Todd Durkin doesn't believe in shortcuts. He believes in finding an edge.
A shortcut implies a "magic bullet" that lets a person get what they want without actually putting in the work. But an edge is that little advantage that amplifies your hard work and gets you one percent better.
Over time, the edges add up.
"There are no shortcuts to any place that's worth going," says Durkin. "But I'm always searching for an edge. It comes down to—whether it's training, nutrition, supplementation—what're you going to do to create your edge?"
Durkin is one of the world's premier performance coaches thanks to his ability to help athletes of all ages and skill levels find an edge. His gym, Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, California, is regularly named one of the best in America. His client list includes NFL MVPs and Olympic Gold Medalists. Some trainers think their job is over as soon as an athlete leaves the gym, but Durkin knows it's what they do during the other 160 hours a week that either sets them apart or slows them down. Perhaps his biggest concern is what they're putting into their body.
"It starts with great nutrition. You have to eat right first," says Durkin.
His nine most powerful nutrition tips include drinking half your body weight in fluid ounces of water a day as well as following a motto of "the fewer legs, the better" when it comes to protein. One of the biggest mistakes he sees when it comes to supplementation is athletes (particularly young athletes) who try to use it as a shortcut to cover up for a poor diet. But when you're eating right, Durkin believes smart supplementation can be exactly what you need to gain an edge.
"When you eat right, that's 90 percent of the game. But there's another 10 percent. That 10 percent can separate good from great, average and mediocrity from excellence and extraordinary," says Durkin.
Durkin is naturally skeptical of most supplements, as he's seen too many athletes buy in to products that contain ineffective, low-quality ingredients. However, there are a select few he firmly believes in.
One of them? CarnoSyn® beta-alanine.
"CarnoSyn® beta-alanine is one of the staple supplements I recommend to all my athletes to make sure they're putting the right stuff in their body," says Durkin.
CarnoSyn® delivers a high-quality form of beta-alanine, a naturally occurring beta amino acid that's essential for the synthesis of muscle carnosine. The more efficiently you synthesize muscle carnosine, the longer your body can delay the onset of muscle fatigue and muscle failure. Dosing 3.2-6.4 grams of CarnoSyn® every day has been scientifically proven to build more muscle faster, extend muscular endurance and enhance muscle recovery. It's also free of any banned substances, making it a safe pick for athletes from high school to pro.
"You can't mess around with stuff that's not going to work or something that's banned," Durkin says. "Ultimately, you're looking for that extra one percent. CarnoSyn® beta-alanine is going to help you become stronger, faster—all your hard work paying off, that's the bottom line. All my athletes take it, I take it…If you're a fitness enthusiast, a weekend warrior or an athlete who's seeking the highest performance, CarnoSyn® beta-alanine has to be a staple in your toolbox."
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