I don’t have any kids of my own…I have enough trouble taking care of myself! I know that kids ask a lot of questions though. They are eager for answers and just want to learn. I think that’s an amazing thing. Knowledge is power. I, too, ask a lot of questions. One of my favorite questions to ask is ‘WHY’? Why do I have to eat broccoli? Why should I warm up before I train? Why are the Kardashians so successful?!

We need to be more like kids! I think this thought-provoking question is especially important to ask in the health & fitness industry. There is so much mis-information out there, that we really need to question authority and make sure we are doing what’s best for our clients and ourselves.


I love it when clients and athletes ask me questions about our training sessions. It shows me they are invested and interested in what we are doing and they want to learn. I think this sort of interaction is great for  connecting with your clients and helps keep them “in it” and accountable. If they know why they are doing something they’ll be that much more apt to do it.

After a recent training session, I turned the tables around and asked a bunch of the MMA athletes I work with the’Why’ question. I just sprung it on them after we stretched out so they were unprepared. I think it’s important to make sure your clients know why they are doing what you have them do. If they answer with, “Because you told me to do it” then I don’t think I’m doing my job to the best of my ability. I want them to get better, faster, stronger, but I also want them to understand why we do what we do.


The question – “Why do you think strength training is important for MMA?

Athletes in this clip include:

Mike Chandler – Bellator Champ – @MikeChandlerMMA
Matt Van Buren – @GutterMMA
Myles Jury – @FuryJury
Ross Pearson – @RossTheRealDeal
Phil De Fries – @PhilDefriesMMA
Paul Bradley – @PaulBradley184
Vinc Pichel – @FromHellPichel
Rolando Perez – @RolandoMMA
AJ Matthews –  @AJ_MMA
Nick Piedmont – @NickPiedmontMMA
Jeff Peterson
Alexander Gustafsson – @AlexTheMauler
Dominick Cruz UFC Champ – @TheDomin8r
Justin Lawrence – @AmericanKiddMMA

Here are their rapid fire responses….


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.

For more information please visit www.dbstrength.com.