Can a special bracelet enhance your athletic performance? That's what the makers of the Power Balance Bracelet suggest, noting a variety of high profile athletes who swear by it. But, what is it and how does it work?
That part remains a bit of a mystery. If you read through the FAQs at their website, they suggest that the thin polyester film hologram in the bracelet "reacts differently for each person" and that it was designed to "mimic Eastern philosophies that have been around for hundreds of years." Whatever that means.
Even the Power Balance Test video on the site is mysterious. They take three different athletes through balance and strength tests before they wear the bracelet...but where's the after? After some controversy over their product, maybe they edited that part out.
If you're thinking about it, you might want to check out ACE's latest study, Power Balance or Power of Persuasion? In the study, scientists from the University of Wisconsin and La Crosse Exercise and Health Program studied 42 college-aged athletes, about half men and half women. They took the participants through the same tests used on the Power Balance website and found that there was "no significant difference in flexibility, balance, strength or vertical-jump height between the Power Balance and placebo trials."
I guess it's back to the old exercise drawing board if we want to get fit.
What do you think? Have you tried a bracelet like this or do you know someone who has? Why do we still fall for these kinds of things? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.