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Discussion: Jacobs Ladder?

in: matzah ball; matzah ball > 2017-01-04

Jan 7, 2017 2:09 AM # 
Yvonne:
Is that it? My gym has one and I think it's super cool. The higher you climb on the rungs, the faster it goes. The other day I did 5 min. at a brisk pace and it kicked my butt! IMO it's awesome for low impact/high aerobic intensity.
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Jan 7, 2017 1:21 PM # 
matzah ball:
That would be great, because you could really get moving without getting too technical. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcVUOd_MSfk

Thats not it though. 'It' is a Tredwall, with climbing holds mounted on a belt of continuous surface slats. Its activated by body weight and you can adjust the speed by setting the resistance. You can also adjust the angle from slab (say 60 deg) to vertical to steeply overhanging. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EML5affutVI
Jan 10, 2017 6:20 AM # 
Yvonne:
Oh, yours is SO much more interesting! Thanks - I've never seen one of those. I suppose both have their merits.
Jan 10, 2017 2:10 PM # 
matzah ball:
Its at Upper Limits in Maryland Heights - just across the river! If you'd like, we could meet there, check out the tredwall and do some climbing. Bring the family if it works out. Total body workout w definite MMA applications:)
Jan 13, 2017 10:51 PM # 
Yvonne:
Ha! Hand/shoulder strength comes to mind for sure. I have wanted to go to UL for a while and will totally take you up on that as soon as my R arm is back to normal. Kids would dig it -- I've taken them to Climb So Ill a couple times and they had a ball.
Jan 14, 2017 12:16 AM # 
matzah ball:
UL has a new place in Chesterfield also, whose intent is to be more kid friendly i think, the emphasis is on short walls that can be climbed without ropes. Like that one bouldering element they have at UL MH, only a lot more of it. And 1 slightly taller wall with ropes opposite one of the boulder walls, ideal for semi-supervision:)... (but I didn't notice a Tredwall @ chesterfield:()
Jan 16, 2017 8:45 PM # 
bill_l:
There's a jacobs ladder at midcounty Y. Would have tried it but it wasn't obvious how to use it.
Jan 16, 2017 9:00 PM # 
bill_l:
Oh, there isn't an 'on/off' switch. Thank you youtube.
Jan 16, 2017 9:23 PM # 
matzah ball:
yeah, kind of medieval, isn't it?
Jan 17, 2017 1:27 AM # 
bill_l:
in a good sort of way. I'm looking forward to trying it out. Curious if it would be an effective substitute for interval training. Need to figure out the right 'pace' model. Maybe a good, low-impact method for improving VDOT.
Jan 17, 2017 1:51 PM # 
matzah ball:
For cardiovascular and TBW, perhaps, prob not for neuromuscular. According to Yvonne's post @ the beginning, souds like just the ticket. At first the tredwall seemed too easy because to properly place hands and feet slowed things down considerably...but after 5 minutes it started feeling like a low tempo. Sounds like its easier to move faster on the JL.
Jan 18, 2017 3:30 PM # 
bill_l:
tried it today. probably better cross training for biking than for running, but maybe helpful for hills??? Calves and quads take a beating.
Jan 18, 2017 6:35 PM # 
matzah ball:
the tredwall is more TBW since it engages core, arms, legs and different movements each time. let me know if you want try it out:)

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