As a 25 year-old quarterback playing football overseas in France, I suffered a devastating back injury that left me motionless on a football field in Aix-en-Provence, France.
I remember lying there on the field that Saturday afternoon looking up at a beautiful blue sky with 3 white clouds off to the left, thinking to myself that I was in big trouble. I could not move my limbs. I felt excruciating pain. And I was scared.
The diagnosis was 3 herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative back disease.
For weeks, I had nurses coming to my condo in Cannes, France shooting me up with pain-killers. I was taking Vicodin. I was taking Voltarin. Getting shots of Toradol. Epidural shots into the discs. You name it… I did it.
And nothing was working.
I went on a journey to heal my own pain. Despite the doctor telling me that I needed surgery, I wanted to exhaust EVERY option before undergoing the knife.
And that’s when my journey of healing really began. For many months that turned into several years, I sought out many different experts to try and get help—doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, energy workers, healers, Shamans…. Heck, you name it, I tried it.
If you’ve ever been in pain, you know what I mean. You will do ANYTHING to get out of pain.
And for 5 years, that’s what I did. My focus became solely on trying to heal myself. Without surgery.
And during that time, many things changed.
My dream changed.
My vision changed.
My life changed.
I eventually healed my back pain. Got off Vicodin. Never had surgery. I established a functional-fitness routine to stave off weakness and tightness and enhance mobility and flexibility of my hips and back.
And I restored my health & fitness. And more importantly, I restored my LIFE.
Many of those same people who helped me get out of pain became my mentors.
I got ignited with more passion than ever to share my knowledge and help people out of pain. And to help them improve their performance.
So despite no money, no clients, and no business plan (after all, I had spent the last 5 years trying to heal myself), I started my business.
Fitness Quest 10 Opens
In January 2000, I founded Fitness Quest 10 in Scripps Ranch, San Diego. It was a 2,000 square foot space with very little equipment, carpet on the floor, and nothing real fancy.
But I had a ton of passion and enthusiasm to help people achieve their goals. Sometimes it dealt with helping people lose weight. Sometimes it had to do with helping them out of pain. And sometimes it had to do with helping their fitness or sports performance.
My dream was to share all my lessons from my back injury and healing, and couple it with high-level functional fitness and sports performance training for people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and levels.
I wanted to gear Fitness Quest 10 towards fitness enthusiasts whose bodies needed to restore good health & proper functioning.
I wanted to work with athletes. Athletes of all ages and levels.
I wanted to work with kids.
I wanted to work with seniors, where I could apply my “functional fitness” principles learned while on my journey to help one’s balance, core strength, and overall functioning.
Heck, I wanted to help ALL people who had the will and desire to feel and function at their absolute best.
So literally on pure passion and sheer determination, I set out to “change the world one person at a time.”
Fitness Quest 10 Today
Fast forward to today. We have grown to an incredible team of 38 experts that helps us deliver one of the most extraordinary fitness experiences on the planet. Literally.
Maybe you need more motivation.
Maybe you need more accountability.
Maybe you need more know-how.
Or maybe you need to get out of pain…
Or get stronger, lose fat and inches, and feel better…
Or you need to decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol, and burn off stress…
Or you need to improve your flexibility and improve the functioning of your body.
Or maybe you are an athlete or “weekend warrior” and you want to compete at your highest level.
I can promise you one thing: I GUARANTEE you will have one of the most amazing experiences with our world-class team as we do everything possible to fulfill your goals and get you your stated health, fitness and performance goals.
We know your selection of services depends on many things: your goals, budget, and level of commitment. I invite you to come in for a complimentary consultation and see how my team & I can help you restore the most amazing asset all of us have: our HEALTH.
You can call us or come in and visit us and get a tour of our world-class environment.
Here is what I learned from my back injury, which ultimately ended up being one of the biggest blessings in my life:
We are all on a journey. Sometimes that journey isn’t always as smooth as we plan it or envision it. Heck, sometimes it’s completely different than we envision it.
But with discipline to best practices, a positive attitude, surrounding yourself with the right people/team, unwavering faith despite fear, and embracing the curveballs that life throws at you, sometimes those curveballs turn out to be blessings and take you down a path to even deeper fulfillment and enlightenment.
It is my hope and intention that whatever your goals are and wherever you are today, that you can immerse yourself in a positive environment like Fitness Quest 10 to get the most out of your health, fitness, performance, and LIFE.
Each of us has a life worth telling a story about. My team & I look forward to helping you on your journey to creating the BEST life you can imagine.
Much love and much IMPACT!