Inspired by the star in a reasonably priced car concept on Top Gear, the Wanderers Sports Medical Team has set up the Jacobs Ladder challenge and a leader board challenging all able to take on the pros on this serious climbing machine.
Mishka Nair a biokineticist intern at the Wanderers Sports Medical Centre (WSMC) is currently heading this year’s Jacobs ladder challenge and is encouraging everyone to visit the centre and take on the challenge for free.
The Jacobs Ladder unlike treadmills or stair-climbers, which are usually motorized, the ladder rungs are a self-propelled, continuous climbing treadmill so the climber sets the pace, which provides for a faster heart rate and high-intensity workout. The ladder is set at a 40-degree angle, ideal for a low-impact workout, relieving the stress and pressure to the lower back and hips. The 40-degree angle is a natural climbing position for many aerial operations, and at this angle there is low impact on all the joints while allowing for a long and dynamic climbing stroke to ensure a full range of motion workout.
A belt is worn with an attached cable that controls the resistance mechanism. The higher you climb up the ladder, the more the resistance is decreased. So, the higher you go, the faster you go. The challenge has been gaining a lot of traction on social media as various people get to challenge each other.
“The Jacobs Ladder challenges the entire body in every plane of motion and pushes people to the limit whether you are an athlete or not. Already we have a 12 year old girl who is on top of the leader board leading the challenge,” expresses Nair.
The WSMC offers sports medical doctors, homeopaths, physiotherapists, podiatrists, biokinetictists amongst other specialists and affords the regular person the opportunity to train inside the Bullring. Get yourself fit in one of the most iconic stadiums in the world.
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