When I first saw the commercial for the “shake weight,” I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants. You’ve seen the commercial, the women look like they’re well, you know. It’s hilarious. But all hilarity aside, I bought the “shake weight” at Walgreen’s and decided to give it a try.
The “shake weight” is designed to strengthen and tone your upper arms to avoid flabbiness, what I call “relief society arms” (a little LDS humor). What it does is as you use it, a balanced weight creates resistance that allows you to get a full upper arm workout in just a few minutes. Does it work?
Well, yeah, soon as you figure out how to use it. To get that hilarious up and down motion, you have to keep your hand steady, which is hard to do since it’s so heavy on its own. But once you get the hang of it, even a few pumps with the “shake weight” leaves you feeling like you just did push ups, so it works as promised, at least for me.
I like how if you hold it in both hands tight in the middle at your waist and shake it vigorously from side to side, your abs get a workout like you wouldn’t believe after about a minute. You can get creative with this goofy workout tool and hold it with both hands behind your head, pumping away, or just alternate one hand to another, pumping in that truly sickeningly funny up and down motion that makes everyone around you laugh their fool heads off.
If you can get over the rather disturbing motion of the use of the “shake weight,” particularly if you’re aiming it at your chin for a good workout, you will find it really does work. If you can avoid making faces or opening your mouth while using it, you can possibly keep from having your friends and family drop to the ground in uncontrollable laughter.
What’s the greatest thing about the “shake weight?” The shiny metal on the top of it that reflects just like a mirror so you can see what your face looks like while your pumping away trying to get it to work right. This workout tool is simply priceless in hilarity alone.
Does it work on your arms as it says it does? Oh, I would say absolutely. My arms and abs burn pleasantly after every workout. I would say it works as delivered, but it takes about a half hour of playing with it (crudely) to really get serious and make it work right. But even if you use it wrong, it makes for a fairly hefty dumbbell anyhow, so you’ll still get your workout with it.
I recommend getting a “shake weight” just for the hilarious motions it causes alone- you’ll simply laugh til you cry, which is a workout in itself!