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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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Get Ripped! 4 Resources from bodybuilding.com

1. NO TRAIN, NO GAIN
Interview with Ex Marine Carl Roberts on his bulking workout routine and how dedication and flexibility are the keys to making successful physical changes that last.

2. PUMPING IRON WITH ROBERT DOWNING JR.
Wonder how one prepares to play the role of Iron Man? This article discusses how Downey transformed himself on and off screen with the help of a fitness professional. Also, a major part of his cardio routine was the Jacobs Ladder!

3. PERSONAL TRAINING PHILOSOPHIES
Personal Trainers answer questions to shed light on the method behind their madness. What is the number one training mistake you see people make?… [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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Climbing 100 Stories A Day !

Catherine Ray wrote to us last year about her goal to reach 80 stories on the Jacobs Ladder and just wrote to us again about how she has now reached 100 stories a day !!

“Well this year I am 81 and still “enjoying” Jacobs Ladder, only I climb to the top of a one hundred story skyscraper six days a week.. (Engineers tell me a story is 10 feet.) It takes me 18 minutes and I rest a minute every 5 minutes but when I finish I am ready to face the day! Thanks again.” – Catherine

Awesome results Catherine! Keep up the good work!… [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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