The “salmon ladder” stunt, in which star Stephen Amell hoists himself up a series of metal rungs holding a long bar that one hopes is unbreakable, actually derives from the actor’s real-life training regimen. The director of the first episode, David Nutter, got wind of the fact that Amell could do this crazy/weird stunt (which clearly leads to serious abs), and decided to put it in the pilot.
According to executive producer Marc Guggenheim, “It’s one of the most talked about moments in the pilot.” And not that climbing that ladder looks easy, but it’s really, really not. “I tried the salmon ladder on set and … the result was not pretty,” he added. But Amell’s hardcore training regime has apparently paid off, because he did the salmon ladder bit without any assistance from the show’s stunt team.

The “salmon ladder” stunt, in which star Stephen Amell hoists himself up a series of metal rungs holding a long bar that one hopes is unbreakable, actually derives from the actor’s real-life training regimen. The director of the first episode, David Nutter, got wind of the fact that Amell could do this crazy/weird stunt (which clearly leads to serious abs), and decided to put it in the pilot.

According to executive producer Marc Guggenheim, “It’s one of the most talked about moments in the pilot.” And not that climbing that ladder looks easy, but it’s really, really not. “I tried the salmon ladder on set and … the result was not pretty,” he added. 

But Amell’s hardcore training regime has apparently paid off, because he did the salmon ladder bit without any assistance from the show’s stunt team.