Time for a “Peak” Experience?

I hope 2011 is off to a wonderful start for you and your family and that you are feeling reenergized and rejuvenated after the holidays.

Speaking of reenergized, I just got back from an absolutely phenomenal vacation. My wife, Melanie, and I took a 4-day ski trip to Utah. Getting away from everything helped me to clear my mind and I have a few ah-has to share with you:

  • Spend more time in nature. Nature quiets the mind and inspires deep thought. The splendid beauty of nature allows for reflection, gratitude, and empowering thoughts. For me, the mountains invoke peace and solitude. Find what works for you and commit to finding peace and solitude in your life.
  • Travel to inspiring places. If you knew you had only 6 or 12 months to live and wanted to travel somewhere special, where would you go? Don’t wait! Don’t put off today what you could be enjoying tomorrow – not 5 – 10 years from now. Book that special adventure and enjoy some outrageous fun this year.
  • Create peak moments. Peak moments are created. Don’t wait for them to just happen. Make sure your 2011 is filled with peak moments. Last week’s ski trip will undoubtedly be a peak experience for my year.

As a matter of fact, my opening message here is from the “PEAK” of the mountain in Park City, Utah…Enjoy it …AND THEN SOME!


I wish you and your loved ones a New Year full of adventure, inspiration, and peak moments.

Peace & blessings,


Are You Up For The Challenge?

America lost a fitness icon this week. Jack LaLanne, the Father of U.S. Fitness, passed away of pneumonia on Sunday, January 23rd at the ripe age of 96. For years, Jack LaLanne had said, “I can’t die, it would ruin my image.” I love the humor in this quote from a man who defied the odds over and over again.

JackLaLanne.jpg“Jumping Jack” impacted millions of people. Check out some of his standout accomplishments:

  • A sugar addict as a kid, he changed his life at 15 by swearing off flour, most fat, and sugar and concentrating on eating fruits and vegetables.
  • He opened the first modern health club in the US in 1936 in Oakland, CA. It was equipped with a gym, juice bar, and health food store. Think about the timing… we were still in the Great Depression… Jack LaLanne was gutsy and bold like no other.
  • In 1951, he started his own TV show. This is where he made famous his one-piece jumpsuit zipped open halfway down his chest with “Jack” stitched over his heart. His show was on air for decades.
  • At the age of 45, in 1959, he did 1,000 pushups and 1,000 chin-ups in 86 minutes.
  • At the age of 70, in 1984, LaLanne shackled and handcuffed himself to tow 70 boats with 70 people 1.5 miles in Long Beach Harbor.
  • Up until his death, he did 90 minutes of weightlifting and 30 minutes of swimming everyday. He continued to preach the gospel of exercise, raw vegetables, and clean living.

When I think of Jack LaLanne, I think of my favorite Jack quote: “There are so many health nuts out there who eat nothing but natural foods but they don’t exercise and they look terrible. Then there are other people who exercise like a son-of-a-gun but eat a lot of junk… Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.”

Choose to exercise today… choose fresh fruits and vegetables… Build your kingdom and live a long, healthy and inspired life. Spread IMPACT!

Thank you Jack for impacting me as a fitness professional and being a role model for so many people on how to live life to the fullest.

Live inspired!


It Is Time To Change

I hope you are having an IMPACT-ful day.  I have 3 quick things I would like to share with you that I think you will enjoy.  Please watch the video below to see the opening video and find out what “S.O.U.L.” is all about!


CLICK HERETo Find Out What S.O.U.L. Is All About

Live inspired!



2nd FQ10 Client Wins Super Bowl MVP

I hope you are doing fantastic. Were you one of the record-setting 110 million television viewers of Super Bowl XLV on Sunday? If so, you witnessed a very special win by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
I mentioned in last month’s feature article that my theme for 2011 was “S.O.U.L.”  The “O” stands for “outrageous fun and adventure.” And let me tell you, my entire Super Bowl XLV experience was extremely adventurous and fun. Between the snow, ice, sleet, rolling black-outs (all of which made the week interesting), Radio Row appearances, work with Gatorade at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, and work with Under Armour – the week leading up to the big game was a good one.


       CLICK HERETo See Todd’s Super Bowl Pre-Game Prediction and Post-Game Celebration

And of course, there was the game. Fitness Quest 10 client Aaron Rodgers turned in a magical MVP performance to lead his Packers to an historic Super Bowl win. Together with long-term FQ 10 client and LB/Special Teams ace Matt Wilhelm, they shared a memorable victory with Packer fans and all of Green Bay. Today’s feature article, The Things You Can’t Measure, shares my recap of the game and how you can step up your game in your quest to be the best.


Create a SUPER day!  Peace and God bless.


TD Times–Time For A Spring Cleaning?

I hope you are doing fantastic and your March is off to a great start!  I have always loved the month of March because it signifies “Spring” time.  And to me, Spring time is one of my favorite seasons because it represents growth and new beginnings.

To find out how to maximize your “growth” & new beginnings this month, I have shared “5 Top Ways to Create New Beginnings” in a short, special video.  You can watch that by simply clicking below now:


Spring ahead…See you in the trenches!

Peace and God Bless.
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Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, Owner, Fitness Quest 10

Top Recovery Strategies to Enhance Your Workouts

Happy Spring! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the extra hour of daylight that signifies Spring is here. Every extra minute of daylight creates more opportunity for working out and some extra “play-time” in the evening. It’s a GREAT time of year!

I was speaking to a committed client at Fitness Quest 10 last week about top strategies for recovery after her workouts. This client trains 3-4 times per week, eats well, and gets about 7 hours of sleep per night. She wants to lose 15 lbs and ramp up the intensity and frequency of her workouts another day or two per week but often finds herself sore. We explored ways for her to recover optimally, feel good, and get the most out of her workouts.

Optimal recovery is an essential part of everyone’s fitness regiment. Check out this short video clip with some of my “Top Recovery Strategies.” These are the strategies that can really help you perform and feel better.  Let’s get 1% better today – take a peek and leave a comment on the video.


Train hard.  Eat right.  Recover smart.  Live inspired!

Peace and God Bless,

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Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, NCTMB

Todd Shares His Perfect Mother’s Day Gift — FQ10 Insider

Mother’s Day is right around the corner.  I always struggle with the PERFECT gift for my wife Melanie.  Therefore, I have made it easy for you this year.  Fellas, watch this video.  Ladies, have your special man watch this video below as I will instruct exactly what NOT to get as well as what TO get.


Speaking of PERFECT, I want to congratulate our 44 clients that are about to complete 10 months of the PERFECT 10 Club at FQ10.  This free program launched 10 months ago and we have a big celebration planned for our first inductees in a couple weeks.

I invite you to be part of this great program also.  You can join anytime.  If you come to Fitness Quest 10, 10x per month or more, you will be eligible for some amazing prizes (free massages, retail items, discounts, and more).  The PERFECT 10 Program will undoubtedly hold you more accountable to your goals and help you achieve ‘serious’ results in your health & fitness.  Simply sign up at the front desk and start winning FREE great prizes immediately.

Thank you for your support.  I take the business of health & fitness seriously.  I hope you do too.  If I can be of further assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to call or email me at durkin@fitnessquest10.com or 858.271.1171.

Lastly, if you are on Facebook or Twitter, be sure to follow all that we are doing via social media.  We are very active on that and would love to connect with you there as well.

Peace and blessings,
Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, NCTMB
Owner, Fitness Quest 10
Head, Under Armour Performance Training Council
Author, The IMPACT! Body Plan