I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of high level athletes. World champion Dominick Cruz, world champion Mike Chandler, and a number of other elite MMA fighters. I’ve also been lucky enough to work at some amazing facilities…

Fitness Quest 10, Alliance Training Center, Blackhouse San Diego, and, more recently, EZIA Human Performance. It’s always a blessing when I get to combine the two…great athlete and great facility…and this is what happens when I work with UFC Heavyweight Travis Browne at EZIA.

EZIA is located in Carlsbad, CA and offers training programs to a variety of clientele. While their foundation is built on athletic training for action sports, rugby, golf, triathlon and team sports-their programs inspire the champion in everyone. EZIA’s team includes Performance Coaches, Physical Therapists, Nutritionists and tech geeks. They’ve created a family of services that personalizes the holistic approach they’ve used with Olympic-level athletes for any level of fitness. An aspect of the EZIA approach that I support, is the fact that they have “systems” in place. There are programs in place to help folks reach their goals, regardless of that goal.


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For the past couple camps, I’ve had the opportunity to work with UFC fighter Travis Browne at EZIA. Travis typically does more of his “off-season” training here in San Diego before he heads out to Jackson MMA in New Mexico.

Here are a couple clips from a training session we had earlier this year:


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.