Fireside Fitness is a private, personal training studio dedicated to providing safe and effective one-on-one fitness training. It is the perfect studio for someone wanting the advantages of a facility fully-loaded with the standard gym equipment but who prefers to work in a private setting under the skilled guidance of a dedicated professional.
Fireside Fitness is also a family-owned and operated business. Kirk operates Fireside Fitness out a stand-alone building next to his home, where he lives with his wife and their three children. The studio is well-lit, clean, maintained for professional use, and includes a wood-burning fireplace (hence the name).
Kirk has been an ISSA certified fitness trainer for over ten years. His experience and expertise is best expressed in the many rave reviews from his clients. The older reviews are still found on his website at www.firesidefitness.com/testimonials. His newer ones are, of course, found on Google. Just search for Fireside Fitness.
Whatever your goal (toning, strengthening, weight loss, even kettlebell sport), Fireside Fitness can help you achieve it and teach you how to maintain it through a supportive lifestyle.
Great trainer. He cares about the well-being of the individual. His fees are competitive and the environment is private.
Kirk is an excellent trainer and he offers valuable nutritional advice, as well. His workouts are challenging for your specific level of fitness, but leave you energized. I also enjoy the the variety of exercises that I have learned in my sessions. After 5 months, my muscle tone, form, and strength have substantially improved. I am very impressed with Kirk's fitness training and advice. And...his studio is a great place to privately train. More...
Kirk is a knowledgeable and experienced fitness expert with decades of insight in many different avenues and techniques. He tailors training to the individual for the best results. I highly recommend Kirk! More...
I am 36 years old and I have been a client of Kirk's on and off over the last 3 years. When I first met Kirk I was living the typical unhealthy fast food no exercise lifestyle. Kirk really helped me see the forest through the trees by being patient and working on not only strength but "Functional Fitness." He helped me just literally move and feel better all around because he teaches you more than just the exercises but a healthier lifestyle. This last weekend I went to a birthday party with my kids and had the chance to do some obstacles you see on the American Ninja Warrior type shows and much to my surprise I was able to do quite a few of them; run up the 12' wall, leap with my hands from one parallel bar to another, shimmy up the walls in a skinny pathway . Things that I never thought I'd be able to do ever again really, and this was after rocking the new Grayslake Sledding Hill with my kids (hadn't gone sledding in years either!)I am so grateful for the time Kirk has put into listening to me and training me and working with my own unique set of exercising needs. He really has given me some good quality years back that I was pretty certain I had lost.Jeff Haroldson More...
Kirk is very knowledgeable and gives great guidance and advice.
Kirk’s main goal is getting to know what you want to work on and he takes that information and comes up with excerises to help you get stronger with your weaknesses he does an amazing job and I’m glad that my parents and I chose Kirk and I strongly recommend him to everyone
Kirk does an awesome job. He listens to his clients needs and helps them .
Very happy to have met Kirk. He has helped me get back into shape when I thought I was too far gone. Helped me connect with someone to work through a shoulder injury from many years prior and designed a work out that helps prevent further pain. Thanks Kirk.
If you are looking for great one on one training, Kirk is great! His studio is private and centrally located. Highly recommend!
Kirk uses a holistic approach to help people change their lifestyles through movement, nutrition, sleep, etc.
What can I say but "I love my job!"
Mitzi Lawrence Schwabe
Kirk is by far the most devoted trainer I have ever met. I've known Kirk for the last decade, and over the years he has proven time and again how tolerant (of me) and dedicated (to health and fitness) he really is. I look forward to seeing Kirk three days per week. I may not look forward to the actual working out, but Kirk makes it fun and worthwhile. His studio is private and his hours are flexible. He'll also tailor your workout to meet your individual goals and abilities. You can't go wrong with Kirk at Fireside Fitness. More...
Kirk is an excellent trainer. He tailors the training regimen to meet the clients desired outcomes. Highly recommend!!
Kirk does an extensive assessment of your lifestyle, your habits, and your goals. He then provides customized training to help you achieve those goals. His experience is obvious and he makes modifications with your workout as needed - for pain, for emphasis on weak areas or to focus on what YOU want to work on. You don't need to already be fit. Kirk works with all levels and all types of bodies. I highly encourage anyone to give him a try. More...
Kirk is an expert at fitness and nutrition. When I adhere to his direction, I ALWAYS have excellent results. His location and personalized instruction is superb!
Kirk is very knowledgeable and really has a passion for helping change people for the better. He really helped me understand different aspects about fitness that I never thought of, would recommend.
This is the first workout regime I have been able to stick with....3 years and counting. I am stronger than ever at 52. My blood pressure has come down and is in control without medication. ..and despite gaving 2 parents with high blood pressure most of their lives. 2 years ago, I fell down some cement steps and broke my right arm badly...i needed surgery. Workout were on hold for 6 months replaced by therapy elsewhere. When the doctor was ok with it, Kirk met with my therapist and developed routines to get back my full strength and range of motion. My therapist was stunned with the full recovery.Kirk makes sure I am challenged and do not get bored, but he also is encouraging and adapts the plan for my ability. If you want to truly improve your fitness, Fireside Fitness is a great choice! More...
Kirk at Firside Fitness is great!! He is perfect for those who are afraid of gyms, trainers, or exercise in general. He starts at your level of ability and ups the challenge as you adapt so that you can continue to grow. He understands what it takes to encourage growth and that excess is not ever as effective as keeping you working at a level that is achievable but challenging. And he gets results! You'll have fun, feel great, and will see your fitness improve. More...
I truly believe Kirk is one of the best in the business. He is highly motivated to help YOU on your journey and will tailor to your specific needs. Kirk has a strong commitment, attitude and knowledge base to help you achieve your goals. Look no further than Fireside Fitness. More...
I've known Kirk for a few years now. He has a home workout center and provides great one on one training. Get what you want in fitness or strength training with the instruction and support you need. I highly recommend Kirk's training program. More...
Every session at Fireside Fitness is exhilarating. Kirk works with you to find that perfect balance of "wow-I really worked hard today" and "really? - this seems way too easy to be getting me fit". I'm always willing to try one or two more reps because he doesn't push you beyond your limits, instead he encouragingly mentions how much progress you have made. I haven't once thought about giving up on my goal under Kirk's guidance. His knowledge of all things exercise, fitness and nutrition is extensive and I recommend Fireside Fitness to anyone looking for a comprehensive training experience. More...
Kirk was great! An exercise program was tailored specifically for my needs which was easy to follow. I have been to numerous gyms, trainers, and "bootcamps" that did not offer the one on one efficiency that Fireside could. I also finally learned how to CORRECTLY use kettle bells, which most cross-fit or boot camps fail to teach. Highly recommend to anyone looking for quality corrective work and/or personalized exercise! More...
Kirk's main goal is to increase your fitness level without hurting you. I've had workouts with other trainers that I merely tried to survive. Kirk's workouts let you thrive. I go in knowing that I'll leave energized and better than when I came in. Kirk's philosophy is the opposite of "No Pain, No Gain". Kirk knows that good form makes for a more efficient workout. I get a good workout, practice good form and don't have to crawl out of the gym when it's over. As an experienced athlete exposed to many theories of fitness, I can't endorse Kirk's program highly enough. It's exactly what I was looking for. More...
I was able to attain my three goals of building strength, increasing lean body mass and endurance with Kirk Orelup in just a few sessions. He has a way of motivating you to increase strength and endurance without pushing you too far. He knows what he’s doing and what you’re capable of. What sets him apart from other fitness trainers as that he delves deeply into nutrition and lifestyle choices. We all know that exercise isn’t the only ingredient for health. Kirk gives sound advice on a whole foods based diet as well as lifestyle choices that sets you up to be stronger, leaner and healthier. More...
Mitzi Lawrence Schwabe
I've been training with Kirk for roughly 8 years. There's a reason that I've remained with Kirk so long, and it's not that I haven't met my goals. My goal is to be healthy and Kirk is far and away the best person to help you meet this kind of goal. Without Kirk, I know I would not make the time to exercise. My life, like everyone else's, is crammed full of appointments, meetings, shuffling children from place to place, and taking care of a house. Kirk makes working out enjoyable. He's a wonderful conversationalist and has a way of convincing me to eek out just a couple more reps. He not only works within your physical means, he also challenges you within those means. He is a fabulous resource for nutritional issues and makes every effort to determine what might be making your body feel less than cooperative. If a simple fix isn't able to cure what ails you, he will refer you to one of the medical and nutritional professionals within his network. Would I love to look like a model? Sure. Am I 100 percent happy being as healthy as I can possible be? YES! Without Kirk's guidance and support, I'm not sure I could do that. More...