Recently, after watching the television commercials about the revolutionary way to get flabby underarms into shape, I decided to purchase the “Shake Weight” to add to my exercise routine. I am a woman in my late 30’s who has worked in an office for much of my life, so you can imagine my arms really needed some toning and tightening up. I was getting that typical “wobble” which was becoming unsightly to me, especially with summertime and sleeveless attire right around the corner.
My decision to purchase the “Shake Weight” was prompted by how easy this piece of exercise equipment looked and how much fun the models looked like they were having, just from watching the TV commercials. In addition, the price was reasonable, at the time just $19.95 plus a low shipping and handling fee – a lot cheaper than a new gym membership would cost in my region. So, once I ordered it, I anxiously awaited its arrival at my doorstep.
Within five days, after coming home from a busy day at work, I arrived home to find my “Shake Weight” in a neat little box at my apartment mail center waiting for me. I raced home to open the package because I could not wait to try it out! Once I peeled out of my office attire and traded in my high heels for some comfortable exercise wear, I nervously peered inside the box to see what I had bought.
The “Shake Weight” which was made of a soft, yet durable white and silver plastic with black accordion-like tips, immediately felt like the coolest hand weight I had ever held. It was sealed in a clear plastic bag, which easily slipped off and there was also an exercise DVD and booklet included. I immediately popped the DVD into my player and was treated to a nice introduction by exercise instructor, Erica Shaffer, who led me through the first steps at getting acquainted with my new equipment.
After watching the DVD for a few minutes, I became a little impatient and decided to give my new “Shake Weight” a try. First I tried holding it in two hands, like the video instructed and gave it a few shakes while pointed at my chest. The weight easily bounced back and forth in my hand, using an internal counterweight action. I felt the sensation of a tightening in my lower arms and my upper biceps within just one minute of this repetitive motion. This was exhilarating, especially since I generally use resistance bands in my home gym and don’t get this much muscle tension in that short span of time.
Once I had tried re-positioning the “Shake Weight” from two hands to one hand, I felt a larger surge of muscle use going on in each of my arms as I switched back and forth. I also tried holding the weight behind my head while grasping it in both hands and experienced a burst of muscle tension in the entire length of my arms, as well as into my shoulders. This I found to be an added bonus, as a great way to tone those muscle areas as well as the arms.
The day after I first tried my new “Shake Weight” I could still feel that some of the muscles under my arms and my chest were a tiny bit sore, but not overwhelmingly so. It was as if I hadn’t used those muscles in a long time, which is probably why the weights were so affective at reaching those unused areas. When I got back home, I used my weight again and this time could feel even more tension and toning going on. Over a week’s time of using the “Shake Weight” I actually felt that my shirt sleeves felt looser and I could see a noticeable difference when I raised my arms up – this thing really worked!
The only complaint I have about the “Shake Weight” is that the manufacturers should create a set of two of them, in a smaller size so that they can be used by people with larger hands, like me. I did find it a bit cumbersome trying to hold it in two hands at the same time. The benefits of the “Shake Weight” such as not needing batteries, the ease of use and the low cost far outweigh any possible issues with it, however. I plan to buy a second unit to step up my exercise routine and recommend the “Shake Weight” to all my friends who want to get their arms into shape again.