Having been an international fitness trainer and tactical athlete for over 2 decades, I have had the opportunity to use, test and evaluate hundreds of workout programs, exercise machines and exercise tools and I can honestly say that the CrossCore180® Rotational Bodyweight Trainer™ (RBT) is possibly the best single piece of workout gear created to date. Until recent years, exercise programs were largely focused around single plane, fixed position, single joint movements, many of which were also open chain. As exercise concepts evolved and research studies were conducted, body weight and closed chain exercises experienced a revival and suspension training was introduced. But having trained the full spectrum of people from athlete to novice, from young to old I have learned that to achieve optimal performance, training must be delivered in a fashion that truly mimics everyday human movement in addition to athletic movement; otherwise known as functional in nature!
The CrossCore® does so in a superb fashion . . . in a manner of fact, that no other single device does. When used properly the CrossCore180 allows the user to perform open and closed chain body weight exercises utilized at varying resistance based on leverage, angling and positioning. More importantly it allows a facet of movement not possible on other suspension trainers—rotational movement. The CrossCore allows dynamic three dimensional movement under tension that activates joint stabilizers, requires full core engagement (not just abdominal engagement), and nervous system response to take the user to a whole new level of fitness. On the CrossCore, you can achieve the hypertrophy inducing, strength increasing results of a popular free weight workout while simultaneously acquiring the joint stabilization and integration, nervous system stimulation and connective tissue development you can from gymnastics or calisthenics training.
The use of the CrossCore has allowed me to take my level of fitness and capability to a whole new level, a level in my forties that rivals the level of my prime operational days in Special Forces but in the face of myriad injuries and damage. My connective tissue and joints are stronger, more stable and more functional. I have experienced the same results with my clients as is exemplified by one of my 68 year old clients that has been working out with the CrossCore now for close to 12 months on and off. With chronic joint pain, previously limited ROM and weakness with movements past the frontal plane, and two complete knee replacements, he is now at a level of capability that he hasn’t had since his late twenties.
Bill McDonald ISSA CFT, SFN