The Shake Weight promises that in just 6 minutes a day will get you cut tone and firm. For some reason the number 6 seems to be the "magic number" for most fitness infomercial claims. Looks like viewers are getting a good laugh over this peculiar looking dumbbell. The infomercial's been satirized on SNL and right here on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Here's a video review for those of you who wonder if it actually does sculpt your arms and chest.
Shake Weight Infomercial Claims
- Works and sculpts muscles in the arms, chest and shoulders in order
- Uses Dynamic Inertia Technology to increase muscle activity
- Produces results in 6 minutes a day
- Shown to produce more EMG activity than regular dumbbells of same weight
- Includes free Upper Body Toning Workout DVD
There's both a ladies and mens version of the Shake Weight. The difference between the two is the dumbbell's weight. The ladies weighing 2.5lbs and the mens weighs in at 5lbs.
Tony the personal trainer mentions that that it normally 10-14 days to see results. Before testing the Shake Weight over a 14 day period, Melrose had two measurements taken. Her upper body fat and bicep measurement. Upper body fat was 29% and the goal was 28% after 14 days. Biceps before the 14 day workout period was 10.5 inches. The goal was to drop this measurement after 2 weeks, since Melrose wanted to firm up and not increase her biceps.
Shake Weight for Women - Video Test Results
In the video, Melrose, hit both targets for lost body fat and decrease in biceps. The results were 28% body fat and she took 1/2 inch off her biceps. The instructional DVD was clear on how to do the exercises although it did help that Tony was there to make sure Melrose was doing the exercises correctly. During the routines, Melrose felt the the burn in her shoulders and biceps the most but not the triceps.
Other Things to Consider
- You may plateau at a certain level and then the Shake Weight may be no use to you after that point. It weighs 2.5lbs and have no way to increase the weight for additional resistance training.
- The weight doesn't shake as easily and effectively as they show it on the infomercials.
- The infomercial claims that you get results in just 6 minutes a day. Although fitness trainers say that you need 20 minutes a day to get to a level where you'll start to actually burn fat. Also, the actual workout on the DVD is actually around 9 minutes.
- The optimum way to exercise your arms is to get a full range of movement and also really stretch and contract the muscles in an anaerobic exercise routine. The Shake Weight only offers limited exercises and targets only a few muscles.
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The Shake Weight overall did live up to the promises in the infomercial. At $20 it's quite inexpensive but there are more effective ways to get in shape and the "Dynamic Inertia" claim is somewhat gimmicky. Melrose says it's a deal although she did mention that she'd still prefer to work out with regular dumb bells. If you haven't seen enough infomercial fitness gadgets, here's the latest T Core review.