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Fusion Physical Therapy & Sports Performance

“We currently have a Jacobs Ladder and absolutely love it. Fusion Physical Therapy & Sports Performance was actually written up in the NY Post and they mentioned how killer the Jacobs Ladder is! Since then we have received multiple phone calls in regards to training on it.” – Madalyn Marsh from Fusion PT and Sports Performance
Great to hear that you love the Jacobs Ladder! Thanks for mentioning us!
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These are the stories that make us LOVE what we do!

“My 8.5 year old son has Autism Spectrum Disorder and recently began a physical therapy program at our local gym. They happen to have one of your wonderful machines there and I thought that it would be a good thing for him to try as it has good hand over hand exercise which stimulates the brain in kids and best of all it works at his speed. It has been the best thing ever! He loves it. A lot of kids with ASD like deep muscle pressure and stimulation, it makes them feel calmer, centered and more in control. I think your machine inadvertently delivers exactly that. My boy has a deep pressure rug that is his life saver, he uses when he feels he is beginning to flip out or feel stressed, he said that your machine feels better than his rug which is very high praise indeed. … [Read More]

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ACSM Announces the Top Fitness Trends for 2014

For the first time in seven years, a new trend has topped the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) annual list of fitness trends.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) was named the top trend for 2014, taking the spot from educated and experienced fitness professionals. The list was based on a survey completed by more than 3,800 fitness professionals, and the results were released in “Now Trending: Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014,” an article published in ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal.

Other trends that made the top 10 are body weight training, educated and experienced fitness professionals, strength training, exercise and weight loss, personal training, fitness programs for older adults, functional fitness and group personal training and yoga.… [Read More]

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The Holy Grail

“My background is that I *hate* most exercise equipment. Most of it doesn’t seem like it’s built for human beings to exercise on. Rather, it’s more like somebody built the equipment to satisfy some mathematical model of some elliptical curve, and then said “now all we need is some people to agree to get inside of this and move against it.” Instead of helping you build a tolerance for pushing your natural abilities, most equipment requires that you build a tolerance to the use of the equipment. The Jacobs Ladder is probably the most elegant design I’ve encountered in any exercise machine, and that simplicity alone is a great selling point.… [Read More]

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Stairway – Differences between Stairway and other stair climbers:

When we decided to design a stair climber three years ago, we did it because we felt like we had an opportunity to offer the same Jacobs Ladder technology in a stair machine. However, today, there are a number of stair climbers out there, some good, some not so good. The Stairway offers a self-powered, self-paced workout. Just like on Jacobs Ladder, you control your own speed. It has a lower step height than other commercial stair climbers and a lower ceiling height requirement. It has a normal 8.5 “ step with 4 stairs visible to the user. It carries a 4 Year Parts, 1 Year Labor Warranty and is a lower cost than other commercial stair machines.… [Read More]

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How Many Calories Can I Burn on Jacobs Ladder?

We get calls asking about this question. It sounds like a ‘cop out’ answer but, it depends. In physics, a calorie is a measure of energy or work. It is no different in fitness. The more work you do, the more calories you will burn. So, with regard to cardio workouts, the more you weigh, the longer you workout and the more intense the exercise, the more calories you will burn. It is not different than a treadmill, elliptical or bike. The real question to ask is “What are your goals when exercising?”. If burning calories is your ONLY goal, then keeping the intensity low (like treadmill walking) for long periods of time will burn calories.… [Read More]

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Different Types of Intervals

On Jacobs Ladder, start out with a 2 minute warm-up at 60-70 feet per minute. Then, in 1-minute intervals, go for 90-95 feet per minute for 1 minute using the hand over hand movement of the rungs. For the next minute, slow down to below 55 feet per minute with hands on side rails. Using the side rails will bring down your heart rate. Repeat this for as many intervals as you can.

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The Race is Really with Yourself!

“What is a good workout on Jacobs Ladder or the Stairway?”. We get this question all of the time from people that have never been on a Jacobs Ladder but are interested in finding out more. Jacobs Ladder and the Stairway are really body weight exercises. The Waist Belt that you put on, does not really supply very much resistance. You are really just lifting your body weight in either a 12″ or 8″ step. So, the amount of work you are doing is dependent upon your physical size, the length of the exercise and the exercise time. Although it is fun to compare results with other people, you are really just racing against yourself.… [Read More]

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Cardio Circuit

Ever wonder why there are TV’s in the cardio section of a health club but very few in the strength section? CARDIO CAN BE BORING. We use TV’s to take our mind off of it. So, instead of working out on one cardio machine for 20-30 minutes. Pick 3 or 4 different machines (Treadmill, Jacobs Ladder, Stairclimber, Elliptical) and do 5-7 minutes on each. This will not only build different muscle groups, it will keep you motivated and interested. Develop your own CARDIO CIRCUIT and tell us about it.

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Plateauing Workouts

If you search Google for Plateauing Workouts, you will find a plethora of information on weight-lifting and how to prevent this phenomena. However, the same is true for cardio workouts. Doing the same cardio workout over and over again may seem comfortable but results will inevitably plateau. In order to keep your progress going, you are going to have to change up your workouts. Instead of the same 20 minute treadmill workout, try intervals. Go for 2 minutes, as fast as you can on the Jacobs Ladder and then rest. Let your heart rate come down and then repeat. Try different machines to develop different muscle groups.
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