Valley Man Invents ‘Black Jack’ to Alleviate Back Pain

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – While working on a road construction crew 40 years ago, Ralph Nacarato’s back started to tighten up. He was putting in eight- to 10-hour days operating a 40-pound pavement jackhammer and was constantly sore.

To alleviate his suffering, he invented an exercise tool that he calls the Black Jack. Now he wants to share it with others in hopes that it could them as well.

Nacarato says users can do squats, curls and other exercises, even from a sitting position. Orders can be placed by calling Nacarato at 330 539 0327 or emailing him at

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