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Ladder is a sports nutrition company dedicated to creating high-performance, NSF Certified for Sport® workout supplements for daily use. We formulate products to complement a strong nutritional foundation and unlock the next level in training and exercise.

Why we exist

What happens when LeBron James and his trainer, Mike Mancias, can’t find a supplement brand that delivers professional-caliber results? They make their own.

During Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, LeBron James experienced muscle cramps in one of the biggest moments of his career. Dedicated to never having his body fail him again, LeBron partnered with his long-time trainer Mike Mancias to retool his nutrition and fitness regimen with a focus on supplements to fit his performance needs. After finding a lack of products that were both clean and effective, they decided to make their own.

To formulate a line of clean performance products with the highest standards for quality and safety, they assembled a team of experts. LeBron also consulted with long-time friend, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had a deep knowledge of the sports nutrition industry, along with its shortcomings. Arnold championed the need for a certified, trusted line of premium supplements that could not only be used by elite athletes, but also be available to the public.

The team spent the next four years developing their foundational supplements, focusing on taste, performance, and quality. Each product would be third-party verified with the NSF Certified for Sport® seal of approval, which guarantees every ingredient and dose is approved by all major sports governing bodies - free of banned substances and unsafe levels of contaminants.

"You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets."

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Who we are

A team of fitness and health professionals who helped develop smarter, more effective products.

Mike Mancias
Mike Mancias

Training & Performance Advisor

Mike Mancias is LeBron James’ Athletic Trainer and recovery specialist, a position he’s held for 14 years and counting. His work includes training with NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA, and top NCAA athletes. Mike has developed a winning human-performance blueprint that encompasses everything from preventative medicine, strength training/rehab, nutrition, and the latest in recovery techniques. Mancias aided in developing the Ladder Brand and its products.

Mike Mancias

Training & Performance Advisor

Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan
Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan

Nutrition & Science Advisor

Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan (PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA, FACSM, FISSN) is the nutrition and science advisor for Ladder and part of the team that developed the formulations. As an Associate Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Abbie is the Director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory and the Co-Director of the Human Performance Center. She is considered one of the leaders in sports nutrition and performance.

Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan

Nutrition & Science Advisor

Adam Bornstein
Adam Bornstein

Nutrition & Fitness Advisor

Adam Bornstein is Ladder's Nutrition & Fitness Advisor. He is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning health editor, a certified trainer and nutrition coach, and was named by The Huffington Post as one of the most influential people in health. Previously, Bornstein was Editorial Director of LIVESTRONG.COM and Fitness Editor of Men’s Health magazine.

Adam Bornstein

Nutrition & Fitness Advisor

Bec Wilcock
Bec Wilcock

Athletic Training Advisor

Bec has a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and over 10 years in the fitness industry. She is a Nike Running Coach, Nike Trainer, Ultra Marathoner and fitness maven. Between Australia and the US, she has worked with Global Brands including Nike, Ladder, Qantas, Bose, Blackmores, and more. When Bec isn’t working on her personal fitness goals, she’s encouraging and helping men and women around the country to work on theirs.

Bec Wilcock

Athletic Training Advisor