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North Central College graduate opens fitness business

<p>Naperville resident Steve Hlavac is the founder and owner of Beyond Measure Training in Naperville. | Submitted</p>

Naperville resident Steve Hlavac is the founder and owner of Beyond Measure Training in Naperville. | Submitted

North Central College football standout Steve Hlavac is using his athletic background to his advantage. He’s turned his passion for fitness into a career.

“Helping people is my goal,” says Hlavac, founder and owner of Beyond Measure Training, 600 Industrial Drive, Naperville, in a press release.

A personal training club, Beyond Measure Training provides individual attention in small structured classes or one on one.

“People want to experience success when training. Here, they progress through levels of training and become really good at what they’re doing, which is motivating and empowering in other areas of life, too,” Hlavac says.

Hlavac has always loved fitness and training.

The Naperville North High School graduate, earned an exercise science degree from North Central College in 2012.

There he was the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards in football and was an outfielder in baseball. That passion led to helping college friends with personal training and evolved into his career.

While in college, a faculty member he barely knew confronted him about his obsession with sports and apathy toward studies.

“She held me accountable, which I needed, and told me I could achieve. Since then, I’ve tried to hold myself accountable every day,” he says.

Hlavac is CPR, AED and FMS certified and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also is Training For Warriors-certified, a physical and mental training program.

Besides helping his clients’ meet their physical goals, Hlavac is committed to donating a portion of his company’s earnings to a charity. The first year’s donation will go to the Shaun Wild Memorial Scholarship at North Central College. The late Shaun Wild, a teacher who died in February 2012, was Hlavac’s college roommate, football teammate and best friend.

Recently, Hlavac offered his business as a drop-off site to help collect and distribute supplies to people who were impacted by the Nov. 17 tornadoes in Illinois. He and his certified fitness trainer Kate Crawford, a native of Coal City, personally delivered supplies to Crawford’s hometown.

To learn more, visit beyondmeasuretraining.com.

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