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How Many Calories Can You Burn a Day Using the Shake Weight?

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
How Many Calories Can You Burn a Day Using the Shake Weight?
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If you're falling for the infomercials advertising the "Shake Weight," a spring-loaded dumbbell that you shake when performing standard upper body exercises, don't expect big results. In the recommended six-minute-per-day workout, you aren't burning many calories. Furthermore, the weight weighs just 2.5 pounds -- not enough to elicit noticeable strength gains.

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The makers of the Shake Weight claim you can tone your upper body in just six minutes. If you use the standard 2.5-pound version, or even the heavier 5-pound version made for men, you may classify it as light weight training.

A 155-pound person burns just 112 minutes per 30 minutes of this activity, or just shy of four calories per minute. In the six-minute workout -- you burn about 22 calories. For people who weigh less, the burn rate is less -- for example a 125-pound person burns just 18 calories in those six miracle minutes. Larger people burn more calories, but not enough to make a significant dent in your metabolism.

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