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on October 10, 2007
I have been using Amazon for virtually all of my online purchases since early 1999 and have never had a bad experience with a merchant...until now. Dealing with this merchant has been an absolute nightmare!!! I made the mistake of paying an additional $59.95 to join his online forum, Pace Power, which included free "gifts" including a DVD (a few minutes of Dr. Sears giving a powerpoint presentation with the camera on him and containing virtually NO additional information), a Body Fat Composition Chart (a single piece of typing paper folded in half) and an additional copy of the book which I don't need. I am in the 6th week of the program and the forum is still not available. Last week I got an e-mail stating that my credit card has been charged an additional 9.95 for the forum that does not exist. I sent several e-mails asking to be removed from this program. My e-mails were not answered. I finally got in touch with their customer service. I will only say that I have never encountered an individual as unpleasant as the person who answered the telephone. Hopefully, my subscription is cancelled and my credit card is removed from their system.
Before you order the book you may want to Google Dr. Al Sears. His background is interesting (see for yourself). He is definitely primarily interested in selling supplements...he even promotes HGH (human growth hormone). After reading the book I decided to try out the program. First I tested my fitness level. Using his instructions measuring recovery time, I was already in exceptional shape. This surprised me because although I have been exercising consistently for over 30 years I had not exercised in 3 months. I decided to put myself on the intermediate program and have kept PRECISE records using my heart rate monitor and my True treadmill. I would have liked to discuss the results in a forum. I have always enjoyed sprinting, but feel that endurance is important also. I need to be able to spend two hours mowing the lawn using our push lawn mower and shovel wet heavy snow in the winter. It is also important to be able to go on long bicycle rides with our grandchildren and hike in the woods and mountains. A good fitness program gives you speed, endurance and good health. Check out books by Kenneth Cooper or Jeff Galloway. Dr. Sears compares his 10-20 minute program to running marathons. Most of us are somewhere in between.