Product Type: Shake Weight Fitness
Newest Review: ... 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 ver... more
Author Name: daisylee3
Date: 20/11/12, updated on 20/11/12 (27 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, doesn't need batteries or putting together, durable, effective
Disadvantages: Gets a little boring after a while, would prefer it to be heavier
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.
Summary: 4/5 Stars