Top 10 Memories in 20 Years of Business

I remember starting my business, Fitness Quest 10, exactly twenty-years ago (Jan 1, 2000). I had no clients, no money, and no business plan. And I was scared as heck. A LOT has happened in 20-years and I’ve learned a ton of lessons. In today’s episode, I look back over the past 20-years and recall some of my most vivid memories, experiences, and moments that helped shape who we are today and where we are going in the next decade.

I hope you enjoy today’s episode as much as I had fun recording it. I laughed, smiled, and even cried thinking about some of the people, moments, experiences, and lessons from the past 20-years. 

As you go hard-charging into 2020, I encourage you to carve out time to listen in and enjoy some of the memories and lessons from the past 20-years. I think you’re going to like it. Tune in now and let me know what you think. 

More on the Episode:

0:54- 20 Years Ago…
If you could understand where I was at, then!

4:09- My Top 10 Favorite Memories In 20-Years Of Fitness Quest 10 History

6:31- Memory #1: Opening Fitness Quest 10
A couple of machines and a boom box! What more could I need?

11:07- The Power Of Having Mentors Who Keep You On Track

12:58- The Turning-Point Moment
When I started to see that FQ10 was going to work…

15:04- What Made Me Different
“I only wanted to get paid if people were showing up.” (And be nice when they do.)

18:06- Memory #2: LaDainian Tomlinson
My first opportunity to train a professional athlete.

21:59- Words Of Affirmation From Julie Wilcox
Make people feel special.

22:36- Why I Didn’t Create An “Athlete-Only” Performance Gym
We’re all training for the same thing…

24:57- Divine Intervention
LT + Drew

27:25- Memory #3: Winning IDEA Personal Trainer Of The Year
Where my speaking career began.

32:20- When Celebratory Moments Happen
Include your people. Share special moments.

33:02- Memory #4: The Expansion
It’s not that I wanted to… it’s that we NEEDED to!

36:06- 7 Intentions
Coaching, mastermind, retail… whatever it took.

37:56- Lessons From The Growth
Trusting your gut, following signs, and getting creative.

41:14- Memory #5: Drew Brees Winning The Super Bowl After 2009 Season
I never was so proud. Destiny.

45:36- Memory #6: The Impact Body Plan Book
Years of being turned down, roadblocks, and the fight to publish!

53:51- Memory #7: The Durkin IMPACT Foundation
A 501c3 where 100% of proceeds go to athletes and families in need.

59:01- Memory #8- NBC STRONG
After a 9-year intention…

1:02:57- The Reality Of The Reality TV Experience
Lesson: never give up.

1:08:09- Memory #9: Jack Lalanne Award 2017
A true pioneer of his time… the most honorable award. And of course, the outfit. 🙂

1:11:01- Lesson From The Jack Lalanne Award
Hats off to those who’ve paved the way. How can we step up to the level of the legends?

1:12:20- Memory #10: The People
An all-encompassing memory- but the reason every single memory is special…

1:15:00- That One Time I Got Arrested (Almost)
Oooohh birthdays at Fitness Quest 10…

1:18:42- The Purpose Of This Episode
Blessed to have a place that people can call a second home.

1:19:46- Final Thoughts


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Todd Durkin, MA, is a world-renown trainer, coach, author and motivational keynote speaker who trains dozens of elite, high-profile NFL, MLB, and MMA athletes, including two Super Bowl MVPs, one NFL League MVP, Olympic gold medalists, Heisman Trophy winners, and MMA champions. Todd is a 2-Time Trainer of the Year, the 2017 Jack LaLanne Award recipient, the 2018 Canfitpro International Presenter of the Year, a member of the Under Armour Training Team, and a Top-100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness.

Todd was a featured trainer on the popular TV show, NBC STRONG, which is now airing on Netflix. His award-winning gym, Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, is a Top-10 Gym in America, and his 3 best-selling books, Get Your Mind Right, The WOW BOOK, and The IMPACT Body Plan, have both changed thousands of people’s lives. If you would like to get motivated and inspired now, you can pick these books up at, or if you would like a signed copy, please purchase at
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