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The 13 Best Fitness Recovery Essentials We Saw in 2022

This story is part of our end-of-year series This Year in Gear, rounding up the most notable releases of 2022.

You can’t expect to reap the rewards of an impressive in-gym performance if you’re not ready to give your body the relief it needs post-training. Recovery has come into the forefront of fitness over the years, and now more than ever, there’s plenty of gadgets and tools ready to keep your frame in tip top shape.

2022 saw its share of innovations in the recovery space, from upgraded massage gun silhouettes, to reimagined modalities, foundational must-haves and more. Below are some of our favorite recovery essentials from this past year of workouts, all designed to help you make the most of this vital fitness practice.

Therabody Gen5 Theragun Pro


Therabody recently upgraded its flagship massage gun, and in our opinion, this reworking takes the silhouette to newfound heights. The new OLED screen provides a clearer depiction of the built-in recovery regimens, which is a convenient touch that doesn’t require you to pair to your phone for a full-scale routine.

But the big factor that separates the fifth generation Theragun Pro from its predecessors is the reimagined EQ-150 motor. Across its impressive speed range, this massage gun is significantly quieter, allowing for less distractions while you paint away your aches and knots.

Price: $599


Hyperice Hypervolt Go 2


While Therabody’s Pro lineup provides plenty of muscle behind every percussion, there’s something about having effective percussive therapy at the ready wherever your training takes you. For those situations where on-the-go relief was needed, we often turned to the Hypervolt Go 2 from Hyperice throughout 2022.

The slim, ergonomic handle of this compact massage gun feels great in the hands, and the simple button toggles at the base of the head are very intuitive. Whether thrown in a gym bag or road trip duffel, it was difficult to find a scenario where we weren’t keeping this travel-ready…


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