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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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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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Stair Climbing Races

I remember in 1990, before I owned Jacobs Ladder, actually before Jacobs Ladder was invented, I got involved in a Stair Climb Race at the Library Building in Buffalo, NY. I had ran stairs as a way of training for basketball and volleyball in high school and college. In the 9th grade, my vertical jump was 15″ and by the time that I graduated from Penn State, my vertical jump had increased to 39.5″. So, needless to say, I have spent a fair amount of time in a stair case. In 1990, I had ran in a few 5K races but this was my first Stair Climb Race. Not knowing what to expect, I ran as fast as I could from the start, 2 stairs at a time (just like when I was training).… [Read More]

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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 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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