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Fitness center combines mental health counseling with workouts

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Kristy Caponi and FiVE15 marketing coordinator Dee Mack work out at the fitness center where they cater to both physical fitness and mental health counseling in a combined appointment.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Kristy Caponi and FiVE15 marketing coordinator Dee Mack work out at the fitness center where they cater to both physical fitness and mental health counseling in a combined appointment.

COAL CITY – Mental health counseling and fitness seemed like a natural fit for Kristy Caponi and Niki Perry when they decided to open FiVE15 Fitness in Coal City.

“We felt there was something missing in mental health in general,” Caponi said. “Our motto is ‘Fitness for your body, therapy for your mind.’ We feel it makes sense to combine counseling with physical fitness.”

She said the company has clients ranging from ages 3 to 75 while it works with families, single people and friends who want to work on both their mind and body.

She said the goal is to lose the stigma of counseling and give it a “coolness” so people can work on not only their weight loss and fitness goals, but also the mental side that might sabotage their goals.

It isn’t an average fitness studio, however. While FiVE15 Fitness does have cardio equipment and weights, it also has skeet ball, punching bags, vinyl albums and a kids’ room.

Caponi said that the workouts include what one would expect in most fitness centers, and also have included paddle boarding, tennis, basketball, a music group and a running group.

She uses whatever inspires the client to reach his or her full potential.

“We have the session be whatever they need it to be,” she said.

Each day, someone draws a slip of paper from a bag of notable quotes that becomes the “Quote for the Day.”

People can reflect on the quote, ask themselves how it pertains to them, how it has affected them and – most importantly, Caponi said – how they have overcome something related to it.

The business is expanding and Caponi expects it to soon take up the majority of the building at 740 E. Division St. in Coal City.

The other side of the gym holds a boxing room and rock-climbing wall to give people not just inspiration, she said, but also to show them that they can do something they never believed they could.

Currently the business has three full-time therapists and one part-time therapist, and are hoping to expand to meet the needs of all of their clients.

“Our goal is to be here when we are needed,” Caponi said. “Niki [Perry] is a morning person and has appointments as early as 5 a.m. I’m a night person and have been here for appointments as late as 10 p.m.”

Caponi said that because the business mixes fitness and mental health, some people are able to have their insurance cover the costs because of mental health. Others attending sometimes take advantage of employers’ fitness incentives and cover their costs that way.

“We recommend three times a week, but if a client can only get in one time, we want them to come that one time,” Caponi said.

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For information about FiVE15 Fitness in Coal City, visit www.515fitnessinc.com or call 312-252-2074

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