Does The Shake Weight Really Work?



You've heard of it, seen it parodied, heard all of the innuendo jokes about it-- but does the Shake Weight really work? I never ever thought I'd be doing an article about this in a million years but the bottom line is that this is one of the questions I get asked the most by my readers, right next to "How can I get rid of fat from [x] area?".
Yeah, we know the innuendo.



I could give a long, drawn out post about why the shake weight is pure garbage for anyone looking for real results. Instead, I'm just going to get straight to the point and be blunt as possible. If you bought one, return it and invest in a pair of standard hand weights.

The problem with the shake weight is that it has zero range of motion. The muscle needs range of motion, both isometric and isotonic contractions in order to tear muscles fibers apart. The shake weight does not provide this kind of movement. You're holding it in one place for a long period of time. The shake weight just doesn't provide the resistance for really lean muscle gains.

Here's a more technical explanation:

Work = Force x Distance
Force = Mass x Acceleration

The shake weight is very lightweight, so the mass is considerably low. The distance is also very, very low. This further reduces the work being done. You are burning energy, yes, but it would take you days of intense work to burn an adequate amount of calories. Instead, invest in a pair of heavier hand-weights that will provide more intensity and calories burned within minutes.

There's your answer! Hope that clears up your Shake Weight curiosity!

20 comments:

  1. who needs a shakeweight when i can get the same work out....nevermind.

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  2. HAHAHAHAHA awesome post justin

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  3. I gave mine to my dog to use as a dog toy :)

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  4. Yes! Return it and get your money back.. complete waste of time and it's really just an excuse for anyone that's lazy to pretend to feel like they're accomplishing something.

    Susan

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  5. Awesome post Justin

    The reason it doesn't work is because you're not actually training any useful muscles. You're not stressing your muscle fibers at all and basically all you'll do is get better at using a shake weight. I.E. giving handjobs.

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  6. it looks nice next to my ab rocket, lol!!

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  7. the only thing the shake weight is good for is making some guy lots of money off of a bunch of lazy idiots who think that they can get in shape by doing the next big craze

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  8. Great post justin, keep it up and post more often

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  9. I'll say it. It looks like a masturbation device.

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  10. I practice enough on my husband ;)

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  11. Justin your blog is getting way popular dude, congrats.

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  12. Shh Justin!! Don't ruin it for everyone who actually think they're accomplishing something with their puny little fad workout things!

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  13. Just say it:

    Sexual innuendo.

    We're all adults here.

    I hope :)

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  14. if it's not a dumbell don't buy it

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  15. did you guys notice that the black one is bigger than the white one in stores??

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  16. You guys are absolutely too much! Thanks for commenting!

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  17. finally i get to rub something in my wife's face

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  18. have any of you people actually used this product for any length of time? just wondering.

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  19. This is certainly one of the funniest products ever created. Whether it's effective or not is another matter.

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  20. LOL on the comments. I haven't used it, but I think it would help if you were just getting started exercising. Especially the triceps. But it would only be effective for a little while. After that you would have to have to lift weights to get a range of motion. I'm not an expert, but that was my experience at Curves. You are only allowed so much time on each piece of equipment, so after a while you get to a point when you aren't improving, just maintaining.

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