Who are we?

I’m Dr Tracy Johnson and I founded Brainbox Coaching in 2004. Originally based around life and career coaching, Brainbox has evolved to focus on health and fitness in tandem with my own journey back from chronic fatigue syndrome to a happy and active life.

After seventeen years spent teaching in higher education (English Literature, learning and teaching, professional development), I launched Brainbox full time in 2014 and have seen the business sky rocket as the UK takes a greater interest in wellbeing and healthy living.

I work mainly independently but have partnered with Sally Parkes Yoga and the One Mile Bakery on specific projects, and am on the team with Realise, delivering corporate fitness talks and training. I am also represented by Delegated Services for skills training in the education sector. I still work each autumn as a consultant in higher education, delivering talks to mature students returning to learning at the University of Bristol and Bath Spa University.

I came to fitness late at 35 but over 10 years have accrued a series of qualifications in personal and group training and nutrition, as well as achieving my brown sash in Lau Gar kung fu under Team GB coach Sean Veira. I now train in boxing as well as enjoying weight lifting, running and, obviously, yoga! I also love to dance and you can see me dancing the Argentine Tango with my teacher Eduardo here.


Most excitingly, I am being featured throughout 2017 in the TV series Be Fit Bristol Fitproduced by Troy TV UK. Click the link to watch my episodes and see me working with my amazing clients! The first episode gives you some of my background and explains how I founded Brainbox.




I am delighted to have been featured in and written for OM Yoga Magazine, the Guardian, the Bristol Post, Body Fit Magazine, Movement for Modern Life, Happiness+Wellbeing, Globe of Love, MindBodyGreen and to have struck a yoga pose for the cover of Cardiff Life! I am also a very experienced public speaker and have presented as far afield as China as well as around the UK at conferences and events. I am the author of careers guide Working in Science for Trotman Education and blog on all matters related to health and fitness over at Fittie Over 40.