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.
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
Claire is one of the team manning the front desk at The Fitness Function. Her background is in PR and Marketing which she has specialised in for over 15 years. She was Associate Director with a London-based agency managing global businesses before taking a career break to start a family. During this time she took on variety of voluntary positions within the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and most recently two years as Chair of the PTA at her daughters’ school.
Claire is a big fan of exercise classes to keep fit, especially Pilates. She doesn’t much like gyms and has only ever done running while in fancy dress for sponsorship!
Suzanne works evenings on the Fitness Function front desk. She has been a full time mum to her three children for nine years and worked part time in marketing for three years. In 2000, Suzanne trained to be an aerobics instructor and taught classes until putting this on hold to focus on her family. She has always had a passion for health and fitness and regularly runs and goes to the gym.
Favourite Yoga pose: Downward Facing Dog is such a great stretch for all problem areas: back, shoulders, neck and hamstrings.
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.
• 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.
How I work out myself: Yoga, running, swimming, boxing, weight training.
Favourite place: The English countryside on a bright summer's day.
Favourite quote: “Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.” B.K.S. Iyengar
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.