CrossCore180 Rotational Bodyweight Training, MMA and combat sports

CrossCore180 hanging at TapOut gym in Los Angeles

In the US the CrossCore180 Rotational Bodyweight Trainer started life known purely as the “War Machine”. This was based on its design as a tool for athletes in combat sports and then a rapidly gained popularity in the United States military. MMA sports clubs soon realised the benefits of rotational bodyweight training as a means of progressing regular bodyweight training (the staple of most combat sports athletes strength and conditioning), for improving movement quality through a full range of mobility whilst providing variable amounts of resistance so users could choose to work strength, power, speed or muscular endurance, and also for recovery sessions and flexibility.

The photo above shows a rack full of CrossCore 180s hanging in Tap ouT Los Angeles’ “Striking Zone” but in the UK, even after only a few months of availability, fighters and combat athletes have been using and falling for Rotational Bodyweight Training. Here are a few to demonstrate the range of disciplines

Paul “Metabolic” McVeigh – Bantamweight MMA fighter, The Griphouse, Glasgow, Scotland

Winston Gordon – 90kg Judo player (Commonwealth Gold, European Silver medallist), GBR Judo

Claire Bennett – GB Fencer, preparing for Fencing’s (Foil) World Championships in Catania, Sicily, 2012 London Olympics hopeful.

Oli Thompson – Heavyweight MMA Fighter (Britains Strongest Man 2006), Brighton, England

Christian Villa ( will now be using the CrossCore 180 as part of the strength and conditioning preparations for Oli’s debut in the UFC (UFC 138, Birmingham). No doubt Christian will also be using kettlebells, he is one of the UKs Certified Coaches (CKT) from the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation –

You want to try out the CrossCore 180 – whether for combat conditioning or rehabilitation – come to Balance Performance or go to our shop and order one for yourself:

Europe wide education programme begins September.

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  • JonathanLewis July 29, 2011  

    Black house Fight Camp (Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Cigano, The Nogeira Brothers etc) are using CrossCore 180 in the USA and UK MMA fighter Dan Hardy also using it in LA with Mozy Arfa.

  • physiotherapy in sydney September 21, 2011  

    I’ll tell you, they have the hardest set of exercises you’ll encounter but so much beneficial. Impossible not to get fit, just be careful not to get injured though.

  • JonathanLewis October 13, 2011  

    We should always be concerned with good movement control when we train to avoid unnecessary injuries. appropriate exercise intensity is essential with all training. If someone is engaging in activities that do not demand any control you have to question their value.

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