Shake Weight Roll is a version of the popular Shake Weight, but this one has a wheel on each end and is targeted at men trying to work on their abs. This combination Shake Weight and ab wheel is said be a circuit training device that help you target your abs, arms, chest, and shoulders and give you a total upper-body workout in 11 minutes.
How Shake Weight Roll Works
Shake Weight Roll is very similar to the standard Shake Weight, which sold millions and became the butt of many jokes for its suggestive video – both Shake Weights have spring-loaded weights on either end and you jiggle it to activate what they call Dynamic Inertia.
What they claim is new and improved about Shake Weight Roll is that also doubles as an ab wheel, an exercise device that is said to use resistance to strengthen muscles as you roll it across the floor. We couldn’t find the actual specs about Shake Weight Roll but it seems to be a re-branding of the Shake Weight Pro, which lists its weight as 5 lbs. and is 15 inches long.
To use Shake Weight Roll, they tell you to follow the exercise DVD included with your purchase, which goes through a series of shakes and rolls they claim takes just 11 minutes. They promise afterwards you will have a completely reshaped, rock-hard upper body.
Shake Weight Roll Costs…
$48.90 (listed as $39.95 plus $8.95 S&H), which includes the Shake Weight Roll, the exercise DVD and an inflatable pad to rest your knees on. Shake Weight lists a 30-day money back guarantee, minus S&H (and what it costs you to send 5 lbs. through the mail back to them).
Bottom Line: Is Shake Weight Roll a Good Way To Get Hard Abs?
There is no doubt that Shake Weight was an extremely popular fad ($40 million in sales reported in 2010). But is this a workout device that will do anything more than get you laughed at?
First, let’s talk about the so-called “Dynamic Inertia” which they claim moves your muscles rapidly and intensely, resulting in a heavy-duty workout. WebMD looked at the original Shake Weight and concluded it didn’t give you the full range of motion needed for building and toning muscle.
Exercise Biology, devoted to the science of exercise, adds that shaking the Shake Weight could cause dizziness, neck problems or aggravate carpal tunnel. Because it’s a limited range motion with a non-adjustable weight, while you may initially feel some soreness indicating your muscles have done some work, your body will quickly adjust after a few uses.
Therefore, we say the “Shake” part of Shake Weight is not going to help you tone or burn calories.
What about the ab wheel part? While it’s true that when you kneel and push an ab wheel across the floor, you will engage your core muscles, there are other more effective ways to work your abs.
About.com’s Medical Review Board studied various abdominal exercises (including an ab wheel) to determine the best and worst. The best was the old-fashioned bicycle crunch exercise you do lying on your back that needs no special equipment; an ab roller came in at #9 on their list of best to worst (of 13).
Circuit training (high intensity exercises followed by a brief bit of rest) is definitely a good concept in fitness, but you don’t need a Shake Weight Roll to do it. Here’s a 7-minute workout from the New York Times to get you started.
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