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Countryside welcomes Fitness Arrival, a new family style fitness center

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 3:48 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014 3:52 p.m. CDT
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Alex Gabryel, general manager and trainer at Fitness Arrival, works out in the new La Grange-based gym and training facility.

COUNTRYSIDE – In an effort to break away from mainstream gyms, a new training facility in the area wants its members to feel at home during their workout.

Fitness Arrival aims to be a happy, welcoming place, said owner Sandy Stefancich.

“We’re not intimidating,” Stefancich said. “Not everyone is comfortable with that [gym] environment, and we want people to be comfortable. We want this to be your place to be health and happy.”

Stefancich, who describes her business as a family, said she wanted a neighborhood location to set the facility apart from other gyms.

The 1200-square-foot center, located at 27 W. Plainfield Road, only allows two training sessions at one time, according to Alex Gabryel, general manager and trainer.

“We’re basically a one-on-one and partner personal training [facility],” Gabryel said. “It’s family oriented for the everyday person.”

First time visitors at Fitness Arrival, which opened this month, receive their first workout free. After the first session, there are different payment options for members, according to Gabryel, who said prices range from $30 to $50 per session. A pay-as-you-go plan also is available.

With Gabryel and two other trainers, the training facility is typically open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. However, Stefancich said she understands people need their own “me” time along with time to exercise.

“We’ll never say no to a time,” Stefancich said. “It’s about you and your schedule.”

At Fitness Arrival, anyone who wants to train may do so, from seniors to kids, according to Stefancich. She said it’s all about exercising safely.

“There’s no magic,” she said. “It’s about a healthy way of losing weight through a healthy eating plan and exercising.”

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