Do You Want To Play?

I hope you are doing fantastic.  I just got back from the field where I was training some of our NFL guys and boy did I have fun!  I had LaDanian Tomlinson (RB, Jets,–wow, does that sound weird), Charles “Peanut” Tillman (CB, Bears), and Malcolm Floyd (WR, Chargers) out there amongst some of our other young upcoming stars.  What I really love about going to the field and doing “field work” with these guys is we get to “play.”  Not only do I put them through a bunch of agility drills and football drills, I get to throw to them and see if this ole’ QB still has it in him.  Man, did I have fun throwing deep routes to Malcom and hitting LT out of the backfield.  I love my job and I love when I get to go out to the field and “play!”

I share this with you because I want to make sure you are “playing” in your life also.  I say it in our workouts all the time with our clients:  “Make sure you are playing today!  Work hard, loosen up, have some fun, and play. Think of this as your playground and for the next 45 minutes, PLAY!”

My friends, somewhere along the line, we have lost the element of “play.”   As kids, we used to play all the time.  I have to admit, I used to love dodgeball and tag.  Nowadays, our lives are so structured and rigid that we rarely just loosen up and play.

My encouragement to you is to think of your workouts as “play-time.”  It is sacred time to relax, enjoy, burn stress, smile, and have fun.  And while you may not have dodgeballs being thrown at your face or be on a field re-living your glory days, if nothing else, approach your workouts as “Play-time” and have some fun.

Speaking of “fun,” I am currently in a year-long “Coaching Program” with a man named Robin Sharma.  He is the best-selling author of “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” and “The Greatness Guide,” amongst others.   He recently shared an exercise called “The 8 Forms of Wealth” that I would like to share with you.  See the video below to listen to the short clip on these “8 Forms of Wealth.”

Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, is a personal trainer and massage therapist who motivates, educates, and inspires people world-wide. He is the owner of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, where his wonderful team focuses on personal training, massage therapy, Pilates, yoga, sports performance training, and nutrition to help transform people’s bodies, minds, and spirits. Todd trains dozens of NFL & MLB baseball athletes and provides motivational talks and programs to companies and conferences world-wide. Additionally, Todd is the Head of the Under Armour Performance Training Council. He has appeared in 60 Minutes, on ESPN, the NFL Network, and been featured in Sports Illustrated, Business Week, Prevention, ESPN the Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, Stack Magazine, Self, Shape, Fitness, and the NY Times and Washington Post. Todd is the author of 27 DVD’s on strength & conditioning, functional fitness, massage/bodywork, and business/personal growth. You can sign up for his FREE award-winning Ezine newsletter, the “TD TIMES”, at www.FitnessQuest10.com or www.ToddDurkin.com.

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I hope you are doing fantastic.  I just got back from the field where I was training some of our NFL guys and boy did I have fun!  I had LaDanian Tomlinson (RB, Jets,–wow, does that sound weird), Charles “Peanut” Tillman (CB, Bears), and Malcolm Floyd (WR, Chargers) out there amongst some of our other young upcoming stars.  What I really love about going to the field and doing “field work” with these guys is we get to “play.”  Not only do I put them through a bunch of agility drills and football drills, I get to throw to them and see if this ole’ QB still has it in him.  Man, did I have fun throwing deep routes to Malcom and hitting LT out of the backfield.  I love my job and I love when I get to go out to the field and “play!”
I share this with you because I want to make sure you are “playing” in your life also.  I say it in our workouts all the time with our clients:  “Make sure you are playing today!  Work hard, loosen up, have some fun, and play. Think of this as your playground and for the next 45 minutes, PLAY!”
My friends, somewhere along the line, we have lost the element of “play.”   As kids, we used to play all the time.  I have to admit, I used to love dodgeball and tag.  Nowadays, our lives are so structured and rigid that we rarely just loosen up and play.
My encouragement to you is to think of your workouts as “play-time.”  It is sacred time to relax, enjoy, burn stress, smile, and have fun.  And while you may not have dodgeballs being thrown at your face or be on a field re-living your glory days, if nothing else, approach your workouts as “Play-time” and have some fun.

Speaking of “fun,” I am currently in a year-long “Coaching Program” with a man named Robin Sharma.  He is the best-selling author of “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” and “The Greatness Guide,” amongst others.   He recently shared an exercise called “The 8 Forms of Wealth” that I would like to share with you.  See the video below to listen to the short clip on these “8 Forms of Wealth.”

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How To Get Faster and Stronger

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How Random Are You

Sean Croxton, Host of Underground Wellness TV and Owner of Underground Wellness has issued a challenge… It’s called The Totally Random X Challenge.  Sean is looking for the most random places you can use your TRX Suspension Trainer!

Film your random place where you use the TRX and submit your videos to vids@undergroundwellness.tv.  The Totally Random X Challenge ends June 15, 2010.

WEEKLY PRIZE: Each week, we will choose a winner and post your video on the Underground Wellness TV site and the UW YouTube channel. Winners will also receive TWO free TRX DVDs from Todd Durkin, Owner of Fitness Quest 10, and a t-shirt.

GRAND PRIZE: Our favorite video at the conclusion of the contest will receive a month of diet and lifestyle coaching with Sean Croxton!

Let’s See How Random You Are!

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“Have You Lost That Loving Feeling?” by Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS

Do you remember the movie, Top Gun?  It’s one of my all-time favorites (besides Rocky, of course), full of action, passion and love. There is a scene near the beginning when Maverick and Goose pick up Charlie (played by Kelly McGillis) in a bar by singing, “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling.”  The energy and sparkle in that scene was awesome – a reminder to all of us of the importance of keeping the spark and the sizzle in all that we do. 

Have you lost that loving feeling?  What could be worse than living without passion and purpose in your life?  Do you need to put some sizzle back into your workouts, your work life, your relationships and daily living?  When you think about it, we spend our entire adult lives creating the problem.  Just look at what we’ve done: we labor for years (if not decades) establishing our careers, we admire and emulate those with a stable home life, we lock in our workout schedule so we won’t wiggle out of it, we work to create lifelong relationships with family, friends and other loved ones.  Established, stable, locked-in, lifelong – Yikes!  How about some snap, crackle and pop! 

All this effort to build a box around you… and then what?  Do you live happily ever after with your daily routines? NO! Most of us crave spark and sizzle.  We need fireworks every once in a while. One of our greatest challenges is learning how to build only enough “box” to create a sturdy and reliable foundation. 

Just don’t close yourself in! My goal with this article is to share with you some tips for how to “keep the fire burning” and balance your need for stability and routine with lifelong passion, energy and joy to keep that loving feeling alive!

• Focus on your physical health. There is a saying that goes, “When you look good, you play good.”  Invest 20 minutes minimal in your physical conditioning everyday and it will go a long way to create the body’s natural high through the release of endorphins. Mix it up this summer.  Take a surfing lesson with your kids, go kayaking, vacation in a big city and walk everywhere you go. Work with a trainer a few times a week to mix up the routine, do yoga on the beach, explore the bike paths in your city… Go outside and get outside the box!

• Take a sabbatical from routines.  Pick an area of your life that’s lost its spark and shake things up.  The opportunities are endless: pull the plug on the TV, open your home to a foreign exchange student, cancel the resort in Hawaii and go camping or rent an RV, vacation in a tree house (no kidding, you can do this in Oregon), join an organic produce co-op, train for your first triathlon, challenge yourself to an hour of physical activity five or six days a week.  Pick something and start today!

• Put your career under the microscope. Does your career need a makeover? Risks aren’t only for the young. Whether the right risk for you is a job change, self-employment or a special project or partnership – Go For It! Stop isolating yourself in the corner office and rediscover the passion of your early career years. Reach out into the organization and surround yourself with new voices and ideas to challenge your thinking. Stop confusing critics with critical thinkers!

• Experience a little sensory overload.  Scoot a little closer to the edge and have some fun.  We have a new ballpark in San Diego, and one of the residential towers overlooking the park has a great party deck for owners and their guests to enjoy the San Diego Padres at play amidst beautiful downtown views.  The post-game fireworks show is sensational.  You’re not watching it; you’re in the middle of it! You’re so close; you feel like you could reach out and touch the spark and color.  Ride a roller coaster or a zip line, watch a scary movie, try a hot stone massage, attend an outdoor jazz festival, lie under the stars and hold hands with your special someone.  Light up your senses!

• Let “date night” recharge your relationship battery. Sunday afternoon in the park, Tuesday morning workout, Thursday night dinner and a movie… Whatever you choose, it’s amazing what a quiet meal without the kids, a simple night away, a long weekend, or just a walk on the beach can do for you. If you’re in the grind of working non-stop, it’s essential to give priority to your primary relationship. This is the last place you want to lose that loving feeling! Don’t go months on-end without having some quality time together.
 
 “Eat, Pray, Love” is an award-winning book by Elizabeth Gilbert that teaches about many aspects of life.  Most importantly, it teaches about the love of self.  Loving feelings start within you, making it absolutely essential to “put your oxygen mask on first.”  Take care of YOU before everything and everyone else. Only then, can you put the snap, crackle and pop into daily life.  Fireworks aren’t only for the 4th of July.  Blow the lid off your box and start FEELING THE LOVE TODAY!

Peace and love,

Todd

Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, is a personal trainer and massage therapist who motivates, educates, and inspires people world-wide.  He is the owner of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, where his wonderful team focuses on personal training, massage therapy, Pilates, yoga, sports performance training, and nutrition to help transform people’s bodies, minds, and spirits.  Todd trains dozens of NFL & MLB baseball athletes and provides motivational talks and programs to companies and conferences world-wide.  Additionally, Todd is the Head of the Under Armour Performance Training Council.  He has appeared in 60 Minutes, on ESPN, the NFL Network,  and been featured in Sports Illustrated, Business Week, Prevention, ESPN the Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, Stack Magazine, Self, Shape, Fitness, and the NY Times and Washington Post.  Todd is the author of 27 DVD’s on strength & conditioning, functional fitness, massage/bodywork, and business/personal growth.   You can sign up for his FREE award-winning Ezine newsletter, the “TD TIMES”, at www.FitnessQuest10.com or www.ToddDurkin.com.  
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Recession Proof Your Business The Ritz Carlton Way By Todd Durkin

Are you scared? Do you live in fear of a flattened economy? Do you feel you have to work harder than ever to just stay “even” with the past? I was discussing the down-turned economy with an extremely valued client the other day and we were talking about how difficult times often teach you many valuable lessons on how to tighten your systems, flush out the inefficiencies, and ultimately become more profitable in your business. As a gentleman who has seen several recessions in his 40+year business career, he believes that these downturns provide a lot of lessons that we can use in our business and our life that ultimately lead us to greater prosperity in the long run.

I agree and think that tough times force you to do several things: 1. Focus on our strengths & rely heavily on what you are “great” at 2. Be creative with how you attract, market, and run your business 3. Focus on creating great customer service that leads to “raving fans” and a unique culture.

I recently had the opportunity to stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Denver, Colorado, two times in the past two months. I never stayed at a Ritz before but was well aware of their impeccable image and legendary fabled customer service. Needless to say, not only did they not disappoint, they over-delivered. It got me thinking about my own business and the industry in which I which I belong. Being a personal trainer and business owner in the fitness industry for many years now, I asked myself the question, “Why don’t we create a ‘Ritz-Carlton’ experience in our training facilities? How do you create that same customer service experience in the fitness industry (or any industry for that matter) that the Ritz is legendary for?

I was intrigued by this so I got talking to one of the employees at the Ritz on one of my stays and I began asking him questions. One of the questions I asked him dealt with something I had heard about customer service: I heard that every Ritz-Carlton employee carries around a credo card with 12 customer service points that they memorize. Furthermore, I heard they recite one customer service point at 2 minute team meetings that are held each day. He conferred and said that yes it is true. I was flabbergasted and intrigued by this concept of getting together as a “team” every day and discussing for 2 minutes 1 point that was critical to their culture and brand. I loved the idea and this guy could tell I was very intrigued as my wheels were spinning. He pulled out his card from his wallet and proceeded to show it to me. I felt like I was looking at the Holy Grail as he showed me this laminated blue & white 3 fold card that was slightly faded. I was pumped to see it and tried to remember as much of the card as I could. I thanked him excitedly and really was happy just to see that.

This is where the story gets even better. Not 10 minutes later, the door knocks in my beautiful hotel room. Room service was delivering me THE RITZ-CARLTON CREDO CARD that I had just seen for me to keep. I was so pumped that I couldn’t wait to hop on that comfy bed and start learning more about what makes this company tick.

This is what it read:

The Ritz-Carlton

Motto: “We are Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen.”

Employee Promise: At the Ritz-Carlton, our Ladies and Gentlemen are the most important resource in our service commitment to our guests.

By applying the principles of trust, honesty, respect, integrity and commitment, we nurture and maximize talent to the benefit of each individual and the company.

The Ritz-Carlton fosters a work environment where diversity is valued, quality of life is enhanced, individual aspirations are fulfilled, and The Ritz-Carlton Mystique is strengthened.

Credo: The Ritz-Carlton is a place where the genuine care and comfort of our guests is our highest mission.

We pledge to provide the finest personal service and facilities for our guests who will always enjoy a warm, relaxed, yet refined ambiance.

The Ritz-Carlton experience enlivens the senses, instills well-being, and fulfills even the unexpressed wishes and needs of our guests.

Three Steps of Service:

1. A warm and sincere greeting. Use the guest’s name

2. Anticipation and fulfillment of each guest’s needs

3. Fond farewell. Give a warm good-bye and use the guest’s name

Service Values:I AM PROUD TO BE RITZ-CARLTON

  1. I build strong relationships and create Ritz-Carlton guests for life.
  2. I am always responsive to the expressed and unexpressed wishes and needs of our guests.
  3. I am empowered to create unique, memorable and personal experiences for our guests.
  4. I understand my role in achieving the Key Success Factors, embracing Community Footprints and creating The Ritz-Carlton Mystique.
  5. I continuously seek opportunities to innovate and improve The Ritz-Carlton experience.
  6. I own and immediately resolve problems.
  7. I create a work environment of teamwork and lateral service so that the needs of our guests and each other are met.
  8. I have the opportunity to continuously learn and grow.
  9. I am involved in the planning of the work that affects me.
  10. I am proud of my professional appearance, language, and behavior.
  11. I protect the privacy and security of our guests, my fellow employees and the company’s confidential information and assets.
  12. I am responsible for uncompromising levels of cleanliness and creating a safe and accident-free environment.

If you are stuck in your business, looking to get ahead, and you are looking to create loyal, raving fans, start with creating a culture that is special. The Ritz-Carlton is an example of that. It starts with your team. Your team than passes on the culture to each and every client. Establish the systems, teach the systems, reinforce the systems, and allow your culture to be one that is “Ritz-Carlton-esque”.

ACTION STEP: If you are a business owner, a manager, or you lead people, write out your customer service values just like the Ritz-Carlton has. Then, communicate them to your staff and continually teach them and reinforce them. If you want to take it a step further, put it on to a card to be laminated and placed in your wallet along with any teammates. My challenge to you is to set a deadline and get this done as soon as you can. It could mean the difference between success or failure in your business.

Todd Durkin is an internationally-recognized personal trainer and strength & conditioning coach. He owns Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, where he and his 33 employees conduct personal training, massage therapy, Pilates, yoga, and sports conditioning. Todd also is the President/CEO of Todd Durkin Enterprises where he conducts motivational talks, educational conferences, Boot Camp Teambuilding events, and presents internationally on health, fitness, and success in life. He is a 2 Time Personal Trainer of the Year, Head of the Under Armour Performance Training Council, and has appeared on and in programs such as 60 Minutes, Business Week, Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine. He works with athletes such as NFL Superstars LaDainian Tomlinson, Drew Brees, and Kellen Winslow, Jr. He has been doing massage therapy and bodywork since 1995 and created his products because of the demand for personal trainers and strength & conditioning coaches to learn more about “hands-on” work.

Additionally, Todd conducts motivational & educational workshops to people across the globe. To learn more about his programs or to sign up for his free newsletter, you can go to www.FitnessQuest10.com or www.ToddDurkin.com. You can email him at durkin@fitnessquest10.com This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

SportsForce advice on How to Maximize Your College Recruiting Exposure Part II

The GAME has changed! The fact is, the college recruiting process has changed dramatically over the last 10 years and understanding how to play the game that is the recruiting process is extremely important.

The college recruiting process is often misunderstood by many parents, student-athletes, coaches, and fans. Are you a parent of a high school student-athlete who is asking yourself “How do I maximize my son or daughters’ recruiting exposure to college coaches?” If so, you are not alone. This is a very common issue across the country that we, at SportsForce, often help student-athletes and families proactively address.

In this article you will learn how to introduce yourself to a college coach, what type of recruiting events to consider, and how video and the Internet are radically changing the recruiting process.

Step 4: Get Evaluation In-Person: Target Key Recruiting Events

–         Identify key recruiting tournaments that some of your target colleges will attend

–         Email coaches your online profile link, team name, schedule, and jersey # before the showcase to make sure you are evaluated

–         Attend college camps for specific exposure to that college’s program

Step 5: Get Quality Video, Online Profile, & Share

–         College coaches don’t have the time to see every player so video is key

–         Create a custom highlight video to showcase your skills (3 – 5 min. long)

–         Create an online profile with your athletic, academic, and recruiting information

Some example SportsForce profiles below:

–         Girls Lacrosse: http://www.sportsforceonline.com/athletes/jmills

–         Softball: http://www.sportsforceonline.com/athletes/mbradvica

–         Soccer: http://www.sportsforceonline.com/athletes/kdick

Here is an example profile and highlight video of one of our senior clients, Nick Melka, who recently committed to Columbia University to play football.  Nick and his family were proactive in the process and were able to maximize his exposure and generate significant interest from many of his top college choices.  Here’s a link to Nick’s profile–http:/www.sportsforceonlone.com/nmelka

To get more advanced recruiting tips, strategies, and advice, Click on the website below and sign up for our FREE complimentary SportsForce College Recruiting Guide. http://www.sportsforceonline.com/resources/resources_recruiting_recruiting_guide.html

Article courtesy of SportsForce, Home for professional College Sports Recruiting Profiles, Highlight Videos, Tips and Tools – www.sportsforceonline.com

SportsForce advice on How to Maximize Your College Recruiting Exposure Part II

By Andrew Beinbrink – CEO of SportsForce – www.sportsforceonline.com