Dr. Emily Splichal - CEO/FOUNDER
Bio: Dr Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy and Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist®, BarefootRx® and BARE® Workout Certifications for health and wellness professionals. With over 15 years in the fitness industry, Dr Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training.

Dr Splichal actively sees patients out of her office in Manhattan, NY with a specialty in sports medicine, biomechanics and forefoot surgery. Dr Splichal takes great pride in approaching all patients through a functional approach with the integration of full biomechanical assessments and movement screens.

Dr Splichal is actively involved in barefoot training research and barefoot education as it relates to athletic performance, injury prevention and movement longevity. Dr Splichal has presented her research and barefoot education both nationally and internationally, with her Barefoot Training Specialist® Program in over 28 countries worldwide and translated into 9 languages.

Due to her unique background Dr Splichal is able to serve as a Consultant for some of the top fitness, footwear and orthotic companies including NIKE Innovations, Trigger Point Performance Therapy, Aetrex Worldwide, Crunch Fitness and Sols.

Degrees/Certifications: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Master's Human Movement (MS), NASM-CES, NASM-PES, NSCA-CPT


EBFA MASTER INSTRUCTORS – Africa


Francis Ndege - KENYA

Certifications/Education: BS-Fitness and Nutrition, Physical Therapy Aide, ACE-Group Fitness Instructor.

How are you barefoot strong? As a group fitness instructor and a body builder, have found out that the foot plays a big role in the body balance and movement efficiency and this has changed the way I train and teach my classes.


EBFA MASTER INSTRUCTORS – ASIA


RAJIV DUTT – INDIA

Certifications/Education:ACSM-CPT, Kettlebell, TRx, Soccer Coach, Sports Nutritionist.

How are you barefoot strong?  I am barefoot strong because, I am a soccer player and a sprinter and both of the sport needs foot to core stability. Now as a proud EBFA Master Instructor, it's my duty to teach others the value of "from the ground up" training.

DR SANA KHAN – INDIA

Certifications/Education:B.P.Th,M.O.T.P.T,Member, Indian Academy Of Fitness Training,Pilates Therapist, Certified Dry Needling Practitioner, South Africa, Certified Mulligan Practitioner, New Zealand, Certified Functional Myofascial Practitioner, Canada, Certified Therapist MaRhyThe(Germany),BLS provider-by American Heart Association

How are you barefoot strong?Heading a 20 year old company based at New Zealand and India,I have to keep up with the most latest techniques coming up internationally.
Barefoot Rehab to me is detailed and complete examination and treatment for the entire body,something unique I can provide to my patients.It not only provides immediate and longest lasting results but also slows aging process and helps them to keep injury & pain free on their own once they have learned it.The recovery is almost MAGICAL!!!Once I treat my patients using this they never have to come to me with the same problem or pain ever again its cured for a lifetime if they follow well.Being a Movement Educator I feel privileged to teach this technique to physios and trainers in India so that they can feel and experience the same response from their patients.With this unique background I am able to head pain prevent programme for top corporate companies in India,and head many Marathon events.This definitely one day will revolutionize global physiotherapy practice by sharing the secret of changing human movement from the ground up & keeping your pains and injuries at Bay.
DR ANUJA LUNIYA - INDIA

Certifications/Education: Bachelors in Physical Therapy, Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Manual Therapist (Mulligan's Technique), MDT (McKenzie Method), Pilates, Animal Flow (Level 1), DZMR

How are you barefoot strong? I am a physical therapist and fitness trainer. As a therapist I always include proprioceptive training for all my clients.

Barefoot Training has added to my rehab toolkit and I have successfully treated many spine and lower limb ailments. As a fitness instructor, I've been training my clients barefoot since the last 5 years. EBFA's Barefoot Training has added more value to my workouts and clients' performance. Core activation and engagement is an integral part of both rehab and training and short foot helps me achieve that for all my clients.
DR TOMONORI KAWAI – JAPAN

Certifications/Education: Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (DC), M.S. Sports Science & Rehab, CCSP, ICSSP, ART, Graston-C, NKT, Rocktape, FAKTR

How are Barefoot Strong?   Before I attended the MI Training I didn't realize how much barefoot training could improve other areas.
 I believe barefoot training could help more people not only with foot problems but also knee pain, hip pain, even spine problems. EBFA's techniques of from the ground up, reflexive stability, small nerve activation is so systematized and sophisticated. My motto is that “I would like to help someone who regrets finishing their career due to injury.” 
YOUNGCHUL PARK – KOREA

Certifications/Education: NASM-CES, NASM-CPT, Power Plate–MI, TRX Rip-MI, Titleist-Golf, TP Therapy-MI

How are you barefoot strong?  In the early stages of my bodybuilding competition, I had a car accident and had to have back surgery due to spondylolisthesis.

The doctors had to fuse my L3, L4, L5 into one. After the surgery, I was suffering from back pain, knee & my feet pain as well and my back has getting lean forward quite seriously.

I had visited the orthopedic surgeon often and the surgeon commented to me that your arches are collapsing and it would be best to use orthotics. Since I started the short foot exercise and balance training of BTS, my arches have gotten higher and I have better balance and improved foot strength. I don’t have to wear orthotics anymore. Also, playing golf for feet grip force is getting improved which shows better balance & further distance in driving the ball.

PAO HUI CHANG – TAIWAN

Certifications/Education: National Physical Therapy , ROCKTAPE Instructor, certified by Functional movement screen , Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Neurokinetic therapy, Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization, Fascial Manipulation, Visceral Manipulation ; ACE, NASM, Corrective exercise personal trainer , Co-Funder of Nissi Body Rebalance.

How are you barefoot strong? Foot is the foundation of whole body;we had search the best way to teach people move efficiency for many years, and the EBFA is the answer! From the ground up concept give a good way for all kind of exercise to build their core stability, not only fix the foot problem, even the hip、knee 、and lumbar . I think EBFA concept should appear in every course which related to core muscle training.

KAI YING PAI – TAIWAN

Certifications/Education: National Physical Therapy , ROCKTAPE Instructor, certified by Functional movement screen , Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Neurokinetic therapy, Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization, Fascial Manipulation, Visceral Manipulation ; ACE, NASM, Corrective exercise personal trainer , Co-Funder of Nissi Body Rebalance.

How are you barefoot strong? As a physical therapy, we treat almost all my patient with EBFA , teach them do the short foot exercise everyday ! 

Even I do the short foot exercise everyday ! By active the deep front line from foot to core, we teach patient how to maintain the treatment effect very well ! In addition to , We also share the EBFA concept information on blogger、holding speech in Taiwan and Shanghai ,we love the idea of barefoot strong, share barefoot strong idea in very different way as much as we can !

KAMONCHAI RATTANADECHAKUL – THAILAND

Certifications/Education: BSc Sports Science, MS Sports Science, Fitness Educator FIT, BTS-C

How are you barefoot strong?Training barefoot has allowed my body to move more efficiently. My clients have improved their posture, they don’t feel knee pains, hip pain or lower back ache. Their quality of life is better, and they didn't notice it.




EBFA MASTER INSTRUCTORS – Australia


Natalie Wieneroider - Australia

Certifications/Education: Yoga, Pilates and Restorative Exercise Teacher, Diploma Shiatsu and Oriental Medicine, Grad. Dip. Integrative and Transformative Studies, Certified Personal Trainer

How are you barefoot strong? As a movement educator, I have been advocating barefoot training (as well as barefoot life in general) for many years. I see only the positive in building a solid foundation through foot function and have added greatly to my knowledge through training with Dr Emily. In our studio, we help people find their feet to keep them young and active throughout their lives.

Christine McCormack - Perth

Certifications/Education: Diploma Remedial Therapy, Certified Personal Trainer, JEMS Practitioner, Trigger Point Therapy Master Trainer, Master RehabTrainer, Institute of Motion Trainer Level2, ViPRTrainer

How are you barefoot strong? Throughout our lives we experience situations that impact on our bodies. In my own search for solutions to pain and injury, I discovered barefoot training.

Instantly a whole new world of opportunity was opened up to me. I bit the bullet and traveled over three and a half thousand kilometers to participate in BTS Level 1. Two amazing, enlightening days with Dr Emily gave me the tools to rehab myself and also bridge the gap for my clients from the treatment table and into training programs allowing them move efficiently again. It was a real game changer. All of my clients now leave their treatment sessions with barefoot homework. I love that Barefoot training has no prejudice in regard to my client's level of training or rehabilitation, just amazing outcomes.

EBFA MASTER INSTRUCTORS – Canada


Farrell Kaufman - Quebec

Certifications/Education: BTS 1, FMS 1&2, Precision Nutrition 1, Animal Flow Coach 1&2, YMCA Canada Trainer and Corrective Conditioning

How are you barefoot strong? By always engaging proper breathing and foot to core sequencing in my own training and as an essential foundation to all my client programming.

STUART WAKEFIELD - ONTARIO

Certifications/Education: Kinesiologist-R, BS - Kinesiology, BTS-C

How are you barefoot strong? I’ve had the privilege to apply barefoot training with clients as well as myself. I’'ve found it amazing to see the look on client's faces when they can feel the co-activation patterns and feel muscles activate that they didn’t know existed.

It's also been a great benefit to myself, after having reconstructive surgery on both feet, I developed a lot of single leg muscle imbalances as I had one foot worse than the other. Using "from the ground up" concepts along with single leg training has transformed my workouts and has helped me become barefoot strong!

EBFA MASTER INSTRUCTORS – europe


Ondrej Lunga - CZECH REPUBLIC

Certifications/Education: Masters Degree of Sport, Master Trainer of Trigger Point Therapy, Master Trainer of Dynamax, Fascial Fitness Trainer, FMS Level 1 and Level 2, TRX Sport Medicine Suspension, ViPR, FLOWIN.

How are you barefoot strong? Barefoot work is an important part of my own personal training as well as group training sessions. It allows us to move more effectively and decrease the potential of injuries or pain.

Dr Federico Luzi - ITALY

Certifications/Education: DO, CSCS, DNS 1-2-3 FMS 1-2, SFMA 1-2,  NKT 1, MovNat Trainer, PILATES EVO Co-Founder

How are you barefoot strong? As therapist, trainer and athlete, I was always fascinated about neurophysiology, this program is just about it. The Science behind the Movement. With amazing, easy to apply, tools to help myself and my clients.

Sergio Ballesteros Borondo - SPAIN

Certifications/Education: BA Physical Education, EXOS I & II & Rehab. Triathlon National Trainer. Swimming National Trainer. Bodybuilding and Fitness National Trainer Zeebra Academy Instructor

How are you barefoot strong? Including the barefoot training during my quality movement, strength and rehab session has been the milestone for connecting the missing gaps I found in my educational background by reaching the professional level my patients need to succeed in theirs individual needs.

Mikael Johansson - SPAIN

Certifications/Education: Physiotherapy B.Sc, Pilates Instructor, CoreAlign, Elastic Therapeutic Tape Instructor, Acupuncture

How are you barefoot strong? I have used Functional Movement for many years, both in my own training and in my treatment of clients. And Barefoot has definitely broadened my knowledge and understanding of how important the foot and each step is for the entire body.

EsmeraldA AntÓn LÓpez - SPAIN

Certifications/Education: BA in Psychology (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Graduated in teaching (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Post​g​​raduate in Coaching and ​S​ports Psychology (IESPORT)​, Mentorship ​P​hase1 (EXOS)​, Aerobic and ​Fitness (FEDA)​, Pilates (FMG)​, ​Ciclo indoor (FMG)​.​

How are you barefoot strong? Since I started training barefoot my athletic performance in volleyball has improved. Muscle fatigue doesn't exist any longer after a two hour competition and I no longer feel pain in my lower back.

My pupils and clients have radically improved their posture, they don’t feel knee pains, hip pain or lower back ache. Their quality of life is better, and they didn't notice it. We have happy feet, we are barefoot strong.
David Martinez - SPAIN

Certifications/Education: EXOS Trainer, ISAF Strength Specialist, NASM, IFBB, NSCA, ACSM, FEDA-CPT, TRX Suspension Trainer, Bosu Specialist Trainer, Power Plate Specialist Trainer, NeuroMuscular ElectroEstimulation Specialist Trainer

How are you barefoot strong? Barefoot work is an important part of my training sessions and also the sessions of my athletes.

Since we work with EBFA system we have found an improvement in the production of forces in motion, a decreasing of injuries associated with bad mechanics of running and gait and most important, a new stimulation of knowledge and motivation for them and their training.

We also use barefoot in normal population with low back pain with great results.

Definitely one of the best tools I know for every fitness and S&C coach, physiotherapist and movement specialists.


EBFA MASTER INSTRUCTORS – MIDDLE EAST


Waad Jishi - DUBAI, UAE

Certifications/Education: BScVisComm, CPCC/ACC (Co-Active certified Coach),Creative Expression training,Theta Healing Practitioner (Basic DNA, Advanced DNA 2)

How are you barefoot strong? An advocate of movement and all things active , I have experimented with the concept of barefoot movement for a few years now, however it was not until experiencing Dr.Emily's MI workshop did I fully understand how to truly start embodying barefoot movement as a lifestyle for overall human functioning efficiency.

As I bring even the simplest of 5 minutes pre conditioning barefoot moves into my day I experience much less body aches and lethargy , I feel stronger, more grounded in my body with a deeper sense of overall body/mind awareness and alignment.
TRUDE STJERNEN - DUBAI, UAE

Certifications/Education: Physiotherapy degree from Oslo University College, Norway.

How are you barefoot strong? My first experience with barefoot training was after reading Christopher McDougall’s book Born to Run. I started exploring barefoot running technique, and changed my cushioned running shoes to lightweight shoes.

Barefoot strength is a human movement philosophy that focuses on maximizing human movement potential while minimizing or eliminating pain. I am barefoot strong in that I believe in feeding my body intelligent movement. The education from the EBFA and the methods used by EBFA Barefoot Training Specialists are intelligent, effective and can be beneficial for any person with any goal.

EBFA MASTER INSTRUCTORS – USA


Lucy Buchan - CALIFORNIA

BauerCertifications/Education: BA Development Studies (University of California, Berkeley), MS Conservation Biology, University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. Zoology, University of Wisconsin, NASM-CPT, CAMTC, Certified Massage Therapist, San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork, Myofascial Release Level I, II, and Unwinding, John F. Barnes, Dynamic Stretching & Mobilization.

How are you barefoot strong? As a kid growing up in New England, I used to live summers barefoot. 
Now training barefoot makes me feel like I’m going back to these roots. By releasing my feet on golf-ball size super balls I happily start each day with grippy gecko feet and a sensation of inhabiting a silkier myofascial suit.  After topping that off with barefoot activation exercises I feel stable and strong and good to go!
Peter D'Epiro - CALIFORNIA

D'EpiroCertifications/Education: MS Human Movement (A.T. Still University), BA Exercise Science (University of California at Davis), NSCA - CSCS, IYCA - YFS, Dragon Door - PCC, Strong First - SFG II, FMS, NASM - PES, IFS, Precision Nutrition Certified, DotFit Nutrition Certified, Bodybugg Certified (Apex Nutrition), Athletes’ Performance - Mentorship Phases I, II, III, IV.

How are you barefoot strong? Pick an end of the spectrum, strength or endurance...13 years after my last marathon, at 40 years old, barefoot
training and minimalist footwear led me to a pain free, zero soreness, energy-left-in-the-tank, negligible recovery time marathon that was over an hour faster than any of the marathons I ran in my 20's. Add to that that training barefoot in the gym and focusing on neural activation from my feet up (from the ground up!) was the final piece of the puzzle that enabled me to accomplish the half bodyweight 1 arm press requirement at the daunting SFG II kettlebell certification course (44KG 1 arm press at 186lbs bodyweight).
Nika Eshetu - CALIFORNIA

D'EpiroCertifications/Education: PMA Certified Pilates Trainer, Titleist Performance Institute Level 3 Fitness Certification, Pilates for Buff Bones Licensed Instructor, NASM Golf Fitness Specialist

How are you barefoot strong? Barefoot Strong to me is all about staying active. I work with people that have varying abilities and wide range of ages, so I see how easy it is to lose the ability to stay active.
To me being barefoot strong is the foundation of staying active at any age. Using barefoot training has helped me strengthen my own body from the foundation of my feet. It has also helped many of my clients in their daily lives and many of my clients in their golf game. It is applicable to all people and at any age.
Ben Kenyon - CALIFORNIA

KenyonCertifications/Education: BA Exercise Physiology, CSU Chico, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA - PES, NASM - CES, NASM - CPT, ViPR Certified Athlete’s Performance - Mentorships I and II.

How are you barefoot strong? Training barefoot has allowed my body to move more efficiently, thus decreasing my injuries and pain.
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Roberto Melani - CALIFORNIA

MelaniCertifications/Education: MBA in Sports & Fitness Management (Northeastern University, Boston, MA), CPT-NASM, AFAA Primary Group Exercise, TRX Group Training, POWERSTRIKE Kickboxing, ViPR Group Fitness Pro Trainer, AEA Aquatic Fitness, Trigger Point Therapy SMRT-CORE, Kettlebell Concepts Level 1.

How are you barefoot strong? I've been in the fitness industry for over 25 years and discovering my own strength being barefoot has completely changed my whole approach to fitness.

The teachings and education courses provided by EBFA and Dr. Emily Splichal have given me a solid foundation and the confidence to apply BAREFOOT training concepts to all aspects of health & fitness, no matter which age or experience.

Michael Petrow - CALIFORNIA

D'EpiroCertifications/Education: MA Exercise Science & Rehabilitation, NASM-CPT, NASM-CES & PES, VIPR Certified, VIPR Group Fitness, TRX-Group. Certified Massage Therapist: CAMTC, Advanced Practitioner of NeuroMuscular Reprogramming, Neuromuscular Therapy, ART-Lower, ART-Upper, ART-Nerve Entrapment, ROCKTAPE-FMT 1 & 2.

How are you barefoot strong? For years I covered my feet with additional padding that had a high amount of rigidity only to realize
that by doing so, I was limiting my body the opportunity to feel the ground and move as an integrated movement system. To me being barefoot strong is the foundation of staying active at any age. Using barefoot training has helped me to recondition my body for the the best performance and has also played a key role in helping many of my clients achieve better quality movement-function in their daily lives. It is applicable to all people and at any age.
REBECCA DAVIS - COLORADO

Certifications/Education: Core Pilates NYC-C, Balanced Body - Pilates, NASM-CPT, AFAA-Group, Zumba, willPower & Grace, Johnny G Spinning.


How are you barefoot strong?  I spent my formative years as a dancer and an actor, and have always kept my bare feet connected to the ground. In 2010, I found willPower & grace, a barefoot fitness/dance format, and fell in love with barefoot science.
From there, I began running in Vibrams, and used barefoot fitness to rehabilitate various injuries I had acquired from being shod, like achilles tendonitis, anterior tib tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis. Since becoming a Master Instructor, I’ve completely upleveled my workouts, and have seen enormous gains in performance, be it in the gym or on the stage!
Heidi Garner - COLORADO

Certifications/Education: BA Kinesiology: Emphasis in Exercise and Sport Science , Vivo Barefoot Certified Coach, NASM-CPT, NASM-FNS


How are you barefoot strong?I am barefoot strong because barefoot training has helped my body to remember how it was always meant to move! Running is a natural movement that,for me, has become efficient and pain free.
Movement from the ground up has given me a firm foundation with great balance and total core activation. The greatest pleasure I have is helping others to achieve these same things and experiencing their excitement when they learn the great things their bodies can do!
DR MIKE MARTINO - GEORGIA

Certifications/Education: PhD in Exercise Physiology, EBFA-MI, NSCA CSCS*D, FMS Certified Exercise Professional, Certified Battling Ropes Coach, Cancer Exercise Specialist, NSCA 2012 Educator of the Year

How are you barefoot strong? I began my journey as a Barefoot Training Specialist after attending the BTS Level 1 certification course in California after hearing Dr. Splichal speak at the 2014 NSCA National Conference.
I have taught and conducted research at the university level for the past 22 years and Barefoot Science has changed the way I look at the Closed Kinetic Chain concept. As a professor, business owner, strength coach, and educator, EBFA has transformed my approach to training and teaching.  If you are not Barefoot Strong then you are not STRONG!
TYLER YEARBY - MINNESOTA

Certifications/Education: M Ed. Kinesiology: University of Minnesota, NASM-CPT, NASM-PES, NASM–CES​, ​ACE–AHFS​, ​NSCA​-CSCS​, TRX​-​STC Instructor​,CPR/AED Certified​, KettleBell Concepts–MI​, ​Stroops​-M​I​

How are you barefoot strong? I began my journey as a Barefoot Training Specialist after attending the BTS Level 1 certification course in California after hearing Dr. Splichal speak at the 2014 NSCA National Conference.
If the foot didn't function correctly it created an environment for compensatory patterns that lead to injury. Not to mention, diminished athletic performance. After meeting Dr. Emily and taking the Barefoot Training Specialist courses, I clearly saw that I had only hit the tip of the iceberg. The role of the foot is paramount in how we transfer forces through walking and all other activities where our foot comes into contact with the ground.
AMBER BRIEN - NEW YORK

Certifications/Education: MA - Media Arts, AFAA-Group, Zumba-Toning, Aqua, Sentao, BARE®, R.I.P.P.E.D-C

How are you barefoot strong?They say "Strong Body, Strong Mind". I believe it all starts with Strong Feet. I have learned from first-hand experience how having strong feet makes one a truly efficient mover, not only in action, but also in recovery.

I come from a family plagued with orthopedic issues stemming from weak intrinsic muscles. Almost everyone is in orthotics and/or has had joint replacement surgery or plantar fascia surgery. I would run several times a week, wearing Mizuno Wave Runners. I loved it, but began to experience terrible heel pain. I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, was also put into orthotics, and told to stop running. I kept thinking, "there has got to be a better way". A friend of mine let me borrow her copy of Born To Run, where I first learned about Vibram 5-finger shoes. I tried them out and they were amazing! I began running pain-free! Around the same time I took a barefoot class at NYSC called Catwalk Confidence. As I continued to attend this amazing class, I began to notice my heel pain subsiding. I was also noticing that orthotics were not working for me. In fact, they seemed to make the problem worse. The more I exercised barefoot, the better my feet felt! Those intrinsic muscles were finally getting stronger. The Vibrams eventually died, and I eventually gave up running for dancing, but my feet remain strong and pain-free. I spread this education to my classes and encourage my students to explore a barefoot lifestyle. Being Barefoot Strong® seems miraculous at times, but really, it's how we are all supposed to live.
KATHY COMPERATORE - NEW YORK

Certifications/Education: B.A. in Biology from Boston University (emphasis on human anatomy and physiology), ​Certified Pilates Instructor​ (Kane School of Core Integration), Pilates Academy International, AFAA, Powerstrike, ReKinetics and Teacher Trainer at the Kane School since 2008​.

How are you barefoot strong? Staying barefoot strong keeps me agile, adaptable, and

able to do more than I thought I could - whether its running further, dancing with more grace, paddle boarding with greater balance, or lifting a heavy couch, I am prepared to succeed!
AMIRA LAMB - NEW YORK

Certifications/Education: BA Exercise Science & Business Management, EBFA Barefoot Rehab Specialist, NASM-CPT, Kettlebell Concepts, CHEK Institute HLC2, Melt Method, AFAA Group Exercise & AFAA Examiner

How are you barefoot strong?Besides reigniting my feet, barefoot training techniques have positively impacted my lifts, alignment, & ability to target my glutes for more efficient movement.

I train for function but as an IFBB Pro (bikini competitor) I also train for aesthetics. In order to develop my body as a professional bikini competitor, understanding the connection between the sole of the foot and the deep hip stabilizers has helped me to effectively target and develop specific areas of my body for improved function and aesthetics. Stability comes BEFORE building strength and power. When the hip stabilizers are dormant, gaining targetted strength and power in the glutes is a challenge.

CURTIS LONG - NEW YORK

Certifications/Education: NSCA-CSCS, CFSC Level 1, FMS Level 1 & 2, USAW Club Coach, USA Triathlon Level 1, DVRT Level 1, Certified Kettlebell Instructor

How are you barefoot strong? After a career ending (yet preventable) injury playing college basketball, I realized that there was little understanding about how proper foot mechanics could have prevented my injury.

From then on I devoted myself to understanding more about efficient, economical and optimal human movement; the basis of which, starts with the feet. Today, as an endurance athlete, I'm passionate about maximizing the precious time in which our feet contact the ground. That time, though extremely short in duration, can make the difference between a successful/confident running experience and a subpar/frustrating one. That is why BAREFOOT STRONG training is an integral part of the fitness programming I provide for my clients, athletes and myself.

MICHAEL RYAN - NEW YORK

Certifications/Education: CUNY, Queens - BA, Health Education & Management, NSCA - CSCS, CPT, NASM - CES, Precision Nutrition - Level 1, Wellcoaches - Health and Wellness Coach, Equinox Tier 4 Coach and Master Instructor

How are you barefoot strong?In my early years in fitness, I was a physique competitor, training single joint actions, load being my primary progression and hypertrophy the ultimate goal.
All of which performed shod. This type of training was appropriate for achieving my goal of competing but it did not carry over well to general physical preparedness. Years later, after significant injuries, I began to research the benefits of training barefoot. It was during my recovery from total hip replacement that I truly appreciated the benefits of enhancing my functional movement through proper sequencing and efficiency. Meeting Dr. Emily and completing the EBFA educational platform was a seamless progression towards my new found relationship with movement from the ground up. Now, I'm barefoot strong and my clients are too!

MIKE SALVATORE - NEW YORK

Certifications/Education: Certified Pilates Instructor – Romana’s Pilates®, Level I Certified Student Instructor – Foundation Training, Certified Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapist – The Art and Science of Kinesiology M.B.A., B.A., Neuropsychology

How are you barefoot strong? Healthy feet are the foundation for proper alignment, efficient movement, and core strength. I utilize barefoot training in each session to maximize clients’ results.

NARA YOON - NEW YORK

Certifications/Education: MS, DPT - Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), Schroth Scoliosis Therapist, Graston, TRX Sports Medicine, Kinesiotape, BASI Pilates, Pre and Post Natal Pilates, Kettlebell, Animal Flow

How are you barefoot strong? As a physical therapist, I evaluate all my patients barefoot. I see many people who complain of pain in other parts of the body, but the driving force is coming from the ankle/foot complex.
I also see many people that complain of ankle/foot pain, yet the source of those symptoms do not always come from the ankle/foot complex, but in some other part of the body which in turn is driving the weight to be transferred incorrectly onto that limb. Applying the Integrated Systems Model is truly fascinating to me.
Most of my daily activities are done in bare feet, as I am barefoot inside my house, and my fitness interests such as kettlebell, pilates and barre/yoga exercises are done barefoot. My training is more efficient when I activate the foot to core sequence. I am excited to spread the teaching of barefoot science through EBFA so everyone can learn to be barefoot strong!
DR ARIANNE MISSIMER - PENNSYLVANIA

Certifications/Education: BS Dietetics, Doctor of Physical Therapy, RD, CSCS, SFG 2, FMS/SFMA/Y-Balance, NKT 1, TPI MP3, K-Vest 3, CICS, EFBA MI, Rocktape FMT 1 & 2, 2011 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, 2015 NSCA Sports Medicine Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year

How are you barefoot strong? For years I experienced hip and back pain with extensive rehabilitation and podiatry recommendations for rigid custom orthotics, over the counter orthotics, and motion control shoes.

When I started my graduate work in physical therapy, I began my own journey to seek out the best possible movement-based interventions. This started with my feet . I began gradually decreasing the amount of support in my footwear and trained barefoot with kettlebells. Then, I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Emily speak after I had been following her work for some time. I began integrating this in to my program gradually over time and have found a profound difference. I have not experienced pain in years! I am a huge advocate of an integrated, movement-based approach and being barefoot string is the foundation of that. I share my personal journey as well as my expertise with all of my patients and clients to help them achieve optimal performance in life and sport.
LIONEL MARTIN - WISCONSIN

Certifications/Education: 2nd Level Coach in Ketttlebell Sport, Certified as RKC Level 1, TRX, Sports Medicine, and Group Training.

How are you barefoot strong? Its the only thing that has reduced my lower back pain that was inhibiting me from moving, let alone working out. It's to the point where it is essentially a non issue. Period!