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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Well, That's a Bit of Bad Publicity
Remember Marv Mainovich [OE 12/14: more commonly known as Marv Marinovich], father of Todd Marinovich? Well, maybe his son didn't turn out to be the super athlete, but he's been working at getting other athletes to reach their potential.

For example, he has co-authored a book called ProBodX that describes a conditioning system that combines unstable surfaces (gymnastic balls, slant boards, balance disks) with multiplane movement and strength loading (special hand and foot weights) to simultaneously stretch and strengthen the body. The result is a stimulated nervous system and increased speed, power, and flexibility.

In addition, he runs SportsLab, a facility that will maximize the performance of every athlete regardless of age or genetic gifts. This revolutionary training method, The Neuromuscular Connection, is the unique product of four decades of diligent research by Marv Marinovich....

They have advised a number of well-known athletes who appear on their Hall of Fame page. As of this evening, the top of the page included the following endorsement:

"Marv continues to be on the leading edge of the finest training techniques. His training will help everyone from the professional to the amateur."

Jason Giambi
New York Yankees

Unfortunately, it turns out that Giambi wasn't only relying on Marv Marinovich to improve his skills. In case you missed the story:

New York Yankees star Jason Giambi told a federal grand jury that he had injected himself with human growth hormone during the 2003 baseball season and had started using steroids at least two years earlier, the San Francisco Chronicle has learned.

Giambi has publicly denied using performance-enhancing drugs, but his testimony on Dec. 11, 2003, in the BALCO steroids case contradicts those statements....

Giambi, the 2000 American League Most Valuable Player, testified that in 2003, when he hit 41 home runs for the Yankees, he had used several different steroids obtained from Greg Anderson, weight trainer for San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds.

In his testimony, Giambi described how he had used syringes to inject human growth hormone into his stomach and testosterone into his buttocks. Giambi also said he had taken “undetectable” steroids known as “the clear” and “the cream” – one a liquid administered by placing a few drops under the tongue, the other a testosterone-based balm rubbed onto the body.

The 33-year-old Yankee said Anderson had provided him with all of the drugs except for human growth hormone, which he said he had obtained at a Las Vegas gym. Anderson also provided him syringes, Giambi said.

This story was posted on December 3. I visited the SportsLab website on December 12. Not sure why SportsLab hasn't modified their web page yet...

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