JARRETT: I’m a big fan of Shark Tank. I’m also a big fan of running gear. Two worlds collided last year when I saw the MyoStorm Meteor pitch on the show. Jonothan De Peri, Shaquille Walker, and Jared Ward came out swinging and ended up with offers from all the Sharks. Mark even did his thing where he goes “TAKE MY OFFER RIGHT NOW OR ELSSSSE.” Well, Mark didn’t get his offer taken, but someone else did!
At TRE a few months later, I saw Jared at the Saucony booth. I zig when others zag, so instead of talking to him about the new Endorphin Pro like everyone else, I dove deep about mustaches and his appearance on “the tank.” I think he enjoyed the change of conversation. [NARRATOR: He didn’t.]
The Meteor 2.0 is a handheld massage ball that can both vibrate and heat up. Some of the benefits listed on the website include decreasing pain and soreness, improving blood flow, and accelerating muscle recovery. I love all the recovery gadgets so when I was asked if I wanted to review the Myostorm Meteor 2.0, it was an easy HELL YES.
ROBBE: I’m in constant recovery because I pretty much do nothing to take care of my body after a run, proceed to sit in a chair for six hours, and then complain about how sore I am to my wife all day. I also have had a lingering injury (high hamstring tendinitis) that is mostly gone, but will still flare up from time to time. It’s impossible to get to that spot with a foam roller, so after using a baseball the last year, I finally thought I should get out of the dark ages of recovery.
I looked into the mustache of Jared Ward and knew the path I had chosen. To the Meteor we go.
JARRETT: The only important things that come in the box are the Meteor (duhhh) and a USB-C charger. Plug it into a hidden charging port for a few hours and you’re ready to go. The battery life is supposed to last 6 hours on vibrate and 1.5 hours using heat. I’ve had it for about a week now and haven’t recharged it. (It takes 4 hours to fully charge, by the way.)
Right off the bat, the small size is great for keeping your house from looking like a physical therapist’s office as well as easy traveling. It’s about the size of a duckpin bowling ball. What’s that, you don’t know what duckpin bowling is?! It’s basically an excuse to drink a lot of Natty Boh (i.e. another “Baltimore thing.”)
Using the Meteor is simple. The three buttons on it are power, vibrate (which you can cycle through 3 levels), and heat. I do think there should be a lock switch or feature. To my surprise, I never accidentally turned it off or changed a setting while putting all my body weight on it.
The vibration is serious on this thing. I like that the lowest setting is still pretty intense. If it was any lower, it would be an unused level and a waste. Keep in mind that you can power it on and use the heat without having the vibration on.
What makes the Meteor unique is the heat aspect to help increase blood flow and speed up recovery. With the click of a button, the massage ball slowly starts heating up to 120F. While it takes a few minutes, once hot, hot damn (and now you have Bruno Mars stuck in your head). Just think about it for a second. Heating pads feel good. Massage tools feel good. Combine the two and it still feels good!
I’ve enjoyed using the Meteor the most with both the heat and vibration on to roll out my feet and my hamstrings. It also feels amazing holding it in my hand and rolling it around my shoulders.
ROBBE: First off, shoutout to the USB-C charging situation, because now I finally have a longer cord to charge my GoPro. But that’s beside the point. What I really liked about the Meteor is, first– its transportable size, and second– that it’s able to be used in a pinch at a duckpin bowling league (Jarrett already mentioned this, but as a Baltimorean, I feel that it’s important to mention twice). I live in a small rowhome, so other recovery devices (e.g. foam rollers, Air Relax boots, etc.) take up so much valuable space and look terrible (especially with all the dust on them, cause terrible recovery habits).
In terms of recovery, it can really get to some deep spots (like the upper hamstring or glutes) that you sometimes can’t reach with a traditional roller or percussion gun, which was hugely beneficial. I’ve been using it whenever I feel my hamstring flare up and will definitely pack it during trips where I have to sit for long periods of time.
If you want vibration, you got it. On the third and strongest vibration setting, if you let this thing go, it’ll grow legs and start scooting across the floor like an early BB8 prototype. NOTE: if you have a Roomba, keep a close eye on it or eight weeks later you may have little robots running around (8 weeks = the gestation period for androids).
I also like the red color (it comes in red or grey), but wouldn’t mind seeing some more adventurous colorways or even a tie-dye version (that just popped into my head and I went with it, could be a terrible idea).
One of the images on the Myostorm website demonstrates using it on your quad. I tried this and nearly screamed. With the Meteor being a small ball, you’re putting all your body weight on one small pressure point. I also struggled trying to use it on my back at times.
This last one is just me, but using the Meteor on the highest vibration setting on a hard floor is difficult. The ball is jumping all over the place and tough to get right in the spot you want. It’s seriously the closest I’ve ever been to the Rodeo Wrangler life. Use the Meteor on a carpeted floor and everything becomes much easier.
ROBBE: It’s bonkers that this thing doesn’t have a button lock. I’m not sure how this wasn’t top of the list during the R&D process, because it’s immediately obvious. Rolling it on my glutes just kept cycling through the vibrations, turning it off, turning it on, and doing all of that all over again. It was really annoying.
And yeah, the price is a little too “special occasion” purchase for me. I’d want it to come down to $100, but if you can wrangle up two other friends, you can get it to that price point, as the website has a “3 for $300” package (you can also get 2 for $225).
I know on Shark Tank they tried to say you could hold this on your neck while sitting, but nah. You can’t get enough pressure to actually make it effective, although you can at least get some heat. But at that point I’d just use a neck wrap.
JARRETT: There’s no doubt that the MyoStorm Meteor 2.0 is a luxury item. While I’m not sure if someone who already owns a vibrating or percussion instrument needs this, it pairs well with a foam roller for deep tissue treatment. I like the intense vibration settings and the ability to heat up keeps it from blending into a crowded market. If you’re willing to plunk down $149, just know you’re getting a quality built product. For my last gif, Robert will explain how I feel.
ROBBE: I’m on the fence about the MyoStorm Meteor 2.0. On one hand, I do think it’s a useful recovery tool and has a place, especially for frequent travelers. It can get to places other devices can’t, which is always a plus. However, I feel they need to fix the button lock situation and bring the price down a touch, because I’m not sure it’s such a necessary piece of equipment that it justifies the $149 price tag.
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