A decade ago, the notion of everyday athletes using their own percussion massage guns to soothe sore muscles probably seemed outrageous. Since then, however, products like Theragun have made it a reality.
Which is why, when the people behind that gadget make another elite recovery technique more accessible, we're inclined to trust them.
And that's exactly what Therabody has done with RecoveryAir — medical-grade boots designed to reduce muscle fatigue and inflammation and increase overall circulation through clinical pneumatic compression. Better yet, as part of a Cyber Week promotion, the boots are $200 off right now. Normally $699, the price is now $499, a savings of 29 percent.
The key phrase here is "intermittent sequential pneumatic compression." Putting it in layman's terms, the air chambers in the boot inflate and deflate to mimic leg muscle pump action, increasing circulation and speeding recovery.
To be fair, this product is not the first leg sleeve to be available to the general public; it's a rebranded and relaunched version of the RecoveryPump by RP Sports, a company Therabody quietly acquired last fall. And Normatec, which is now owned by Therabody competitor Hyperice, makes high-tech compression sleeves as well. But while the cheapest Normatec product costs $995, Therabody's entry-level offering costs a much more affordable
$699 $499. The higher-end version, the RecoveryAir Pro, is $1,299 $999.
The brand is betting those price points will attract a whole new crop of weekend warriors seeking better ways to bounce back from century rides, long runs and other punishing physical feats.
Another feature that may attract them? RecoveryAir's set it and forget it functionality, which allows you to put the boots on, adjust the time and pressure, then read, watch TV and relax while they do their thing.
Again, both the RecoveryAir and RecoveryAir Pro — which allows athletes to use the Therabody app to access personalized pneumatic compression programs and create customized routines — are deeply discounted right now as part of a Cyber Week promotion. The RecoveryAir is $200 (29 percent) off and the RecoveryAir Pro is $300 off (23 percent off), while supplies last.