Heave Ho! Top Pulling Moves

I can’t open my fingers all the way so my hands are stuck in an “iron claw” type of position; a half opened fist if you will. My forearms are throbbing and my biceps have an unbelievable “pump”. I’m bleeding from a scratch above my left eye and my lats feel like I just finished 6 sets of weighted pull-ups. Was I in a New York City bar with my Sox hat on? No. I just finished a 90 minute grappling session and my body is spent. Being a relative novice to the sport of grappling, I tend to muscle many of the movements as opposed to using correct technique and body positioning.

Regardless of whether you are a beginning grappler or a black belt, a secretary or a garbage man, the importance of pulling & grip strength can’t be emphasized enough. In fact, I pull more than push with every client I train. Sure the variations and intensities will vary; however, pulling movements are part of the foundation of every exercise program I create.

The list could go on for pages with all the variations and various tools that one could use…I’m going to share four of my favorites.

1. The Pull-up

If I could only pick one upper body pulling exercise, the pull-up wins easily. Great for grip strength, and developing forearms, biceps, shoulders, lats, traps, rhomboids, abs (yes, abs), pecs, and more. Pulling your body to the bar really forces you to engage the majority of muscles in your upper body making it a compound movement that really delivers. This variation below shows you a way to incorporate the lower body as well. Exercise in video: Pull-up with Med Ball Squeeze

2. Unilateral Row

I typically group my upper body pulling movements into two categories; vertical and horizontal. While pull-ups may be my favorite pulling exercise, I actually incorporate more horizontal pulling movements into workouts and programs. I tend to recommend these for a couple reasons; 1. They are less intimidating for some clients (pull-ups can be quite daunting to a new client), 2. They are easier to teach, and 3. They are excellent movements for improving posture.

While this particular move is a staple pulling exercise for my MMA athletes, I like to challenge the “everyday population” with a variety of rope pulls as well. Make sure you keep an upright posture with your upper body and try to pull evenly with each arm throughout the exercise. Exercise in video: Horizontal Rope Pulls

3. Bilateral Row

See the ‘Unilateral Row’ explanation to see why horizontal pulls, or “rows”, make my list. I think the more rowing you can incorporate into your routine, the stronger and more injury-free you will be throughout your body. The exercise I included in the video is geared a bit more towards MMA athletes due to the nature of their sport. Many times during a fight, they will find themselves in a long clinch or situation where they need to hold on to their opponent for an extended period of time. This requires a great deal of muscular strength and endurance in your arms and back. Backward sled walks hit the mark. Exercise in video: Isometric Backward Sled Walks

4. Deadlifts & Cleans

My room was always clean growing up because I love picking things up off the floor…but I digress. Deadlift variations and cleans are two of my favorite ways to work the entire backside of the body. These exercises are great for explosive hip extension, strengthening your grip, glutes, hamstrings, back; and for developing overall body power. These glute-focused movements are great for the “everyday population” from a functional standpoint. While you may not “clean” your bag of groceries up off the floor into the rack position; it will teach you to engage the proper muscles and lift items in a healthy manner. I love these movements for combat athletes because strong, powerful glutes will help them in many situations during a fight; more difficult to control on the mat if it goes to the ground and more explosive with your kicks and strikes if you are in a stand up battle. Exercise in video: Sandbag Cleans

If you are a busy executive who sits a lot, travels a lot, drives a lot, then it is critical to strengthen your backside. Posterior chain exercises will help combat the unhealthy posture that your lifestyle has you in for 8+ hours a day.

If you are a MMA athlete and we can strengthen your backside, then you are less likely to get injured, you can pull your arm back quicker after throwing a punch, you can hold and control your opponent more effectively, and you are more likely to have your arm raised in victory after a tournament or match.

Make sure you incorporate pulling exercises into your weekly routine to ensure you are maintaining balance in your program.

About Doug
Doug currently works at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE). He is also the strength coach for the Alliance Fight Team in Chula Vista, CA. A Massachusetts native, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Business Management from Westfield State University. 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.

For more information please visit www.todddurkin.com, www.fq10.com, and www.dbstrength.

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5 TRX Moves with a Bench

Athletes and clients are always looking for new ways to challenge themselves. I believe the TRX is a tool that can challenge any client regardless of their experience and ability. For TRX veterans looking for advanced movements, I have a number of videos on my You-tube page: http://www.youtube.com/takeaimfitness.

The latest installment involves some traditional TRX exercises with the addition of a bench that you would find at most fitness facilities. By adding the bench to a number of exercises, your strength, balance, coordination and core stability demands are greatly increased. Use caution when executing these exercises and be sure you are proficient in them, and any other exercises, before having your clients or athletes perform them.

Here is a brief breakdown on the 5 exercises:
1. TRX Row with Elevated Feet

By elevating our lower body for a TRX row we are now closer to parallel with the ground, making the exercise extremely challenging. I prefer to keep a neutral grip (palms facing each other), elbows by your side, and your spine neutral throughout the movement.

2. Elevated TRX Roll-out

This is a favorite exercise of mine due to the full-body control that is required. All the spinal stabilizers must be firing in order to maintain proper technique and your posterior shoulder/scapula stabilizers must be engaged the entire time. Use a slow, controlled manner as you extend your arms and body out to your end range.

3. Elevated TRX Single Leg Squat (Pistol)

In addition to the increased balance component, the addition of the bench allows the “free” leg to extend out a little lower than if you were to perform this exercise on the floor. This is a good alternative if you don’t have the ankle mobility in the working leg or hip flexor strength in the free leg to perform a pistol on the floor. Be sure to keep your arms relatively straight and try to keep your weight on the heel to the mid-foot while maintaining an upright posture. Extend the hip and stand up tall to complete one repetition.

4. Elevated Suspended TRX Hip Press (Bridge)

I love using this exercise with my MMA athletes due to the demands of their sport. They require a great deal of strength and endurance in the hips and glutes and this exercise targets this area nicely. If you plan to add weight it’s best to have a trainer or partner nearby to assist you. A great exercise when performed on the floor; add the bench and you are able to get a greater range of motion through the hip joint.

5. Elevated Suspended Hip Hikes

Similar to the bridge exercise above, being elevated up on the bench allows us to drop the hip lower than when performing the movement on the floor. Make sure your shoulder and elbow are in a safe alignment and use a controlled tempo throughout.

Get with these movements and let me know what you think!

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.

For more information please visit www.todddurkin.com, www.fq10.com, and www.dbstrength.com.
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“2 for 1 Special” – TRX Movements

Here are 5 TRX movements we utilize that involve alternating between two exercises. You will perform one rep of one exercise followed by one rep of another exercise and continue to alternate back and forth for the desired number of reps. Using the interchanging sequence requires a bit more coordination and core stability. We use these with healthy clients and feel that, as long as they are executed with proper form, are safe, effective movements that will challenge you in a fun, new way.

Here is a brief breakdown on the 5 exercises:
1. TRX Bicep Curl to Row

This is a pretty popular interchanging sequence that you may have seen before. Perform a TRX bicep curl with your palms up and your upper arm parallel to the ground. After one rep of your bicep curl, rotate your hands to a neutral grip and perform one rep of a low row with your elbows down by your side and your spine neutral throughout.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_2eiv7lyeA

2. TRX Pistol Squat to 1-Leg Balance Reach

When performing the single leg squat (pistol), keep your arms relatively straight and try to keep your weight on the heel to the mid-foot while maintaining an upright posture. After each pistol rep – hinge from your hip, maintain pressure into the handles, extend your heel towards to back wall, and lower down into a balance reach or deadlift position with a neutral spine throughout the exercise.

3. TRX Curtsy Lunge to Lateral Lunge

Begin by lowering down into a reverse lunge position and reaching the rear leg diagonally back to the 4 o’clock position (if looking at a clock). On the way up bring that rear leg way out to the 9 o’clock position and line up the ankle, knee, and hip joint while keeping the trail leg straight. Head and chest should remain upright and feet should remain forward throughout the exercise.

4. TRX Burpee to Scorpion

After the pushup portion of the burpee, you will perform the scorpion by rotating your torso and bringing the “free leg” under your body and then rotating your torso the other way to bring that “free leg” over your body. Next, return to the pushup position and drive that knee up before standing tall to complete one rep.

5. TRX Row to Triceps Extension

Keep a neutral grip for your row exercise and pull explosively enough to carry you through and under the anchor point where you will go right into an overhead triceps extension movement. This will also be done in an explosive nature so that you can return back to the row position. Make sure the strap length is fully shortened and only offer this to healthy and experienced TRX users.

Get with these movements and let me know what you think!

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. For more information please visit www.todddurkin.com, www.fq10.com, and www.dbstrength.com.
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Todd Durkin IMPACT Fitness Challenge

Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 8:00am

Location: Road Runner Sports : ,

Details:

Searching for San Diego’s Fittest on February 26th at the first annual IMPACT Fitness Challenge at Road Runner Sports.  Join Sandy Feet Events and Fitness Quest 10 for some butt-kicking excitement. This event will feature some serious athletic challenges from Todd Durkin and the Fitness Quest 10 team. Todd Durkin and Fitness Quest 10 have trained several professional athletes including Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Aaron Rodgers to become World-Class in all they do.  What are you doing to become World-Class?  Come and be a part of this one of a kind event. Stick around after the event for a yoga cool down, refreshments, guest speakers, and a health and fitness expo.

Get ready for some fast paced fun! Prizes will be given for most hard core, most effort, & most spirited  🙂 Awesome prizes from our sponsors will be awarded to the top 3 overall males and females. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 in each age category. There will also be plenty of chances to win sweet raffle prizes from Road Runner Sports and others throughout the day.

Register NOW and SAVE! $49 for Adults. Price goes up after Feb 1.

Challenge will include: 8 different stations including things like Total Gym® GTS® Pull ups, Heavy Battling Ropes, TRX Rows, 300M Shuttle, Heavy Jump Ropes, Bosu Release Challenge, and more!

The way it works…Participants will receive points at each station other categories will be judged by fitness instructors, points will be totaled during the cool down period and awards will be announced after.

Stick around: After the event there is a mega health and fitness expo at Road Runner Sports. Get all of the latest tips and tricks from the best. Sample products and workouts and see what else is out there that you are missing! To become a vendor at the expo please contact info@sandyfeetevents.com

For more information visit: http://sandyfeetevents.com/impact-challenge/

Todd Durkin’s IMPACT Fitness Challenge

Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 8:00am

Location: Road Runner Sports : San Diego, CA

Details:

Searching for San Diego’s Fittest on February 26th at the first annual IMPACT Fitness Challenge at Road Runner Sports.  Join Sandy Feet Events and Fitness Quest 10 for some butt-kicking excitement. This event will feature some serious athletic challenges from Todd Durkin and the Fitness Quest 10 team. Todd Durkin and Fitness Quest 10 have trained several professional athletes including Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Aaron Rodgers to become World-Class in all they do.  What are you doing to become World-Class?  Come and be a part of this one of a kind event. Stick around after the event for a yoga cool down, refreshments, guest speakers, and a health and fitness expo.

Get ready for some fast paced fun! Prizes will be given for most hard core, most effort, & most spirited  🙂 Awesome prizes from our sponsors will be awarded to the top 3 overall males and females. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 in each age category. There will also be plenty of chances to win sweet raffle prizes from Road Runner Sports and others throughout the day.

Register NOW and SAVE! $49 for Adults. Price goes up after Feb 1.

Challenge will include: 8 different stations including things like GTS Pull ups, Heavy Battling Ropes, TRX Rows, 300M Shuttle, Heavy Jump Ropes, Bosu Release Challenge, and more!

The way it works…Participants will receive points at each station other categories will be judged by fitness instructors, points will be totaled during the cool down period and awards will be announced after.

Stick around: After the event there is a mega health and fitness expo at Road Runner Sports. Get all of the latest tips and tricks from the best. Sample products and workouts and see what else is out there that you are missing! To become a vendor at the expo please contact info@sandyfeetevents.com

Sign Up today! http://sandyfeetevents.com/impact-challenge/

The Scores Report chats with Drew Brees’ trainer, Todd Durkin

At your local gym, you may have been offered a chance to try out a tool called the TRX Suspension Training, which is an innovation by former elite Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick.

As a Navy SEAL, Hetrick often found himself in remote safe houses with limited means to keep he and his soldiers in shape. Using only salvaged parachute materials, Hetrick created what would eventually be named the “Best Total Body Tool” by Men’s Health magazine.

The TRX Suspension Trainer was born.

One of the many trainers that have incorporated TRX not only in his athletes’ workouts, but also into his own workouts is Todd Durkin. Of the many athletes Todd works with during the offseason, perhaps his most recognized is New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees.

During the offseason, Brees flies all the way from Louisiana to train with Durkin and the TRX, which obviously speaks to Todd’s credibility as a trainer. And considering Brees is coming off a Super Bowl win this past February, clearly Todd’s methods work.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Todd about a variety of topics, including his work with Drew, TRX and the “Get with the Movement” campaign, which is defined as a rally cry that dares American fitness enthusiasts to free themselves of their everyday routine. It encourages people to get off their exercise machines and take a more dynamic, moment-focused approach to building their overall health and achieving personal goals.

We also asked Todd to share his favorite Drew Brees story, what specific workouts he uses to train a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and how the TRX can help everybody from the “weekend warrior” to yes, even grandma.

For more on Todd, TRX and his new book The Impact! Body Plan, please visit http://www.fitnessquest10.com and http://www.todddurkin.com.

Also for more on the “Get with the Movement” campaign, visit http://www.getwiththemovement.com.

The Scores Report: Hey Todd, how are you?

Todd Durkin: Real good! Things have been a little crazy around here, but it’s exciting with the new book coming out.

TSR: I bet! Hey, I’ll jump right into it – I wanted to first ask you about your involvement with Drew Brees and his training. Obviously he wins a Super Bowl last year and you played a role in his preparation, so can you tell our readers what you do, how you work with athletes and breakdown that overall process.

TD: Absolutely. I’ve been working with Drew now for eight years and we’ve always had a program that pushed him to be the best he could possibly be. Obviously with him winning the Super Bowl in February, it was the highlight of his career and my career as well. There were many folks and many things that played a factor in that and one thing I can tell you is that Drew is an extremely hard worker and everything that he’s earned he’s worked for.

TSR: You don’t have to go over everything Todd, but can you breakdown what specific workouts you would have a player like Drew do? What kind of training would you put a quarterback or any NFL athlete through during the offseason?

TD: As far as the quarterback is concerned, a lot of my emphasis is on the core, as well as shoulder and joint integrity. I do a lot of shoulder work with my quarterbacks. If you really want to emphasize those two areas compressively speaking, then if you were to watch one of our workouts it really is from feet to fingertips. We work on everything. The first 10 minutes or so is simply spent on a dynamic warm up, then we do a lot of movement training like foot quickness, speed and lateral movement, then of course we have our core training and joint integrity program. We do a lot of strength and conditioning, and of course flexibility plays a major role in No. 1, staying pain free and No. 2, performance enhancement. Our workouts are typically about 90 minutes long and this past season we had nine NFL quarterbacks here at my facility training and 30 NFL athletes overall training in preparation for the 2010 season. My job is to push these guys to make sure they can be their very best and part of what I do is always staying ahead of what they’re accustomed to. So even if they’re used to using things like the TRX in their program, I always have one or two moves to challenge them. We’ve got a whole plethora of tools that we can use to challenge them to be great.

TSR: I think the typical fan like myself assumes that NFL players generally use the “caveman” type of exercises like the bench, like the squat, etc. But it sounds like you don’t limit your players to only those exercises and you challenge them in a variety of ways, whether it be the use of the TRX or what have you.

TD: Diversity is the key for anyone – not just a pro athlete. If you want to be great, you have to diversify your workouts. I love old school exercises such as the bench press and such as the squat. That is a part of the program, but the key word is “part.” If you were to watch one of our workouts, you would see some traditional exercises, but a lot of what I do is training movement and not just pressing a weight. We will rarely sit on a machine – a lot of it is free weight. A lot of it is high intensity training where we’re using super-setting back and forth, complex setting, and exercises that are going to keep the tempo up so it’s working on their strength and their conditioning at the same time.

TSR: Give me your favorite Drew Brees moment from the last couple of years.


TD: Man, there are so many! Wow, well one of the best stories about Drew is the oft-told story about how he came back from major shoulder surgery when everyone doubted whether he would come back at all. Drew never doubted that he would be back in the NFL again after he suffered that devastating injury in 2005. That’s always one of my favorite stories. I guess one of the more recent stories that I can share is when Drew won almost every ESPY award in July and we went out and had a great time afterwards. But of the athletes, there was only one person up the next morning at 7AM and that was Drew Brees. And that’s consummate Drew. I was training him in the gym at 7AM the day after the ESPYs – the morning after there were a lot of parties and hoopla afterwards. But Drew is so disciplined in his approach that despite his busy schedule with appearances, endorsements, community involvement and everything he does, he never lets those things be a distraction. He continues to do what he needs to do to be in the best shape of his life and compete at a world-class level.

TSR: He seems like an incredibly humble guy and that story is a testament to who he is. Getting back to that story about his shoulder injury, it’s amazing to think that when he was a free agent that offseason, that the Miami Dolphins could have had him. That’s where he wanted to go, but they went with Daunte Culpepper instead and Drew wound up with the Saints. Obviously that worked out for all parties involved – great story.

TD: Yeah, well they read the medical reports and the medical reports had many, many question marks about whether or not he would come back. So when you read a report that says he may never be able to throw a ball again, let alone play in the NFL, and you’re investing millions of dollars in that player, if you judge that strictly on the report then you don’t take the guy. But if you look at Drew Brees – who has the mental mindset of a champion – like the Saints did, well they truly were the winners in the long run.

TSR: Well said. Talk to me about the “Get with the Movement” campaign, what’s your role in it, what is it and what’s in-store from here.

TD: One of the biggest things that I use, and not just with the athletes but all of my clients, is the TRX. The reason I like the TRX is because it combines strength conditioning with joint integrity and core strength all at once. The TRX is a simple tool to use, but it’s not simple in the fact that it’s easy. It’s simple to use, yet it’s extremely challenging and it’s great for all levels. Male/female, young/old, skinny or fat – you can use the TRX. I travel with it and I use it when I’m on the road – that, and a super-band typically. I can fuse it into one of my boot camp workouts or use it right here at the facility. The “Get with the Movement” campaign for me is about going for greatness. It’s about people believing in themselves and realizing that training and conditioning is the absolute foundation of success in anyone’s life. If you want to be world-class and you want to be extraordinary in your life, it starts with your physical conditioning. And when one commits to physical conditioning, they can overcome challenges and adversity and then anything is truly possible. The “Get with the Movement” campaign is simply a message to inspire people to be their best and to live extraordinary lives.

TSR: Talk to me more about the TRX. You said that this could be used by anybody – including “weekend warriors?”

TD: Oh, yeah – absolutely. We have our kids on it, we have our moms, our pops, our grandmas, our grandfathers, our pro athletes and our “weekend warriors” and fitness enthusiasts on it. The reason that is, again, is because it’s challenging. You’re using your body weight and most of us have enough weight on us to provide us with a great workout. It provides the ability to challenge yourself in many different ways, simply by the way you position your body by using the TRX. So the “weekend warrior,” we often find, goes out to compete, whether it be flag football or soccer, or softball, or tennis, or golf, and they often get hurt or injured. The TRX is often a built-in system to help guard against injury. It’s going to strengthen your body and it’s going to be appropriately challenging for all folks.
June 5, 2010: Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints practices during the Saints mini training camp in Metairie, LA. Tyler Kaufman/CSM.

TSR: Perhaps what’s most interesting to me about the TRX is that it incorporates everyday movements into your workout, yet strengthens your muscles as well, so you’re getting a workout with it too. It’s all about using functional movements not only to get you strong or whatever your goals are, but also helps you in everyday life.

TD: Absolutely. Amen to what you said – you’re 100% correct. I often say bulk is for the beach and movement is what we need to be focusing on now. What we need to make sure is that from feet to fingertips we’re strong and flexible. Most of us aren’t in great shape and when I say that, I’m talking about both metabolically and aerobically. You know, one could be strong and have bulk, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in great shape. If you’re looking to lose 20 or 30 pounds, or you’re looking to get your body stronger, more fit, change body composition, etc., then TRX is a great tool that you can use whether it be at the gym, in your house, or at the hotel room. You can use it to get your body to work out at the appropriate level. Again, I often combine my TRX with a jump rope or some body weight exercises because it’s all you really need to get the results you want. I have a world-class facility and we have world-class athletes in here all the time, but you’d be shocked to see the simplicity of some of the tools we use to get the world-class results that we typically see year after year.

TSR: Functionality is the word that keeps coming to mind when I listen to you talk about the TRX. It sounds like a very cool tool and something that everyone can use.

TD: Absolutely. Well, I think we all want better function, which is a great word. Whether it’s a world-class pro football or baseball player looking to improve their performance on the field, or whether it be the “weekend warrior” that’s looking to improve his recreational skills at whatever game he’s playing, or whether it just be a mom or pop that wants to lose weight and improve energy, the TRX allows one to use a very simple tool to get great results without hurting oneself. So many times people go back into the gym and they’re excited to use the weight that they used to do when they were 18 or 20 and they realize they don’t recover like they use to. Their joints hurt, their knees hurt, their back hurts, and they don’t know what to do. Well, the beauty about the TRX is that you can very simply adjust the level of intensity by the way you position your body. You can work your body in 20 minutes or less and get a great workout in, so once again, it’s a tool. It’s a tool that one can incorporate into their program to improve function and to help out their performance – whatever that means to them.

TSR: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed speaking with you today, Todd. I know you’re very busy, but one last thing – how can our readers find out more about you, what you do not only with Drew Brees, but other athletes, and of course, TRX.

TD: The best way is fitnessquest10.com, or todddurkin.com. We’ve got a lot of video on our sites and I do a monthly free newsletter where I inspire, motivate and educate people all over the country.

TSR: Excellent, well thank you again for joining us today!

TD: Hey, you’re a great interviewer – that was easy, man. What’s your background?

TSR: (Laughs) I do mostly sports, but the fitness content intrigues me as well, so this was great for me to talk about all areas.

TD: Well, I talk with a lot of people and you can tell who’s skilled and who’s not and you’re definitely skilled.

TSR: I really appreciate that, Todd – thank you.

TD: You got it, Anthony – take care!

TSR: You too! We’ll talk to you again soon.

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.