At 15, Rob McCullough walked into an LA Boxing gym with a friend. They didn’t have a specific plan in showing up that day; they had just seen it along the freeway while driving, and decided to check things out. Turns out, a kickboxing class at that gym set the course for McCullough’s career. He began working at gyms, training at gyms, and, when someone suggested he try fighting, he gave it a shot. Fast forward to 2007, and McCullough—a.k.a. Razor Rob—won the World Extreme Cagefighting Lightweight title.
McCullough has held lots of titles over the years, in addition to two-time WEC World Champion. He’s a sponsored athlete, a Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a husband, and a father. He’s also a gym owner, a National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainer, a fitness nutrition specialist, a youth exercise specialist, a mixed martial arts conditioning specialist, and a TRX Master Trainer.
Fitness isn’t just McCollough’s job; he legitimately loves exercise. After discovering the fitness center at his timeshare in Maui had a full TRX Functional Training Center, he excitedly told his family that he was going to hit the gym. He was similarly delighted to find the same set-up at another property while vacationing with his wife in Cancun. (“She thought we were going to lay on the beach the whole time. I was like, ‘No, we're doing two-a-day workouts,’” McCullough said.)
But...double workouts are reserved for special occasions. When he’s on his home turf in SoCal, McCullough’s usual routine includes jogging, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and “kicking stuff.” (He was a professional Muay Thai boxer, after all.) Even in his downtime, this former fighter stays active: surfing, snowboarding, and hanging out with his wife and two young sons.
For McCullough, training clients can involve anything from strength and conditioning work, to catching punches, to Suspension Trainer exercises, but he says TRX is his favorite thing to teach.
“A lot of people don't understand it, so they dismiss it,” he said. “When you coach [Suspension Training], it gives you the opportunity to showcase how good of a coach you are, how much you can really help people; especially posterior chain stuff. They're using the muscles that probably have been shut off. It's like, ‘Hey man, now you got a good workout and we just gave you a little bit of corrective exercise without you even knowing it.’”
Want to work out with Coach Razor Rob McCullough? Catch him coaching TRX Live workouts on TRXTraining.com/live. Whether you’re looking to get in fighting form, or you just want a full-body sweat sesh, McCollough’s MMA-themed programming will leave you feeling like a champion.