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Visiting Anytime Fitness Corporate Office

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Visiting Anytime Fitness Corporate Office

Anytime Fitness Tour Bus!

On our way through Minnesota we stopped by Anytime Fitness Corporate and met up with Mark Daly and our sponsor and club owner Natalie Betts. When arrived to Hastings, MN and we were greeted with smiles of amazement. Everyone was so curious why there was a thirty five by ten foot Anytime Fitness moving billboard parked in the visitor parking area. “We did not know we had an Anytime Fitness bus” many employers said.  Mike and Natalie  Betts helped us create a nationwide promotion of Anytime Fitness brand awareness wrapped in a tour bus.  The tour is linked with 2x World Champion Keith St. Onge’s Barefoot Tour, which also promotes my barefoot ski school in Winter Haven, FL  The World Barefoot Center.  Traveling the country spreading the word about health, eating right, and getting active has been a blast!  Follow the tour via  at Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour.

Keith St. Onge

The corporate offices of Anytime Fitness have the most phenomenal atmosphere!  Everyone was  upbeat, relaxed, an all around good vibe for happiness and health.  With bright colored walls and workout equipment made the offices feel like a true gym.  A special hallway is filled with news paper articles focusing on amazing Anytime Fitness gym goers with success stories.  The most memorable success story is when Jay Leno makes a big mistake on his show!  This success story is the major one that will hit home. Click here for story. It’s important to remember that no matter how much or how little you succeed at least you are doing something!  We applaud Susan Bock, keep it going girl!

We had to hit the road once again.  Anytime through us some personal swag and other gifts to hand out on the road.  We said our thank you’s and goodbyes and hit the pavement!

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Footin’ With Waterhawks Show Team Day 4

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Waterhawks day 4

Kat Peterson started us off for the day.  Kat worked on her deepwater starts with her main goal to make them behind the boat. From the 5ft line to the 10ft, next step is the long line!  We hope to see you at Women’s Barefoot Week down in Florida!

Controlling the Ride- Kat Peterson

Three Point Stance- Kat Peterson

Woo Hoooo Nice Job Kat!

Sam Hartmann had his mind set on learning this backdeep.  A couple years ago he had given it a few goes and now he has the barefooting bug!

Alex Starting to come up!

Alex Ready for a Backdeep!

Brother of Sam, Alex Hartmann also came out footing for the day.  Sam’s goal was to learn a deepwater start.  In just one day Sam went from the boom to shortline! Way to go brother!

Barefooting on the Boom - SamShortline!-Sam

Nick Sammerhays worked hard and it paid off!  Nick went from never ever trying barefooting before and he got up on his feet the first day!  An a total bonus Nick got up on the shoe skis on the shortline! Way to go!

BareFEET!- Nick Sammerhays

Jordan Kintzle learned everything FAST!  Jordan surprised us with quickly learning to get up on the shoe skis backwards and then later the same afternoon getting up on his feet! Keep it going Jordan!

Shoe Skiing Backwards- Jordan

Backwards Barefooting!- Jordan

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

KSO Barefooting Across America-PA

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

A little lake outside of Utica, PA is where the clinic was based.  The Ebbert’s have a wonderful set up for barefooting.  Cottages and trailers are parked along the shore close to the waters edge, boat lifts and docks are set up and the barefoot jump ramp is snuggled in for a great view.  The weather conditions were not the best but we were still able to get alot accomplished. Jumping was the main focus for Greg and Cody Ebbert.  The main goal is smoother landings behind the boat, just a few bad habits need to be worked out and it will be smooth sailing:) Getting ready for competiton this summer Diane Schaupp worked her line step postition behind the boat!! Awesome!  Geoff Hust is a solid skier, and worked his back cutouts on shoes and backwards line step postion and many hops down the lake.   Josh Heckman was having some troubles with his back to front and with just a little bit of instruction he was turning like nobody elses business! Tom Chatham has just begun his jumping career.  He worked on his positioning going over the jump on shoe skis on the 5ft rope.  Thank you to Lisa Ebbert and other ladies that provided wonderful meals for us!  They were delicious! Kyle Ebbert has a new found hobby is editing videos! Its awesome, check it out! Skiing with KSO Video

Group Shot

Thank you for a great clinic we look forward to spending more time with you!

Footing on the Mon River-Morgantown,WV

Monday, May 30th, 2011

The Mon river in Morgantown, West Virginia is a prestine place for footers to get there feet wet. Rarely will you see another boat, except for the coal barges that pass by every now and then. This mountianous area has tons of history but it is most well known for coal mining.  All along the river sits barges filled to the top with coal, it is amazing.

Ready for a Flyer?

Coal Plant on the River

Footers Ready to Hit the Water!

The barefoot clinic organizer Neil O’hara hosted a spectactular clinic. Great boats, sites, even Channel 12 News covered the event and did a story on the Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour with Keith St. Onge. Neil has a love for the water, when he gets out there the smile on his face says it all. Barefooting is addicting as many of you know, Neil is making an effort to promote the sport of barefoot waterskiing in the community. We applaude his enthusiasm and are happy to be included in his efforts. A big thank you to Neil for your hospitality and organization.

Front Toe Hold- Neil O'Hara

After: Keith Tweaked his position!

Before:Keith Tweeked his Position

Barefooter Neil O'hara

Unfortunately work comes before play. John Boyd works in the coal mines and was called in early in the AM on the first clinic day. Even though John was not able to make it out he was kind enough to let us use his boat for the clinc. Thank you for kindness, we appreciate it.

Barges Full of Coal

Heather Towers footer, mother, and all around great person. Heather’s upbeat personality keeps her working hard for more in the barefoot world. Working on barefoot surface turns is extremely difficult and time consuming, Heather takes one day at a time. Before we know it Heather will be spinning like a top on the water. Keep it up, we are rooting for you!

The Amazing Barefooter- Heather Towers

Barefoot Turns- Heather Towers

Does this Helmet have Goggles? :)

He didn’t compete last year but Kevin Towers is getting back into the barefoot world and plans on competeing in the 2012 Worlds Championships, Waco, Texas. Kevin has a love for music, his boat is decked out with speakers galore. It has been tested and proven that behind his boat a barefooter can hear the music from the boat clear as day, and we thought only wakeboarders did that. Kevin has a natural talent and drive that will allow him to succeed greatly. Keep your eyes open for Kevin’s posted scores this next year.

Front Wakes- Kevin Towers

Listen to Tunes and Foot

Kevin and Heather Towers

Cody Ebbert is a frequent visitor of the World Barefoot Center down in Winter Haven, Florida. His competing scores have sky rocketed from all of his hard work and tailored training. Turns are not a problem for Cody, he has smooth turns, now he is moving on to toe turns:) Cody is motivated and we look forward to seeing what scores he posts this summer.

Front Slalom- Cody Ebbert

Toe Turn-Cody Ebbert

Does Hair Sticking Out Make You Better?

Cody’s father Greg Ebbert, what a joy to have in the boat; Greg kept us laughing the whole day. Greg has been a barefoot enthusiast for years. For being so early in the season Greg is skiing extremely well. This summer we are cheering him on to complete all four turns behind the boat!

Driving the Boat

Front to Back-Greg Ebbert

Female footers are sometimes hard to come by but Diane has her head in the game and goes footing with the boys. Ski partners Greg and Cody encourage Diane to keep it. Last year was the first time Diane competeted, since then she has learned boat loads:) We hope to see you at the WBC Women’s Week in November. Click here for more info on Women’s Week http://www.worldbarefootcenter.com/barefootblog/category/womens-barefoot-week

Back One Foot- Diane

Keith Coaching Diane on Backwards Position

Did your college professor barefoot waterski? Mike Strager is a professor at West Virginia University and has a passion for footing! Thats cool! Mike has the right idea, work in the winter and ski all summer long, thats the life. Focusing on following the correct steps to advance is a main goal of Mike’s and we applaud him for that. As funny as it may sound its not everyday that someone wants to learn baby steps and not jump to the extreme stuff right away. Mike is on the right track and he hope that he follows his plans and enters a tournament this summer! Go Mike!

One Foot One Hand- Mike

Proffessor Mike

Front Toe Hold- Mike

Kris joined the barefooting world this week. We are happy to share this common addiction of barefooting with you. Kris worked from the WBC shoe skis on the boom, then to his feet, and he ended the day with a front deep on the shortline. Great progress, way to go Kris!!!

Kris barefooting on the boom! Woo Hoo!

Neil, Kris and Keith St. Onge

Kris Shoe Skiing on the Shortline

Zack Dell 11 years old, puts his feet in the waters for the first time!  We started Zack out on the swing and he surpassed it quickly.  With a smile on his face he proceeded to the boom on his barefeet and did great.  Keep practicing and next summer we can teach you a few tricks:)

Zack our Newest Barefooter!

Zack Barefooting on his BAREFEET!