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Cardio is a necessary fitness evil—you dont want to do it, but you know it’s a must for a healthy heart and lean physique. And instead of getting creative with cardio, most guys throw their hands in the air and submit to the standard prescription of 30 minutes of treadmill walking. It’s not fun, but it’s easy. Eventually, though, this myopic approach will lead to waning consistency. To crush cardio plateaus, we suggest the Jacobs Ladder. If you’re lucky enough to have one in your local gym, you can break the monotony while training functionally and burning more calories, all while going easier on your joints. Here’s how.
Also known as the ladder mill, this machine features ladder-like “rungs” on a 40-degree angle, which allow you to “climb” in place. The resistance is controlled by the user, who wears a belt that’s tethered to the machine, rather than some preprogrammed speed setting. Unlike with the treadmill, you’ll stimulate your entire body as you climb on all fours on a steep incline—no muscle group will be unscathed. But what does science say? A 2016 study out of Louisiana State University found that subjects training on the Jacobs Ladder burned more calories than treadmill users—no doubt due to the greater overall muscle engagement—with lower impact on joints. As a bonus, the ladder-mill group reported a lower rate of perceived exertion. That means subjects got a better workout that actually felt easier. That, friends, is the epitome of training efficiency.
Try these two different Jacobs Ladder routines to burn more body fat.
After your normally scheduled weight room sesh, your body is facing a glycogen deficit. This means, due to a lack of available energy, your body will turn to fat for fuel. So hop on the Jacobs Ladder and knock out a lower-intensity, steady- state cardio routine to tap into your body’s stored blubber. It’s a hell of a lot more fun than walking on a treadmill. Trust us. Climb for 20 to 30 minutes at a pace you can sustain for the entire workout.
2. Circuit Train
If that’s still too boring for you, try mixing the Jacobs Ladder in with an array of other high-octane movements—assuming you have the space and the equipment.