Big Decisions – Dose of Durkin

There are specific times in your life when you reflect on where and when you made a BIG decision and how it specifically affected and altered your life. Let me explain…In the summer of 1997, I met a man named Michael King in Bay Head, NJ. Specifically, he was renting a house on 1 Mount Street, which is a beautiful…

How Do You Find ‘GREAT’ Trainers to Hire?

One of the most common questions I often get from fitness club and studio owners is this: “How do you find ‘GREAT’ trainers to hire?” My answer is inevitably the same: “You DON’T. There aren’t just ‘great’ trainers walking the streets looking for a position in your studio, club, box, or gym. Now that being said, I DO believe there…

7 things I loved about Sunday’s SD STRONG event!

This past Sunday was a memorable day in my career. Over 400 people gathered on the Scripps Ranch (San Diego) football field for a San Diego STRONG event. There was mist in the air, it was Memorial Day Weekend, and the energy was pulsating. There were so many highlights from the event but I would like to cover just a…

10 Highlights from my Trip “HOME”

For the first 18 years of my life, Brick NJ was “home.” It is where I grew up. It is my “Roots.” I have fond memories from my childhood growing up in this blue-collar, predominately middle-class community. Between school, sports, and tons of great people, it truly is one of the more unique and special places to grow up in…

Standing on Top of the Opportunity Tower

Goose bumps. Every time I see the footage of me getting back in the game, it fires me up. I remember the feeling of pure euphoria from that night. I remember raising my arms up in the air and screaming, “DRAGO, I DID IT!!!!!” from the top of the tower.   That was in honor of Rocky IV when Rocky…

Don’t Forget Who YOU Are

OMG. Pandemonium. Euphoria. Shock the world. Carpe Diem. David vs. Goliath. #MiracleInTheTower Were you as shocked as me last night when I stunned the “outside” world and pulled off one of the biggest upsets of my entire career? I can honestly say what you saw last night was one of my top “sports highlights” in my entire athletic career. It…

Miracle in the Tower

“Great moments were born from great opportunity. 9 times out of 10 we wouldn’t beat them…not tonight. Not tonight. Tonight is our night.” — Herb Brooks Head Coach, 1980 US Hockey Team & Olympic Gold Medal Champions Happy Thursday. GAME-DAY BABY!!!! You have read my emails this week…. Carpe Diem Opportunity Exists David vs. Goliath Snap the Band Today, will…

Comeback Challenge — I Was Beating Myself Up!

Looking back to when I was filming STRONG, I remember getting that phone call from executive producer Dave Broome that he needed me back on set to compete in a “Comeback Challenge.” I also remember getting back in the car to head back to Malibu to compete to get back in the game. And here was my self-talk and mindset:…

Carpe Diem

In the movie Dead Poets Society there is a well-known quote that English teacher John Keating (Robin Williams) says, “CARPE DIEM.” In translation, that means “seize the day” or “seize the moment.” At the end of STRONG this past week, I walked back on set and Gabby said, “All eliminated trainers and trainees will have the OPPORTUNITY to earn their…

My Life Documentary

One of my sayings I coined many years ago was “Live a Life Worth Telling a Story About… What’s Your Story?” I believe ALL of us have greatness within. I believe we ALL have MORE strength & power within us than we think. I believe all of us can DREAM bigger and create way more IMPACT than we can possibly…