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How to Waste Six Months

The way I got started with Barefoot Fitness taught me an important lesson: How to waste six months. 

I didn’t just hear about Barefoot and then start right away the next day, or the next week.

I didn’t even start by the following month.

I first heard of Barefoot Fitness in September of 2012, when I was teaching at the high school in Spearfish. Someone left some brochures in the teacher’s lounge. I took one home and put it on my refrigerator.

I looked at it every day until I decided to finally call Kelli and start my free trial week – six months later.

Six months! That’s 26 weeks.

182 days of looking at the brochure on my fridge and thinking, “Maybe tomorrow.”

I’ve always enjoyed working out and challenging myself. In the past, I did numerous boot camps that lasted 6-8 weeks at a time. I tried Insanity and other workout DVDs, but I never stuck with anything because those programs weren’t long term. They’d run their course and I’d be right back to the same place, starting over again, wondering when something was going to change.

Barefoot is long-term. That’s what I immediately realized when I did my first week. That’s what I love about this place. It’s training for life. Sustainable and progressive.

Month by month, and now year by year I feel my body gaining new capabilities and new levels of strength. I’m pain-free and injury free, and that’s not by chance. It’s by the design of the program.

It’s opened a new world of physical possibility and freedom.

If I want to run a Tough Mudder, go mountain biking or try wake surfing, I’ve got the physical ability to jump right in and find my way. I don’t have to worry about not being able to keep up or finish, or wonder if I’ll get injured along the way.

You may be intimidated to start at Barefoot Fitness. I know I was.

I waited six months to join!

I had some strange idea in my head that I needed to be in great shape before I started. I felt like I wouldn’t be able to keep up, or people would look at me funny because I didn’t know how to do an exercise correctly. Have you noticed that I might overthink things?

In all reality, when you walk in the door here, there are a wide variety of ages and fitness levels. Everyone is welcoming and inclusive. There’s no feeling of being judged or wondering if you’ll fit in. Here, it really does feel like you’re part of a big family.

I realized after I joined that people come here to better their lives, and that is why I am so happy that Barefoot is in my life. It has given me strength, knowledge, so much confidence, and much more.

Now, I’ve gone a step further with my training and have gone through the qualification process to be an instructor for Barefoot in Spearfish, and I’ve been coaching people through the same transformation process that I started for myself in 2012.

I love watching people change their lives, day by day, and I’ll never forget what it’s like to walk through the door on your first day after finally saying “maybe tomorrow” for the last time.

I will never regret that long overdue call to Kelli – only that I took so long to make it!

Barefoot Fitness

– Darcey McNary


P.S. Want to give Barefoot a try? Getting started is easy. Just say hello here and we’ll help you set up a free week of training to see what it’s all about.

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