I’ve worked with UFC lightweight Ross Pearson for a number of years now. He’s one of the hardest working athletes I’ve ever met. And don’t let the tattoos fool you, he’s also one of the nicest guys in the game.

Ross travels quite a bit, living in San Diego, the UK, and Australia; so when he is here in town we get right down to business. He’s always training when he’s out of the country (working with great coaches like Barry Gibson) so I know he’ll come to San Diego in shape.

DB Strength & Ross Pearson

Typically, he’ll be here for at least 8 weeks prior to his fights, more if I’m lucky. That gives us sufficient time to focus on his strength and conditioning and for him to get a full fight camp in with the Alliance MMA Fight Team.

Earlier this year, I spoke with Ross for a couple minutes after a training session and asked him a couple questions about strength training. Check it out.



About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).

He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012.

For more information please visit www.dbstrength.com.