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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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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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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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Watch NHL Star Go 128 Rungs In 30 Seconds

Here’s some great video on NHL.com. Watch Kris Letang from the Pittsburgh Penguins complete a super fast 30 second interval on Jacobs Ladder at Jon Chaimberg’s facility in Montreal, Quebec. Wow, those are some fast feet!

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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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