Now, to answer the question: does the Shake Weight really work? I would have to say both yes and no. Yes, because it does give you some sort of workout. No, because it does not live up to all the hype made about it.
The makers of the Shake Weight claim that their product:
- Increases muscular activity by up to 300 percent more than a workout with traditional weights.
- It will get rid of excess fat and tone the muscles in your arms.
- You can sculpt your shoulders and tighten saggy chest muscles.
- You only need to use this product for 6 minutes a day to see results.
This is all by following a 6 minute routine on the provided DVD. As a quick weight loss program, the Shake Weight and companion DVD fail. The truth is you cannot tone your muscles by working out for just 6 minutes a day. You have to do much more by combining your use of the Shake Weight with a nutrition plan (such as shake supplements) and other exercises.
The DVD only focuses on the upper body and it does not give advice on how best to position your body while doing the exercise. The Shake Weight itself has a limited range of motion (which prevents you from completely working all of the muscles in your arms), works best with one arm at time, and while it does tighten the muscles in your arm, that is not necessarily a sign you are getting a good workout. It is possible for beginners to achieve a burn while using this product, but for everyone else this could be a good pre-exercise stretching tool or a way to speed recovery of sore arms.
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