Back in July, I was contacted by Wahl Wellness and Sport on Instagram and was asked if I would test out their product and provide a review. It was my pleasure to test out their product and in my typical fashion, it takes me about a month to use a product and test it out and ensure that the review I write is from having used the product multiple times and not just once and the exclaim that it’s the greatest ever or the worst ever.
The timing of the shipment could not have been better as it showed up at the end of July / beginning of August and was just about the time that I was over the idea of running the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee. For those of you that are unfamiliar, this virtual race was 630+ miles over the course of 4 months. At the time I was duped into registering by Susan Lacke I figured that running 150 miles per month (35-ish miles per week) was right in line with my current volume. What I didn’t take notice of was that I would mentally decide I’d had enough and want to get it over with. August became the month where I said, Fuck It and let’s get this thing over with as quickly as possible.
I went from running 35 miles per week to the following volume:
- August 3-9: 46.4
- August 10-16: 50.4
- August 17-23: 53.8
- August 24-30: 51.6
I was clearly looking to get this over with and get it over with quickly. As you can imagine, that type of volume is going to provide an opportunity for sore muscles, sore feet, sore ankles and just overall soreness. The Wahl Deep-Tissue Percussion Therapeutic Massager came in handy during that time. Here are my thoughts in the most simplest terms:
- Pro: It works
- Con: It has a cord
The model that they sent me comes with 4 attachments and I used each of them for specific reasons:
- Flat Disc Head: I used this on my IT bands and Quads
- Four-Finger Flex Head: I used this around my ankles and achilles
- Acupoint Head: I used this on my calf
- Deep Muscle Head: I used this on my calf, hamstrings and bottoms of my feet
I have used various TheraGuns in the past and the Wahl Massager can compete with them in terms of effectiveness. The massager does the things it was intended to do and having run 225 miles in August without any issues, I don’t need more proof to say it works. The various options come in handy when I was focused on various parts of my legs. I will warn you to be careful with the acupoint head as too much of a good thing can be ‘detrimental.’
Last weekend, I rode my bike on Friday and I suffered calf cramps from dehydration. I could feel muscle soreness in them on Saturday after riding 65+ miles (yes, I was that dehydrated that it caused the cramps to be that severe) and wanted to attack the problem quickly. The deep muscle head didn’t feel like it was getting the job done so I switched to the acupoint. I was pressing hard and using the various speeds of the massager for about 30 – 45 minutes. The next day on Sunday I could feel where I was applying the pressure and while not debilitating, it was noticeable. I ran with our usual Sunday StruggleBus crew and didn’t feel anything. I ran again on Monday and didn’t notice any soreness at all.
The one downside to the model that I received is that it has to be plugged in. This isn’t a huge problem because you should be sedentary while massaging your legs, but if I wanted to be in a different room, I’d have to unplug and then plug in a spot where I had room to lay down or a chair. Again, this is an inconvenience and nothing more. After all, the cord is 9 feet long. If the cord is a deal breaker for you, don’t worry they do have one that is cordless.
This month, during the #BahasECC swim challenge I will be swimming the equivalent of the English Channel or 21 miles so I’ll be testing out the massager on my back, neck, shoulder and arms. An update to this review will be posted after that challenge is complete.