About Shake Weight Roll
Shake Weight Roll claims to be a new and improved way of combining the benefits of push-up bars, ab wheels, and dumbbells to work out your abs, arms, chest, and shoulders—and to “reshape your entire upper body”—in just 11 minutes.
Compared to the original Shake Weight, the Shake Weight Duo’s wide wheelbase is claimed to provide the ability to perform single and double-handed floor planks, which can provide 360 degrees of body motion, firing stabilizer muscles in every direction.
On top of this, the resistance rotors at each end of Shake Weight Roll are claimed to add resistance in both directions, and to use short, intense bursts to fire your muscles up to 240 times per second. And because of Shake Weight Roll’s compact, durable design, you’ll have the ability to complete circuit training, anywhere and anytime.
You probably laughed the first time you saw a Shake Weight commercial. But now that time has passed, millions of consumers have purchased them, and new models have been released, you might be thinking twice about whether or not it works. But before you place your Shake Weight Roll order, consider the following:
A Note About Shake Weight Roll’s Vibration
Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions about the Shake Weight lineup is that each end automatically vibrates back and forth. However, this isn’t the case.
Instead, you’ll be required to shake your Shake Weight Roll for a couple seconds, at which point the inertia will carry over to the springs located on each end, and allow them to move back and forth. Then, once this inertia passes, you’ll have to repeat the process over and over again.
What is Circuit Training?
Circuit training is defined as a “form of body conditioning or resistance training using high-intensity aerobics. It targets strength building and muscular endurance. An exercise "circuit" is one completion of all prescribed exercises in the program. When one circuit is complete, one begins the first exercise again for the next circuit.”
Some studies have shown that circuit training “is the most time efficient way to enhance cardiovascular fitness and muscle endurance,” while others “show that circuit training helps women to achieve their goals and maintain them longer than other forms of exercise or diet.”
Although circuit training can provide some benefits, does this mean that the Shake Weight Roll will too?
Does the Shake Weight Roll Really Work?
Ultimately, the Shake Weight Roll is all but identical to the previous model (known as Shake Weight Duo) in both function and design. In fact, if you attempt to visit www.shakeweightduo.com, you’ll be redirected to the new Shake Weight Roll website. Regardless of what it’s called though, can you expect the Shake Weight Roll to provide you with any benefits?
Greatist completed a 4-week test of the Shake Weight back in 2012, and found that not only did it not improve muscle tone, the author actually lost muscle mass and strength while using it—which she didn’t realize until lifting dumbbells at the gym following testing.
This is because, “For a muscle to be fully stimulated, resistance must be applied through a full range of motion. The Shake Weight does not deliver this and will not result in the same muscular activity as traditional dumbbell exercise, despite what the company claims.” In other words, while it might seem logical that Shake Weight’s previously-named dynamic inertia (which appears to no longer be used by the manufacturer) won’t provide you with any visible shaping or weight loss benefits.
What about the fact that you can use the Shake Weight Roll to perform resistance exercises? Will this aspect provide you with any benefits?
Will Shake Weight Roll’s “Rolling” Action Provide Any Benefits?
In general, “rolling” exercises can provide numerous benefits, although these are mostly related to stretching and massage aspects, and are generally achieved by using a foam roller.
As you can see, this represents a very different design and intended use than the Shake Weight Roll, for which there appears to be no evidence showing that its specific kind of rolling action can provide any legitimate fitness benefits.
A Note About Nutrition
As any fitness professional will tell you, when it comes to obtaining perfect muscle tone, it’s just as much (if not more) about diet—the types of foods you eat and when you eat them—than it is about exercise.
This is because, even if you already have the most toned muscles on the planet, if they’re covered in a layer of fat, you’ll never see them.
As such, if you’re not combining your fitness regimen (whether this involves the Shake Weight Roll or not) with a diet program, you’ll only see half the results.
Are There Any Side Effects from Using the Shake Weight Roll?
Like any kind of physical activity, the most common side effect using devices such as the Shake Weight Roll is muscle soreness, which might be especially prevalent if it’s been a long time since you last worked out.
However, because some users might overextend their arms when rolling the Shake Weight Roll on the floor, this can lead to excessive back pressure, and can even result in damage. Because of this, you’ll want to speak with your physician prior to ordering a Shake Weight Roll.
What Are Shake Weight Roll’s Customers Saying?
Shake Weight Roll was a very new product at the time of our research (URL registered February 2015) and didn’t have any online customer reviews available.
However, previous Shake Weight Models (including the Duo) appear to have mild to moderate reputations online. On Amazon, the Shake Weight had more than 365 customer reviews, with an average rating of 3.5 stars (as of 4/1/15). Common compliments cited that it worked well and was of reasonable quality.
On the other hand, some of the most common complaints cited failure to provide results, the propensity to cause back pain, and its very light weight.
From a company perspective, the Shake Weight Roll is manufactured by FitHaus Direct, who is not listed with the BBB. Previously, the Shake Weight Duo was distributed by Allstar Products Group, a major player within the ASOTV industry.
Shake Weight Roll Pricing & Refund Policy
The Shake Weight Roll is priced at two payments of $19.95 plus S&H, although it’s not indicated how much this will cost. In fact, there isn’t even an order total listed on the ordering page.
With your order, you’ll also receive an inflatable stability pad for your knees, a circuit training DVD, and a power circuit chart.
In addition to no S&H information, there also wasn’t a refund policy listed on the Shake Weight Roll website or in the Terms & Conditions. In order to clarify this information, we attempted to contact customer service at (800) 331-4408, although we were only given the option of leaving a voicemail.
Should You Buy the Shake Weight Roll?
Chopping to the Point: When it comes down to it, there is mounting evidence from consumers and medical professionals alike that the shaking motion provided by Shake Weight Roll will do little for your muscle tone or overall fitness. And Shake Weight Roll’s “rolling” action doesn’t appear to work much better, and may even lead to back injuries.
Considering all of this, we might recommend purchasing an inexpensive set of dumbbells at your local sporting goods store, which will likely provide many more benefits than the Shake Weight Roll, and at a much lower price.