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Climbing Jacob's Ladder!!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Hello Sparkbuds!!

Well it isn't often that I get my A$$ kicked at the gym, but today....

.....I had my A$$ handed to me at the gym!!

It was all because of a guy named Jacob.

Jacob's Ladder;

It sure as hell didn't look like my much when I first spied it with my little eye. During the XMAS/New Year's break, my gym did a little re-organizing and apparently, Santa dropped this little beast off to help us prepare for Christmas Yet to Come.

I've been wanting to shake up my cardio a bit, I've been feeling a little stagnant on the Concept 2 Rower and the Spin Bikes (don't get me wrong, these are great cardio, I just needed a little variety and the elliptical wasn't hacking it either)

I looked it up and down and read the directions. Apparently you have to strap on a belt thingy that pulls on a tension line as you mount this animal. The tension determines how fast it moves underneath you.

So far, so good.

I think to myself, "Self, how hard can this be? Crouch on this ladder-thingy and start walking on hands and feet as it travels underneath you. Maybe it'll help loosen up my back too!"

I checked all the settings, the tension in the belt, gave it a pedal or 2 to make sure I understood how to distribute my weight (the cardio room was filled to the brim with about 60 New Year's Resolution dieters....the last thing I wanted to do was to have to do a double gaynor dismount in front of the whole crowd

Up I went, and.....

HOLY COW!!! Feel the burn!!!

After 90 seconds, my heart rate was up over 80%!!

I basically started doing intervals after that; 90 seconds on, 30 seconds off. I did this about 5 times and I was done!

All I wanted to do was to warm up to do my Overhead Presses today....sheesh!!

Well I gotta tell you, I'm hooked now! After torching my shoulders with Overhead Presses (I started month 5 of my 5/3/1's a great Strength Training program), I decided to get in some more cardio to end today's workout.

All I could eke out were 3 more 90-second cycles on Mr. Jacob and I was done!

So I don't know if your gym has these or not....but if they do, you just have to try it out. In addition to getting in some Hi Intensity Cardio, I liked how the crawling movement works out your WHOLE BODY.....I felt nice and loose all over when it was done (not to mention quite thankful).

Looks like Jacob and I are going to have a very fun 2014!!! Check out these Youtube videos....I don't feel nearly so bad about my time after watching them;

Have a great night Spark friends!
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    The picture reminds me of crab walks down up and down hilly inclines in the park. I imagine that the aerobic challenge is much more than that.

    Tired of the Concept 2 rower? I just got started on this during Christmas break. My enthusiasm is similar to yours for the jacobs ladder. Good luck with the ladder.
    1626 days ago
    Holy smokes! That looks like a torture machine... I'd have done intervals alright.. except it would have been 30sec on/off.. LOL.. but you are a beast... enjoyed watching the vids on how it worked cuz I really thought it'd throw you off like a bucking bronco if you missed a step... nice to know, it's safe.. you'll die of your heart bursting first.. hehe..

    Keep it up! (I've been off of lifting for three weeks thanks to bursitis in my hip brought on by the boot i had to wear for my right achilles for almost 3 months.. ARGH so frustrating.. went back to the gym last night and was warming up my back squat.. got up to 115#, my 1 rep max is 175, and had to stop cuz my hip was killing me and that's a no no... so it's back to the orthopod next Friday.. ugh getting old sux... but I'm learning a lot about my body.. bursitis, IT band, piriformis, on and on)

    1628 days ago
    Very interesting. I had never heard of it - but it sound like a new fitness challenge for you year 2014 - Have fun!
    1628 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    Never heard of it, but I will work up to that!
    1629 days ago
    I've never had the opportunity to try one, and wish I could. Thanks for the warning, though! :-)
    1629 days ago
    looks like a strange painful type of fun - by painful i meant it will work the musdlces so they hurt but in he good way.
    1630 days ago
    I've never seen anything like that. The closest we have is one of these:

    1630 days ago
    I've wanted to try the jacob's ladder, but none of the 2 gyms I frequent have it! Lucky man.

    "I think to myself, "Self, how hard can this be? "

    Famous last words. Or the start of an epic adventure. Or the start of a great story. Anyway I look at it, that's gotta be good.

    1630 days ago
    Wow I have never seen one of those! Congratulations on the great workout!
    1630 days ago
    Love the new toy!
    1630 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    Great job. If I got on that machine I'd have to have a cardiologist standing by. A good start for 2014. Have a good lift, Earl emoticon
    1630 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    emoticon Rather you than me - I think that machine would have given me heart failure emoticon This old man will stay with my "walker". emoticon Stay with it - Be nice to join you - as long as a cardiologist was on hand. Have a great New Year, Earl emoticon
    1630 days ago
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