Comings & Goings: Get fit at new gym near Route 59 train stration

Opening Grow Relationship Therapy has been a dream come true for licensed marriage and family therapist Lisa Pisha. "I wanted to offer services to the community I am part of and surrounded by," explains Pisha.  |  Submitted
Owner Steve Hlavac and his team of certified trainers will start offering team and group training sessions at Beyond Measure Training beginning Oct. 1.  |  Submitted

Beyond Measure Training owner and personal trainer Steve Hlavac plans to bring fitness to the area surrounding the Route 59 Metra station. In September, the renovated facility at 600 Industrial Drive, in Naperville, will offer group and personal training.

“We are really focusing on a 3- to 5-mile radius,” sayd Hlavac of the gym facility just off North Aurora Road.

Individual training plans and small group training sessions are how Hlavac sees the future of fitness.

“I think the industry is shifting away from box gyms and chains,” he says.

The North Central College graduate majored in exercise science, culminating a long high school and college career in athletics.

“Our bodies weren’t made to move like a machine does,” says Hlavac of his almost rudimentary approach to fitness training that often uses minimalistic utensils such as tractor tires, sledge hammers and punching bags.

Hlavac also will use TRX Suspension Training, equipment that uses body weight and rubber bands to get a full-body workout, supplemented with kettle ball and free-weight training.

“I just want to keep the body moving in a natural way,” Hlavac adds.

Initially Hlavac will schedule a screening to assess a client’s fitness level.

“It’s about how well you move. Not just a lot, which causes most of the injuries,” Hlavac says, rating each member on a scale of zero to three before suggesting the most beneficial training program.

The loss of his best friend, role model and inspirational guide Shaun Wild, the second-grade teacher fatally stabbed at a bar in Naperville last year, has given Hlavac even more reason to strive in life.

“I want to help people to start believing in themselves, because once they do, they will reach levels of success far beyond what they can measure. That is what Beyond Measure Training is all about,” says Hlavac in his blog at It describes the influence Wild, friends, family and sports have had on his life.

Visit the site for class schedules and more information.

Therapy downtown

On Jan. 1, Grow Relationship Therapy, a counseling practice, opened in downtown Naperville at 120 S. Weber St., suite 203.

Owner and Naperville resident Lisa Pisha, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and three other therapists offer couple, group and individual therapy for an array of issues from anxiety and depression to life transition, parenting and wellness support and workshops.

“Each of us is unique in our approach, personality and style of therapy, but we all wanted to be able to practice our profession in a supportive, caring and comfortable atmosphere for our clients as well as ourselves,” says Pisha of her all-female practice.

“We offer groups frequently on a variety of areas as well as workshops on health and wellness topics,” she says of her holistic and warm approach to therapy.

Brookdale Music closes

On Aug. 31, Brookdale Music, 1550 N. Route 59, suite 120, Naperville, will lock up its doors for the last time since it opened 20 years ago.

Owner Jack Morgan summarizes the closing in an email statement: “Brookdale Music is proud to have served the community by providing hundreds of weekly music lessons, hosting concerts and workshops in its recital space, and selling high-quality musical instruments and accessories.”

Everything in the store has been discounted for final sale, from sheet music and books to instruments, accessories and even store furniture and fixtures.

“Through the closing date of Aug. 31, there will be great opportunities to pick up musical equipment at closeout prices,” Morgan says.

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