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Meet The Team

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.

To Dawn, age is just a number and fitness is open to everyone, no matter what your age, experience or starting point.
 
She believes that wellbeing is about being fit, healthy and enjoying what you do and knows how many people can be put off by certain types of sport and exercise – so she is on mission to make fitness enjoyable, relevant and achievable for everyone!
 
 
Qualifications:
  • Gravity Foundation
  • Gravity Pilates
  • NVQ Level 3: Pilates, Group Exercise, Personal Training, Indoor Cycling
  • Pre- and Post-Natal exercise
  • Weight management and nutrition
  • BodyPump, BodyBalance, BodyCombat, Aerobics, Body Conditioning, Step, Stability Ball, Flexikids

Expertise:

  • Posture, core stability, flexibility and functional movement
  • Pilates
  • 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

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.

Victoria is a qualified yoga expert who has been teaching for nearly ten years. She’s a pragmatic and down-to-earth teacher who shares her experience with a sense of humour and passion.
 
Her mission is to demystify Yoga and show clients techniques to stretch achy muscles, strengthen sore joints and learn how to relax. Victoria strongly believes that Yoga is inclusive and suitable for every age and stage of your life; whether you’re a professional athlete or a grandmother of six, you’ll find a style of Yoga to suit your fitness goals and meet your needs.
Qualifications:
  • British Wheel of Yoga Diploma
  • City & Guilds Level 2, Teaching Adult Learners
  • Yoga & Mindfulness for Teens Teacher Training
  • Indian Head Massage Practitioners Diploma

Expertise:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga
  • Pre- and Post-Natal Yoga
  • Posture and alignment
  • Integrating Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Meditation and relaxation techniques
  • Anatomy

 

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.

 

Lucy’s passion is helping people achieve healthier lifestyles and she aims to share her love of exercise far and wide! She believes workouts should be fun and achievable, while delivering results no matter what your level of fitness. Lucy has a broad range of expertise that she brings to her classes.

Qualifications
• 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

Expertise
• Strength and resistance training
• Core conditioning
• Posture
• Flexibility
• 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.

 
Maggie mans the Fitness Function front desk in the evening and on Saturdays. Her background is in retail working in customer service. She is a mum of four and Grandma to two lovely boys who keep her active! She also loves horse riding and long walks to keep fit.
Ellie is a yoga specialist who fervently believes that regular practising of Yoga can deliver multiple health benefits.

She enjoys helping the bodies and minds of the wide variety of clients that attend her classes and especially loves the fact that Yoga is something that can be adapted to suit the needs and abilities of everyone.



Qualifications:

  • British Wheel of Yoga-qualified and -insured yoga teacher, through 500-hour Diploma course taught by Tarik Dervish
  • Trained and qualified with TeenYoga to teach classes specifically designed for teenagers

Expertise:

  • Dynamic flowing yoga, moving with the breath, suitable for all levels of ability
  • Encouraging body and mind to work together to create balance and ease, both physically and mentally
  • Posture and core stability

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


Candy’s background is in dance, so she brings an element of poise, focus and fun to all her classes.
 
She loves building a client’s confidence over a series of sessions and enjoys helping them make the changes that they desire. To Candy, if you believe you can do it then you can!
 
 
 

Qualifications:

  • Teaching certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance, the National Association of Teachers of Dancing and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance
  • BA (Hons) Performing Arts
  • Beginners Mat certification in Pilates Mind2Body
  • Gravity Foundation course

Expertise:

  • Pilates, from a dancers perspective
  • Core conditioning
  • Posture
  • 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.

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