A study from the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine finds that the “as seen on TV” exercise product Shake Weight doesn’t actually increase the strength of people who use it.
If you’re unfamiliar with Shake Weight, the product is basically a dumbbell whose ends are attached to the handle by a spring. Propelled into the mainstream by a series of easily misinterpreted TV commercials of attractive women shaking the weights, the product claims to tone the arms and shoulders of people who use it.
Researchers found, however, that the 25 young adults they tested displayed no more muscle activity than they did using regular dumbbells. What’s more, the study found that people who did the shaking exercise routines prescribed by Shake Weights did not do enough work to increase muscle strength.
These findings compound other complaints from fitness experts, according to Yahoo, notably that Shake Weight users do not go through a full range of motion or put on more weight once the exercises are no longer challenging.
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