Jacobs Ladder ReviewJacobs Ladder is a climbing-style exercise machine designed to provide a total body workout. The company who makes it is also called Jacobs Ladder. It can be used for cardio workouts, rehabilitation, athletic training and even military training. More specifically, this cardio machine has been designed as a unique treadmill climber that uses low impact, high range of motion exercises to deliver a superior cardio workout to both the lower and upper body.

Instead of climbing steps or walking or running on a treadmill deck and belt, with Jacobs Ladder, you’ll find yourself climbing cylindrical ladder-like rungs on a continuous motor-less treadmill. Due to its lack of motor, this means that the machine is self-paced; it perfectly matches your speed. The faster you go, the faster it goes, giving you full control over the intensity of your workout. Having no motor also means that the machine doesn’t need to be plugged in for you to be able to use it.

If you want only a lower body workout, this can be achieved by holding on to the long handles on either side of the machine. For a full body workout, you can climb the self-powered ladder using both your hands and your feet. When using Jacobs Ladder, your body will be at a 40 degree angle. This helps to ensure that pressure is taken off your lower back and helps to keep the spine in a more neutral position. At this angle, you’ll also engage core muscles.

This fitness equipment comes with a digital readout, providing digital feedback on elapsed time. This allows you to keep track of how many feet were climbed, rate of speed, and calorie burn. Additionally, the product comes with an adjustable belt worn around the user’s waist. It is attached to a tether line that activates the climbing system. To stop the machine, you simply stop climbing and coast to the bottom before stepping off.

When this review was written, the official Jacobs Ladder website provided free workout programs for weight loss, training, rehabilitation and military, etc. The product itself comes with an operational and instruction DVD.

Arguably, the two notable drawbacks of this machine is its size and its price. You won’t be able to simply tuck away Jacobs Ladder when it’s not in use. It is 66.5 inches high, 76 inches in length and 31.25 inches wide. While you can buy it used, if you want a new machine, it carries a price tag of over $4,000.

Finally, remember before you engage in any intense workouts, you should first make sure you know your fitness level. Exercising beyond your limits increases the risk of injury.