Work is inherently part of working out. That may seem cliche or route, but any sort of physical exercise involves exertion of some form or fashion. Yet, it can be easy to overlook effectively taking care of yourself in the wake of this effort, leading to further injuries. Stretching helps, sure, but new technology from companies like Therabody has made it possible for everyday athletes to receive pro-level care — and few do it better than them. Their latest revolution? The RecoveryAir.
Therabody RecoveryAir: What We Liked
The RecoveryAir is Therabody’s entry into compression therapy. The medical-grade, space-age-looking boots are designed to help reduce muscle fatigue and inflammation. The RA also increases your overall circulation through “clinical pneumatic compression,” which is just a fancy way of saying the boots inflate and deflate around your legs to increase circulation, which speeds up recovery. What does that mean for you? Your muscles are overall less achy, making you ready to get ready to attack that next workout with as much tenacity as you did the first time around.
The RecoveryAir is easy to use. Inside the box are the two boots and the centralized control hub. The boots are wired and then feed into the base itself. Putting on the RecoveryAir is simple, as you’ll place the boots over your feet and legs and zip them up, almost like a sleeping bag for your legs, and then plug them into the base, where you can set the pressure and overall session length. The boots then start to slowly fill and empty with air, encouraging blood flow while flushing out bad stuff like lactic acid.
The RecoveryAir is meant to be an inherently relaxing process, so I would typically set it up on my couch while watching TV. The initial compression and depression felt a little strange, but it does make a massive difference in terms of relaxing your leg muscles after a few minutes. Even a quick and simple 15-minute session did wonders for me after a run. The RecoveryAir also made my next exercise easier than it would have been otherwise, making it a holistic product in terms of providing pre and post-care.
Therabody RecoveryAir: What We Didn’t Like
The biggest knock against the RecoveryAir is its price. A lot of exercise equipment, recovery or otherwise, can get expensive quickly. For $699, Therabody asks a lot for this (it’s $100 more expensive than their Pro model Theragun), which might be a turnoff for some. Weekend warriors might not see the value in something they’re only using every once in and while. Still, if you’re constantly training and need something to boost your recovery process, the RA is going to feel like an absolute game-changer.
One thing that’s also good to know out of the gate is that you’ll need plenty of room to spread out. Again, using it on the couch ended up being my best option, but it’s something to keep in mind when considering how and where you’ll use it.
The Verdict: The Therabody RecoveryAir Will Change How You Recover
The RecoveryAir truly is a wonder. It’s a piece of equipment that exceeds its potential, resulting in something extraordinary. Once you’ve used the RA, it’s hard to go back to using anything else, as you will genuinely feel a demonstrable difference in how you approach your workouts. Believe the hype.