Kirk Orelup

Grayslake, IL 60030

For many years I have been under the tutelage of NY Strength founder and CEO Jack Barnathan, D.C., a fitness consultant for professional and Olympic athletes, performing artists, and much of the fitness and fashion industry. I have combined his scientific knowledge and professional experience with my personal, kettlebell, and martial arts experiences to create a much needed approach to fitness that exceeds mere personal training. As a certified Master of Fitness Design, I have radically departed from the concept of a “trainer,” and I have done so out of necessity. Too many in the industry have abused that term until it is now associated with abuse, pain, powders, fads, and sales gimmicks. It has always been, and is now more than ever, my goal to enhance function, energy, and mood through sound science, fitness design and profound motivation. “No pain, no gain” is a lie that science has disproved years ago. Unfortunately, it still sells.
If you would like to know more about my services and philosophy, I would be honored to share more about my passion. I work out of my fully-equipped, in-home studio. Due to my low overhead, my rates remain highly competitive to industry standards although I bring much more to the table than industry standards. Also, if you would like to have me look over your goals, nutrition, and fitness routine, I would be happy to schedule a time with you. Conversations among friends are always without charge.

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About Me


Certifications / Trainings

ISSA - Personal Trainer Certification
Expires: 2021-11-21 08:00:00 UTC
ISSA - Corrective Exercise Specialist
Expires: 2021-11-21 08:00:00 UTC
American Kettlebell Club - Kettlebell Coach
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

Amerian Heart Association
Agency Unavailable

AED Certified

Amerian Heart Association
Agency Unavailable

Liability Insurance

  • Fitness & Wellness Insurance Agency

Kirk's Locations

Orelup Kirk

17932 W. Winnebago Dr.
Grayslake, IL 60030

Fireside Fitness

17932 W. Winnebago Dr.
Grayslake, IL 60030

Additional Information


$50.00 / hr, When training 3 X week. $55/hr when training twice a week.

Payment Methods

Cash , Cashier's Check , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • Master Trainer Certificate, NY Strength
  • World Kettlebell Club Master Trainer
  • 4th Degree Black Belt, HKA

Languages Spoken




4 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Cindy Powers on Dec 09, 2013

    I've been in the field of Physical Therapy for over 3 decades. Over these many years, I've had the unfortunate opportunity to treat individuals that have been trained or treated by individuals that subscribe to the "no pain no gain" philosophy. Without question, that is the most irresponsible and dangerous mind set for anyone [client, trainer or therapist] to model.
    Having been involved in a serious auto accident, I trusted and placed parts of my recovery and rehabilitation under Kirk's direction. Ever mindful of my condition and limitations, Kirk demonstrated extraordinary flexibility and creativity to modify all routines to prevent injury or exacerbation. In today's world, it is increasingly difficult to find people of passion. Kirk was born to do what he does.

  • by Elizabeth Sue on Dec 03, 2013

    I know you are expecting to hear how great Kirk is, and you would be right to expect it. If your working-with-a-trainer experience has been to hurt yourself and then take months to recover from your "work out", you don't ever have to worry about that with Kirk. He is well-trained, watches you like a hawk, adjusts bad form immediately, explains why you are doing that exercise, and what you are doing with your movements. Kirk's calm and soft methods of instruction are NOT to be confused with a wimpy trainer. Kirk is going to ask you to move outside of your comfort zone and really make some lifestyle changes so that you can accomplish your health goals. Your job is to enjoy the process of turning your body and your overall fitness into solid core-building, better habits, and having fun while you do so. - Liz Sue

  • by Jim Munkacsy on Aug 18, 2011

    You are the best weapon in the quest to keep you healthy. Kirk has discovered this through ongoing education and practice. He applies his talents to teach your body to move. He freely offers his knowledge of nutrition to help you properly fuel those efforts. He will challenge you if he thinks that you are getting in your own way. I have trained with Kirk and watched him train others. His approach combines a classic work ethic with science and a love of the natural world. He will take you as far as you want to go towards your goals, building on a base of function, form and fitness.

  • by Ron Wade on Aug 17, 2011

    I've trained with Kirk for nearly three years now, primarily focusing on kettlebells and core strength training. Kirk is an exceptional trainer and he his extremely knowledgeable, helpful and motivational. He always pushes me to reach my goals, but also knows when I'm reaching my limits and never pushes me over the edge into injury. Kirk has really helped me with my form and technique and also shares a lot of great diet and nutrition advice in between sets. Above all, Kirk is a great guy and he genuinely cares about his clients. I highly recommend Kirk for anybody looking for an experienced, certified trainer that will help you achieve and maintain your fitness goals.

    Ron Wade