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Old 02-07-2002, 01:02 PM   #1
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Default Plyometric Training and Creatine Supplements

I buy some basketball magazines pretty often, and after browsing through them for a time, I notice at the back pages ads for plyometric training kits, finger weights, and creatine supplements.

Examples: (from SLAM magazine's KICKS supplement)

Scott's Creations Jumping And Speed Program
Both programs pack 49.95$ (Video, training kits)

Sharp Labs
"Finally a 100% safe and effective way means of boosting human growth"

One Bottle (3 months) 34.75$
One Bottle (6 months) 49.75$

Perfect Shot Basketball Gear
"No endorsements needed"
A kind of strap to hold your arms in the correct position.
No price listed.

Air Alert II
Vertical Jumping Program
endorsed by Larry Hughes
39.95$

JUMPUSA Bandit
shooting brace
39.95$

JUMPUSA Jumpsoles
shoe-attachable jumpsole with proprioceptor 4.0 for leg training
Power Plyometric System: 99.90$

Vertical Blast 2000
creatine supplement
(not evaluated by FDA)
No price listed.

Sky Flex "Get up or shut up"
plyometric training shoes
Hightops with weird pad under them
109.95$

Strength Systems Strength shorts and vest
complete suit 249.95$

Finger Weights
finger weights endorsed by Paul McPherson
10-finger set 79.95$

These are what could be found in the 10 last pages of the magazine. Has anyone here already tried any of these?
Are any NBA players known to have used these?
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Old 02-08-2002, 05:36 PM   #2
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I have no idea who uses this, I certainly don't. 99% of it is marketing, hype, and ineffective.
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Old 02-09-2002, 10:38 AM   #3
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I thought so. All that looks like a load of crap and anyone who uses it without knowing that regular practice without some junk on you or inside you actually works is obviously looking for the easy way out.
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I'll comment on the Creatine supplements. Creatine is a natural substance that your body makes to help build muscle mass. It is used to help create large muscles quickly, like steroids, but it is much safer than steroids. That having been said, creatine is safe in small doses. I wouldn't recommend even using the labeled dose, however, unless you are a serious weight trainer. I would use a dose that is about 1/3 of the labeled dose and see how you feel after a couple of weeks. Then slowly increase the dosage until you have achieved your goals. Work out every day you take it because it is very high in calories and will turn to fat if you slack off your work outs.
Do not exceed the labeled dose unless you are under medical supervision!!!!!!!
There are good supplements and bad supplements. I would not buy creatine from anyone except a reputible place like GNC. They have several different brands and the employees should be able to help you find the one that fits your situation best.
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...which means nobody should buy something they see in a magazine. The company is so scared of an ATF sting that they don't reveal their address to anyone. They have a separate mailing address for their IRS matters and a P.O. box for the checks which they receive for the stuff advertised in the magazine. (joke)
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