7 Best Cardio Machines for Fighters and Grapplers

By Corey Beasley

If you are looking to take your conditioning to the next level, you need to have a plan.  Mindlessly doing circuits and intervals can leave you tired, but not always better.  Once you have a plan in place, then you need to decide what exercises or drills to perform.  Running, skipping rope and swimming are simple, foundational drills that have supported athletes for decades, but some athletes cannot train outdoors and need a few other ways to get in shape.  Below you will find some of our favorite conditioning equipment.  Some tax the upper body, others lower and some are total body exercises.  Which one you use will depend on your specific goals.

Top Cardio Machines for Fighters and Grapplers



Full body, standing, contralateral movement, resistance available.  This machine is a BEAST!


Arch Treadmill

No motor on this treadmill.  You put force into the belt, which is more similar to running outdoors.  The shape of the belt enforces correct running form and you can run at a variety of different speeds, depending on your goals.


Assault Bike

If you wrestled, odds are you've spent a LOT of time on one of these bikes.  Its a total body workout with no impact on the joints.


Rowing Machine

Legs driving and pulling with the upper body, this machine easily earned its way onto our list.


Concept 2 Ski Erg

Upper Body focused, smooth fan resistance.  This is a great piece for anyone looking to give their legs a break.


Jacob's Ladder

Enforces our natural crawling pattern, taxes our entire body and forces the athlete to focus when they are fatigued.



Completely adjustable for every athlete, smooth, varied resistance and simple.

So there you have it...7 of our favorite conditioning machines for fighters and grapplers.  Mix it up, challenge yourself in new ways and always continue to evolve and improve your conditioning.  Whether you're on the mat or in the cage, good Cardio Machines for Fighters is always needed.

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