Mentor Lesson #1: Why I Stopped Getting Mail From My Dad

When I was in college, email did not exist. Imagine that. So if you wanted to drop someone a note, you literally had to put it in the mail and it would get there a few days later. And every single day while I was at William & Mary in Va, for 3.5 years, I would get a hand-written letter…

My Biggest Problem in China…

Ni-hao, Last week, I was in Shanghai, China, to teach at a fitness conference and have my first ever 2-day Mentorship in China. It was an absolutely incredible experience. Except one thing. The biggest problem I had is when I landed in Shanghai, China, at 8 pm local time was that it felt like I had been hit over the…

How I REALLY feel about the election….

It’s kind of a weird feeling knowing we have a new President elected, huh? To be honest, I wasn’t overly excited about either one of our candidates going into the election. But hats off to Donald Trump and his team for defying all odds and squeaking out a win. If you’re an American, you love to compete. And you hate…

Best Adventure Day Ever!

Best Adventure Day Ever! The mountains move my soul. Getting up in the rarefied air of the mountains allows me to relax, think BIG, and feel WOW.  Well, I had the absolute BEST “Adventure” Day last week as I went mountain-biking in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff, Canada. The breath-taking views, snow-capped mountains, and backdrop was nothing short of…

Are you ever in a bad mood?

I hope you are having a “WOW” Wednesday. One of the questions I often get is “Are you ever in a bad mood?” My answer is “Of course. I just don’t let a bad mood or negative feelings permeate very long. I will do everything I can possibly do to shift any negative emotions or feelings.” If I’m feeling stress,…

Speechless at Ground Zero

I was in NYC a few days ago and did something I had not yet done; I went down to Ground Zero and visited the 911 Memorial. On the subway going there, I was anxious to see the Memorial they created to remember that fateful day when the World Trade Center went down and 2,996  people lost their lives and thousands…

Helmet Notes

My Dad started a tradition with me my first year in Pop Warner football. It happened just before my first game against St Joseph’s (NJ) when I was in the 6th grade. As I went to put on my helmet before the game, a handwritten note dropped out of my helmet. I looked at the note and it said: “I’ll…

Mindset of a Champion – Dose of Durkin

I just wrapped one of the busiest times of my year. June and July are crazy because I’m prepping my NFL athletes for training camp and the upcoming football season. And I LOVE IT!!! The guys all departed for Training Camp within the last few days and the groundwork has been laid for what should culminate in some tremendous performances…

IDEA World – Invest in Yourself

IDEA World Was Off The Hook Good morning!!! I just got back from LA where I was teaching at the IDEA World Fitness Conference. Over 14,000 fitness pros from over 60 countries present. It was absolutely insane energy. One of my favorite parts of these conferences is connecting with so many colleagues and seeing and meeting both new and familiar…

40 Marines Working Out — Dose of Durkin

I have been teaching “Boot Camp” for about 18 years now. And every time I teach it, I LOVE it. Whether it be fitness enthusiasts, weekend warriors, kids, teams…or Marines! Yes sir. One…two…three…four…United States Marine Corps. I had the awesome opportunity to lead about 40 Marines and sailors through a Boot Camp workout this past weekend at the MLB All-Star…