In the wake of the wildly popular “Silly Bandz,” a new rubber band bracelet is sweeping Leesville. Walk into any mall, and one might see a long line leading to the Energy Armor kiosk.
While Silly Bandz lack purpose other than trading and collecting, Energy Armor Bands actually benefit natural functions with Ion Technology.
According to the Energy Armor website, “[The] bracelet contains a strong negative Ion compound made of rich natural minerals that are encapsulated in the silicone and the frequency it creates works with the body’s natural energy flow.”
Energy Armor claims to “utilize pure minerals and volcanic ash that are extracted from the earth” in the production of the bands.
The benefits of wearing Energy Armor include higher levels of focus, improved flexibility and balance, increased feeling of serenity, increased strength and a faster recovery time when injured.
For these reasons, many athletes wear Energy Armor to improve their game and ward off injury.
Chandler Hawkins, junior and member of the basketball team, said, “I think it improves my balance. Plus, Kobe told me they work.”
While some praise the powers of Energy Armor, some critics doubt the actual benefits. Alex Lawrence, senior, does not endorse Energy Armor. “I think its bull crap. The demonstrations they show you at the kiosk are fake, and I heard they break almost as easy as Silly Bandz.”
Recent research has shown a lack of actual science to prove the benefits of Energy Armor and similar bands, but many athletes refuse to acknowledge the results of clinical findings. Stuart Karppinen, the strength and conditioning coach with the Australian cricket team, recently told The Australian that the placebo effect, or believing that it works, is sufficient to continue using the bracelets.
Even Tom McDowd, owner of the Power Band company, addressed the lack of scientific evidence: “There’s no scientific proof to suggest that stretching or warming up does you any good either, but I wouldn’t suggest to athletes not to do it.”
Energy Armor bands are available at any local mall in a variety of colors for the price of $20. While this may seem a steep price for some, a large number of students at Leesville are willing to pay for the ionic benefits.
American rapper and entertainer. He is most usually recognized for his long-standing rap beef with Kiley “KZA” Blades and work in the East Coast underground hip hop scene. Word Up magazine has described “The Jellyman” as a man with “ridikulus swagga and quick-witted rhymes”, and his 2009 single, “Throw Ya Snuggies in da Ayer” was heavily distributed as a classic throughout the suburbs of Raleigh.
Jon had the unique experience of being surrounded by noted rappers in the Raleigh area as a young child. These early encounters with hip hop led him to begin rapping at the young age of 10 in the presence of the local gang bosses who would employ “The Jellyman” to freestyle for their personal entertainment. At the age of twelve, Jonathan Wendt was recruited into the Wutang Clan, which he left after a short span of one year.