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A massage gun is a great way to relieve tension in specific muscles. We can do it from the comfort of our own couches while watching TV. The benefits of a massage gun can help you feel relaxed, feel calmer, improve circulation, and can relieve stress and tension throughout your body. It’s no wonder that we seek out full-body massages whenever we can.
I would love to say that I work out so much that a massage gun helps me loosen up the tight muscles from lifting all those weights. The truth is, I have pulled a muscle in my next twice just from shampooing my hair…Or there was that time I turned around in my chair awkwardly and pulled a muscle in my back. That actually happened the day before I got the massage gun to review luckily, the battery had a partial charge to it and I had my first opportunity to test it out.
First, let me introduce to you the B37 Massage Gun by Erkin Athletics…
What is the B37 Massage Gun?
Four Attachments for the B37 Massage Gun
The B37 Massage Gun is an ergonomic and percussive therapy machine. The handle sits at a 15° angle which helps lessen arm fatigue. The handle is also designed so that you can reach the hard-to-reach places that normally would require another person to assist.
- 5-speeds: the variable speed ranges from 1,400 to 3,200 RPMs. The lower speeds let you warm up your muscles and work through any sensitive muscles.
- 4 attachments: There are four different types of attachments you can use to work your muscles.
- Flat: The flat attachment is perfect for overall massaging
- Bullet: The bullet is great for zeroing in on specific knots, and is also perfect for hands and feet.
- Round Foam Ball: the foam attachment works best for all larger muscle groups
- Fork: this attachment is specifically designed for the neck and spine.
- Power: the massage gun delivers up to 56 pounds of stall force. What is stall force? Stall force is the amount of pressure you can apply to a massage gun before the motor stalls.
- 8-Hour Battery: The Samsung Lithium-ion battery provides plenty of power so you can really work out those knots. If you’re on the go, you won’t need to worry about recharging or running down the battery prematurely.
- Travel Case: Take your charged, or uncharged, B37 Massage Gun with you in the handy travel case that organizes everything neatly.
How Do You Use the B37 Massage Gun?
According to the information on their website, you should
- Turn the massage gun on before placing it on your body.
- Use speeds 1 - 3 for any muscle recovery and for speeds 4 and 5 for a soothing massage or pre-workout muscle warm-up.
- Glide the massage gun over the muscles and let the gun do the work. Apply pressure for added muscle relief.
- Breathe and relax and let the machine do the work. (in other words, if you’re tense, the massage will not work.)
Another step I would add is to make sure you know which attachment you need before you even begin step 1. This way, you don’t just turn it on, start massaging, and then realize you need a different attachment.
What I Liked About the B37 Massage Gun
What I love about the B37 Massage GunPhoto by Tyler Nix on Unsplash
There’s always the chance that you get a product that just doesn’t perform. I kind of knew that this was not the case when I turned on the B37. You could feel the power when you were holding it. In fact, it was so powerful I had it on the lowest setting and barely applied any pressure to my sore back. After a few swipes, I felt better.
The attachments are great and my two favorites are the foam ball and the flat attachment. They really promote muscle relaxation and work pretty well for me. To be honest, the fork scares me a little plus, I can’t really reach. I haven’t used the bullet yet because the foam ball and flat piece work great for me. Did I mention that they’re so easy to change too? You just pop them in or out—that simple.
Aside from the handy case, the battery is third in line because well, sometimes, you just forget to charge things. Hello, headsets anyone? I can use the massager for an hour or so and then put it away and use it another day.
What I Don’t Like About the B37 Massage Gun
What I didn't like about the B37 Massage Gun
It's fine when you are on the lower settings but when you get up to the higher settings, it gets a little noisy. Especially if you’re watching TV. If I need that much work on my muscles, I probably shouldn’t be sitting in front of the TV anyway. The lower settings work just fine for my muscles.
Also not a deal killer, but it has some heft to it. While the 15° handle does help with arm fatigue and wrist exhaustion, it’s still there especially if you have a particular knot to work out. Usually, I switch hands if possible or take a break here and there.
Is the B37 Massage Gun Worth the Price?
Prices for massage guns can vary and the B37 Massage Gun is decently priced compared to other massage guns. Considering the quality of the massage gun, all of the features, AND a lifetime warranty, I think it’s well worth the price.
Should You Buy the B37 Massage Gun?
Massage guns are perfect for anyone that is an endurance athlete, an avid weightlifter, or anyone suffering from tight muscles. The National Institute of Mental Health also discusses practicing self-care by using relaxing activities such as muscle relaxation. The institute also mentions using relaxing techniques for managing stress.
I would recommend the massage gun for anyone dealing with sore muscles and who may need relaxation in general.
What to Look for in a Massage Gun?
Speed and Power
When you are searching for a massage gun, you want to look for a gun that offers a range of speed and that has enough power to handle the stall force.
Size and Weight
Part of what I didn’t like about the B37 was the weight. It was a little heavy, especially for one-handed massaging. That’s why you need to make sure that the weight isn’t going to be too cumbersome and at the same time, it isn't too flimsy. There is no way around it but if you have a powerful gun, it’s going to be heavy or heavier. The size is a factor too. If it’s too large, it’ll seem awkward; if it’s too small, it just won’t get the job done.
Chances are, you’re going to want to take the gun with you. Having a nice travel case will make that a lot easier. You will want or need, something compact enough for those road trips and flights. Just don’t forget the charger.
Attachments make life and working out the kinks so much easier. While I really only use two, I can see where the four come in handy. Depending on how often you will use one, I would say a minimum of two attachments.
Did you know pepper mills have been around for almost two hundred years? Pepper grinders, as they’re sometimes called, are designed to take whole peppercorns and grind them in various sizes in order to season various types of food. They come in a variety of sizes too. I’ve seen some grinders that were 3 feet tall and some as small as 4 inches.
Pepper grinders have one job, grind peppercorns. That’s where Black Rain Precision Pepper Mill comes in. It’s a one-touch pepper grinder that launched on Indiegogo this year.
Read on to learn more about the Black Rain Pepper Mill.
Introducing the Black Rain Pepper Mill
When in the kitchen, the best thing you can do is use fresh ingredients. Restaurants don't always use the pre-ground black pepper you find in the grocery store. Most of them will grind their own pepper as well as finish a dish with freshly ground pepper. Pepper is just as important as salt and can add a depth of flavor to just about any dish.
I tested the silver model of the Black Rain Pepper Mill and I have to say, it was pretty awesome. It's made from solid aluminum and features a one-button operation, 5 preset grind options, an LED light, and a rechargeable battery. The pepper grinder can hold up to 2 ounces of peppercorns and can grind 3/4 teaspoon of finely ground pepper every 5 seconds or 1 1/2 teaspoons of coarsely ground pepper.
I use it quite a bit and leave it sitting on the dining table and the best part was when my husband went to use it for the first time, he shouted "OMG, it has a light!" He is definitely a pepper lover and it's one of the first things he grabs when it's time to eat.
Design and Specifications
LED lights on the bottom of the pepper grinder
Photo courtesy of Black Rain
The Black Rain weighs just over 22 ounces and is 7 inches tall, 2.62 inches wide at the base, and 2 inches at the top. The heft of the model is impressive. It's definitely durable and will last quite a while. Here are a few more specs that really make the grinder stand out.
Powering the Pepper Mill
The pepper mill is equipped with a high torque motor and a high-energy lithium battery for long-lasting life. The motor is capable of grinding down even the toughest of peppercorns with ease.
The LED lights are located on the bottom of the grinder and have a brightness power of 138 lumens and work as soon as you push the power button and begin grinding. You can grind pepper with ease in any type of low ambient light situation such as a romantic candlelight dinner.
You can adjust the coarseness of each grind by simply a turn of the dial. You can have a consistent grind every time by using any one of the 5 preset settings offering grinds between fine to extra coarse.
Remembering to charge your grinder is simple. When there are 20 minutes left on the battery, a red LED light will illuminate near the power button. The powerful lithium battery can operate the grinder continuously for 6 hours on the fine grind setting, and 8 hours if you use the coarse setting.
How Do You Use the Black Rain Pepper Mill?
This isn't your run-of-the-mill pepper grinder. This "machine" takes less time and work to get freshly ground pepper on your food. Using the Black Rain Peper Mill is as easy as 1-2-3 (okay, and 4).
- Charge the battery. (It does come with a little power but will need to be fully charged)
- Twist open the hopper and fill it with your choice of peppercorns
- Set your desired grind coarseness
- Press the button for automatic grinding and watch your food literally be peppered with, well, pepper.
You can use the fine-grind setting for sauces or the extra coarse setting for items like steaks, rubs, and salads. It will depend on your preferred taste but you have 5 settings to choose from!
Is It Worth the Price?
Pepper mills are expensive to begin with and they tend to take a bit of work in order for them to grind pepper. With this pepper mill, you just have to remember 2 things: charging it and refilling it. The push button makes it a breeze to use and could very well be the last pepper grinder you will need to purchase.
It is beautiful as well as functional and while it is expensive, even with the discounts, it's well worth the buy. It's a quality product that is sure to last you years.
Where Can You Purchase the Black Rain Pepper Mill?
As of the posting of this article, the pepper grinder is in production and they have pre-orders available. You can visit Black Rain's Indiegogo page or you can pre-order directly from the pepper mill's website.
I had the opportunity to test out the world's first biodegradable shoe from BLUEVIEW. If you're unfamiliar with BLUEVIEW, let me tell you about them.
Two surfers, one a biology professor, and the other a VP of Product meet and talk about their love of surfing and the ocean. They designed and developed the first biodegradable shoe using plant-based fabrics and sustainable materials. In order to help fight for cleaner water and a greener future, they did away with the toxic plastic material by creating a plant-based polyurethane made from plant oils, and natural materials such as hemp and eucalyptus fibers.
Not only did they focus on sustainability, but they also created an ergonomic, durable, and customizable shoe. You no longer have to worry about plastic waste and harming the ocean animals. These shoes will end up decomposing and will feed ocean microorganisms instead of harming them.
- Vegan and Plant-based Material
Testing the BLUEVIEW Pacific Shoe
BLUEVIEW Pacific Shoes in Vintage Black
When I first received the shoe, they didn't seem like it was something I would wear. The shoe itself was light, extremely flexible, and had a strap that went over the top of the tongue and was held in place by two knots. I chose the Vintage Black color and I could see why. It looked like those faded acid wash jeans but in a more canvas-type shoe.
I had reservations about the strap and immediately thought about how they would look on me. I also tend not to wear socks or I'll wear loafer socks and the first thing I thought of was my feet were going to sweat and start to smell because I probably wouldn't wear these with no-show socks.
The website says the shoes fit true to size and that's no lie. I went to put them on and they were a little tight. I have a wider foot and it took a little effort to wiggle my way in. In hindsight, I really should have a shoe horn since I have a couple of other pairs of shoes that are a tight fit.
The only other thing I have to say is the tongue is a flap of fabric and it folds in and under when trying to put the shoe on. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal but the top of my foot is a little hairy and with the tightness of the shoe, it was hard to get the tongue pulled back out without pulling my foot hair. But I managed.
Once on, I thought they didn't look bad and they seemed comfortable. I laughed a bit because they looked as if I should be at the beach or on the way to a Jimmy Buffet concert but honestly, they weren't bad. The strap has to go I thought and wondered if I could just take it off without ruining the shoe. (Looking at the website, I now know they are meant to be customizable).
Since I work from home, I mostly go around barefoot so I don't really wear them around the house. When I run errands, I slip them on sans socks and end up wearing them all day. They were pretty comfortable. I have worn them all weekend while out enjoying the summer weather, hanging out poolside, going to the movies, or out to dinner. You hardly know they're on.
They are comfortable, and I noticed my feet didn't sweat. The insoles actually feel soft as if made from talcum powder. They don't come out when you take the shoes off either as some shoes do.
BLUEVIEW Pacific Sneaker and Biodegradable Materials
Each shoe is made with a plant-based biodegradable plastic that replaces petroleum plastics which as we know, is the cause of a lot of plastic pollution in our rivers and oceans.
This sustainable footwear is made from two primary materials:
- Soleic Foam - Soleic is the world's first high-quality, renewable, and fully biodegradable polyurethane foam.
- Plant Knit - PlantKnit is the world's first plant-based and fully biodegradable machine knitted shoe upper. It is made from hemp and eucalyptus.
Basically, it's a plant shoe that will completely break down when exposed to the compost environment. After only 6 weeks, the upper portion of the shoe is 90% composted and in about 200 days, the Soleic foam follows suit.
Is the Footwear Washable?
According to the website, you can place them in a washing machine using the delicate cycle, cold water, and mild detergent. They advise removing the insoles and washing by hand versus machine washing. To dry, you allow to air dry.
How Do You Use the BLUEVIEW Pacific Sneaker?
You can wear the biodegradable sneaker just about anywhere. As I said, I wore them to the pool, to the grocery store, walking around town, and even to dinner. I think they would be ideal for visits to the beach and even camping.
Keep in mind that this footwear isn't suitable for more rigorous activities like hiking, and mountain climbing, and although I haven't tried it, I don't see it as a running shoe either.
Is the BLUEVIEW Pacific Worth the Price?
Honestly, I think the price is a bit hefty but it is a small price to pay in comparison to all the plastic floating in the water. On the other hand, if you're like me and your wardrobe lasts several years, I can see this as being a good investment.
Should You Buy the BLUEVIEW PACIFIC Biodegradable Sneaker?
I would say yes. It's a comfortable shoe, it saves sea life and the ocean, and they look good (minus the strap). It depends on your budget and whether biodegradable plastic is important to you. It is after all, truly the first sustainable shoe in the footwear industry.