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…

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…