Frances Brown, proprietor of Fran’s Fitness Pilates.

Fran Brown, Founder, Fran’s Fitness Pilates,

Q What originally inspired you to launch your business?
I have been in the fitness business for many years in management and proprietorship roles and have always taught fitness as part of my remit. I decided to specialise in Pilates after suffering back problems myself as I found this really helped. After being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 50, I decided to leave my full time job and start my own Pilates business…

Q What makes your business different?
I have been teaching fitness for over 40 years and Pilates for over 20 years. I have suffered debilitating back pain plus had a hip replacement, I have devised my own brand of Pilates, ‘The Fran Brown Pilates Method’, based on this experience specialising in Pilates, remedial Pilates, post operative and post injury rehabilitation, postural problems, back and joint pain, functional fitness, nutrition, and weight management. Many of the original Pilates exercises are omitted or modified in ‘The Fran Brown Plates Method’ as I don’t deem them appropriate or suitable for the majority of my clients.

Q What's new for 2023?
We are expanding and launching the business into Tring and surrounding villages, which is a new area for us in Hertfordshire. This wall complement our existing successful and well-established business in Potten End and Berkhamsted.

Q Describe a typical working day for you?
Mornings and afternoons are spent concentrating on answering enquiries, advertising, media, marketing, social media along with some face-to-face hall teaching. I also have an Online Pilates Studio to manage and upload daily content. Evenings can be teaching too sometimes or managing my teachers and classes they are taking.

Q Out of work, where do you like to visit?
I like to visit the many cafes in Berkhamsted, Northchurch and Ashridge often on my bike weather permitting. I frequent our well-known local Art Deco cinema The Rex too.

—published on page 28 in the Absolutely Hertfordshire Magazine, April 2023