Prison, Pushups, & PURPOSE | The Story of Travis Barnes

You have heard me say “Live a Life Worth Telling a Story About” a thousand times. Today, you will hear me talk with Travis Barnes, who has one heckuva story. Travis grew up in a broken home, was incarcerated at the age of 18 for a decade, and lived in a FEMA trailer when he decided to start a fitness franchise. Since that time, he has grown Journey 333 to multiple locations, has become an author sharing his journey, and is a keynote speaker both in and out of the fitness industry.

In today’s episode, we discuss:

  • How he got incarcerated and spent a decade in prison.
  • How he went from spiritual suicide to franchise owner. 
  • How Todd & Travis met and what drew Travis to working with Todd closer in his “Power of 10” Mastermind Group.
  • Advice to parents who have kids facing adversity.
  • How Wayne Dyer has impacted Travis.
  • What Journey 333 looks like today and wisdom that Travis recommends to any fitness pro fighting in the midst of this pandemic.
  • Travis spittin’ fire!

My friends, this episode is full of great wisdom and soul, and you will see what a man of IMPACT Travis Barnes is. If you find this episode inspiring, please share it with all your friends, family, and community. Please tag us on your social media and I can return some love. 

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More on the episode:

2:04 – Meet Travis Barnes and hear about the adversity he has overcome. 

6:10 – Incarcerated for a Decade.
You don’t go through anything significant unless it’s to be a benefit to someone else.

9:24 – Broken Home, Jail, to Traveling Trainer

13:47 – Spiritual Suicide led to Franchise Owner 
Travis shares how he went from traveling trainer to franchise owner.

15:35 – Soul to Soul
How Travis met Todd back in 2011

22:24 – How adversity changed Travis to be the Man, Father, and Husband he is today.
It brought me closer to the man I am today

23:21 – Joy is in Helping Others
Speaking, Coaching, Helping people overcome adversity, Writing

24:39 – Advice to Parents with Kids Facing Adversity
Kids have emotional needs. Love connection – show them your heart. Get help if they need it.

31:10 – Wisdom for Kids on How to Treat Parents.
Our actions are not our own. Actions have the most impact on those we love the most.

35:00 – Travis shares his top lessons from Wayne Dyer’s books…and deep thoughts.
Changed his relationship with God. “If all we are is what we have, what happens when we lose what we have; do we lose who we are?”. We are not what we do. If you have to change what you do, that’s not who you are. You are not what you have. You are not separate.

44:00 – Journey 333 – What does it look like in 2021?
More training options. Virtual options continue. Continue to Franchise. Put the personal in group training.  

48:38 – Who is your Ideal Journey 333 franchise prospect?
All in, WIT – Whatever it takes, Community Builder, Overcomers

51:20 – 2-Minute Drill.
No matter what you’re going through, I GET YOU! If you change the way you look at things, things will change. Live inspired and be in spirit.

53:40 – Close – Be sure to follow Travis

Website –
Email: –
Books:  Found on Amazon

  • Journey Fitness 
  • 52 Amazing Journeys

Podcast: The Overcomer

About Travis Barnes:

Before Travis Barnes became a best-selling author, international presenter, founder, and franchisor of Journey Fitness 333, he spent a decade of his life in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. Upon returning home to his wife and daughter, he worked hard to buy them a home of their own only to have it flooded to the second floor. Travis Barnes began his fitness franchise while on an unemployment check and living in a FEMA trailer. Simply put, Travis Barnes is an overcomer, and it is his passion to help others overcome adversity and live their dreams.

Travis has been mentored by Todd Durkin for 9-years and has been an active participant in the Todd Durkin Mastermind and his “Power of 10” group for the last 6-years. Travis has spoken at IDEA, Perform Better, SCW, Filex, and the TD 3.5 Mentorship Program. Additionally, Travis has keynoted to many businesses and conferences outside of fitness.

He can be reached at

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