When we decided to design a stair climber three years ago, we did it because we felt like we had an opportunity to offer the same Jacobs Ladder technology in a stair machine. However, today, there are a number of stair climbers out there, some good, some not so good. The Stairway offers a self-powered, self-paced workout. Just like on Jacobs Ladder, you control your own speed. It has a lower step height than other commercial stair climbers and a lower ceiling height requirement. It has a normal 8.5 “ step with 4 stairs visible to the user. It carries a 4 Year Parts, 1 Year Labor Warranty and is a lower cost than other commercial stair machines.… [Read More]
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]
“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]
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.
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]
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) !
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]
If you are a fan of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, you know about the long standing relationship between Jacobs Ladder and the television program. Now for the upcoming 15th season , we’ve been asked to have our new Stairway join the Ladders on The Ranch! We recently sent out a team to prepare the three new units on the set. We’re all excited to see the new season and how the trainers use our latest product.… [Read More]