Always on the lookout for new fitness gadgets, the Bodyblade has grabbed my attention.
The Bodyblade ($50-$160) is a tool that claims to use up to 270 muscle contractions per minute, and doesn't bulk you up. Basically you just take the long blade, shake it by pushing and pulling front to back or side to side, and then try to match the movement of the blade as it oscillates back and forth. And you only need 60 seconds with this blade for a workout — red flag! Sure, I could see this blade working your core if you're standing on a Bosu trying to shake it, but then we're just getting into a lot of moving parts for a workout that you could get without all the tricks.
I did actually use something like this back when I had to do a little physical therapy; it was fun. While the gadget did seem to help me strengthen my shoulder, I can not say I'll be bringing a Bodyblade to the gym anytime in the near future. Along with PT benefits, the blade can be a helpful tool for training for golf, tennis, or even surfing, just not for everyday weight loss. It's a bit bulky and I would be afraid that I would take someone or something out as I tried to get the blade moving. I was also turned off that I could not find any caloric calculations on the site in terms of how much one can expect to burn by using the device.
I'm not saying you shouldn't try it, but I'll be sticking to my classic workout. Has anyone already tried the Bodyblade? Share the details in the comments section below.