• PEAK PERFORMANCE

    PEAK PERFORMANCE

    About

    With a population that is falling into worse physical condition than ever before, the First Step Fitness team believes firmly in creating healthy exercise habits at an early age. We help develop the skills and confidence needed for kids to feel comfortable in participating in athletic activities. Let our positive energy and expertise help take your kids to the next level of fitness.

    Trainers

    Features

    • Create healthy exercise habits
    • Develop skills and confidence
    • Positive Energy

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  • BOOTCAMP

    BOOTCAMP

    About

    Our one of a kind 55-60 minute private sessions are designed to maximize your workout. We understand the importance of time in your busy day and work with you to schedule a time for you to come in and take your fitness to the next level with Bootcamp.

    Trainers

    Features

    • One of a kind
    • 55-60 minutes
    • Private sessions
    • Maximize your workout

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  • MOMMY BOOTCAMP

    MOMMY BOOTCAMP

    About

    Designed for the mommy on the go, Mommy Bootcamp is a convenient 60 minute class focusing on total body fitness.  It is offered 3 times per week after the kids have been dropped off at school, at 8:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    Trainers

    Features

    • For The Mommy on The Go
    • Total Body Fitness
    • 3 Times a Week
    • 60Minutes

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    • Todd Burrows

      Todd Burrows

      Personal Trainer

      A professional trainer since 1999, Todd has worked with groups of varying ages and sizes, ranging from private to semi-private lessons, groups of four to 150, and team and club training. In addition to his decade of personal training, Todd honed his skills as an instructor at a premier Chicago downtown health club. Todd has played in highly competitive soccer leagues throughout the state. In 2009 he was awarded the Golden Boot for most goals, Silver Boot for most assists, and MVP for the Chicago Pumas. Also worth noting, Todd completed a 3-day training camp put on by US Navy SEALs and Army Rangers.

      Email: todd@firststepfitness.net
      Phone: 312.636.8633

      Skills

      • Professional Trainer
      • Groups (Any age or size)
      • Private to semi-private lessons

      Achievements

      • B.S. Human Health Development 
      • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
      • US Soccer Federation Coach
      • Certified F.I.G.H.T. Instructor
      • John Clarke Combat Wrestling Instructor System Certification
      • Haganah 1st Degree Black Belt
      • Certified Speed and Agility Trainer

  • FIGHT SELF DEFENSE

    FIGHT SELF DEFENSE

    About

    This program will help you learn quickly, improve flexibility and strength, and will build confidence at a rapid rate.  If you are looking for a system that will improve multiple aspects of your life, this is it. The Haganah System is a scenario based self-defense system that allows practitioners to become proficient quickly.  This is not a traditional style martial art.  It is based on real-life situations and solutions. We blend self-defense with fitness to produce a great workout and practical knowledge. Come in and give it a try.  This program is ideal for adults, teens and kids, Military, LEOs, Firemen, etc.  If you are looking to make a change, the Haganah system will provide you with a solution for your self-defense and fitness needs.

    Trainers

    • Joel Burrows

      Black Belt 1st Degree, Combat Wrestling Certified Instructor
    • Todd Burrows

      Black Belt 1st Degree, Combat Wrestling Certified Instructor

    Features

    • Improve flexibility and strength
    • Build confidence
    • Become proficient quickly
    • Self-defense with fitness

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    • Todd Burrows

      Todd Burrows

      Personal Trainer

      A professional trainer since 1999, Todd has worked with groups of varying ages and sizes, ranging from private to semi-private lessons, groups of four to 150, and team and club training. In addition to his decade of personal training, Todd honed his skills as an instructor at a premier Chicago downtown health club. Todd has played in highly competitive soccer leagues throughout the state. In 2009 he was awarded the Golden Boot for most goals, Silver Boot for most assists, and MVP for the Chicago Pumas. Also worth noting, Todd completed a 3-day training camp put on by US Navy SEALs and Army Rangers.

      Email: todd@firststepfitness.net
      Phone: 312.636.8633

      Skills

      • Professional Trainer
      • Groups (Any age or size)
      • Private to semi-private lessons

      Achievements

      • B.S. Human Health Development 
      • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
      • US Soccer Federation Coach
      • Certified F.I.G.H.T. Instructor
      • John Clarke Combat Wrestling Instructor System Certification
      • Haganah 1st Degree Black Belt
      • Certified Speed and Agility Trainer
    • Joel Burrows

      Joel Burrows

      Personal Trainer

      Joel has a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching from Miami of Ohio.  After spending 4 years as a member of the MU gymnastics team and a full year as a Division I intern strength coach,Joel began working professionally as a personal trainer and strength coach at an elite Chicago health club.  Since that time, Joel has furthered his professional education by becoming certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (CPT), CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1), USA Track and Field, Certified Speed and Agility Trainer, F.I.G.H.T. Instructor (Israeli Martial Arts), Certified John Clarke Combat Wrestling Instructor, a graduate of the SOF/a program (a 7 day leadership boot camp put on by the Navy SEALS and Army Rangers simulating mini-BUDs), as well as numerous other certifications.

      Since 1998, Joel has completed 11 Ironman Triathlons; over 30 marathons; multiple Ultramarathons; 2 100-mile trail races; represented Team USA at the World Long Course Triathlon Championships; made the Team USA Duathlon team; earned 1st degree Black Belts in Haganah and Taekwondo as well as a Green Belt in Combat Wrestling; had top finishes in half-Ironman, Ironman, marathon, and urban adventure runs; top age group finishes in triathlons; top finishes in the Tough Mudder; completed numberous GORUCK Challenges; and has become a certified FIGHT Instructor.  Among his list of athletic accomplishments, Joel has completed 7 Racing the Planet 7-day 155-mile desert ultra running races (in Chile, China, Egypt, Antarctica, Namibia, Australia, and Nepal.

      Joel specializes in high intensity, endurance/ultra endurance, strength, flexibility, sport-specific, and injury reconditioning. Since 1996, Joel has worked with a full array of populations with goals ranging from youth to adult, weekend warrior to professional athlete, celebrity to royalty.  Joel continues to pride himself on bringing his unique brand of fitness to all of his clients. After years in a corporate health club setting, Joel opened First Step Fitness to offer a facility where creative trainers can push their clients to reach their goals.  He believes in his message of, “Catch Up, Keep Up, or Lead the Way” and works to bring that message to his clients every day.  As a co-author of the book The Power of Team, Joel believes fitness and teamwork can make any goal possible.

      Email: joel@firststepfitness.net
      Phone: 312.933.5295

      Skills

      • High Intensity
      • Endurance/Ultra Endurance
      • Flexibility
      • Sport-specific
      • Injury Reconditioning

      Achievements

      • B.S. in Exercise Science
      • Minor in Coaching
      • Miami of Ohio
      • 4 years MU gymnastics team
      • Div. I intern strength coach
      • 11 Ironman Triathlons
      • 30 marathons
      • Multiple Ultramarathons
      • Two 100-mile trail races
      • Black Belt Haganah
      • Black Belt Taekwondo
      • Team USA World Long Course Triathlon

  • HYBRID FITNESS

    Push your fitness to a new level!

    HYBRID FITNESS

    About

    Our Hybrid Fitness Program combines the best aspects of the Haganah/FIGHT Program with our expertise in fitness to create a workout that changes weekly. This 90-minute class is designed to push your fitness to a new level. We work to improve your strength, power, speed, and endurance while working in the self-defense techniques that set the Haganah/FIGHT system apart from all other self-defense programs. We break the class into 45 minutes of bootcamp style workouts with 45 minutes of self-defense training.

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    Features

    • Best of Haganah & FIGHT
    • Workout Changes Weekly
    • Self-Defense Techniques
    • Strength, Power, Speed & Endurance

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    • Joel Burrows

      Joel Burrows

      Personal Trainer

      Joel has a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching from Miami of Ohio.  After spending 4 years as a member of the MU gymnastics team and a full year as a Division I intern strength coach,Joel began working professionally as a personal trainer and strength coach at an elite Chicago health club.  Since that time, Joel has furthered his professional education by becoming certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (CPT), CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1), USA Track and Field, Certified Speed and Agility Trainer, F.I.G.H.T. Instructor (Israeli Martial Arts), Certified John Clarke Combat Wrestling Instructor, a graduate of the SOF/a program (a 7 day leadership boot camp put on by the Navy SEALS and Army Rangers simulating mini-BUDs), as well as numerous other certifications.

      Since 1998, Joel has completed 11 Ironman Triathlons; over 30 marathons; multiple Ultramarathons; 2 100-mile trail races; represented Team USA at the World Long Course Triathlon Championships; made the Team USA Duathlon team; earned 1st degree Black Belts in Haganah and Taekwondo as well as a Green Belt in Combat Wrestling; had top finishes in half-Ironman, Ironman, marathon, and urban adventure runs; top age group finishes in triathlons; top finishes in the Tough Mudder; completed numberous GORUCK Challenges; and has become a certified FIGHT Instructor.  Among his list of athletic accomplishments, Joel has completed 7 Racing the Planet 7-day 155-mile desert ultra running races (in Chile, China, Egypt, Antarctica, Namibia, Australia, and Nepal.

      Joel specializes in high intensity, endurance/ultra endurance, strength, flexibility, sport-specific, and injury reconditioning. Since 1996, Joel has worked with a full array of populations with goals ranging from youth to adult, weekend warrior to professional athlete, celebrity to royalty.  Joel continues to pride himself on bringing his unique brand of fitness to all of his clients. After years in a corporate health club setting, Joel opened First Step Fitness to offer a facility where creative trainers can push their clients to reach their goals.  He believes in his message of, “Catch Up, Keep Up, or Lead the Way” and works to bring that message to his clients every day.  As a co-author of the book The Power of Team, Joel believes fitness and teamwork can make any goal possible.

      Email: joel@firststepfitness.net
      Phone: 312.933.5295

      Skills

      • High Intensity
      • Endurance/Ultra Endurance
      • Flexibility
      • Sport-specific
      • Injury Reconditioning

      Achievements

      • B.S. in Exercise Science
      • Minor in Coaching
      • Miami of Ohio
      • 4 years MU gymnastics team
      • Div. I intern strength coach
      • 11 Ironman Triathlons
      • 30 marathons
      • Multiple Ultramarathons
      • Two 100-mile trail races
      • Black Belt Haganah
      • Black Belt Taekwondo
      • Team USA World Long Course Triathlon

  • COMBAT WRESTLING

    Be prepared for any situation

    COMBAT WRESTLING

    About

    Wrestling was designed to incorporate sport wrestling techniques into the Haganah F.I.G.H.T. and Ground Survival Programs. The program is taught in a rotation and is aggressive in it’s approach.  We combine techniques from all the three wrestling styles (folkstyle, freestyle, and greco roman) to create an easily integrated program.  If the conflict gets into a close quarter situation or goes to the ground, this program helps teach Haganah Practitioners to survive and defend from any position.  The goal is to be prepared for any situation.  This is an integral part of the Haganah program and we place a great deal of emphasis on training this system.

    Trainers

    Features

    • Aggressive Approach
    • All Three Wrestling Styles
    • Survive and Defend
    • Be Prepared

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    • Steven Burrows

      Steven Burrows

      Massage Therapist

      As a massage therapist since 2006, Steven has been practicing many different types of massage therapy. He understands the variety of clientele, as well as the different issues that each client may have. Whether you are looking for relaxation, stress relief, or rehabilitation, Steven is more than qualified to help you get back to the your everyday activities. Steven offers a multitude of massage therapy choices, please see them below.

      Email: steven@firststepfitness.com
      Phone: 708.508.7838

      Skills

      • VIP, Elite & Endurance Athlete Massage
      • Deep Tissue Massage
      • Dance-specific Massage
      • Sports Massage
      • Shoulder and Hamstring Massage
      • Massage Rehab
      • Swedish Massage
      • Chair Massage
      • Stress Relief & Relaxation
      • Pregnancy Massage

      Achievements

      • Olympia College Massage Therapy Certificate
      • 2008 National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
      • State of Illinois Licensed Massage Therapist
      • Currently enrolled in F.I.G.H.T. Chicago classes
      • Co-owner of 3 Brothers Fitness