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The Shake Weight: Does it Really Work?

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- We continue our "Does it Really Work?" series with a fitness product that promises big results with only a few minutes a day.

It's the Shake Weight, a product that's been the victim of countless jokes and parodies on television and the internet. It looks awkward and silly, but does it deliver on its promise of packing a 42-minute dumbbell workout into 6 minutes? We took it to a few fit folks to ask them one question: does it really work?

We brought the Shake Weight to World Wide Fitness in Cedar Falls, where Rick Newgaard got his hands on the product.

"I bodybuild, so typical bodybuilding training," Newgaard said.

He's into old-school weightlifting, and it shows, so he wasn't very impressed.

"A lot of the new products that come out, especially something that's advertised as something that's going to get you in shape in six minutes, I have a hard time believing that six minutes is going to get anybody anywhere," Newgaard explained.

"I wouldn't buy one," he said.

He told us there's a good reason why old-fashioned lead dumbbells have lasted, and things like the Shake Weight don't.

"I would imagine it's going to be a fad. It'll be here and gone within a year," Newgaard said.

After just a few seconds, we could already tell our second tester, Shannon Schoonover, didn't like the product.

"After fifteen minutes I'm not going to be sweating and it's not going to raise my heart rate, so it's not going to do me any good," Schoonover said. "I think it's not something that I would try again."

She told us the old-fashioned ways of working out are tried and true.

"I just don't think there's any substitute for just cardio and regular weightlifting," said Schoonover.

We took the shake weight to our third and final tester, personal trainer Mia Richter at Underground Fitness in Iowa City.

"I think the first thing that someone might think when they see the Shake Weight is that it looks a little bit ridiculous," said Richter, after only a few moments of trying it out.

Richter says it has some value as a simple 5-pound dumbbell, but when you can pay about a dollar a pound for traditional lead weights, the Shake Weight is kind of a waste of money.

"I don't think it's a complete waste of time," said Richter, but she went on to say that traditional weights offer more variations for exercises, and the Shake Weight's advertised claim of a 42-minute workout compressed into six minutes is bogus.

"I personally would not recommend the Shake Weight for anyone; I think it's sort of a novelty item," said Richter.

Based on our tester reviews, the Shake Weight gets a letter grade of "D." We should mention that we tested the 5-pound men's weight, but there's also a 2 and-a-half pound version for women. Either way, our testers found fault with the product for the fact that it's awkward (and a little embarrassing) to use. Combine that with a price tag of $20 to $30, and you're better off buying a set of traditional dumbbells.

So, be warned: the Shake Weight is a product that's ripe for parody, and if you buy one, you might be, too.

Online Reporter:  Brady Smith

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