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Jacob's Ladder and Matrix S-Drive


#1

At the gold’s gym I joined a few months ago, I came upon two unusual cardio machines in the crossfit area.
The first was the Jacob’s Ladder which reminded me of the time i used a versaclimber back before they became extinct. Using my whole body was way more intense than when I used a treadmill or bike. The second time i tried it, I grabbed onto the handrails, just using my legs. This reminded me of stepmill but easier to go faster on. The angle of the device keeps me from slouching like I sometimes do on the stepmill when going fast. Both times I pushed myself as hard as possible then rested, continuing when ready, keeping up for 15 mins.

The second piece of equipment they have is called a matrix s-drive, which you could also call a sledmill. It’s a substitute for sled pushing, and while it doesn’t feel exactly like using a prowler, I still got an intense workout from it. for 15 mins I did 50 step “bursts” resting just enough to begin again. Started out with resistance in the middle, began with a sprint but by the end turned into a fast walk.
Overall pretty cool for gyms that dont have alot of space for sleds. There’s even a resistance harness you could sprint against but my running mechanics are shit.

Anyone else have experience with these?


#2

They put a Jacobs ladder in at my gym too. I looked at it a few times thinking it was a bit crazy. Gave it a shot one day and I really like it. It’s an ass kicker for sure. I’m dripping and panting after about 5-10 minutes. I like that it adapts to how fast slow you want to push vs having to change settings. I sort of wish you could adjust the vertical pitch to make it more upright.

Defiantly a good change of pace every once in a while but I can’t imagine using it regularly though.


#3

It’s probably my fav cardio machine to use since i hate running and the stairs can aggravate my knee. i’m definitely not at the point where I can do it continuously but I love how quickly kicks my ass.