Episode 2. Todd Durkin Shares How To Build A Life Of Wow!

“To much is given, to much is required.” Todd Durkin

Lying on his back on a football field in France with so many injuries that his budding NFL career was officially over, Todd Durkin realized that in a split second that both his body and his dreams were shattered. To avoid surgery, Todd went through five years of intense and painful therapy. As he healed he gained a deeper understanding of what it took to get back up after a life changing injury and he made a choice to become better and not bitter. One step at a time he built his business from just 1 person to a team of 38 change agents. Along the way he found a renewed passion to help others get through adversity and build a life of Wow!

In this episode, we talk about his recent turn on the NBC hit series Strong, how he was eliminated early on only to come back a few weeks later and end up as the runner-up in season one. Todd discusses his morning rituals to “get his mind right” and what he thinks about the word balance. We also ponder the idea of what he would be doing if he were not one of the world’s greatest trainers.

Todd recently released his best-selling book The Wow Book, 52 Ways to Motivate Your Mind, Inspire Your Soul & Create Wow in Your Life!

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More About Todd                                                                                                                                   

Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, is an internationally recognized strength, speed and conditioning coach, personal trainer, body worker, motivational speaker, and author who motivates, educates, and inspires people worldwide. He is the founder of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, a world-class facility that provides personal training, strength, and conditioning, therapeutic massage and bodywork, Pilates, yoga, nutrition, chiropractic and physical therapy programs.

Todd works with a high-profile clientele of elite professional athletes. This includes NFL MVPs, Super Bowl Champions and MVPs, Heisman Trophy Winner, Olympic and X-Game Gold Medalists, and many other champion athletes. He is a 2 Time Personal Trainer of the Year (IDEA & ACE) and has received numerous industry accolades.Greatist has named Todd one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness for the past three years.

His gym, Fitness Quest 10, was named one of “America’s Top 10 Gyms” by Men’s Health for the past 5 years, and in addition to high-profile athletes, attracts many fitness enthusiasts of all ages, shapes, sizes, and levels who want to improve their overall health and fitness performance. His team of 38 trainers, coaches, and therapists deliver results to over 500 clients weekly.

Todd has appeared on 60 Minutes, ESPN, the NFL Network and has been featured in Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, ESPN the Magazine, Stack Magazine, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many others. He was also featured trainer on NBC’s hit fitness show STRONG.

Todd earned his BS degree in Kinesiology from The College of William & Mary in Virginia and his MA degree in Exercise & Nutritional Science with a specialty in Biomechanics and Sports Medicine from San Diego State University.

He and his wife Melanie reside in San Diego, CA, with their three children, Luke, Brady, and McKenna.


This episode was recorded in Todd’s office at his facility Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, California. The sounds in the background of his clients working out to build a WOW lifestyle are our gift to you.

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