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13 Aug 2007

Shake n Shape
Hi All

Some of you might have read the post on Shake n Shape. FitnessDoc has mentioned that he doesn't really support these type of exercise machines.

Here's my view on it. Although I agree that this is not the most effective way of getting into shape or that you should convert from your training to this, I do believe that they work. Here's why:

1) When the body is vibrating/shaking your fat molecules breaks down into smaller particles. This makes it easies for the body to burn the fat at a faster pase.
2) Any muscle that gets stimulated is bound to grow, meaning a more defined body.

These are just 2 reasons why I believe they work. What you should remember though is that as with any other workouts, you need good nutrition to achieve your goals.

Also remember that there is more to these machines than just standing there and shaking your butt off, excuse the pun. Standing in different positions, you can actually work specific areas of the body.

As I said, not the most effective way, but I believe it does work.

What is the Doc's opinion? I'm not saying you wrong at all, but would like to know what you think.

The only bad exercise is NO exercise

Answer 3,218 views

01 Jan 0001

Hi FitFanatic

I'm afraid I'm going to have to disagree with at least one point completely. The other points you make are correct, but then what people need to decide is which is better?

Now the first point is that a fat molecule that vibrates is broken down - not true. The use of any fuel, including fats, requires enzymes to be active, and these enzymes are active as a result of what is called the sympathetic nervous system. I'm not going to go into detail, but basically, if you want the sympathetic nervous system to be most active, vibrating the body part doesn't work, you need whole body exercise. That's why jogging, cardio etc. elevate the metabolic rate the most ACUTELY. So the idea that a vibration device will burn fat simply by breaking it down manually is incorrect - the body is not structual in that way.

As for the second point, the muscle is not being stimulated. Remember, muscle is stimulated by nerves, not vibrations. Therefore, unless you are applying a massive electrical current to it, it is not stimulated anything like exercise would. So the vibration won't cause muscle growth to compare to exercise, be it resistance or cardio training.

So the point is that the effect you would get from this type of device is extremely limited. What I won't argue with is that notion that any exercise is beneficial, including this kind of device. But that's not really the point - people have other choices, so it's not a case of does it work? That's the basic question, but the real question that needs to be answered is "Does it work better than the alternatives". The analogy is "Should I buy this car?". Well, of course, the answer could well be yes, it goes from A to B and looks good. But the real question is "Should I buy Car A instead of Car B?". And when you do that, then the devices like the Shake and Shape, and others on the market really do fail to do the job, regular cardio training and resistance work is far more effective. Hence, they don't work effectively enough to suggest using them.

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