(Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)The Competitive Edge Part 3: Jacob’s Ladder Aidan O'Connor September 3, 2014 Spotlight A variation on the Versaclimber device we covered earlier this week, Jacob’s Ladder is a 40 degree climbing machine, comprised of escalating ladder rungs, that also blends high intensity cardio with anaerobic core strengthening for a full body workout. A particular favourite of mine at the gym, a demonstration of using Jacob’s Ladder can be found here. The device has garnered attention through its notable appearance on the television series “The Biggest Loser”, where contestants benefitted from the device’s ability to burn more calories per minute than treadmills, ellipticals, or stationary bicycles. By making the user work more muscle mass than these other activities, Jacob’s Ladder forces him or her to consume more oxygen to sustain the body’s motion. Unlike your typical stair master there are no static sides to hold onto either, making cheating next to impossible. In the world of MMA, Jacob’s Ladder has proven to be particularly popular among members of the Blackzilians Camp at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center down in Boca Raton, FL. World Series of Fighting’s Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante and UFC lightweight Michael Johnson. Jacob’s Ladder has also been embraced by members of the Army Rangers, Navy Seals, various professional American Football teams, and a selection of UFC brand gyms across the country. Like the Versaclimber, Jacob’s Ladder allows the user to control the speed. Using a cable that ties around the waist, the machine’s carousel reacts to the climber’s speed to accelerate or decelerate accordingly. For the intensity one uses with Jacob’s Ladder, the relatively low impact across the knees and back makes the device ideal for rehabilitation among users as well. Using the machine’s angle to put the spine in a neutral position, less stress is placed on the back too, allowing the consumer to focus entirely on burning energy and sweating out toxins.