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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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How Jacobs Ladder Works

Why, when you climb higher on a Jacobs Ladder (and the Stairway), do the rungs come faster? Answer: It is the same reason that a curve ball curves and an airplane flies (GOT YOUR ATTENTION). It is called Bernouli’s Equation (LOST YOUR ATTENTION). Actually, engineers and physicists get a charge out of this and since I am one of those knuckleheads, I get a charge out of it to. Bernouli’s Equation merely says, in part, that as air molecules move faster, the pressure drops. For an airplane, the air molecules above the plane wing are forced to move faster than the ones below. The atmosphere then pushes the plane up.… [Read More]

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Jacobs Ladder at the Athletic Business Conference

We exhibited at the AB Conference in San Diego this year. This has been our 10th year in a row at ABC. It was a great show, as we got to see many old friends and also met some great new friends. The Stairway was very well received as one of the very few self-powered stair climbers. Got a chance to talk to the guys from Woodway Treadmills and Pat O’Dell from Life Fitness. Looking forward to IHRSA this year again at San Diego (one of the most beautiful cities in the country) !

 

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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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Jacobs Ladder vs JL2: Which is the best fit for the home gym or small office?

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When we learned Jacobs Ladder was going to be on NBC’s Biggest Loser, we knew that we needed to come up with a product that fit better in the home and was more affordable to individual buyers. So, we took Jacobs Ladder cardio machine (used by professional training centers worldwide) and rather than making it cheaper and smaller, we focused on simply reducing the width and removing some hi-end features to bring down the cost. Specifically, we narrowed the base width from 31.25″ to 27.25″ so it would fit through most doorways. We swapped out the Maple Rungs to a Steel Rung with Polyurethane Sleeve.… [Read More]

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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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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 is a Preferred Vendor to Anytime Fitness 

anytime-fitness-logoLast week, Anytime Fitness named Jacobs Ladder LLC as a Preferred Supplier to all 2000+ AF locations. Now, all Anytime Fitness franchises can take advantage of corporate pricing for both Jacobs Ladder and the Stairway.… [Read More]

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A “Customer for Life”

Got the following email from a Gold’s Gym owner the other day:

“First off I am extremely impressed with you and your companies customer service. The way you handled this situation is first class. It is nice to do business with you and your company. I am a customer for life. – Bob Rawlins, Gold’s Gym, Manassas, VA”

Thanks Bob! It’s why we work hard to improve our product and our service every day.… [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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