I love training clients with that “competitive fire” inside. They are there at the gym with you for a reason. They are there to reach a particular goal. They are there to get better.

I believe this should be true of every client; from a high level professional athlete, to the 65-year old who wants to keep up with her grandkids, to everyone in between. They should have a goal because goals are what drive us.

If a client is at the gym to move their legs on the recumbent bike while they text on their phone, watch the latest episode of “Housewives” on the attached TV, and chat with their “training partner” about the cute guy doing curls in front of the mirror, then I don’t want that person as a client. They are wasting both their time and mine.

Training Combat Athletes

One of the reasons I love working with professional athletes is because of their strong will. They know that if they work hard in the gym, it will pay tremendous dividends in the next match or tournament. Phil Davis is an example of why I love my job. I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of his last few training camps at the Alliance Training Center. He is, hands down, one of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever known. Aside from his passion for donuts and the occasional strudel, he is a great client to work with. He is dedicated, follows instruction, and has an unbelievable motivation to be the best at what he does. This is the work ethic and determination I strive to get out of every client I work with.

Below is a piece on our strength and conditioning that was featured in UFC Magazine. These are just a few of the things that Phil does to get better everyday.


Regardless, of your occupation, age, gender, or background; create your game-plan, set it in motion, and “train like a fighter” until you accomplish that goal!


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.

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