IMPACT! – The Methods of Todd Durkin

What do Drew Brees, Aaron Rogers and LaDanian Tomlinson have in common?

If you answered “A lot more money than me!”, you are correct, but the answer I am looking for is, “They are all trained by Todd Durkin.”  Not a bad group of guys to have on your resume :)

Who Dat? 2009 NFL MVP Drew Brees performs a TRX plank with Todd Durkin

What is Todd Durkin’s “secret”?
A:  It goes beyond knowledge and has everything to do with I.M.P.A.C.T.  IMPACT is the combination of a philosophy on life and training.

IMPACT is an acronym that Todd created; the following is an explanation:
Talk from your heart and soul
Stay inspired by writing down goals and planning ways to achieve them
Inspire others by giving more and acknowledging those around you

Become great at what you do and the money will come
Hone in on your niche
Continue to invest in yourself

P = PLAY at World Class Levels
Be persistent and mentally tough
Always have faith and believe in yourself
Surround yourself by the best and it will make you better

Every day have a “To Do List” and DO IT!
Have a daily, weekly and long-term list of 5 things you are going to do

The way you train is the way you live
Your 2 most precious resources are 1) Your physical energy and 2) Your mental focus


I can tell you firsthand that Todd practices what he preaches.  When you talk to him, you feel like you are the only person in the room and Todd is the kind of guy that could motivate you to be excited about raking a pile of leaves!  The ability to listen and motivate are KEY elements of success in coaching and Todd has both.

I experienced the “C” in IMPACT when I went through Todd’s “Impact Challenge” Metabolic Circuit and it is BEASTLY!!!

IMPACT CHALLENGE – as many reps as possible for 60 seconds then rest 60 seconds
1) Jam Ball Slams
2) Bosu Release Pushups
3) Rows with the TRX Suspension Trainer
4) Jump Rope with a Heavy Rope (pretty sure it was a 10 LB rope)
5) Heavy Rope Slams

The Impact Challenge Metabolic Circuit utilizes the same philosophy as High Intensity Interval Training to increase metabolic stress through incomplete recovery.  Bouts of high intensity exercise (i.e. above lactate threshold) results in an increase in growth hormone secretion(1).  Growth hormone is lipolytic (i.e. burns fat) hence, high intensity exercise helps burn fat(2).

To learn more about Todd Durkin: click here
Check out Todd’s book, “The IMPACT! Body Plan”:
The IMPACT! Body Plan: Build New Muscle, Flatten Your Belly & Get Your Mind Right!




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(1) Nancy E. Felsing, Jo Anne Brasel, and Dan M. Cooper, Effect of Low and High Intensity Exercise on Circulating Growth Hormone in Men, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 1992; Vol. 75, No. 1: pg. 160.
(2) Malin Ottosson, Peter Lonnroth, Per Bjorntorp, and Staffan Eden, Effects of Cortisol and Growth Hormone on Lipolysis in Human Adipose Tissue, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2000; Vol. 85, No. 2: pgs. 801-802.

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