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Why Professional Athletes are Running to the Jacobs Ladder

IM000248.JPGThe baseball season may be over, but in recent weeks Daniel Straily (Pitcher for Oakland A’s), Jason Grilli (Pitcher for Pittsburgh Pirates) and Wade Davis (Pitcher for Kansas City Royals) have either purchased Jacobs Ladder or been quoted as using Jacobs Ladder to improve their performance. Weight management and leg power are reasons why baseball players, and especially pitchers, are moving to Jacobs Ladder.

Our most interesting talk was with Daniel Straily. Daniel said that he has been addicted to Jacobs Ladder ever since his days at Marshall University. When he got to Marshall as a junior college transfer, he weighed in at a beefy 250 lbs.… [Read More]

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Jacobs Ladder for Interval Training, from a World Class Trainer

peakWe’re grateful to post here Joe Dowdell’s favorite ways to use the Jacob’s Ladder for intervals.  Joe is founder and CEO of Peak Performance in NYC.  It was Joe that first put us on the map with The Biggest Loser.  He is not only considered one of the country’s top Personal Trainers, he owns one of the top PT training gyms in the country.  [Note:  Here is a link for those of you wanting to know more about the term “RPE”.]

Favorite ways to use the Jacobs Ladder is for intervals.

For beginners, I like to use 60 seconds of work (RPE of 6-7) followed by 2 minute recovery.… [Read More]

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Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics

200px-Boston_Celtics.svgIn 2007, we got a call from Walter Norton (Strength Coach at the time) from the Boston Celtics to order a Jacobs Ladder. We would like to think this was the major reason for their NBA Championship in 2008 (and that it had nothing to do with getting Garnett and Allen). In 2011, we got another call from current Strength Coach Bryan Doo requesting a Jacobs Ladder for star forward Paul Pierce in his new home in Calabassas, CA. A 2010 Wall Street Journal article added the following:

Mr. Pierce also uses the Jacobs Ladder, a machine that looks like a ladder tilted at a 40-degree angle. The angle takes stress off of the lower back and the faster Mr.… [Read More]

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Army Excited About New Jacobs Ladders at Ft. Drum

size0“And do not underestimate the Jacobs Ladder. It is a mean one.”
– Sgt. Marco Pena

We don’t usually think of Jacobs Ladder as a ‘mean one’.  We like to think of it as the best cardiovascular workout you can get in the amount of time spent.  But, if Sgt. Marco Pena of Fort Drum, NY wants to call it a ‘mean one’, then who are we to argue?  Recently, Fort Drum purchased 20 Jacobs Ladder for their newest fitness facility bringing the total number of Jacobs Ladders at that site to 25.  This is the second most Jacobs Ladders at any one military facility that we know of.  … [Read More]

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