TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) – The iRenew is an adjustable bracelet that claims to promote balance, endurance, and strength, but "Does it Work?". We take our test on the road this week to Tallassee High School to meet up with Jason Eason, a math teacher and a football coach. He's tried several balance bracelets in the past with little success. He's ready for a product that delivers and he's hoping the iRenew bracelet ends his search.
"Anything I can do to promote endurance, because we're all going to need it out in the heat every day," explains Jason in reference to football practice.
Before we begin our test, we want to note that the packaging clearly states the claims of balance, strength, and endurance have not been evaluated by the FDA. Jason checks out the videos of the iRenew on the website to get a better feel.
"The people on the website are really excited about it so, we'll give it a try and see what happens," says Jason.
The bracelet is made of a flexible silicone band, with a metal top and a metal clasp, similar to a watch band. Included instructions explain how to measure and adjust the band for a snug fit. With only little trouble, Jason adjusts the band and begins to wear the iRenew. We leave Jason for three weeks so he can track his progress over time with the iRenew.
A few weeks of testing pass and we meet up with Jason in Montgomery. After a few weeks filled with football practices and a beach trip, Jason's first response is positive.
He says, "I was impressed as to how well it held up."
But we dig deeper into balance claims. We simulate tests from the iRenew commercial. I try to offset his balance by pulling down on one hand, with and without the bracelet. He feels no difference between the two. Then, Ii try to pull him down from behind and...
"As soon as you pulled, I was about to go down. So that one no, there was no difference," explains Jason.
Jason feels the iRenew did not improve his balance, and as far as the endurance and strength claims, he tacks it up to power of suggestion.
When asked, "Does it Work?", Jason says, "No. Not for the endurance, the power, the balance. I would say no."
Keep in mind, your results may differ. But, our non-scientific, non-FDA approved evaluation of the iRenew wobbles down to a NO for this week's "Does it Work?" test.
We found the iRenew bracelet selling locally for roughly $20.