Shake Weight, $19.95 OK, this one's iffy but worth bringing up because it's gotten millions of hits on YouTube. First off, the commercial sure gets our attention with: "Ladies, listen up! Are your arms and shoulders saggy, flabby and out of shape?" (Uh, yes.) Then, it tries to convince us that by shaking FitnessIQ's odd, 2.5-pound device, we'll create a "wave of energy" that will help us burn more calories in six minutes than we can lifting regular dumbbells in 32 minutes! (What?) Still, we couldn't find much evidence against it, just a fun SNL parody, an informative "L.A. Times" article, and a few complaints about elbow, wrist and neck injuries. Most reviewers loved it, saying, "it's fun, easy, yet I feel the burn," and that it provides "plenty of weight for a satisfying workout that will not bulk up your arms."
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