The Fitness Function Ltd is the brainchild of Julie Burfoot-Brown who is a leading expert within the Fitness Industry, with over twenty years’ experience and knowledge. Julie has been involved with Education of Fitness Instructors for ten years and has successfully run her own Personal Training business in the Penn and Tylers Green area for the last decade.
Since the GRAVITY phenomenon came over from the U.S. seven years ago, Julie has been part of the GRAVITY UK Master Training Team. She frequently presents for GRAVITY UK and Physical Company for BOSU and Pilates. You will see her teaching regularly in both of The Fitness Function studios.
This new business will develop Julie’s vision of a locally-based, standalone training facility which bridges the gap between what she considers the expensive Personal Training sessions and the mainstream impersonal and ineffective gyms. The vision is to provide affordable small group training which effectively meets the fitness needs of the clients, whilst giving a high level of customer service and care.
• BSc in Exercise and Sports Science
• Gravity Foundation
• Group Exercise
• Freestyle Fitness Yoga
• UK athletics and Run England running coach
• Children’s fitness
• Personal Training
• Strength and resistance training
• Core conditioning
• Rehabilitation (currently undertaking an MSc in Physiotherapy at Oxford)
Favourite exercise: I love all forms of exercise, but especially enjoy cross country and road running.
Favourite place: Sydney – I’ve recently returned from teaching out there and absolutely loved it!
What I love about working in the fitness industry: Seeing people find a love for exercise and make incremental changes to their wellbeing.
• Posture, core stability, flexibility and functional movement
• Resistance training
• Strength training
• High intensity training
• Ante/Post Natal fitness
Words of wisdom for clients: If you are able you can, if you have motivation you will, and your attitude determines how well you succeed.
Guilty pleasure: Definitely coffee and chocolate!
Favourite place: On a beach with my family, a good book and the sun
Suzanne teaches Bike Fit classes at the Fitness Function and also covers Gravity and Studio classes.
In 2000, she trained to be an aerobics instructor and taught classes until putting this on hold to focus on her family. In recent years she's gained Gravity and Indoor Cycling qualifications and is also studying for a degree.
She has always had a passion for health and fitness and regularly runs and goes to the gym.
Words of wisdom for clients: Yoga isn’t about being a contortionist – you don’t even need to be flexible before you start. Also, don’t assume that Yoga will be a 'soft' option – it’s challenging but in a different way compared to other forms of exercise!
When I’m not doing Yoga: You’ll find me drawing digital artworks on my ipad (the sketch book and pencil are so last century!) or pottering with the veg crops in my garden.
• Pilates, from a dancers perspective
• Core conditioning
• Functional movement
Words of wisdom for clients: Stick with it! The only bad session is the one you didn’t turn up for!
Favourite exercise: Anything involving legs.Favourite place: At the dining table on a Sunday lunchtime with all the family.
Word of Wisdom: Don't neglect Resistance Training everyone!
Guilty Pleasures Crisps Chocolate and - oh yes - a glass of wine!
Amazing Fact about Angie: She has ridden a 400cc Honda racing bike for 20 laps around Brands Hatch.
From her own life experiences and her extensive knowledge and qualifications, she works with clients to bring out their best in a caring and nurturing way whilst motivating them to work hard to achieve results.
Words of wisdom for clients: Listen to your body, it has the answers.
Favourite place: Anywhere in nature, near the ocean and in the sun.
How I work out myself: Daily and varied, including yoga, HIIT, spin, long walks and dancing.