Shake Weights: The Low Down On The Fitness Fad If you’re a connoisseur of infomercials, there’s a good chance you’ve come across one of the most entertaining fitness devices out there – the shake weight. Whether you choose to call it a fitness fad or a gimmick, one thing for certain is that it’s not going to produce the results that you desire. Let’s look at what you need to know about the shake weight . What The Shake Weight Is The shake weight is a device that looks similar to that of a dumbbell, but has moving parts on either end that you then shake up and down. As you make these small movements, the shake weight will create a vibration type of motion, which is what causes the ‘training action’ to take place in the body. How The Shake Weight Works Users are instructed to pick up the shake weight and then begin shaking it in an up and down movement pattern either in front of the body, above their heads, or if they prefer, out to the sides. It’s then said that the movement pattern of the shake weight combined with the fact that you must remain tense throughout the core is going to help stimulate muscular toning benefits. The idea of the shake weight is not to burn fat, but rather, to increase overall muscle definition in those who are using it. Will The Shake Weight Offer Any Benefits ? For anyone who is well educated in fitness, it should not come as a surprise that the shake weight does not deliver. Not only does the fact it weighs less than 3 pounds mean that it’s ultra light to pick up (therefore offering no strengthening benefits), but the excruciatingly small movement pattern you use with it means very few muscles will be utilized. If anything, this is simply an exercise in looking silly. Many people fall for this gimmick because it seems like an easy way to get in a fast workout and creates the ‘toning’ benefits they are after. But do keep in mind, all ‘toning’ really means is losing body fat. As soon as you remove a layer of body fat, you will be left seeing the muscle tone underneath, so it really won’t matter at all at that point how much muscle you have. All that matters is having a low body fat percentage. And, in terms of burning calories to help you lower your overall body fat percentage, the shake weight simply does not deliver. The only one thing the shake weight may do to a slight degree is help to firm up your midsection. As you will be slightly off balanced when using the shake weight, this does mean your core will have to contract to keep you balanced. So from that side of things, there may be a few slight benefits for the very beginner. So keep these facts in mind about the shake weight. Watch it for entertainment purposes, order it for some fun, but do not expect to see any kind of results from this device. About the Author: FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn