Coming back to this thread several years later. I still use my CrossCores several times per week (like TRX but anchor is on a pulley to allow for unilateral exercises and even left-right recruitment). It’s become a bit more of an accessory piece rather than a class built around it, but still an oft-used tool in my toolbox.
These days, I love using the CrossCore alongside a pilates reformer. I use the reformer to pattern well-aligned movement with only a few degrees of freedom. Then a more challenging but analogous exercise, still on the reformer but with more degrees of freedom. Finally, the third set is on either the CrossCore or the pilates tower for even requirement for the client to self-stabilize.
Suspension training is awesome. And TRX has created a great portable system. I use them all over the place. Endless possibilities! But I use them as part of a fully encompassing program for me and my clients. Just as with any form of exercise, there are limitations. I have never found one type of exercise or piece of equipment that could do everything I need/want.
I use TRX with all of my clients as well as my group classes, as well as BOSU, Swiss Ball etc. Love It, and love the education that is offered. Looking forward to Rip Training this Sunday, and the rehab course in June!! I use it with everyone. It is a favorite among my seniors, as well as my athletes.
Suspension training helped me launch my semi-private training business 3.5 years ago. I started out with TRX, which is a good product and they have good educational programs (I have their STC and Sports Med certificates and have taken many workshops at IDEA).
A year ago, I switched to CrossCore. I started with one CrossCore as a novelty just to add it into my circuit. Clients loved it so much, I completely switched over. It’s an improvement over TRX because there is a pulley at the top instead of the fixed anchor. This allows for unilateral movement, transverse plane rotation, and it converts easily to a cable machine. The handles also clip off and you can attach accessories like gymnastics rings, grapple grips, and bars.
I’ve also used the Rip60. Of the three products – CrossCore, TRX and Rip60, it’s my least favorite. Clunky feel, no adjustable footstraps, and the pull isn’t as smooth as the pulley feel of the CrossCore.