Greg Jackson talks 'UFC Personal Trainer'

August, 31, 2011
By Jon Robinson
Greg JacksonJosh Hedges/Getty ImagesGreg Jackson is ready to teach you the same MMA techniques he teaches his UFC fighters.

Mixed martial arts trainer Greg Jackson knows what it takes to be a champion. The man has helped coach everyone from Jon Jones and Clay Guida to Nate Marquardt and Georges St-Pierre, and is known in UFC circles as the man you need to train with if you want your hand raised in the octagon.

But these days, Jackson is also known for helping out-of-shape gamers sweat off the soda thanks to THQ's "UFC Personal Trainer."

Here, a virtual version of "The Maestro" helps strengthen your core with a wrestling based exercise program that includes everything from ankle picks to the sprawl, really pushing gamers to a level unmatched on consoles.

Seriously, I started playing, and by the time my first session was over, I was shocked at what a great workout I had gotten in my living room.

"That's exactly why I wanted to be involved in this project," Jackson told me as we sat backstage before a recent UFC pay-per-view. "It was a great experience trying to bring an element of realism to a fitness product. We wanted to make sure it wasn't just kickboxing aerobics. We wanted this to be a reality-based game. You wouldn't want to turn on a UFC game and then only throw a couple of weak jabs.

"So for my part, we wanted to add real moves that you would use. We even have things like cage pickups, which is defending a takedown off a cage, and we turned those moves into fitness moves. So even though we designed this to get you in shape, they're actual MMA techniques."

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