Who is Marc Alabanza?
Marc Alabanza is a writer, trainer, public speaker and life coach. Marc has trained thousands of people in the fitness/wellness programming industry for over 12 years creating and overseeing programs at world known wellness retreats such as The Ashram in Calabasas, CA; The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu in Malibu, CA; and GroundSea Fitness in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. His programs have won awards such as “Best Weight Loss Spa” by SpaFinder Magazine; Silver Sage Reader’s Choice Top 5 Weight Loss Spa; World’s Best Spas Award -Top Destination Spa by Travel + Leisure Magazine; and #2 World’s Best Luxury Boot Camp by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel.
Marc is a Certified Personal Trainer, Nutritional Counselor, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a focus in Archeology (North American Southwest), and Minors in Art (Sculpture) and Psychology. His experience in Anthropology/Archeology have fueled his desire to understand the evolution of our modern Subsistence Strategies & Practices, namely how our food system has evolved into it’s current state: highly processed, highly adulterated, high in calories and low in nutrient value.
Marc brings a balance of theoretical fitness/wellness knowledge, with “in the field” experience using that physicality safely. Marc himself is an avid hiker, backpacker, kayaker, mountain biker, rock climber and SCUBA diver and has participated, coached and taught in the Adventure Sports for over 20 years in competitions such as the Fogdog 24 Adventure Race, Cal- Eco Adventure Race, and Hi-Tech Adventure Race Series. Marc is also a PADI Certified Rescue Diver with over 70 logged dives throughout North and Central America. Marc has over 20 years of experience in the martial arts, holding ranks in Dux- Ryu, Ukidokan Kickboxing, and Tang Soo Do Karate.
Marc is a nationally registered (NREMT) & Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the county of Ventura, CA and an 8 year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriffs Search and Rescue Team 3 (VCSAR3), participating in rescue and recovery operations throughout California. Marc has been trained and certified by the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) in areas such as wilderness search techniques & management, urban search & rescue (USAR), snow & ice operations, communications, wilderness orienteering, backcountry tracking, technical rope rescue, and swiftwater rescue.
Marc also has spent years working within the Preparedness Field since the early 1990’s, from being involved in FEMA’s Comnmunity Emergency Response Team (CERT), working as a Preparedness Specialist for Black Umbrella (a disaster preparedness consulting company), to training at the Department of Homeland Security’s “Cobra Alley” for technical emergency response to Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear/Explosive (CBRNE) incidents.
Marc is passionate about speaking to others about health, wellness, and food production. Marc has personally delved into the world of backyard food production, maintaining the Alabanza Family Farm since 2011 to produce healthy food for his family and to educate himself & his children in old school homesteading skills. Learning and refining the skills necessary to maintain small crops both hydroponically and through SMall plot, INtensive (SPIN) farming, producing meat and eggs from a small flock of heritage chickens, and butchering/processing wild game has enlightened his perspective on the “Whys” and the “Hows” of what actually makes food healthy, and what makes food convenient.
Marc continues to educate and inspire others to discover the capacities of their bodies and minds through creating Immersion Wellness Programs. These multi-day retreats allow people to experience a balanced practice of fitness activities, nourishment through wholesome food and introspection to find our true personal happiness.
Marc currently resides in Thousand Oaks, California with his two daughters, wife, dog, two cats, and brood of backyard chickens.
- National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians 2015
- Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) California 2015
First Aid/CPR/AED Certified - American Heart Association 2015
Bloodborne Pathogen Training Certification - EMS Training Institute, Inc.2014
HAZMAT First Responder Operations Training FRO - EMS Training Institute, Inc. 2014
Technical Emergency Response for CBRNE Incidents - Center for Domestic Preparedness, FEMA 2015
Nutritional Therapist - The Health Sciences Academy 2015
TRX Suspension Trainer - Group Fitness Class Certification - TRX/Fitness Anywhere 2008
Technician Level Amateur Radio License holder (HAM) 2013
Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) Certified Member 2015
Swiftwater Rescue Technician 2015
High Angle/Low Angle Rope Rescue Technician 2015
Ventura County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Academy 2008
Thousand Oaks Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) Training Course 2007
LA County Fire Dept. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Course 2005
Sharpshooter Class - International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) 2015
Range Officer and Safety Officer - Glock Sport Shooting Federation (GSSF) 2015
Certified Pistol Instructor - National Rifle Association (NRA) 2015
Certified CCW Instructor - Ventura County Sheriffs 2016
Certified Openwater Diver - Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) 1999
Certified Advanced Openwater Diver - Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) 2003
Certified Rescue Diver - Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) 2003
Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and Motorcycle rating- California (Class B M1) - California Dept. of Motor Vehicles 2015