Fitness Gym Provides Mental Well-Being Through Physical Fitness

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The Alley Fitness Boxing Gym, located at 6711 W. 26th St, is a fitness institution that bridges the gap between mental well-being and physical fitness through a variety of classes. A ribbon cutting was held in partnership with the City of Berwyn and the Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) on December 22. For owner Taylor Lazzara, The Alley is different from other gyms: her gym is a collaborative effort between trainer and trainee to help bring mental wellness and physical fitness together. Taylor brings experience from both of these worlds. Studying for nearly 16 years and teaching for the past eight, she has an extensive background in Karate, Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu and Personal Training. As a clinical mental health therapist, Taylor also holds double master’s degrees in psychology and art therapy. The Alley has 18 Muay Thai heavy bon a track, weight training equipment, MMA mats and men’s and women’s locker rooms. The facility offers a range of classes, including kickboxing, cardio boxing and boxing on a bag. In these classes, participants will learn skills like basic self-defense, quick reaction skill training, hand-eye coordination and more. Classes will begin on January 9. Different price packages are offered, allowing clients to choose what works best for their schedule. Package costs and details can be accessed the gym’s website. For more information on The Alley Fitness Boxing Gym, please visit, send an email to, or call (708) 516-2025.

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