Hyperice Venom Go

The older I get, the more I realize Health & Fitness and Fitness Recovery go hand in hand. Since the lockdown, I started to exercise daily, and it’s become a big part of my life. However, I’m dealing with a lot of injuries—likely from overtraining. I keep forgetting I’m not a young buck anymore, but injuries and muscle soreness quickly remind me. Should I rest more or is there a gadget that can heal my sore body? Today, I find out. 

I’m reviewing the Hyperice Venom Go. This is a heat and vibration wearable. Place it on your body for spot treatment with nine heat and vibration combinations. I’m always sore from jumping rope, so can this wearable gadget relieve muscle tension and discomfort? Let’s find out. 

Notable Specs: Hyperice Venom Go

  • HyperHeat technology with three heat levels and vibration patterns
  • Spot treatment helps loosen stiff muscles to diminish stress and soreness
  • Contains three pads that can be applied anywhere and reused up to 20 times 
  • TSA approval for travel

Design of the Hyperice Venom Go

The Hyperice Venom Go consists of two components: a pod and a pad. The pod looks like a wireless earbud case and it comes with three pads. It has a magnetic attachment on the bottom that connects to the pad. The bottom side of the pad is made of neoprene and silicone adhesive. It’s sticky, flexible and sticks to the skin. The more you use it, the less sticky it gets. Hyperice says it can be used up to 20 times.   

There are three buttons on the side of the Venom Pod: Power, Vibration level, and heat level. Small LED lights beside the button indicate the different mode levels. The Venom Pod charges via a USB-C port and has Bluetooth built-in. This allows you to connect it to the Hyperice app. 

Hyperice Venom Go - Unboxing

Setting up the Hyperice Venom Go

The Hyperice Venom Go can be used as a standalone device or with the Hyperice app. I first downloaded the app and created an account. From there, I turned on the Venom Go and the app found the device.

In the app, users can select the heat level and routine time. By default it starts with 10 minute sessions but users can adjust it up or down. Users can also adjust the vibration between four levels: Steady, Intermittent, Pattern, and Off. Once you start the session, the countdown on the timer begins. Now that I had everything setup it was time for my first session. 

Hyperice Venom Go - calf

Using the Hyperice Venom Go

I jump rope almost everyday in the morning. As such, I have very tight calf muscles. If I jump too much, my left calf becomes very tight and sore. I took off the film covering the adversive and placed the Venom Go on my left calf. It held in place without issue. From there, I started a session in the app. I selected a high heat setting because I wanted to loosen those muscles. The combination of heat and vibration fit together nicely. It’s a comforting feeling, especially the longer it is on. That’s when you can really feel the heat. Personally, I feel the heat is doing most of the work. I wouldn’t use just the vibration itself. In that case, you’re better off with a massage gun. 

Battery life

The Venom Go has a rechargeable lithium battery. Hyperice says it takes about two hours to fully charge. Once in use, it will automatically shut off after a 10 minute session. On level three heat, Hyperice says you can expect about 35 minutes of use. I used it on level two for over 40 minutes now as I type this. For most people I think a 20 to 30 minute session is enough to aid in their recovery. 

Hyperice Venom Go - forearm

What I like about the Venom Go

I’m a sucker for innovative technology and the Venom Go is certainly unique. I like how they incorporated heat and vibration into a single product. Plus, it’s handsfree. As I write this, I have it working a session on my calf. This allows you to do other stuff during a session. Use your phone, catch up on emails, or watch TV. That’s always been my issue with massage guns. One hand is always occupied. 

What I don’t like about the Venom Go

While the Vencom Go comes with three pads, at some point, you’re going to need to buy new ones. That’s the first thing I don’t like about this product. The more you use it, the more pads you have to buy in the future. Second, it doesn’t stick to all body parts. My biggest injury is my achilles tendon. I would love to treat that area but it’s not really designed for that. Third, there are no programs or guides in the app. The Hyperice app has a lot of resources, but there is nothing related to the Venom Go. Thus, I don’t really see a need to use it along with the app. Perhaps in the future, they will include treatment suggestions and tip and tricks videos for people to follow along with. Lastly, I wish it came with a travel case. Even a small carrying bag would have been nice. 

Hyperice Venom Go - bicep

Should you get the Hyperice Venom Go?

People with injuries and soreness are always looking for fitness and health tech solution. That’s me in a nutshell. I have a wide variety of massage guns and balls to aid in my recovery. One thing I never tried was heat therapy. I found the Venom Go to be very effective in loosening up tight muscles. However, I don’t have any current injuries so I can’t speak on its true effectiveness. Nevertheless, I think it would work wonders as a recovery aid. I can see myself using this before and after jump rope sessions to aid in my recovery. With consistent use, I think it will prevent future injuries.

If you suffer from muscle soreness or injuries and find heating pads beneficial, then check out the Hyperice Venom Go.   

Andy Baryer
Andy Baryer aka “Handy Andy” is a technology journalist, gadget reviewer, and DIY/how-to content creator. Known as the handyman of tech, Andy enjoys fixing poor wireless networks, building smart homes, and cooking with the latest kitchen gadgets. He’s a competitive whistler, a budding woodworker, and loves gardening in his home-built smart garden.

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