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I saw this on Russell Howard a long time ago and wondered if it was just some silly American joke - because it did seem like a really daft idea to have a big weight in your hand to shake. When I saw a couple of videos online of it, and heard a few people talking about how good it was part of me was really interested in it, and the other half of me was very conscious of the ribbing I was going to get from other family members and anyone that caught me playing with my Shake Weight. I decided however, that even though I'm only in my twenties the back of my arms has always been a little bit of a problem area - that something did need doing and reasonably quickly, ward off the bingo wings early was my trail of thought!
~*~ What on earth is a Shake Weight? ~*~
A Shake Weight is a 'revolutionary' new way to tone your arms, shoulders and chest - without having to go to the gym. Essentially this item is a dumb bell with weights in either end that move around as you shake them - it claims to be able to tone your arm, shoulders and chest easily. This idea was initially formulated for women, but has now been adapted and made heavier for men. The female version weighs around a kilo, where the male version is about two kilos in weight, when you convert it from the American 2.5 and 5 pound weights. Considering you have to shake it, it really is a good way to start out really - they have really become quite popular because according to statistics this particular piece of home workout equipment has sold around $40 million worth. Which given they're only around £20 or less depending on where you buy them, means they've shifted a fair few of them. There are a lot of replicas around as well, that are based on the same principle but just made by different people, but I have an original Shake Weight. This item has apparently been endorsed by a footballer's wife, to be honest makes no difference to me - but some might like the idea that Alex Gerrard has 'used' this product.
~*~ Does it do anything to your arms? ~*~
To get this weight to work you don't need any batteries and it doesn't need charging, all you have to do is get it out of the box and wrap both hands around the centre white handle and start shaking it up and down. Now if you've not seen any videos of this, imagine doing that - and think what it looks like, this is where the gentle ribbing came from with my other half. I won't tell you what he said about it when he saw me doing it, but you can imagine it wasn't polite. To start to tone your arms you literally just need to hold the Shake Weight out in front of you vertically, at a comfortable distance but far enough so that you're not going to hit yourself in the chest with it, which if you're an ample chested lady you may want to think about that one before you jump into playing with it straight away! After a few minutes of doing this you can begin to feel a bit of muscle pulling in your arms, so you know it's doing something, anything more than a couple of minutes at the same time you'll find that you will get jelly arms when you first start doing it. First time I tried it, and although I'd been using weights I still ended up with the shakes for the next hour or so - as time went on however my arms got a bit more used to the idea of me shaking a kilo for a couple of minutes at a time and now I just get a dull ache when I do it. I did tone up my little bingo wings though; I was quite impressed although it did take a couple of weeks - but I wasn't expecting a quick fix miracle, and to be fair my arms aren't that out of shape, just not as toned as I'd have liked them. Although I stopped doing it and well it didn't take long for the out of shape arms to return, so I think I'm going to get back into doing it with my new fitness regime, get some nice arms in time for summer!
To tone the chest I've found the best way is to hold the Shake Weight horizontally which is what the DVD recommends anyway, at a comfortable distance from the body and shake, with this I've found it helps tone my abdomen as well providing I tense my stomach muscles while I'm at it. After a few minutes doing this, you might find that the tops of your arms and across your chest might start to ache the first few times you do it, I think mine was because I wasn't relaxed I was tensing up my whole torso. It's worth just having a relax first because you might find that you hurt yourself if you're not relaxed and warm enough to exercise, for me personally I didn't need much work doing on my chest because it's the one area of my body that I'm pretty happy with, but it was worth going over it at the same time, to give my whole torso a bit of a work over. The abdominal muscles benefitted just from being tensed up while I was doing it, it's no way to get a flat stomach by any means - but it does give you a helping hand if you're trying to tone that area up as well.
To tone the shoulders is the most uncomfortable way to use this weight that I've found, it does work though don't get me wrong - I was suggested this way by a friend that used it. Before I looked at the DVD as well, you need to put your arms up and over your shoulders, with the weight in your hand so essentially you're shaking the weight behind your head. Now if you've got that dreaded fat around the backs of your shoulders that pokes over the top of strapless dresses or tops, this part of the work out does seem to help, it stretches and works out your muscles in a way that you probably wouldn't get from just using normal hand weights. For me personally, I do struggle with that fat on the backs of my shoulders it's a genetic trait that I'm trying to work on, but it does take a fair amount of time before you see any improvement - and you'll not get a dramatic improvement either unless you do this every day for weeks on end. I do seem to have worked this fat into a bit of muscle and kept it that way even though I've not used my weight for a long time before this week - so it has made a good impression on my muscles. This did when I first started give me a good ache on the backs of my shoulders, because I think the muscles in that area were pretty much unused apart from picking up the babies at work.
I find this Shake Weight a really great addition to a work out regime at home; it's a cheaper way of getting some exercise in, even if you are sitting watching television. I tend to use mine while I'm doing my step ups - it kills a few birds with one stone, I did try and use it while doing sit ups, but my abdominal muscles really hurt afterwards and I kept dropping the weight so I learnt from that one. Just having six minutes a day doing this can make a big difference to the top of your torso especially if it's one of your problem areas - it's only six minutes and you could do this instead of eating a bar of chocolate, that's the way I see it. Much better for me too! My weight is white, so I find that if I've got anything on my hands whether it be make-up or just general sweat, it can get a big grubby looking - especially since it's not just me that uses mine, I often find it in my parents room - so I always like to give the plastic holder a quick clean with a cloth after I've used it to make sure its hygienic before I put it away for the day. The holder if you're a very sweaty individual in your palms could cause you to slip, but hopefully you'll have a good grip of the weight and keep it in check!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
This is available on Amazon for just less than £20 it depends who you buy it from really as to how much it costs, it's also available from Argos for £19.99, there are varying prices on eBay, or if you can get one second hand it's just as good a purchase. It's a clever idea that if you do it right and often enough can make a difference to your body!
I bought shake weight a year ago from argos for around 20 pounds, i'd seen the commercials, read up on it and thought i'd give it a try. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it is. It's actually a really good workout for your arms and i'll admit I was really tired after 10 minutes of it! You can feel it working and "feel the burn" in your arms every time you use it. It has a lot of advantage over normal weights as its only one instead of two for each arm and it's surprisingly lightweight.
Shake weight comes with pictures displaying different moves to do with it. I found this really useful as before buying it I wasn't aware you could do so much and work so many muscles with it. My arms have gotten significantly more toned and I can thank shake weight for that. It only takes 15-20 minutes a day for a workout with it and you can do it sitting down watching tv casually. It's a really good purchase if your looking for a reasonably priced all in one weight that really does work. I highly recommend shake weight.
I bought my shake weight around four months ago now as I thought that it looked a lot funner than a normal dumbbell. I managed to get mine for £7.00 from eBay (brand new in the box) but it is also available from a huge range of retailers so prices do vary. The retail price is around £16.00 which seems quite expensive but had I not managed to get one from eBay I would be quite happy to pay the full price as it's very well made and easy to use as well as effective.
My shake weight came with two little manuals which have lots of information about the product and an upper body workout DVD was included. I didn't read the instruction manual or watch the DVD and instead started using it straight away and then when I did finally watch the DVD I realised I'd been doing it wrong haha, so I highly recommend learning how to use it correctly before using it. I love the tips that the DVD provides and the woman who presents the DVD and demonstrates different ways to use it is easy to understand.
For any one who doesn't know what a shake weight is, it's basically like a dumbbell. It's designed to target various areas and muscles including the biceps, triceps, chest and shoulders. Unlike normal dumbbells you only need one shake weight. It weighs 2.5 pounds which I find very light and practically any one will be able to use it as it's so lightweight - if you have very little strength then this is a good way to build your muscles up and it doesn't take as much effort to use as normal dumbbells do.
It is easy to grip with one hand as it is fatter in the middle meaning I can get hold of it securely rather than it being fiddly. It is large enough to hold with both hands and the two chrome bits on either end are securely attatched and the weight feels very well made. I have the silver and white one but there is a pink and black one available as well. There's a few different ways to use it and I usually just shake it backwards and forwards with both hands. I either do this when I'm sat down relaxing or when I am doing squats, jogging in one spot or using my stepper or twist board.
It's important to keep it at least 6 inches away from your face and I have nearly smacked myself by mistake a few times with the chrome end when I've got carried away in a rythm and lost concentration. It is recommended that you use this for 6 minutes a day. I use mine for around ten minutes a day, daily and I've had it for four months. After a few days it lost its fun and became a bit of a chore but I soon started to see results. My biceps are a little more toned - not defined or anything (I'm a girl so I'm not aiming for the pop eye look!) but they aren't at all wobbly and I've lost the little stubborn bit of flab that I had near my armpits.
I do other exercise though and carry my nine month old daughter around for what seems like most of the day so I haven't noticed a huge increase in upper body strength and I doubt that the improvement in my arms is purely down to the shake weight. I am able to feel it working after around five minutes and I get a bit of burn in my biceps which assures me that it is doing something though and burning a few extra calories. It has definitely helped me up my exercise that bit more and if I can't be bothered to go to the gym I will just get this out. It is great value for money and I highly recommend it.
Recommended, 4/5 stars.
In February this year I finally reached my goal weight after getting rid of four and a half stone of unwanted weight. I quickly discovered, however, that my 'new' body didn't look quite as I imagined it would do when I reached this goal. The problem was that I wasn't toned in any way shape or form! I'd dropped down from 14st6 to 10st in eight months with the only exercise I did being that of quite intense cardio. I'd completely ignored toning exercises as they didn't burn as many calories and as a result was left with saggy bits. Since then I've managed to drop another dress size purely by toning up, my weight still remains the same!
Whilst my stomach was the main area I wanted to work on I also made sure I didn't miss anything else out and purchased myself a Shake Weight from Tesco. I can't remember how much I actually paid for it but it's currently showing on their website for £17.92. I can only assume the Shake Weight is quite popular as it's available from many stores and websites generally costing between £15 and £20 so it's worth shopping around.
The Shake Weight, as the name suggests, is a weight which you shake. It is 30cm long and weights 1.15kg. If you're willing to pay a little extra the weight can be purchased in pink or black (named Shake Weight for Men), personally I don't see the point in doing so as the function and results are still the same! I have the simple white and silver version which I'm perfectly happy with.
The weight has a curvy middle section which you hold when using it and on either side is a large flat disk connected to the middle section via black rubber which contains the lightweight spring device contained within the weight to allow you to shake it. I find it to be very easy and comfortable to hold and the relatively small size of the weight makes it extremely easy to store away. 'I don't have enough room' is not an excuse to get out of purchasing fitness equipment with this!
Along with the Shake Weight you'll also get an instructional DVD which contains a workout routine and safety information. Personally I watched this once and vowed never to do so again as the over enthusiastic woman presenting it annoyed me rather a little too much! Having said that the DVD workout is pretty simple so, if you wish to follow this, you only really need to watch it once anyway.
Using the weight is easy, it's also easy to see why it has been the butt of so many 'definitely invented by a man' jokes as well! Holding this out in front of you on a slight slant so that it's facing your face whilst shaking it up and down may really work out the arms and shoulders but it will also have anyone who's watching you in a fit of giggles. Fortunately, this can be used in other positions which allow different areas to be targeted.
I tend to stick to the standard 'rude' position and I can simply use the weight during the breaks when I'm watching TV or when I'm waiting for my meal to cook etc. It's really convenient and it's recommended you only need to do six minutes a day to see results! I think we can probably all spare six minutes out of our day for better looking arms.
On the down side, six minutes is actually harder than it sounds when you're first getting into using this. For the first couple of weeks my shoulders were burning after just a minute and a half and it took at least a month of everyday use before I finally felt able to do the complete six minute workout. This does, however, show that it is doing what it's supposed to do and a little persistence will have you shaking away for six minutes a day in no time, so don't be defeated!
Does it work? A big, massive yes it does! I won't pretend I have used this religiously every day since getting it, the novelty did wear off after a couple of months and I haven't used it every day in a long time. Having said that I do use it at least once a week and the results have been noticeable. I believe I bought this back in March and since then my arms have reduced by 3inches and my once bingo wings are now a proud asset of mine and probably the part of my body which gets the most compliments. In all the time I've been using it the Shake Weight still looks and feels brand new, I've never experienced any problems with it and it is certainly a long lasting piece of equipment meaning, if you stick to it, you do get more than your money's worth I think.
I would absolutely recommend this. As long as you're willing to put the effort in then you definitely will see results. It's a pretty decent price, extremely convenient and really does work. It does take time to build up to being able to do a solid six minutes (it really is much harder than it sounds) but when you do you'll be the arm envy of everyone you know!
Fitness is something that I have become hugely interested in for the past few months and as time goes on and I become lighter and lighter my motivation improves and I now find myself booking lots of classes with my local gym through their website and looking forward to waking up early for work just so I can take part in an aqua class or finish work so I can take part in a Zumba class. Several of the classes at my gym centre on general fitness and this includes circuit training and working on particular muscle groups for short periods of time each training session. I take along my own mat, step, toning sticks and shake weights where applicable and this is all because I like to use my own equipment and know if I damage it or make it dirty that it doesn't matter as I own them.
One such item that I take to the gym and use at home is this shake weight. I bought mine around 3 months ago for around £11.50 and the price does depend on the colour that you're wanting. Mine is the white and silver version but there is also a pink version available and these can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk. My delivery took just two working days from my order and I was very pleased with this.
This shake weight looks quite like a standard weight but it really is quite different. This is 30cm in length and the maximum width is 9cm at both ends. This does have a few differences from a standard weight, mainly the nice interesting design and the rubber grooves by the ends of the shake weight. The shake weight, rather than just being a solid metal weight, contains a spring mechanism and is more lightweight that a similar sized standard weight.
There are no batteries within this weight and how you make it work so effectively is by completing a serious of exercises. There is a DVD contained within the box that the shake weight comes in and this is something that I have watched and used a number of times now. This workout is detailed as being 6 minutes, however I find that this takes around 10-11 minutes but this is still nice and convenient for my life anyway and so I'm not going to mark it down because of that. The DVD is run by a lady who provides you with tips and knowledge and the exercises, while not necessarily very straight forward when trying for the first time, are easy to master after a few repeats of the DVD.
The shake weight is absolutely fantastic and is one of the best weight related gadgets I've ever seen. Basically all you need to use is use the power of your arms to shake the weight. It will then get all your muscles working and will help you to shape up and tone up. Basically the more you shake this the more your arm muscles work and the more exercise you take part in.
There are lots of different exercises that you can do while using this such as holding it above your head, to one side, using it with one arm or with both. It is important to ensure that your arms are being held in the correct position and that you have warmed up before using these which I always do of course. The very first time that I used this shake weight was just fresh out of the box and I did wake up with aching arms the following day and the day after that too so I'd definitely recommend watching the DVD and paying attention to it at least once before starting to exercise by yourself.
As I mentioned above I do take my shake weight to a gym class and this is used for around 10-15 minutes of the 45 minute session. To distinguish my shake weight from others in the class I have a multi coloured hair band tied around it and this causes no problems when I use my shake weight.
I use this shake weight 2 or 3 times per week for around 10-15 minutes per time and this is mainly when I am attending a class at the gym where these are used, although I do sometimes use them at home after a full day at work, depending on how tired I am. When I started out using this weight I felt that the 10-15 minutes was far too long but I persevered with it doing what I had the energy to do and now this is just a quarter of my workout and I'm amazed with how much I've progressed since I first got this in the post. I've been using mine for 3 months or so now and its been absolutely fantastic. While I do still have a way to go with my weight loss and toning my arms have decreased by several inches since I started using this and I have been able to comfortably go down two dress sizes on my top half and I no longer have to worry about my arms being too fat for a top and having to get my way back out of it right away. My arms feel stronger, more toned, more strengthened throughout and shapely and much more toned than they have been in years. This shake weight was a fantastic use for a few quid of my hard earned money and I would definitely recommend it, 5/5 from me.
I am a regular gym goer but have always hated my arms. I do weights at the gym but it takes a lot of time to see any results. when I saw the shake weight advertised on television and saw that u could see results by doing just six minutes a day I decided I would try it. The first thing I thought when I opened the packet was that I'd paid too much for what I'd got. It was essentially just a plastic weight with spring mechanisms and I though around £25 was too much for what it was. You do get a video with it though which is really useful and easy to follow and means you can maximise your work out by not looking in a booklet for half the time. But i used the weight for weeks and weeks and didn't particularly see an improvement. I didn't ache which is one of the main indications of how muscles are changing. I think with exercise it's what you put in as to what you get out and with the shake weight you can't really improve as its one weight and workout every time.
My lovely husband bought me this, because he saw South Park and thought it was hilarious and because I need to lose weight in a low-impact sort of way due to chronic pain and arthritis.
I can see how this would tone up your arms and chest, just like it says it does if you use it daily for several minutes.
I would imagine it also burns some calories with use.
It's quite small and easy to store
I have really small hands, and getting my hands around the shake weight is hard and uncomfortable.
I also have carpal tunnel, so this really isn't that good for me and my many health problems.
Maybe I'm not that coordinated, but I don't find this easy to use at all, I find it hard to make it shake without wobbling.
I feel pretty silly using it.
It's quite expensive
Overall, I don't really like this, it isn't suitable for my small hands and chronic pain, so really it's just gathering dust somewhere in my house. If you don't have all the many issues I do, I could really see it working well, if you are dedicated with usage.
I had started a new diet and as well as dieting I was looking for some cheap exercise equipment to not only help me to lose weight to also help me tone my body with the cost breaking my bank. I have tried Gyms over the years but after a few months I get bored and find any excuse to avoid going whilst still having to pay the same expensive monthly fee.
So I decided that this time round I would try exercising at times that suit me from the comfort of my own home and purchase some reasonably priced exercise aids. This is when I was looking around I came across the Shake Weight which was being advertised as also being used by Alex Gerrard, who for those that do not know is Steven Gerrard's wife.
The Shake Weight looks a little like a dumbbell it is white and chrome in colour and it is 30cm long and 9cm wide. The Shake Weight at the time was retailing at just under £20, so for the small price tag I thought it was worth a go. On the advert it boasted that the Shake Weight has a dynamic inertia technology that by just using it for a few minutes each day you would get results and that this was a piece of exercise equipment that did not need a battery.
The Shake Weight helps to tone those arms and help get rid of those unwanted bingo wings, it works as the motion of the exercise increases the activity of the upper muscles by up to 300%. The Shake Weight can be held and used in a range of different exercises, it can be held in the air like a dumbbell and in front of your chest vertically or horizontally are to name a few. Each of the different exercises attacks different muscles working various areas in your chest shoulders and arms.
When I started using the Shake Weight a six minute exercise felt like a life time, there is a DVD that comes with the Shake Weight and it tells you exactly what to do step by step, I would recommend that you use the DVD for the first few weeks so that you can make sure that you are doing the exercises correctly, otherwise you could injure yourself or not see results.
I have now been using the Shake Weight every other day for a month and I no longer need to use the DVD and I can see the results my arms are toned and my chest and shoulders are a lot stronger.
This is a far better exercise tool that just using a dumbbell as I use to have pathetic strength in my arms and could not use a dumbbell and now for 6 minutes, I can easily exercise in the morning before going to work. I combine the shake weight with some skipping and cruches for a proper work out.
What's more the Shake Weight is small so it is easy to store away when not in use, unlike a lot of large bulky exercise equipment you can use this anywhere. Overall for £20 this is a worthy investment to any fitness collection, although it may take a few weeks to get used to using it to its full potential.
I bought the shake weight around 10 months ago. I made the purchase because I was bored of doing endless reps on the dumbbells without anything to show for it. I had heard from a number of friends and work colleagues about the shake weight and how it had worked to tone them up so I decided I would give it ago.
It suggest doing a six minute workout but I wanted to push myself so Increased this to 10 minutes. This was a mistake, six minutes is plenty with this device and if you can do 6 minutes a few times a day even better. You take the weight device and simply shake it side to side in different positions from above your head to behind your back working a variety of upper body muscles.
After around 6 weeks of using the shake weight I was starting to create a little gun show from my arms. Although now I have become more lazy and don't use it enough, I would certainly suggest the shake weight to anyone who wants to build up upper body strength and definition.
I've owned my Shake weight for about six months now. At first I was sceptical about whether it would live up to its claims. Certainly the advertising is ridiculous - six months on I still don't know what dynamic inertia is - but what swayed me was comparing the Shake Weight against conventional weights. It is a little more expensive ( I paid around £17 for mine online, which has been excellent value for money) but it does come with a training DVD which will show you all of the exercises you need to get the most out of your weight - and the full rountine only takes ten minutes a day (not six as they state on the packaging) so it's hugely time efficient. The basic principle is that making small movements with the muscles, rather than doing endless reps, brings the same benefits (as you'll know if you've done any pilates/yoga/or deep muscle training) and that's where the shaking and resistance comes in. I've used my weight every day for six months now and I have noticed visible results. My arms do look more toned - though I've still got some way to go before I lose the dreaded bingo wings completely - and I'm much stronger and can now carry my own luggage and groceries! I think the main advantages of this product are the training DVD and the fact that the weight is not heavy - that might seem counter-intuitive, but the weight is just enough to tone and strenghten, without ending up looking like Madonna. It's also very nicely designed. Recommended.
Recently, during a conversation with a close friend, I happened to mention that I used to have a set of weights but due to a small house and kids that can't leave anything alone, had ditched them some time ago.
Well, a few days later, my friend turned up on my doorstep with a Shake Weight for me to borrow.
Apparently he had purchased it after seeing it advertised on a shopping channel when he was working in the States. I have to admit, that I lost a little respect for him after that revelation!
Anyway, this Shake Weight is apparently new technology that will improve my upper body by using it for just six minutes a day and it's 300% more effective than traditional weights. Thanks to what is described as Dynamic Inertia (isn't that an oxymoron?) which apparently increases muscle activity.
Hmmmm... There really is one born every minute, I thought to myself.
Oh well, I'll give it a go just to prove how ridiculous the whole thing is.
So how did I get on??
Well, it's very easy to use, basically you get a 2.5lb weight, some instructions plus you get a DVD showing you different exercises, correct posture etc.
It certainly makes your arm ache after the first few goes, but you soon get used to it and I have to say that it's a bit too easy really and you certainly need to do it for longer than six minutes to feel any benefit.
Now, I have to say that as the DVD has 3 work out sections:
Total Body Workout
Latin Dance Workout
Brazilian Booty Workout
I was starting to think that this wasn't really marketed with your average real ale, football watching male in mind, but hey I actually found it all very enjoyable in a guilty pleasure kind of way but the truth is it just wasn't enough for me so I grew bored rather quickly.
I guess if you are just doing this inbetween watching Jeremy Kyle and Loose Women then you might tone up your bingo wings, and it's six minutes of your day when you will be keeping your chubby fingers out of the cookie jar, it might be for you!
I didn't and probably wouldn't pay for mine but if I did then it would have set me back about £25 in the UK. However, I have a feeling that over the next 12 months these will be readily available at charity shops and boot sales around the country.
So, in conclusion,
* It does work but not as well as it promises to.
* It appears to be quite well made and difficult to break.
* You don't need a lot of space to work out or to store it.
* It's a bit pricey, but I'm guessing you could pick one up second hand with relative ease.
All in all it's alright and any exercise that you do is better than nothing.
3 Stars from me and if you want to see this in action then I suggest you have a look on YouTube at the official and rather amusing unofficial clips!
Thanks for reading.
With the summer weather (ha!) fast approaching, I thought it was an ideal time to start toning my arms. It seems this area with women is always particularly prone to 'sagging' and can be a nightmare to get into shape.
I thought dumbbells were the obvious solution, but whilst having a shop around online, I came across the shake weight. It was selling on Amazon for around £25, and after some quick research I saw that it had been featured in fitness magazine, women's health and glamour.com and well I was easily persuaded shall we say :) The package came complete with the Shake weight itself and three-in-one triple results DVD.
The product is particularly aimed at women though it is supposedly popular with the men also. It comes in an attractive stylish design, that is mainly white and has a black and chrome finish that creates an overall contemporary look.
So what is it and what does it do exactly...? Well, as you shake, the 2 ½ pound weights, located on either side of the shake weight, spring back and forth, that creates a 'wave of energy' that works your triceps, biceps, shoulders and even your chest.
I read also that, apparently, leading bio-mechanics had proved that the product burned muscle energy and calories over 5 x quicker than a traditional dumbbell. So, this means, a workout that would perhaps usually last say around 35 minutes with a dumbbell would take just 7 minutes with the shake weight.
I'd certainly advise if you're going to use the item, avoid watchful eyes else they may just get the wrong impression - it looks so wrong! Hilariousness aside - It's hard to believe but I instantly felt it really working my muscles, not only in my arms and shoulders but my core area and abs. I've continued to use it, in addition to my regular work-out routine for about 3 weeks now, and already I can see and feel huge differences in my arms, shoulders and abs.
One criticism I have, apart from the humiliation when using the thing, was the DVD that had came with the product. I had originally thought that the DVD would provide and demonstrate a number of exercises to be done with the Shake Weight, but it actually it just showed the watcher how to hold it - which is already pretty self-explanatory anyway. But other than that, I can't fault it, the shake weight is easy to use, lightweight, effective and for just 7 minutes of your time each day you can firm your way to a sleeker and sculpted figure. Very happy with my purchase!
The Shake Weight is revolutionary technology that I first saw advertised on television. They have been selling the Shake Weights on shopping channels and have had quite a lot of good press features too.
The main selling point of the Shake Weight is the fact that it has a "Revolutionary New Way to Shape and Tone Arms" and will "Work Out Your Upper Body in Just 6 Minutes a Day" and it claims to be "300% More Effective Than Traditional Weights".
The Shake Weight is sold singularly and you only need one weight to work out your upper arms. The Weight itself is only light at 2.5 lbs but this bit of Weight together with the fact that the Weight is shaken makes the muscles work far better even when compared to having a heavier weight.
The Shake Weight is sold in a whole host of different places including John Lewis, Tesco's or online at Amazon. The price however is pretty much the same at around the £30 mark although I did hear that Tesco's had them on a half price offer not long ago. However unfortunately I purchased my Shake Weight at the full asking price of £30!
There really isn't much in the way of other similar products that this item can compared to considering this is brand new revolutionary technology! So to compare prices with other weights really isn't appropriate. But I can say that for this money you would certainly be able to get a whole set of regular weights!
The shake weight comes housed within a cardboard box and the outside of this has very limited information repeated on each side. I was looking for whether this item supplied the batteries or not but couldn't see it on the outside so thought that it must. Once I had purchased the weight and taken it home to get out and try, I realised that the Shake Weight did not need batteries as the shaking is done by the user of the weight and the resistance that the weight side the casing causes.
Inside the box there is of course the one 2.5 lb weight, two small instruction and information leaflets plus a short DVD giving you exercise advice and suggestions on how best to use the shake Weight.
The instruction leaflets are very small but do say everything that there is to say really about this item. It shows the correct positioning for certain types of exercises and how the Shake Weight should be moved I.e in what direction. The Shake weight needs to be moved in small movements which should be forward and backward and the weight needs to be kept at least 6 inches away from the face at all times.
I found the DVD rather helpful although this was again rather short but very much to the point. It gives pretty much all the exercises that you can do with the shake weight which are basically just positioning you arms in different places such as over the head, to the side, to the front and both arms together and both arms apart kind of thing.
The Shake Weight itself is not heavy really compared to my other weights but once you begin to shake it, it becomes a whole other piece of equipment in the fact that that the muscle the works harder to try and keep hold of the shaking weight. This is rather similar to the Power ball in the fact that it is the tension in the arm which is making the muscle work harder in a bid to keep hold of the item in question.
I have been using this Shake Weight irregularly which is probably not the best thing to do to get the best results. However this is more or less how I live my life so consistency is rather difficult especially when it comes to exercise. I have to say that overall I can't see a big improvement from using this over my other regular weights. It is a bit more fun and I would say I probably have to spend less time on this shake Weight than I would have to spend with the regular heavy weights.
On the whole I have to say that this item is perhaps not quite what I first thought it to be and although it is good to use, I feel that it is not as exciting as it would have been had it been operated with batteries! Probably because the idea seems like a little less work than what you have to actually do. However, the results are good and the weight although ligh, does seem to work the muscles harder than a regular weight. I don't think the item is worth the £30 that was paid for it though and because of these downsides I think an average score of 3 out of 5 stars and only a recommendation if you can get it considerably cheaper than £30.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.