It doesn’t have to be a strict periodized program each and every session. No heart rate monitors, no HRV monitoring…just get in there and move. Of course, having quality training partners is always vital.

Ross Pearson

Tiger Tail
This challenge is a fun “finisher” to put in at the end of a session. Two athletes, two towels, and the goal is to get your partner’s “tail” before they get yours. Stay in a 5-yard circle and play until one person hits 5. Loser buys lunch.

Below is a battle between UFC athlete Ross Pearson and Octagon girl, model, designer, and all around cool chick Kristie McKeon.

To see additional battles, as well as over 17 other challenges and circuits, check out the ‘Metabolic Madness’ DVD HERE.



About Doug
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.

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