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Anytime Fitness Franchisee Gets Tattoo on His Backside

A quick story from my high school days: My freshman year (about three or four years ago), our high school football team was one win away from a trip to state. The only team that stood in the way was Camdenton High School, located south of the Lake of the Ozarks in mid-Missouri.

In the days leading up to the game, a newspaper article leaked out from Camdenton. The line that made it back to our school went something like: "We're going to need a glass bottom truck so we can see what they look like when we run over them."

The memory is a little fuzzy on that passage (again, it's been three or four years), but the phrase "glass bottom truck" stuck with us, especially our coaches. We ended up winning—I want to say by the score of 7-0—and the one thing we chanted over and over was "Glass bottom truck! Glass bottom truck! Glass bottom truck!"

James Tillett is believed to be the first person to get an Anytime Fitness tattoo on his rear end. The full photo can be found on Twitter. (Photo courtesy of Anytime Fitness.)

The words "bottom" and "Camdenton" are appropriate here because a new Anytime Fitness franchisee from Camdenton, MO, recently got an Anytime Fitness tattoo. Nothing unusual about that—more than 2,000 franchisees, managers, staffers, trainers and members have put the Anytime "running man" logo on themselves over the past decade.

Except that James Tillett, who took ownership of his Anytime Fitness club in July with his wife, Ashley, after serving as the club's manager, boldly went where no running man had gone before. Tillett had the tattoo placed on his left cheek. And we're not talking on his face.

The tattoo-ing took place at the recent national franchisee training week at the Anytime Fitness corporate office in Hastings, MN. If you really want to get to the bottom of this and see Tillett and his tattoo and all their crescent glory, check out the NRSFW (not really suitable for work) tattoo tweet from Anytime Fitness President Dave Mortensen.

"I used to be fit, but right now, I'm about 70 pounds overweight," Tillett said in an email from spokesperson Mark Daly. "I want to look good naked. I heard that getting a tattoo on your butt is about the most painful place you can get one. So, I decided to get one there as a vivid reminder of what I need to do to be the sort of person I want to be."

Tillett adds he's the kind of guy who likes to do a lot of crazy stuff and that his [butt] now belongs to Anytime Fitness. You also could say Anytime Fitness belongs to Tillett's tush.

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