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.

Adam Bornstein

Adam Bornstein

Chief Nutrition Officer

Adam Bornstein is Chief Nutrition Officer and Head of Content at Ladder. 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

Chief Nutrition Officer

Mike Mancias

Mike Mancias

Professional Trainer

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

Professional Trainer

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

Angela Manuel-Davis

Angela Manuel-Davis

Health & Wellness Advisor

As a former USA Track and Field Team Member Angela was a five-time All-American who held World rankings in the 100 meters. Angela was an Olympic Trials semi-finalist and a member of the World Championship team. She has been part of several National tours such as Oprah's Live the Life You Want Tour and was named to Oprah’s SuperSOUL100. Angela can be found teaching her sold out classes at SoulCycle in West Hollywood.

Angela Manuel-Davis

Health & Wellness Advisor

Bar Malik

Bar Malik

Sports Performance Advisor

Mubarak Malik is the Director of Performance for the New York Knicks and Sports Performance Advisor for Ladder. He oversees strength and conditioning for the Knicks and supervises their sports science program. Mubarak has more than 10 years of experience working with professional athletes in the NBA and Major League Baseball. He has been recognized by Leaders in Sport as a leader in the field of Performance and was nominated as Strength Coach of The Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2018.

Bar Malik

Sports Performance Advisor

What We Do

Make sports nutrition products backed by science and designed to help you push harder, upgrade recovery, and boost your health.