Shake It Up (and a Shaky Giveaway!)

Check out what’s shaking in the workout world…literally!

ShakeWeightThe Shake Weight
The Shake Weight is shaking up the arm-toning world. With videos on YouTube and a humorous spot on Jimmy Kimmel, the fitness device is getting attention.

Although it looks like a battery-powered device when you see it in action, the movement of the 2.5-pound dumbbell is purely user generated. According to the company, the “internal resistance and shaft bounces the weight back and forth” to create an effective toning exercise. The product is said to increase muscle activity by 300 percent when compared to traditional free weights, which seems like a claim worth testing.

When you buy the Shake Weight for $19.95 (plus shipping and handling), you get the dumbbell and a 6-minute workout DVD showing you how to use the product. Contrary to what most of the videos show, you don’t only use the weight in front of you (which I agree looks slightly inappropriate). You can “shake it” in any position that you would use traditional dumbbells for, thereby hitting your triceps, shoulders and biceps. You also stabilize your core for added ab benefits. The instructional DVD alternates between shaking the dumbbell as noted earlier and using it as you would a traditional weight.

So how does the Shake Weight stack up as a workout? It definitely is exercise. Is it the hardest arm workout I’ve ever done? No. Will it give you Michelle Obama’s arms? I doubt if just six minutes is enough to give anyone MO arms. Would it be something you could do while watching your favorite fall TV shows? Sure. Would you want to use it in mixed company? Depends on your sense of humor.

DynaMax
I’ve tried gyroscopic fun with the Jyze, and while I haven’t actually tried the DynaMax, it looks like an interesting way to shake up core work. From the makers of the Jenn-tested DynaFlex, the 3-pound DynaMax uses an internal gyroscope to give users added resistance. The faster the gyroscope moves, the more resistance the DynaMax gives the user.

From the video I’ve seen, once the product is activated by pulling the starter cord, it takes on a life of its own, wiggling around so that the user has to use his or her strength to keep it under control. I can see how it would be a great core workout as your core has to stabilize to keep the DynaMax from gyrating out of your grip. According to the manufacturer, the product can replace many free weight exercises, too. And it lights up! While pricey at almost 300 bones, it sure does sound interesting…

Power Plate
As Jenn has previously reported, the Power Plate is a vibration trainingdevice that is said to have all sorts of benefits, from increasing strength to reducing cellulite. The good vibrations help challenge you even more while working out—naturally stimulating muscle contractions 30 to 50 times per second—but now a study published in the Journal of Bone & Mineral Research found that body vibration technology can substantially increasebone density, making it a certifiable osteoporosis fighter! Check out the Power Plate locator to find a spot to try out the vibes yourself.

Erin

Interested in trying the Shake Weight? Comment or email us at [email protected] for a chance to win! U.S. residents only, please.



Comments

  1. Moonlight Dancer says

    Interesting concept and I do not doubt it works I would definitely love to try it! I'm always up for new challenges

  2. Karla says

    Haha, this shake weight is crazy! Have you seen Ellen use it on her talk show? HILARIOUS. I'd totally be interested in giving it a shot. Fun review as always FBGs! :)

  3. Shannon Fab Fattie says

    That is funny! I would try it out why not. A shaky shaky here a shaky shaky there maybe it would help shake of all the extra poundage! You could tie it around your waist and move side to side have a six pack in no time flat!:)

  4. Junghwa says

    Thank you once again for the wonderful review. I could always count on your blog for new and fun equipments or fitness ideas.!

    I would love to try the Shaky!!!

  5. samsam26 says

    I would love to win this and give it a shake! I'm always game for some fun to my workouts.

    As I watched the video on their website, I was totally laughing, you are so right about their "shaking"!

  6. TexNYQueen says

    I've seen ads recently for the power plate but not the shake. Just think, new slogan should be shake your giggle away!

  7. jen says

    I would LOVE to shake! I am a bit stalled in my weightloss…mainly from boredom and a bit of loss of motivation…I am looking for a way to get my workout in a more fun way! This shaky thing looks totally fun!

  8. Jody - Fit at 51 says

    I saw that shake weight a long time ago & then Ellen had it on her show & it is everywhere now! Why not try it to see if it can give my arms a go at it!!! Although that power plate is something I really want to try! My gym does not have it!

  9. Jenny says

    i saw something similar to this on Ellen the other day — so interesting! I'd love to give it a whirl (or shake.. ) buaha, okay.. bad pun.

  10. Cristal says

    Oh wow! I went to their website and watched the video and not only does it look like fun, it looks like it even works! I would so love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Claudia says

    This is amazing! I heard on ellen that they're coming out with a mens version of the Shake Weight, i Can't Wait to see that!

  12. Lana says

    Yeah i Heard that too, it was on ellen and she's going to premier the video on her show, can't wait to watch it!