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Barefooters, Male, 42, from Colorado Springs, Colorado
Studying for the National Academy of Sports Medicine exam, but wishing I was running barefoot somewhere. #barefoot4totalbody #barefoot4life May 12, 2015
- Brandon Longcrier was last seen:
- Mar 8, 2016
- Jul 3, 1977 (Age: 42)
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- Colorado Springs, Colorado
I'm a husband, father, and I spent from 1995 to 2014 in the United States Air Force. After retiring from the USAF, I decided I no longer wanted to work in the field I had worked in my entire adult life. So instead of electronics, radios, satellite dishes, etc..., I decided to become a personal trainer.
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I started school at the National Personal Training Institute of Colorado, Colorado Springs in September of 2014. I graduated there on 25 April 2015. With the training I received, I decided to start my own fitness business out of my home. The business is called "Forces of Nature Fitness" and is centered around "Barefoot Training for Total Body Fitness". I've set my garage up specifically for barefoot training, with a sandpit taking up the majority of one side. You can see what I'm talking about on the Forces of Nature Fitness Facebook page.
I'll take the National Academy of Sports Medicine exam on 14 May 2015. Once I have that, I'll be able to start training people in my barefoot fitness facility. In addition to the personal training, I also decided that massage therapy would go well with barefoot fitness. So I'm currently scheduled to start an 850 hour (yearlong) massage program on 14 July 2015. I still plan to train people while going to school, but I won't have my grand opening until I graduate from massage school in June of 2016.
I started going barefoot back in November of 2012 after battling over a year with chronic pain in the tops of my feet. The doctors just threw drugs at me, so I started doing research on my own. I started coming across articles and online groups where people were talking about going barefoot as much as possible; and that being a way that many got rid of pain in the body from the feet up. So I finally decided to give it a try and in November of 2012 I started going barefoot a lot. I was a true "barefooter" there for a while. I would go everywhere barefoot. The pain went away in about two weeks, so I was hooked.
I started slowly building myself up to running barefoot in the Spring and Summer of 2013. I was starting to get pretty good, but then I had to have shoulder surgery in September of 2013. I thought I'd be up and at least running again shortly after the surgery, but boy was I wrong. Recovery for the shoulder took about 9 months. I was still feeling the affects of the surgery when I started personal trainer school in September of 2014.
I had started running barefoot over the Summer of 2014, but my shoulder prevented me from moving my arm through its full range of motion. So needless to say, it's been a slow process for me and getting into barefoot running. I run barefoot now on a regular basis and will continue to do so as long as the weather allows. Winter can be challenging for me. I'm from Alabama and even though I've been away from home for a long time, I just don't like that cold.
My barefoot running goals: Longer distances, Faster, Ankle Strengthening (I have some ideas for how to do this), Running in colder temperatures, ......
R. Brandon Longcrier
MSgt, U.S. Air Force (Retired)