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Kaneland Connection: FitMama opens chapter in Elburn

Erin Schaefer has moved her FitMama gym to Elburn.
Erin Schaefer has moved her FitMama gym to Elburn.

Erin Schaefer’s journey started with an impressive weight loss of nearly 100 pounds, a feat that required hours of hard work and help from a fitness trainer. But she said she didn’t really find her true path to a career in fitness until she did something as simple as open a newspaper.

Perusing a list of the top-10 jobs of 2010 in January of that year, she spotted one she thought was perfect – personal trainer checked in at No. 3. Just like that, she had found her calling. And from a boot camp that year to a business in downtown LaFox that started in January, she has met her goals.

The only problem? She was outgrowing her space in LaFox.

On Saturday, she launched her latest chapter – a new FitMama facility at 707 Herra St., Elburn. She said she has more than tripled the space she had in LaFox – now with about 2,600 square feet – and can offer three classes at a time. Visitors were greeted by women dressed in bright pink shirts, and Schaefer was making the rounds, showing off her facility.

FitMama is a women-only facility that offers class sessions at set times during the week. Schaefer said she has a lot in common with those in her target audience – women in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

“I don’t have the aesthetics of a trainer with the muscles or one who is skinny,” she said. “But I do have the knowledge and the experience of someone who has lost weight and someone who has been there.”

Schaefer, an Elburn resident, offers classes in the mornings and evenings. Participants can become full members or sign up by the class. It is not a 24-hour facility, but Schaefer notes that because it is for women only, comfort is key.

“There are no mirrors here,” she said. “You can wear your junkiest clothes.”

For information about FitMama, visit

Visioning workshop in Elburn

The Village of Elburn has planned a visioning workshop for 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Elburn Lions Club, 500 S. Filmore St. The workshop is part of the process for the village’s comprehensive plan. The village is seeking community feedback as it looks to shape its future.

The workshop will provide an overview of the project and the planning process, according to the village. It will be an interactive event featuring a review of issues, concerns, goals and objectives that have been identified by residents in previous events.

For information, call 630-510-3944.

Golf outing

The Kaneland Youth Football and Cheer Golf Outing and Fundraiser is set for Sept. 28 at Hughes Creek Golf Club, 1749 Spring Valley Dive, Elburn.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the shotgun start will be at 11 a.m. The cost is $100 a golfer and $20 for dinner only. The event is a fundraiser to purchase a storage shed and equipment.

Those interested may register at

Scholarship Opportunity Fair

The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce will host its 2012 Scholarship Opportunity Fair from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Sugar Grove Township Community Center, 141 S. Main St. Representatives of colleges, universities and organizations will offer guidance in obtaining financial assistance to first-time college students, returning students and their families.

Parties interested in sponsoring the event or organizations that are interested in procuring a booth at the fair can call 630-466-7895.

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at

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