Owner & Founder
Todd Durkin is a strength, speed, & conditioning coach, personal trainer, bodyworker and motivational speaker/coach. He is the 2004 IDEA and 2005 ACE Personal Trainer of the Year. Men’s Journal has named Todd one of the top 100 trainers in the United States and top 5 in Southern California. Todd owns and directs Fitness Quest 10, a premier, cutting-edge center for health & human performance in San Diego, CA, that focuses on personal training, strength & conditioning, therapeutic massage & bodywork, Pilates, yoga, nutrition, and Success Coaching. He works with a high-profile athlete clientele of elite professional athletes from both the NFL and Major League Baseball as well as the normal, everyday population that is looking to improve their health and fitness. Todd is the author of 27 DVD’s on strength & conditioning, functional fitness, massage/bodywork, and business/personal growth. He is the Head of the Under Armour Performance Training Council and has appeared in a national commercial with Under Armour/Sports Authority featuring some of his performance techniques.
Todd’s degrees and certifications are numerous, but it is his passion, focus, commitment, leadership, and experience that allow him to get the most out of people. As a football quarterback and athlete his entire life, he captained the football squad at The College of William & Mary and later went on to play in NFL Europe. It is there that he suffered a serious back injury that ended his playing career. He took a proactive role in his recovery, beginning a long journey that eventually led him to earn his Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine/ Biomechanics from San Diego State University. He than fulfilled his dream by creating a center that combines elite athlete performance training, personal training, and massage & bodywork under one roof. His philosophy incorporates a holistic approach to performance. He believes one must be aligned physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to maximize full potential. Todd is a master trainer and coach that incorporates all of these facets into his work. His staff of 33 employees assist in the mission to offer cutting-edge, personalized health & fitness programs designed to positively impact the lives of people around the world. Through commitment, connecting, and conditioning, Todd and his staff empower clients to transform their lives and achieve great results.
Todd Durkin is often recognized as promoting one’s physical conditioning through his functional fitness approach that he now uses and teaches internationally. It is here that he trains his athletes and clients to be strong, powerful, fast, flexible, and balanced. He is strongly respected in the NFL community where he works with over 30 superstars, such as the likes of 2006 NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, Drew Brees, Carson Palmer, Aaron Rodgers, Kellen Winslow, and a host of other professional athletes, including 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist snowboarder, Shaun White. He has worked with thousands of other professional, collegiate, high school, and youth athletes. He has been called a “guru” for his eclectic approach and his ability to get the most out of his clients. Additionally, Todd created Optimal Performance Bodywork (OPB), a powerful hands-on technique that incorporates several flexibility approaches, structural bodywork, along with myofascial release techniques, to maximize improvements in one’s elasticity, fascial length, and overall flexibility.
Through Todd Durkin Enterprises, a corporate spin-off of Fitness Quest 10, Todd and his team of instructors travel the world delivering motivational speeches and programs to teams, companies, and conferences. Whether it is speaking on balance in one’s life, Optimal Performance, stress reduction, personal growth, wellness, or fitness, Todd Durkin is determined to motivate people to healthier living and reaching a more abundant life through stress reduction and an active lifestyle. Some of the companies he has worked with include The Ken Blanchard Companies, Wells Fargo, Bath & Body Works, MPI, UBS Warburg, Behr Paints, Kaiser Permanente, Torrey Pines Bank, Administrative Professionals, Life Care Solutions, and the San Diego Chargers, to name just a few. Todd travels the world delivering motivational talks on human performance, leadership, and success.
Todd earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. He continued his education earning a Master’s degree in Exercise and Nutritional Science with a specialty in biomechanics/sports medicine from San Diego State University. He has certifications as a strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, massage therapist, neuromuscular therapist, and has his teaching credential in health and physical education.
Todd has been featured on 60 Minutes, has appeared in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Sporting News, ESPN The Magazine, BusinessWeek magazine, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Stack Magazine, appeared on ESPN, The NFL Network, MSNBC.com and is a contributor to Fitness magazine, Shape magazine, and Self magazines. He has been featured on Fox Morning News, CBS’ Exercise and Nutrition Special Report, ABC’s Being Healthy Report, NBC’s Friday Morning News, KUSI Morning News, and several other local morning news programs. He is a spokesperson for Under Armour, the American Council on Exercise, IDEA, Perform Better, EFI Sports Medicine, Fitness Anywhere (TRX), and serves on the board for the Titleist Performance Institute. Todd has been published in many magazines and journals, and presents at fitness conferences internationally.