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Does it Work Fitness Week: Shake Weight

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SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Makers of the Shake Weight promise well-toned, sculpted arms in just six minutes a day, but Does it Work?

Terry Eakins and I will let you know. Supposedly, the Shake Weight works through something called "dynamic inertia."

On the commercial, it appears this weight is battery-operated and may provide some sort of resistance for weight lifters, but we found out you shake it yourself.  "It doesn't tell you it's not battery-operated," Terry noted.

Instead, the faster you shake it, the harder the workout.  As you might imagine, this shaking in itself is getting lots of laughs on the Internet and even on various talk shows as seen from Ellen Degeneres.

Terry and I put our own laughter aside and decide to truly give this the Does it work test. "Elbows in. Shake, shake, shake."

After Terry gets the hang of it, or so we think, it's time to pop in the workout DVD.  In just six minutes a day, Terry's arms are supposed to become well-defined.

"I have regular weights. It's kind of the same thing," she noted.

That's definitely true. In fact, normal weight-lifting is part of the Shake Weight routine, like classic chest exercises and tricep pullbacks.

"Yeah, it's similar to just holding a weight in your hand."

But Terry presses on and vows to do this 6 minute workout every day for the next few weeks. We even measure her arms so we can see if there's a difference later.

"A couple of weeks will tell if you lose weight in your arms. I certainly need to lose some."

When I return, Terry's ready to shake loose of the Shake Weight.  "I think you'll get better results with a regular weight regime than with the Shake Weight."

Personal trainer Nan Blattel thinks so, too. Her first reaction is to laugh at this, much like everyone else.  "It is laughable, but the thing is they're making dumbbells harder than they should be," said the trainer.

She also says you're fooling yourself if you think your arms will look like the model's in just six minutes a day with this light weight.  "Being 2 and a half pounds, it's not going to tone your upper body like that."

She says you gotta diet, too, and don't forget that cardio to go along with the toning. That's exactly what Terry's sticking to.  "I'm not trying to lose a lot of weight. I just want to get healthy."

Terry says all this shaking caused her neck and back to hurt a bit at first. Plus, this product also didn't live up to that six minute claim either.

"It didn't take long for me to realize it's longer than a six-minute workout."

Common sense tells us that's probably why Terry did see a little improvement in toning.The extra time plus the regular ole' arm moves are most likely what caused her to lose about a quarter-inch off her arms. That's why she stops short of completely failing this product.

"A grade 'D' at the highest."

But the trainer and I go a step lower.

"Honestly, I wouldn't use it," said Blattel.

Plus, for $20, you can buy a couple of sets of dumbbells for that price, and ones that work, too. We're shaking our heads at the Shake Weight and having a laugh, too.

The Shake Weight easily fails this Does it Work fitness test.

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