The myth of the shoe that makes you jump higher has always been around. This new one from Athletic Propulsion Labs seems to be the most legit however, with CBS carrying the story and Chris Ballard of SI even doing a test to see if it works (conclusion: didn’t work for him, but his friend seems to swear by it).
The only thing I’m sure of is that getting banned from the NBA virtually guarantees success for this company, and if it was public I’d buy stocks right away. They know this too, of course. Their website even proudly proclaims this fact.
Personally I’m not too impressed.
See, the last 2 months I’ve managed to lose a lot of weight and have gained some strength. The last time I managed to dunk was when I was in my mid – 20s and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that if by some miracle I lose 20lbs. more, I could possibly do it again.
The difference was though, back then I played 6 out of 7 days a week and spent the rest of the time in the gym (these days I can hardly run 3km without looking like I’m about to die). The point is, I barely did it, but I did it the right way, through old fashioned sweat and hard work. It makes looking back at that time all the more pleasurable because it was a goal I felt realistic chances at going for, so I went for it and got it. Akin to a weightlifter lifting 3 times his weight or a race car driver breaking his fastest time.
So if I’m gonna do it, if I could do it at all, I wanna do it like I did the last time and not via some snazzy shoe. I mean, why not use a trampoline while you’re at it? If dunking’s that important to you then what’s keeping you?
What I’m trying to say here is, the joy of dunking isn’t in the actual dunk (this applies to everyone below 6ft.). It’s the work involved to be able to dunk that make dunking worthwhile. If you buy a shoe that suddenly makes you able to dunk, I guarantee that years later you will not look back at those times with as much fondness as you should.