Working at Alliance Training Center, I am blessed to be able to work with some of the top MMA athletes in the world. For the past 4 years, I would typically work with 6-8 guys a week. Recently, however, I’m training over 20 guys a week. The team is growing and we have a bunch of fights coming up in the next 2-3 months.

At the end of a recent training session, I had the guys finish up with a couple rounds of ‘tire pushes’. This is a great metabolic conditioning exercise that requires tremendous leg drive. It can be done with a Prowler, a sled, or a tire (Prowler video coming later this week). The tires here provide a good deal of friction against the ground…which makes it a little bit harder. The guys love it. Really…

Here’s some pics of a few of the guys in action:

Vinc Pichel

Michael Chandler

Phil De Fries

 Matt Van Buren

Justin Lawrence


Alexander Gustafsson

Myles Jury


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, 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, TRX instructor training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his own 2-DVD set on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was recently a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” TV show.

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