I will say that I liked the Thumb.

– I loved the Thumb.
– I loved the Thumb.

– The Thumb was a good size.

– Where did you use the Thumb?

– On my calves and like right

between my shin and my calf muscle.

– The Thumb was so good for

my neck and my shoulders, I tried–

– Oh see, I didn’t use that there.

– Okay, I recommend it, but that is just,

that equals two, it’s not like we’re

in a controlled scientific study.

We’re just two gals
trying out the Theragun.

– Just two athletic gals.
– Yeah.

Let’s dive in to what we found

in our research and interviews.

– Unlike other recovery mechanisms,

like foam rollers or those crazy
NormaTec, like space boots,

there have not been
any placebo controlled,

like double blind studies on the Theragun.

So it’s hard to say how it actually

works and how effective it is

when there’s not been any studies on it.

But what I found a bunch of
researchers have been saying

is that it works for very quick effects.

There’s that thing called the
delayed onset muscle soreness,

or DOMS, as it’s nicely referred to.

And so for that pain that you feel,

the Theragun can be
really useful for that.

– It’s funny to me that we don’t know

how this works basically,
and it’s just so popular.

Like I think the first
time I really saw it

was Kyrie Irving in the 2017 NBA Finals.

Now like Nordstrom stocks
it, and it’s sold out.

– I know, I cannot
believe Nordstrom has it.

– Yeah, yeah they sold it
in like their tech popup.

The most advanced model we have is $600.

I mean, that’s a lot of
money to pay for something

that you don’t know exactly
what it’s doing to you.

And it’s also interesting to talk about

how pain is so subjective, and
pain relief is so subjective.

I know you and I talk about this a lot,

we find it really interesting.
– Yes.

– I actually interviewed
somebody about this,

Dr. Jonathon Fader, who
is a sports psychologist.

He does really cool work,

he’s worked with the New York Giants,

I think he’s worked with the Mets as well.

Specifically with things
like the Theragun,

he was saying that the placebo effect

is like very much in play here.

And so the placebo effect is basically

when we receive a treatment that really

doesn’t have any physical effect on us,

but it makes it feel better anyway.

– There’s been placebo effects
for basically everything.

I think it’s crazy.

– That’s what he said, that
even when you take medicine

that does work, like if you take Advil,

you might start to feel better
before it even kicks in,

’cause you know that you’re
starting to help yourself.

– Yeah, you know it’s coming.

– Dr. Fader provided a Jane Austen quote

to talk about the placebo effect.

– Oh, please tell.

– He says, “It isn’t what we say or think

“that defines us, but what we do.”

– Oh wow.

– I love a Jane Austen application
for the placebo effect.

– I don’t think I’ve ever had Jane Austen

in a science story, video,
journalism, ever, so.

– Me neither, yeah.
– That’s cool.

– Yeah, I loved it.

– And then a kinesiologist
that I talked to, Nicole Dabbs,

who’s at California State
University San Bernadino

was telling me that
muscle damage and the pain

that’s associated with it
are not linearly connected.

So the more muscle–
– Oh, interesting.

– Yeah, so the more of
muscles damage you have

doesn’t always mean more pain.

So it’s really hard to
judge how these tools work

based on pain, because it’s so subjective.

– Yeah, and I will add the last thing

that Dr. Fader told me in relation to this

was that if you see
celebrities or somebody

that you really respect using like a

muscle recovery device,
for instance the Theragun–

– Yeah, you’re like,
I need to get on this.

– Right, and you perceive
it as being more effective.

Okay, so what’s our
verdict, what do we think?

I guess if it makes you feel better

and you have the cash to burn, why not?

– Right, okay so if I
had the cash to burn,

honestly, like it makes recovery fun.

And kind of similar to,
I have this running coach

who would always tell me, “You should wear

“clothes that you like and
that you think look good,

“because if you feel good and you think

“you look good, then you’ll run well.”

– I love that.

– So like this idea that none
of this makes any difference

is unfounded based on what
we know about psychology.

And one last thing to
note is that there are

all these muscle recovery devices

on the market in addition to Theragun.

But I think one thing that people forget

that the number one effective

muscle recovery device is sleep itself.

– Oh!

– Getting eight–
– That’s tricky!

– Even plus hours of
sleep will do far more

than any of these devices combined.

And that’s because there’s so many like

cellular mechanisms that
go on with recovery,

like muscle recovery, cell recovery,

that only happen during sleep.

And so as fun as this is,

nothing beats a good night of rest.

– I could really use a good night of rest.

– Same.

– The main takeaway from this,
like get a good night’s sleep

no matter what, like that’s your baseline.

And then whatever muscle
recovery activity or device

works for you, like I think
that’s what you should do.

If we’re making ourselves feel less pain,

and making ourselves feel better,
then we do perform better.

– Exactly.

– So that’s all you can ask for.

There you have it, thanks for watching.

If you want us to try
something on Test Dummy,

drop it in the comments below,

and also make sure to hit subscribe.

Next week we will be
trying meditation apps.

So this week we recovered our muscles.

Next week we’ll be recovering our minds.

Bye.

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Eleanor Cummins

    March 31, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    i laughed so much!!!!! and LEARNED!

    • Jessica Boddy

      March 31, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      :’)

    • Jess Boddy (WT producer)

      March 31, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      :’)

  2. Kasey Spilman

    March 31, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Love this concept!

    • Jessica Boddy

      April 7, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      kasey,,,, thank u <3

    • Jess Boddy (WT producer)

      April 7, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      kasey,,,, thank u <3

  3. Arnav Shukla

    March 31, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Product review with empirical analysis… I am hooked 😋

  4. Keallei

    April 1, 2020 at 6:56 am

    I thought it was Mayim Bialik in the thumbnail

  5. heropld

    April 1, 2020 at 11:11 am

    “That’s a lot of claims per 30 seconds.” Come on, ladies, it’s not your first rodeo.

  6. Ged

    April 4, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Can you someone please do a tutorial on this story? The instructions are a bit confusing.

  7. SevenDeMagnus

    April 7, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks ladies.

  8. Lance Herner

    April 19, 2020 at 4:11 am

    I bought the G3Pro about 3 weeks ago. This massage gun has almost completely healed my plantar fasciitis. It was getting to the point where i could barley walk. No placebo effect for me. Worth every penny.

  9. LT

    April 19, 2020 at 4:11 am

    I bought the G3Pro about 3 weeks ago. This massage gun has almost completely healed my plantar fasciitis. It was getting to the point where i could barley walk. No placebo effect for me. Worth every penny.

  10. Kristoffe Brodeur

    June 20, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    paid ad by…

  11. Nicos Hadjitheoris

    June 27, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    xDDDD this machine can make you happy in a few seconds xDDDD

  12. Jonathan Merlo

    December 26, 2020 at 5:26 am

    Such nerds. Heeey

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– [Narrator] On July 21st, 1969,

the Apollo 11 lunar landing crew.

– That’s one small step for man.

– [Narrator] Was due to
depart the moon’s surface

after a 22 hour visit.

– One giant leap for mankind.

– [Narrator] A speech had been prepared

for President Richard Nixon titled,

“In the Event of Moon Disaster,”

it read, “Fate has ordained that the men

who went to the moon to explore in peace

will stay on the moon to rest peace”

Said another way, marooned, stranded

because landing on the moon was one thing,

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getting off was something else entirely.

Would Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong

live out the rest of their days

staring at the blue glow of
Earth from 250,000 miles away?

And what if they did?

(gentle music)

Of the more than 550 people
we’ve sent into the cosmos,

just 21 have died

and only 3 actually above the boundary

between Earth and space

since humankind first took

to strapping ourselves to rockets.

When there have been fatalities,

the entire crew has been lost,

leaving no one to rescue.

But as we move closer to
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whether that’s on the way,

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or at some other point of the mission.

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The crew of the ISS already stores trash

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As the years went on and
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In promoting his own future
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NASA never officially
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