Do Powerbands and Powerbalance bands really work?

Do powerbands really work?The latest craze in the sport and fitness industry… Powerbands!

These days they are in every sports store and most athletes are wearing them. So how does a rubber band make you stronger and increase your balance? The answer is very simple… magic tricks from a sales person!

When a sales person is trying to sell you a power band they will get you to do a balance test. The test involves standing on one leg with your arms out and someone pushing down on your arm. The test is done first without the powerband and then repeated while you are wearing the band. Miraculously you will be able to balance better with the magic device known as the powerband!

Funnily enough this increased balance is not magic energy running through your body but a simple trick. During the first part of the test the sales person will push slightly out and away from the centre of gravity, hence the subject will fall quite easily. Now give the subject the magic device and push down towards the person’s centre of gravity they will then be able to balance much better. Also they will push down harder on the second part of the test which looks quite impressive to the on looker however it is actually causing an advantage. The harder you press down the more anchored the body is to the ground, therefore they are able to balance better.

Another reason for the increased performance can be put down to The Hawthorne effect. This has nothing to do with Big Buddy Franklin however.

The Hawthorne effect is a form of reactivity whereby subjects improve or modify an aspect of their behavior being experimentally measured simply in response to the fact that they are being studied, not in response to any particular experimental manipulation.  In short, you learn how to manipulate the test.

So there you have it, save your $60 for something else that actually works! Although I believe they do look cool, so it might be worth getting the cheaper version and look fashionable, or go with a fundraising version. At least they are not posing as something they are not and the money is going to a good cause.

Bargain Power Balance Powerband

Or if the placebo effect of you believing they are helping you out and there for they are works for you keep wearing them! Who are we to tell you that’s not good enough! What ever gives you the belief to perform at your best stick to it.

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Thought I would update this post with a funny photo I took on Friday night… It seems if you are in the market for a Power Balance Power Band and you have been able to wait it out this long you’ve done well.  Looks like you will be able to pick up one of these beauties for a bargain $4.99.  Interesting considering they were at around the $60 mark before they were shown to be ineffective. – Luke Scott

OK – I decided that given that a picture is worth a thousand words… Ah you’ll get the drift.

I would love some more examples of how far these things got… Please post more photos!

10 thoughts on “Do Powerbands and Powerbalance bands really work?

  1. Luke Scott

    The ACCC has announced today that there is no evidence to suggest that powerbands increase performance.

    Massive fail powerbands!

  2. Luke Scott

    The ACCC has announced today that there is no evidence to suggest that powerbands increase performance.

    Massive fail powerbands!

  3. Mauro J

    absolute bull crap. the entire thing is a scam, as people want to beleive what they see. if someone has a dramatic change in there performance after they have equipped a certain product, such as the powerband, obviously the product has to cost way way higher than $60, for excample, for basketballers, they wear ankle weights to train there calves and legs to adjust to the extra weight on their legs, once the weights are off, the body being so accustomed to the weights can now perforce SLIGHTY better. (emphasis on the slightly) they cost well over$100, just for weights. So for a tiny skin thin band to totaly change how strong you are, or how better your balance…its a complete fake. its all in the mind.

    1. Luke

      Thanks for commenting Mauro J. I’m with you 100% on this. 
      Absolute scam!
      Thankfully this fad is dying a rapid death and people are wising up.And don’t worry I edited out that little typo you mentioned. 🙂

  4. Jmc15

    I got a balance band from Improve balance as i train and like my coach once said to me dont be scared to try anything if you think it may help, I didnt buy it to get better balance or because i did a demo i bought it for the negative ION effect and well for £20 i thought it was worth a try ( i dont drink or smoke ). I know my body and i have seen differences especially in my recovery and just general well being! Placebo effect? maybe but i have something to show for my money unlike my friends who have hangovers every sunday hahaha just thought id share my experience

    1. RevoPT

      Hi JMC.
      I’d like to say I’m with you on that but, nope, I’m not at all. The ION effect is just as much rubbish as the balance improving effect. I agree your money probably shouldn’t be spent on booze or cigarettes either however spending them on a fund raising wrist band going to a good cause would have been a better use of your money.Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. If you do want to help with ways to improve your recovery let us know and we would be more than happy to help out.

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