November 3, 2010

Power Balance – Is it fake?

Original clip is here. Had the video up but you Internet Explorer users can’t see the rest of the site then, and that is no good.

I came across this video and it sparked something in me because I see these everywhere, and I feel bad for South Africans for two reasons.

1. They cost more than double in South Africa than what they do in the US.
2. It seems they do NOT work.

I love technology and I am fully aware of the affect of placebo. What I don’t get is that unless you are aware of the placebo effect (it would take massive concentration to focus on the fact that you have a Power Balance Bracelet on your arm for 9 or 12 hours ALL THE TIME in an Ironman, for example) in the moment I think it’s all rubbish.

I recently ran a PB Marathon (minus porta loo stops) with badly hurt toes & a stomach cramping like a mofo and jet engine noises coming out of my bum. I did it without compression socks. I have run the last 3 Ironmans I did with compression socks. I didnt notice I didn’t have them on as I was focused on running smooth and calm despite the discomfort I was in.

I believe the socks I had were great when dry, but sucked when wet. This is easily solved.

The point I am making is that without the training and without the absolute focus on the moment on everything + the placebo affect, are you going to go faster? Are NBA players jumping 10cm higher this year? Did age group Ironman times come down 5% this year due to Power Balance + Compression + Kineseo Tape?

Things that may work are aero wheels, rubber swim skins & wetsuits work like a charm, obviously, but why do we as a massive group of people commit to using products that do NOT give a measurable athletic performance benefit?

Herd Syndrome?

Peer Pressure?

Time for you to comment now….

5 Comments on “Power Balance – Is it fake?

November 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I think its a load of shit!! The whole idea behind a placebo is that you shouldn’t really know it is one! Its so easy to put on a band and then if you run or cycle a PB it must be the band?? Bullshit! What about your diet, supplements, how well did you sleep previous night and the environment?

I prefer to buy the expensive toys that make the obvious difference like TT bike, wetsuit, decent running shoes and even sunglasses!

I do have to say though, Power Band can be seen in the same light as praying! There is no harm in trying!

Collin Allin
November 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Interesting. The flip side of the coin is that you trained harder and you were in the best shape of your life to run that PB. Its like saying Bruce Fordyce ran is barter takkies so all shoe technology isn’t worth the money we pay for it.

The flip question for me is how fast would you have run if you had used all that stuff and unfortunately you will never be able to go back and do it again with different toys so we will never know.

I think each to their own, i have used Power Balance and if i believe it working for me then it does, i don’t think about it every second i am on the go.

I used 2 at Comrades and compression socks and tights and on only 300km odd of training since January i ran a 10h 53min

Felt comfy and good most of the way too, so who knows.

All i think is that its all in the mind and if you believe something works then it does and if you want to spend R 500 on something then do it.

Niel Germishuys
November 4, 2010 at 6:50 am

Here’s from someone that hasn’t trained for 9 months (a record for me which I’m not proud of).
Gimmics are massive in SA and people love to jump on the wagon. You don’t want to be the only one without it tho.
I do think that if every person can record how it works for them with facts and proof, then great, but currently people are just following the herd of sheep.

This is very sad and there’s lotsa products out there that falls in this category.
Use it, don’t use. Its not going to change ur life.

November 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Suffice it to say that, when you ask someone wearing one ” does that work” 90% of them will reply ” well, I don’t really know, I think so, it is hard to say”, etc etc etc.

Abdominal Exercise Equipment
December 17, 2010 at 8:16 am

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.


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