Personal Training


Why hire a personal fitness trainer?
Why hire a plumber, electrician,
accountant, or a lawyer?

If you want to feel and look better, invest wisely in yourself, and increase your energy and overall productivity. A personal trainer could be one of the best investments you can make in your overall health and well-being.

Why hire a personal fitness trainer?

1. Motivation

Most of us work harder in the presence of others. Having a trainer by your side can provide the encouragement, energy and motivation you need to jumpstart your routine. A trainer can also help you set goals, create a plan to accomplish them and celebrate the day you reach them.

2. Consistency

Do you find it difficult to stick with a program or habit? A trainer can hold you accountable and help you overcome all the excuses you might use to avoid your commitment to exercise. It’s a lot harder to skip your workout when you know someone is waiting for you.

3. Clarity

Fitness can be confusing.  Cardio before or after strength training? A trainer can help remove the guesswork so you can put all your energy toward accomplishing your goals.

4. Avoid Injury

If you are new to exercise or find that some movements are painful, it is worth hiring a trainer to be certain that you are moving in a safe and effective way. Taking the time to learn proper exercise technique can improve your results and prevent annoying injuries.

5. Individual Attention

When it comes to fitness, everyone is different. Your unique body mechanics, experience, goals, fitness level, likes and dislikes can guide your trainer in creating a plan that is specific to your needs. With a program that fits, you are more likely to maintain the habit and see results.

7. Sport-specific Training

Do you want to run your first 5K ? Looking to shave some strokes off your golf game? Your trainer can design a fitness program specific to your sport, which will improve your performance and reduce your chance of injury during the event(s).

8. Training With Medical Conditions

Exercise is beneficial for preventing or managing many common chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. However, exercising with a medical condition requires additional precautions. A knowledgeable trainer with experience training clients with chronic conditions can design a program that ensures your safety and provides a positive exercise experience.



The Functional Fitness staff consists of qualified and experienced Personal Trainers. We do this as a profession, not a hobby. Allow us to help you set and attain your fitness goals that just may save your life!

Our Services:

  1. Private and customized one-on-one training – at FF or in your home.
  2. Semi private/buddy training – at FF or in your home.
  3. Small group classes (3-5) – at FF, in your home, or in another space you choose
  4. Larger group classes/boot camps – your clubhouse or other large room, outside

Call, stop by, or email us for pricing, and to set up a complimentary consultation.

**With equipment purchase you may receive free training.

Our Trainers:

About the Founder, Paul Brune:

Paul continues to be a fixture in the Barrington area’s otherwise ever-changing field of fitness and preventive medicine. Paul was raised locally, and in the 1980’s turned a hobby into a career path.

He is committed to helping clients succeed at living a healthier, more active, and less restricted lifestyle. With the recent addition of the retail showroom, he feels FF has achieved an important link between quality fitness equipment, proper equipment demonstration, and safe and effective fitness instruction, all helping to ensure a clients long-term success!

His extensive background includes thousands of hours of rehabilitative strengthening…working directly with physicians and P.T.’s to design and implement patient/client protocols. This experience is the foundation for safe and effective fitness training, and a natural progression towards his true passion…preventive medicine!

His academic and business accomplishments include: Graduate degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago (School of Kinesiology); long active certifications with the National Strength and Conditioning Assn., American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine; published author; kinesiology instructor; experienced corporate fitness and wellness presenter.


Laura McGovern, MA, CSCS:

Laura McGovern has over 25 years of experience working in the fitness industry as both a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.  She obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign and a Master’s of Arts Degree from Northern Illinois University.  Laura is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA and has multiple certifications through AFAA. She is a member of NSCA and IDEA.  Laura has worked within the park district system as a Group Fitness Coordinator, Personal Training Supervisor and Fitness Department Supervisor.  She currently holds an adjunct faculty position at Elgin Community College and teaches several courses within the Health and Wellness Degree Program.  Although Laura has specialized in training athletes, she finds working with special populations (post-rehabilitative therapy, obesity, seniors, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers) and helping these people improve their fitness levels and quality of life very rewarding.


Barb Comstock, NSCA – CPT:

Barb Comstock is certified as a personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is very experienced in functional, full-body strengthening movements. She is extensively trained on the TRX suspension system, which she utilizes to help her clients improve balance and strength throughout her sessions.  She specializes in custom fitness programming that incorporates challenging goal setting, determined by individual’s capabilities and limitations.

Barb also has expertise as a running coach and has worked with many of these athletes. She can customize a comprehensive training program to help a client complete in a first race, a longer distance race, or to improve overall speed.

Barb has been involved in sports and fitness most of her life and is an avid runner. She has completed several marathons, including competing and finishing the Chicago and the Boston.


Amy Owens, CPT:

Amy Owens has been a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor for the past 8 years. She currently holds four certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine.

Although her expertise allows her versatility with client instruction, senior programming is an area of particular interest. She is also quite experienced and comfortable working with those possessing specific conditions such as chronic joint issues, and those recovering from breast cancer, surgery, stroke, etc.

She continues to volunteer with an exercise program in accordance with the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association.



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