Shake Weight Review: Does It Actually Work?

A good laugh? Yes. But does it actually work?

By now, you must have seen the hilarious shake weight infomercials – or the countless parodies on YouTube. With the sexually suggestive motion of the device, it’s easy to forget that it was design for working out.

After purchasing a shake weight for a recent YouTube video and getting a zillion emails from interested blog buddies, I decided to put the product to the test. The shake weight is 2.5 pounds, and has springs at either ends. The back-and-forth motion – which they called “dynamic inertia” – allegedly helps tone the arms and shoulders – in just six minutes!

I tried the 6-minute shake weight workout. And after six minutes, I got more exercise from laughing than the alleged “dynamic inertia”.

Because of the shake weight’s light size, it’s unlikely to provide much of a workout for most men. (Though to be fair, the shake weight is marketed to women). Moreover, because the shake weight is available in just one size, it’s impossible to progress to higher weights and build muscle.

For a woman that doesn’t exercise, she may see and feel some very initial results. But for active women and most men, the shake weight doesn’t offer anything except a a good laugh.

Sure it’s inexpensive, convenient, easy to use, and better than sitting on the couch eating potato chips – but as a piece of exercise equipment, the shake weight falls short. Great gag gift? Yes! Secret to toned arms? No. Fortunately, it comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

But, for a good chuckle, check out the infomercial below:

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  1. Shoulda gotten the Shake Weight for guys ๐Ÿ˜› Yeah, it was just silly. It is easier to just got to a gym honestly.

  2. ummmmmm could you use it longer davey andsee if it starts working maybe? maybe your just to muscular for it lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. yeah, they make a larger model for men for about $10 more. I thought about giving one as a gag gift, but I figured the small one ($20) had NO chance of actually delivering any benefits (maybe improving one’s fappicizer muscles?), and I wasn’t willing to spend $30 on a gag gift. lol

  4. shake weight for men is out now! but seriously i agree

  5. I prefer the SNL shake weight DVD commercial…

  6. LOL LOL I can imagine to shake another weight with you!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Eiriksson says:

    I would imagine that this kind of exercise puts more strain on the tendons than the muscles, just like bouncing the weights at the gym does. Probably causes a lot of fraying and inflammation before you get any kind of benefit :/

  8. You probably get a more accurate workout from shaking your personal shake weight. Except for the most part it is a bit unilateral, so you’re gonna have to switch grips.

  9. after watching the guys at south park mock the shake weight so brilliantly, i could never actly take it seriously, whether it works or not…
    all i have to do to get my friends to bust up laughing is look at them and say…” shake weight”…. there are clips on youtube from that south park episode…

    ~ cheers…

  10. Dynamic inertia? It’s an oxymoron.

  11. hahaha thank you for sharing this, talk about sexualizing female workout gear XD i have flabby arms still but still, that is a waste of money and useless lol all you do is hold it and it shaves and it looks so so wrong XD lol.

  12. dlaurls says:

    I disagree. I have been using this for the last couple of months — twice a day for 30 minutes each. I have noticed that it has firmed up my lower and upper arms. Anything that helps to do that is good by me. I have done free weights for years, and this has been a good addition to my workout.

  13. Charlie says:

    Hey guys, I bought this for my partner who had put on a couple kgs over the winter, It was great, admittedly on its own It doesn’t provide a seriously good workout but this does tone you. It works by using your body as a weight resistance, throghout the entire 10 minute workout the idea is to always have your abs tense, and body rigid while controling your breathing and shake, I incorperated this 10min into my own workout, I would do 3 sets of circuit training (bench,lats,curls,squats,lunges,dead lifts,flys etc and finish it off with shake and weight. I’m telling you try sticking it out for 1 month and you will notice your abs are more defined, arms are more cut etc. I do agree that this is not an exercise that you should do on its own though, but try incorperating it into your workout


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