Top 5 Strength Tools For Combat Athletes

“Top 5 Strength Tools For Combat Athletes”
By Doug Balzarini, C.S.C.S., Fitness Quest 10

As Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) continues to grow in popularity, so do the methods and techniques used to help the MMA athletes reach their full potential. Coaches are realizing that their athletes must have a complete well-rounded program that covers not only their specialty; but many other aspects as well.  Wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu practitioners are working on their stand-up game and Muay Thai fighters and kick-boxers are working on their ground and pound. The latest “piece of the puzzle”, strength training, is another aspect that more and more coaches are implementing into their programs. Strength training is a great way to “lay that foundation” and help an athlete develop superior strength and power endurance. While I enjoy developing traditional strength training programs, I have to say my favorite piece is the metabolic circuits we do with our fighters. I experiment with all sorts of movements and equipment when putting these circuits together to see what works best. Some equipment is dropped, some is used sparingly, and then there are some foundational pieces that you will always find. Of those staple items, here are the five “must haves” to include in your metabolic circuit.

1. The Tire

There really isn’t an athlete out there that can’t benefit from incorporating the tire into their training program. Obviously, every client and every athlete is unique and has their own specific set of goals and ambitions; however, the tire is such a versatile tool that it can be incorporated into most programs.

The tire can be used for a number of different movements; jumps, step ups, and drags for the lower body, pushups, partner pushes, and sledgehammer hits for the upper body. For the purpose of this article, I’ll discuss the most popular exercise with the tire – the tire flip. I love this exercise for combat athletes because it combines total body strength, endurance, power, and flexibility as well. These are all extremely important aspects in a MMA match. If you are deficient in one of these areas then your weakness could be exposed which could be the difference between a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan or a visit from the medic with the smelling salts.

I also love that it incorporates grip strength, triple extension through the hip, knee, and ankle, and tremendous glute/hip drive, which is one of the most important joints to train for a combat athlete; especially if the fight goes to the mat where strong mobile hips are paramount.

Technique –
A tire flip is not a deadlift. There are some similarities, however, it needs to be executed a certain way so the benefits are maximized and the risk of injury is reduced. First, squat down next to the tire and get into a four-point stance. Lean your chest and shoulders into the tire, keep your arms wide, your back should not be arched at all, and your butt should be down. Begin the lift by using your hips to drive into the tire and push up at a 45° angle. This is very important as most athletes attempt to lift with your arms and lift straight up. The 45° angle is important for safety and allows the athlete to get into triple extension of the ankle, knee, and hip. As the tire approaches shoulder height, you need to transition your body into a “clean position” to catch the tire and then drive it forward like a standing chest press. Allow the tire to fall to its side and then repeat.

Proper fit (tire height and weight) can be very important when searching for the tire that’s right for your population. Ideally, try to pick one that is roughly twice the athlete’s weight. The ideal height is one that comes to around the knee area when the tire is resting on its side. Too low and it will be a challenge for the athlete to get the hips low enough to get into a solid starting position and keep the exercise safe.

2. The Rope

Like the tire, the rope is a tool that provides you with total body strength, endurance, and power. The ropes have many names (climbing ropes, fitness ropes, battling ropes®, to name a few) and come in various lengths and widths. We typically use ropes that are 40 or 50 feet long with a width of 1.5 to 2 inches. This is a tool that has gained popularity very quickly and we are constantly coming up with new ways to utilize this versatile piece of equipment.

Technique –

For a great deal of the popular movements, we begin with a handle in each handle and the midpoint of the rope is securely anchored. Facing the anchor point, stand in an athletic position with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width and your knees and hips slightly bent. This is a great set-up position for many of the traditional anterior chain movements which include; waves, slams, grappler throws, walk-ins, jumping jacks, and single arm waves and slams. These can also be done seated, kneeling, or while performing lower body movements such as squats and lunges.

You can attach the rope to a sled, prowler, punching bag, or just about anything that will slide and perform a number of posterior chain pulling movements. This creates a whole new set of movements that require a great deal of grip strength which is crucial for the MMA athlete.

3. Superbands

You could easily perform a challenging, effective, whole-body workout with just superbands. This tool is very versatile and very simple. They range in thickness from 0.5 inches to 2.5 inches. The thicker the band, the harder the exercise will be. All your common exercises can be done with superbands from bicep curls and triceps pressdowns to resisted squats and deadlifts. For the purposes of the MMA athlete, I enjoy using them for explosive hip movements (squat & high pull), powerful pulling movements (1-arm row & rotations), torso rotation work, and resistance runs/jumps. The setup and execution for these is different so I’ll show them in the video clip below:

4. The Prowler

The prowler is possibly the best tool for developing leg drive, power, and endurance. These are critical for pinning and controlling your opponent up against the cage or if you are in the clinch and battling for superior position at any point during the match. The beauty of the prowler is that it’s not just a “leg machine”; it will develop strength and power up into your hips, torso, and upper body as well.

Technique –

For the traditional pushing movement using the high handles, simply grab the posts, get in a nice forward lean, get your hips down, and drive hard. Some variations include using the low handles…if you are up to the test. Also, extended arms vs. bent arms will change up the arm and shoulder stabilization challenge.

Our distance traveled will be determined by what we are using the prowler for on a particular day; longer, slightly slower pushes if used in a metabolic circuit or all-out-I-can-hardly-walk prowler sprints if we are using them as a “finisher” (think Tabata protocol). For pulling movements, we attach a TRX (link here) or sled straps and use the prowler as a sled. See our popular prowler movements here…

5. Medicine Balls

Like the superbands, medicine balls are another tool that could be used to perform a complete, full-body workout. They incorporate speed, power, and hand-eye coordination and come in all different sizes, weights, and materials. Which weight and type of medicine ball we use will depend on the particular exercise being performed. Most people are familiar with medicine ball push-up and wood-chop variations…we like to use the balls for explosive release movements. Slams, throws, sprawls, etc. are all included in our medicine ball work. Check out the clip to learn more about our favorite medicine ball exercises…

Closing thoughts

Keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with good old-fashioned bodyweight exercises. This is a sport of weight classes, so if you aren’t capable and sufficient in moving your body quickly, safely, and efficiently, then you shouldn’t be adding weight to it. If you have poor body awareness and incorrect mechanics, then adding external load (dumbbells, bars, balls) will only further exacerbate the issue and lead to muscular imbalances and eventual injury. Click here to read my recent article on bodyweight exercises. While the movements are not specific to the MMA athlete; everyone can benefit from bodyweight training. That being said, as long as you are healthy incorporate these five amazing tools into your training arsenal and you will be on your way to increased strength, power, performance, and most importantly, victories.

About Doug
Doug currently works at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE). A Massachusetts native, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Business Management from Westfield State College. Since moving to San Diego he has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU, obtained an ACE Personal Trainer certification, the NSCA-CSCS certification, a Spinning certification, TRX instructor training, EFI Gravity instructor training, FMS training, and received his CPR/AED instructor status. He has also appeared in 8 fitness videos, written numerous fitness articles, completed a MMA Conditioning Coach certification program and has competed in multiple grappling tournaments.

Prior to working at Fitness Quest 10, Doug worked for the American Council on Exercise as the Continuing Education Coordinator where he was responsible for managing over 400 continuing education providers.

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Athletics and Academics For Success

Today, high school student athletes need to have a solid game plan for athletics and academics if they want to take their game to the next level. College recruiters are looking for skill both on and off the field. Fortunately, being successful in your athletic endeavors can help your performance in the classroom.

Athletics Improve Academics

Studies have proven that athletics improve academics. Physical activity increases brain function, concentration levels, behavior, self-esteem, and energy levels. Also, playing sports shows that the significance of commitment and cooperation can help reduce stress levels developed from the classroom. Everything you learn from athletics is applicable towards becoming a better student. When it comes to the recruiting process, you as a prospective college student athlete can use this to your advantage and stand out from the crowd.

Accomplish More Than You Think You Can

A great athlete has the potential to be a great student, and vice versa. Focus, discipline, and motivation are essential in the foundation of a strong student athlete, and success does not exist without one of the three. If these qualities are already present within you, it is important that you apply these attributes to your entire life, especially your sports career. You will achieve more than you think is possible. Everyone possesses this ability, the hard part is truly believing it.

Enhance Your Future

Only a small percentage of high school athletes will actually find a career in professional sports. Regardless of this fact, any athlete can use the skills they learn in school to be successful in their respective futures. For example, thinking logically and being able to analyze information quickly are abilities gained from the classroom that support any career, athletically related or not.

Success is a gift earned by those who strive for it. Use everything you learn from the books and from your athletic experiences to always improve who you are. Always remember, you carry the potential for greatness.

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.– Mark Victor Hansen

By Scott Kwon, SportsForce

Home Is Where The Health Is

Home is Where the Health Is

Brett Klika C.S.C.S.

Our youth are getting fat and unhealthy.  You can beat the stats to death, but the consensus is that in less than 20 years, 1 out of 3 American children will be obese.  Not just a little baby fat, clinically obese.  Along with this condition comes multiple health risks such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.  Quite frankly, this is probably not the first time you have heard these stats.  It certainly isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned them.  So what are we going to do about it?  We can point fingers and wait until big money, politics, litigation, and Brad and Angelina catch up with this epidemic, or we can start a grass-roots, house to house battle.  A “revolution” if you will.

This revolution must start inside the 4 walls of each individual home.  Yes, that means yours!  What’s your child doing right now?  What are they eating?  What’s in your cupboard? What’s for dinner?  What did they have for breakfast?  We have to stop the blame game.  It’s not Microsoft’s fault you bought your kid an Xbox and allow them to play it all the time.  It’s not the cable company or Sony’s fault that your child has a television in their room and watches it around the clock.  It’s not McDonald’s fault that you repeatedly drive your family there to eat frankenfood because you’re “busy.”  It’s not Kraft’s fault that you continually buy and stock your cupboards with their over-processed low food-value products.  As a society, we actually demand all of the above.  These companies merely provide a supply for that demand.  It’s called capitalism.  If you want to create change, we need to quit blaming the supply and start looking at the demand.

In our free country, demand is primarily a product of choice.  The process of how we arrive at our choices is influenced by many things.  For example, if I offered you either an apple or a doughnut you would definitely know which one is a healthier, more beneficial choice.  Which do you chose though?  Why?  How many other people make your same choice?  Why?  This applies to the health of our youth.  Our youth are a product of their environment.  This environment affects how they make decisions.  In their highly influential early years, children learn daily life habits from home.  If “food” is attained by driving through a fast-food restaurant, or “free time” is lying around watching television, these concepts will follow them throughout their lives.  Think about how you position health in your house.  Do your kids see you exercise just to “lose weight?”  Do you eat unprocessed “gross, plain health food” just because you’re on a diet?  Kids pick up on these concepts.  Exercising and eating healthy foods becomes viewed as punishment for eating yummy food and having free time.  Kids aren’t going to embrace punishment as a lifestyle.  This thought process effects how they make daily health-related choices.

Daily activity and good nutrition should be part of your family’s lifestyle.   I’m talking about enjoying physical activity, playing with your kids, going on bike rides, walks, etc.  I’m talking about sitting down and eating real food as a family. However, make sure that when you do get prepared food, you enjoy it, but you help your kids understand that it isn’t real food. In this way, they start to form positive attitudes towards exercise and eating right.  They become bored with their friends who sit around all day, because being inactive isn’t what they have learned is fun.  They see their friends eat mountains of crap every day (and while they do enjoy this stuff from time to time), they realize that it isn’t food.  As children get older, they start to form more advanced concepts as to how their activity and diet either positively or negatively effect how they look, feel, and perform.  They make their choices and create consumer demand appropriately.

Creating a household that nourishes a healthy lifestyle requires the resources of time, energy, and commitment.  Plugging your kids into technology is much easier than encouraging them to go outside.  Picking up dinner at a restaurant is quite a bit easier than cooking.  Unprocessed food takes time to prepare, and can be more expensive.  Participating in daily physical activity can be tiring.  In most households, we chose to allocate resources for the things we deem the most important.  That being said, the issue of creating a healthy lifestyle becomes primarily a “value” proposition for most.  How important is it to you that your child does not battle with their health for the rest of their lives?  How important is it to you that you are not contributing to the disturbing youth health statistics? How important is your own health?  These decisions begin at home and eventually affect the masses.

Positive change is created when strong, smart people start doing the right thing.  Eventually, weak and ignorant people are forced to get on board by litigation or legislation, and they absent-mindedly reap the benefits.  Be strong and create a household that facilitates a healthy lifestyle for you and your kids.  As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Heath for our kids starts at home.  Let’s commit to nurturing our kids into happy, healthy, pain-free adults.

Coach Brett Klika is the Director of Athletic Performance at Todd Durkin’s Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA. He specializes in youth fitness and athletic performance, overseeing a staff of 8 strength coaches developing programs for over 300 youth per week, both athletes and non-athletes. In addition to coaching, Brett currently authors for a variety of publications, produces DVD’s on fitness and athletic performance and presents around the world on topics in fitness, wellness, and sports performance. Brett can be reached at // brett@fitnessquest10.com

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How To Handle Stress

STRESS – just seeing the word in print can raise your blood pressure!  Unfortunately, it is a fact of life for most of us.  Our culture is fast paced and competitive.  To survive and thrive, especially in an economic downturn, we have to wade through a steady stream of ubiquitous stressors.  So why is it that some people handle stress so well and are a “sea of calm” in a raging storm, but others manifest it in their bodies and create a personal environment for physical pain and disease?

Stressors are all around us but it is how we analyze and react to them that will determine if stress will lead to worse problems.  In his excellent book Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zin writes that “Stress-hardy individuals have greater coping resources than other people under similar circumstances because they view life as a challenge and assume an active role in attempting to exert meaningful control.”  Additionally, he talks about how the feeling of helplessness is a trademark of those that don’t handle stress well.  This “learned helplessness” can be unlearned.  The way to build up your internal armor against stress is to put together resources that will kick in when stress hits.

These resources are physical and emotional, or put another way, external and internal.  Emotional resources are built up through supportive relationships which include a solid network of friends and family, as well as participating in clubs and organizations that reflect your values.  You then build your physical resources through eating right and exercising.  Stress manifests itself in your body and anything you do to build up your body’s defense will help keep you in check when stressors arise.  Internally, how you view yourself and your attitude toward change will play an important role as well.

Regularly practicing meditation is another way to fortify your soul for times when you are under stress.  I practiced basic sitting meditation as a way to deal with stress.  I learned how to clear my mind, focus on being present in the moment, and to follow my breath, focusing on each inhale and exhale.  The key is to put all these resources into play early before you are under maximal stress.  Once you build this reservoir of coping tools, your skills will be tuned up and ready for action when needed.  When I had to have major dental work, for example, I was able to call up this skill and relax enough to get through the procedure without having a nervous breakdown!

There are many internal tools you can cultivate to help you better tolerate stress.  Meditation is one way but think about your life and how much of your waking day is spent running around doing things.  Do you ever just sit for a few moments without thinking about what you have to do next or what happened yesterday?  You are actually missing your life when you never live in the moment.  When you live in your head, everything is magnified, whether it is good or bad.  Spending ten minutes a day of sitting and meditating will make a huge difference in your ability to be present and relaxed in the moment!  According to Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, if you practice this form of mediation every day for three weeks of doing this it will become a habit.  He suggests sitting quietly for ten minutes with good, tall posture.  Follow your breath and pay attention to each inhale as your belly expands and each exhale as the belly flattens.  When your mind wanders, gently “tug” it back to your breath and continue on without judgment.

Other tools that are useful for stress relief are:

  • Yoga, which is an Indian form of moving meditation that will strengthen and lengthen your body and center your mind.
  • Qi Gong, which is a more gentle form of moving meditation from China, that helps move your energy and life force known as “Qi” in slow, circular movement patterns.
  • Tai Chi, a martial art from China, which is done slowly and will improve balance and keep your mind focused on the task of coordinating flowing movements into a long, continuous form.

Finally, remember that in your quest to reduce stress you CANNOT worry if you miss your daily meditation or yoga class!  This would defeat the purpose.  I often see people who are so health conscious that they are in a state of heightened stress by trying to eat perfectly and exercising compulsively.  You need to step back and see the big picture.  Stress always trumps a “healthy lifestyle.”  Create balance in your life.  Fortify yourself with the tools to handle stress.  Change from a helpless mindset to one of empowerment where life is a challenge that you accept and roll with.  See things in a new light by looking for the opportunity hidden in every crisis.  Respond to stress, never react to it.  Exert control with the tools at your disposal such as meditation, yoga, and awareness breaks throughout your day.

I want to leave you with an ancient Sufi poem that I think summarizes the way to effortlessly and optimistically flow with life’s twists and turns:

This being human is a guest

house. Every morning

a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and attend them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture, still,

treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

Craig Valency is a Certified Personal Trainer at Fitness Quest 10 (San Diego, CA).  Craig is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (CSCS) and earned a bachelors degree from UCLA.  He has completed coursework in Kinesiology & Exercise Physiology at UCLA, UCSD & Miramar College for prerequisite work towards a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

He specializes in developing holistic training programs promoting lifestyle change for permanent results in weight loss, toning, strengthening, dynamic flexibility, balance, athletic performance & whole body functional strength & power.  He can be reached at cvalency22@hotmail.com.

Is Your Dream Alive?

Is Your Dream Alive?
By Todd Durkin

The Bucket List, a film starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, hit the theaters in 2007. The critics gave it mixed reviews, but I thought it was great. Two men with terminal cancer, each with a list of unrealized life experiences. Dreams unmet. For Edward Cole (Nicholson) and Carter Chambers (Freeman), basically, it meant a lot to do in very little time. A bucket list is a list of all the things we want to do before we “kick the bucket.” The movie is funny and sad and it made me think. Do I have a bucket list? Do you?

Before seeing this movie, I may not have called it a bucket list, but I have a list of dreams for my life. Some bigger than others. Some realized, some not. Just like you, I have a lot to do in my lifetime. I think about my dreams all the time. They inspire me, keep me focused and motivated. It’s just who I am. But lately, it seems like more and more people tell me their dreams are dying. Some blame it on the economy. No doubt, we’re weary of this recession. But dreams aren’t always tied to money. Burnout, fear of failure or the unknown, limiting beliefs, lack of a support system, too much stress, not enough courage… What stands between you and your dreams?

Here’s my question to you: If you had to choose one, and only one dream to realize in your lifetime, what would it be?  What’s the number one item on your bucket list? It has to be realistic. We’re not talking about do-overs from the past or flying to the moon. We’re talking about chasing a dream and catching it. Making a dream come true.

Dream Job… find a job you love, run a Fortune 500, start your own business, work from home… Dream Vacation… spend a month in Europe, travel to Australia and New Zealand, take a trip to the beautiful New Jersey Shore… Dream Hobby… take up woodworking, become a master gardener, learn photography… Life Dreams… Live on a boat, build a mountain retreat, study massage therapy, hike the Pacific Crest Trail, ride your bike from coast to coast, climb Everest…

Everyday of the year people achieve dreams that once seemed impossible or too distant. What makes them different? How do they do it? Most of them would offer similar advice: You need three things to make your dream come true: belief, focus and energy. Dreams are illusive. To make them real, you’ve got to believe and you’ve got to stay focused. Dreams are demanding. They require extraordinary energy. But, lofty or pragmatic, they inspire us. They allow us to express our deepest desires and to find the self we forever have been seeking.

And one day, we achieve our dream. But then what? A dream come true can at once bring intense satisfaction and fuel our hunger for more, because when we achieve a dream, we are redefined. My goal this month is to challenge you to renew the chase for your dream. No more barriers. No more excuses. Get out the bucket list. Write one down if you never have before and let’s get down to business.

  • Get organized.  I have some favorite sayings… and then some! And I also have some tried and true methods for getting things done. First, get organized. Write down your dreams. Prioritize them. Pick the most important. Figure out what’s required to make it come true. Identify the barriers. Knock ‘em down. Work hard. Stay focused. Build momentum. Believe. Dreams do come true.
  • Know when it’s now or never.  As you read this, I am on vacation with my family (New Jersey Shore, baby!). This “dream” vacation was booked in the middle of a huge project I was working on in April. I needed a very big carrot back then to get me through the long hours, late nights, and tight deadlines, so I just pulled the trigger. Cleared my calendar and booked the tickets. The vision of relaxing with my wife, playing with my kids and seeing my family back home got me through some pretty tough days. My friend, know when it’s time to pull the trigger and get it done. My summer vacation was one little dream on a much larger list, but the lesson is still important. Carry a dream for too long and eventually it dies with you.
  • Win the Day.  I have been saying it everyday for a while. Win the day. I got this from a business colleague of mine – Chris Stuart – and I’ve been living by this mantra. All of us are busy. All of us have a ton on our plate. But the question is, can we compartmentalize the “stuff” in our daily lives – the opportunities, responsibilities and chores – and focus on “winning the day.”
  • Take care of you. There are many ways to do this.  Daily exercise, clean eating, spiritual nourishment. Surround yourself with positive, energetic people, and permit yourself not to be “perfect” all the time. These are ways that you can best take care of you.

Carter Chambers, Morgan Freeman’s character in The Bucket List, has a great line in the movie about the two questions the dead are asked at the gates to heaven. “Have you found joy in your life? Have you brought joy to others?” I am not so naïve to think that life is easy and each of us is now or will eventually be living our dream like some television show. What I am trying to say is that when your mind and your actions align, and you live for a purpose that fulfills your deepest desires and intentions, that is when you find ultimate harmony. Your own personal peace. Those of us lucky enough to know this state of grace are each one more point of light in the world. So get out there and find joy. Share it with others. Make the world better. Make your dream come true.

Peace and love,

Todd

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Upper Body Exercises

Recently, www.Active.com came to Fitness Quest 10 for a video shoot to see how trainers from one of America’s Top 10 Gyms (Men’s Health Magazine), trains their athletes.  For the next several issues of the TD Times we will show you different exercises we use to prepare our athletes to perform at the highest level.

August is a time when summer is coming to an end, school is right around the corner, and football is less then a month away.  But, August is also a time when the MLB season is coming down to the wire.  Here are two great videos for all baseball players out there who want to stay injury free and maximize their performance.

Todd demonstrates two great series of exercises, with two of his favorite pieces of equipment.  In the first video, Todd uses the TRX to demonstrate some great upper body exercises that baseball players can use to gain an edge on the diamond.

CLICK HERE To Watch Todd’s Exercises For A Strong Upper Body

In the second clip, Todd uses the BOSU to build shoulder and upper body strength.  You might think that the BOSU is just used for working your core, but it is a great way to develop your upper body.  Here is a great upper body circuit that will help improve performance and keep young players injury free.

CLICK HERE To Watch Todd’s Exercises To Stay Injury Free

Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, is a personal trainer and massage therapist who motivates, educates and inspires people worldwide.  He is the owner of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, where his wonderful team of 35 focuses on personal training, massage therapy, Pilates, yoga, sports performance training and nutrition to help transform the bodies, minds and spirits of a broad clientele.  Todd trains dozens of NFL and MLB athletes and provides motivational talks and programs to companies and conferences worldwide. He is a featured presenter on the Perform Better educational circuit and he is the Head of the Under Armour Performance Training Council.  Men’s Health recently named his gym, Fitness Quest 10, one of the Top 10 Gyms in the US.  Todd has appeared on 60 Minutes, ESPN, NFL Network and has been featured in Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Business Week, Prevention, ESPN the Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, Stack Magazine, Self, Shape, Fitness, the NY Times and Washington Post.  Todd has authored 30 DVDs on strength and conditioning, functional fitness, massage/bodywork and business/personal growth.

Get With The Movement

Fitness Anywhere launched their first nationwide integrated media campaign called “GET WITH THE MOVEMENT.”  It’s a video-centric consumer rally cry that dares people to put down their weights, get off their exercise machines and take a more dynamic, movement-focused approach to building their overall health and achieving their fitness goals.  It features short videos from celebrity TRX’ers like champion quarterback Drew Brees, Ironman® triathlete winner Tyler Stewart, and elite strength and conditioning coach, Fitness Quest 10 owner, Todd Durkin.  These videos live on a new interactive website devoted to “the movement” at www.getwiththemovement.com.  We invite you to check it out, watch the celebrity/TRX’er videos and get your free copy of “10 New Training Tips” (PDF).

Tell the world what you’re moving towards. What’s your big goal and how have you been using TRX to help you get there? Or did you already reach your goal using the TRX? Either way, make a quick video with whatever video equipment you have handy and post it up on YouTube. Then visit www. youtube.com/getwiththemovement to find out how to get it on our Get With The Movement site and share it with (hopefully) millions of people.