Well, just like that, September is almost over the fall seems to have arrived. At least, it definitely has here, where I live! I hope that the beautiful foliage of autumn is gracing the leaves and trees near you as well! But, just because the air turns crisp and the wind picks up doesn’t mean we can forget about maintaining peak condition! (Whatever happened to the winter bod??) Anyways, enough kidding around, I’m back with my regular installed articles about massage gun, accessories, competitors, etc. and I sure appreciate all of you who read, respond, and react to my posts. 

Today I want to kick things off by talking about two devices that look more like an AED than a massage gun but sure as hell resuscitate your sore muscles! These two products are Jeanie Rub Massager by Core Products and the Daiwa Max Pro Heavy Duty Massager. At first glance, you’ll notice that both of these machines are a bit bulker than the gun style machines, like Theraguns massage gun. The size and weight of the Rub Massager and Max Pro means that you’ll likely need a therapist to administer the massage. I think that one user can operate it on their quads while seated on their own, but aside from that, it’s simply too large and too awkward to use. Moving beyond that, there are some differences between the Rub Massager and Max Pro that are worth pointing out. 

The Rub Massager actually doesn’t have a small percussive head. Rather, the entire bottom surface of the machine serves as the percussive surface. The sheer surface area of this massage surface means that you can target large swaths of muscle and cover ground with ease. However, the unfortunate reality is that aside from your back, chest, and upper legs, all other muscle groups are too small to receive an effective massage from this tool. The more recent models actually have a strap-on surface cover that provides more pin-pointed therapy, as well as some other surface adaptations, like a fleece or sheepskin cover. In general, I would assert that the Rub Massager is a relatively antiquated massage therapy. It is large, bulky, and doesn’t provide massage relief that can’t be serviced with a smaller, more nimble tool. Not to mention, its ability to do trigger point make it essentially too obtuse for usage on larger muscles. 

The Max Pro is a much more aggressive, functional alternative to the Rub Massager. Upon opening the package, you’ll see that the attachable heads have greater trigger point capabilities. The four heads that come with the Max Pro each serve a specific purpose and can be easily swapped out depending on the needs of the athlete that you. In addition to having greater versatility, the Max Pro is lighter and a bit smaller, making it a bit easier to lug around. That said, you’ll still be lugging this thing around because it is on the bigger side. And, you’ll still need a friend or therapist to help you with administering the massage because it needs two hands to operate. 

I hope by reading my reviews you’re able to take in the information as those of a relatively impartial and informed blogger, helping you make a better decision for your own needs. Between these two products, I would go with the Max Pro 100% of the time. That said, unless you yourself are a massage therapist of your an athlete that has access to a therapist, I think you should steer your search more towards massage guns. And, if you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll see that I’m particularly partial towards the Theragun. That is, until the round of innovations come out. At that point, we’ll see who leads the pack!