First Step Fitness exists to establish a space where the most creative personal trainers in Chicago can train the way they have always wanted: limitless possibilities, mind-blowing results, amazing program opportunities – all in one location.

First Step Fitness moved to its new 4000 square foot location in June 2009. It offers state-of-the-art equipment, free parking, 2 locker rooms, a wide open main training floor, a separate functional training room, and a studio space for classes. First Step Fitness offers a wide variety of options for trainers and clients alike. Located just south of the new flagship Whole Foods in Lincoln Park, it is easy to get to from anywhere in the city.



Since the time they were young, the three Burrows boys have had a very tight bond with each other. Although separated by 9 years (oldest to youngest), they have shared similar passions for sports, martial arts, and working in the realm of human performance as trainers, coaches, and massage therapists.

After several years of working in the same industry, the brothers decided it was time to bring their wealth of knowledge and experience together and created First Step Fitness, a company fortified in the belief that a combination of Strength, Protection, and Endurance will lead to a healthier life.

With combined professional experience of more than 30 years, the Burrows’ work hard to train clients to be more functionally fit, to improve endurance and performance, to be more self-aware and self-confident through the FIGHT self-defense program, and to take better care of their bodies by utilizing massage to aid in recovery.

The whole body approach to fitness is important, and First Step Fitness aims to take clients to an entirely different level. Contact them for more information, to set up an appointment, or to view the facility.

First Step Fitness encourages you to come and join its fitness family by choosing from a variety of classes, private training sessions, or a massage specific to your needs.

The Burrows brothers look forward to seeing you soon!


Joel Burrows


Todd Burrows


Steven Burrows