First Step Fitness:  Chicago’s home for creative personal training, ever-evolving classes, top flight Israeli Self-Defense, and Fascial Stretch Therapy.  Newly relocated to a 2000 square foot loft, First Step Fitness offers trainers a platform for creative programming and clients cutting edge workouts.  Whether you are looking to improve physical conditioning and athletic performance, return from injury, or simply move and feel better, First Step Fitness will help you achieve your goals and unlock your potential.  Located just off Halsted between Chicago Ave and Division, we are easy to get to from anywhere in the City.  Free street parking in front of the gym and meter parking on Halsted.



The doors to our first location opened in 2001 and three locations later, we have never looked back!  First Step Fitness is and always will be a family first business.  Operated by brothers, Joel and Todd Burrows, this facility is the embodiment of their training philosophy: a combination of Strength, Endurance, and Mobility keep us all young.  Our clients range in age from under 10 to 70+ years young.  Each comes in with a unique goal and it is our privilege to help people reach them.

With nearly 40 years of combined experience in the fitness industry, the Burrows brothers work hard to improve functional fitness, increase strength and endurance, teach HAGANAH (Israeli Self-Defense), and help clients lead a healthier and more mobile lifestyle by bringing a whole body approach to fitness.  We pride ourselves on the community and relationships we build with our clients and welcome new and old into the First Step Fitness family.

Come in, stop by, and join our fitness family…we look forward to seeing you soon!




Joel Burrows


Todd Burrows