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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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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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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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Don’t Approach Training on the Jacobs Ladder Like Other Cardio Equipment

Received the following comment on our YouTube channel:

“I used (Jacobs Ladder) for the first time today at the gym and it was a killer.  I only did 3 minutes with my hands on the side bars.  My next goal is to reach 4 minutes and try to use the rungs.”

We love the fact that this user likes Jacobs Ladder and has set some goals.  But please don’t get the impression that after 3 minutes, the normal person is exhausted.  Many first time users will take off on Jacobs Ladder and try going the same cadence they would on an Elliptical machine.  On an Elliptical, you are pushing against a clutch.  … [Read More]

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Jacobs Ladder Extreme Climbing. A Good or Bad Thing?

987356_badge_isolatedMany people write emails to us asking why we don’t hold online competitions on our machines. The reason is that we are a company based on the philosophy of making people healthier. Although we would like to encourage people to reach their personal fitness goals (and sometimes a little competitive motivation is a good thing), we don’t want them to over-extend beyond what is beneficial for their body. Be careful when comparing your personal limits to what others report and always trust the advice from your personal trainer or therapist. Having said that, we have had people email us with some remarkable accomplishments on Jacobs Ladder.… [Read More]

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