What are the benefits of joining a community-based fitness gym?

First and foremost, CrossFit Caliber offers the best value for your money, compared to any other type of gym. The primary reason is that we are locally owned and operated, and the goal of the members of our community-based gym is to provide help, support, and encouragement for each other. You’ll find the environment more welcoming and less intimidating.

Further, you’re getting your workouts programmed and lead by a certified coach and expert on a daily basis. Rather than walking into this gym without a plan, we’ve already written one for you and will lead you through it with the group each day!

At the end of each workout, you’ll receive a unique report card that tracks your progress. We also take snapshots of your workout every day and store them in our system. This is nice because it allows you to compare your progression from week to week so that you know when you’re making gains, and when your body may require some recovery.

A community-based group fitness gym is also better for your health than being at home physically inactive. There are many studies that have shown that individuals who exercise with others and share their thoughts are less lonely and suffer from depression less which has a direct link to physical health.

When it comes to making your lifestyle shift, you’re going to be in a group of people that are on the exact same page as you. You’ll get accountability from other members are also Streamwood locals (who also want and need to make progress!). It’s a fun, social atmosphere where everyone is striving for the same goals!

Finally, another benefit of joining a local community-based group fitness gym is that it will help you stay in shape for anything since you’re getting a variety of new workouts regularly and constantly bettering yourself!

Through our experience of working with thousands of Streamwood locals at CrossFit Caliber over many years now, there are some other benefits too! You’ll find yourself going to the gym more often, you’ll feel better about yourself and your confidence will grow. This all typically leads to weight loss or a healthier lifestyle overall!

Feel free to contact us anytime with questions on how we can help you make a lifestyle shift! I hope this article was helpful in encouraging you to get involved with our group fitness classes.

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Bino Salazar


Coach Bino started CrossFit because he was seriously worried about his health. After spending years being the “big guy” in the room and weighing almost 400lbs he decided to take his nutrition and fitness seriously. He began going to CrossFit Caliber regularly and through diligent, hard work and consistent nutrition he lost 150lbs in 5 years. “Although the work is never done, I am thankful to have the chance again to see my body jump boxes, jump ropes and lift weight.”

He now uses the CrossFit methodology to provide structure and balance in his life and uses his knowledge and experience to influence and help others to do the same. But beware, another passion of his is singing karaoke and one day he’ll get you to belt out a few songs with him! Bino has been coaching at CrossFit Caliber since 2020.

Carolyn Bajic


Coach Carolyn started CrossFit because she needed to save her own life. In High School she was a happy-go-lucky Cheerleader. Then her world fell apart when she was diagnosed with Lupus. Her doctors told her that she needed to slow down and take it easy. This went against every fiber of her being. So Carolyn did her own research and did the opposite, she cleaned up her nutrition, found CrossFit and dove headlong into it. Two years later her symptoms were almost non-existent and her doctors were left dumbfounded. To this day she credits the CrossFit methodology for saving her life and giving her the energy and lifestyle she never thought she would have again. Now, as a CrossFit Coach, she gives back to her community and teaches others how to turn their lives around like she did. But watch out, she loves CrossFit shoes and if you ask her about it, she will have you filling your closet with your own collection. Carolyn has been coaching at CrossFit Caliber since 2021.

CrossFit credentials: Level 1 CrossFit Trainer, CrossFit Kids, Judges Certificate, Barbell Rehab

What was your first CrossFit experience like?

I had no clue what CrossFit was, I started with a 6 week challenge and I was hooked. Here I am 7 years later still loving it!

How has CrossFit changed your life?

As someone with Lupus, being told that working out is not going to make you feel better but worse CrossFit proved that wrong. Its helped me get healthier physically and mentally. 

Why did you become a CrossFit Coach?

I wanted to be a CrossFit coach to inspire others. No matter what obstacles get in your way you can get that PR, you can jump rope, you can run that mile. 

Any favorite inspirational quotes or sayings?

“Don’t count the days, make the days count” -Muhammad Ali


CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Lee Ann Karsbaek


Coach Lee Ann has been an athlete all her life. She has excelled in many sports including basketball, volleyball and soccer since the age of five. So CrossFit to her has been a logical extension of her fitness development. With several bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education, she has devoted her life to become an Art Educator to elementary students. Honing the skills of patience, perseverance and observation she helps children discover and express their artistic talents. When coaching CrossFit, she brings her creative, competitive and emphathic qualities to the gym to enable her to understand her students better and thus help them realize their full potential. When she’s not coaching you’ll find her silently doing Yoga in the corner of the gym and thinking about where and when to get her next great cup of coffee. Lee Ann has been coaching at Caliber since 2020.

CrossFit credentials: Level 1 CrossFit Trainer, Judge’ Certificate, Spot the Flaw Certificate

What was your first CrossFit experience like?

I went to a Saturday class after finding a Groupon in September 2013 and was instantly hooked.

How has CrossFit changed your life?

As a life long athlete it fulfilled my need to be active without having to play organized sports. I have made amazing friends while being able to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle that is never boring.

Why did you become a CrossFit Coach?

I wanted to learn more about CrossFit and the methodology behind it so I took the L1 course to learn from the best. I remember how every accomplishment and PR feels and love helping others have these experiences as well.

Any favorite inspirational quotes or sayings?
“Show up. Dive in. Persevere” -Barack Obama


CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Megan Senne


Coach Megan’s primary drive is to make you better, stronger and faster than you ever thought possible. She has several bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the medical sciences and spends her working days in the Pathology lab. Coming from a competitive swimming and track background, she knows firsthand what it takes to gain that edge to make you better than yesterday. She is also your greatest cheerleader and takes great joy in seeing your accomplishments. Approaching a CrossFit class with a keen analytical mind and her competitive drive, she not only knows what it takes to improve your fitness, she lives for it. When she’s not killing it in the gym she enjoys scuba diving, snowboarding and camping. Megan has been coaching at CrossFit Caliber since 2020.

CrossFit credentials: Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

What was your first CrossFit experience like?
I was new to the area and I didn’t know anyone and my sister suggested looking up a CrossFit gym to meet some people. I found Caliber and the first time I walked into the gym there was a woman attempting a pull-up. Everyone in the gym was standing around the rig and cheering her on. There was a lot of encouragement and excitement, and the moment she achieved her goal and got that pull-up everyone standing there hugged and high-fived her – as if their own goals had been accomplished. It was that moment I knew the CrossFit Community was not like any other. 
How has CrossFit changed your life?
CrossFit has changed my life for the better. I am not only healthy, but I have found a supportive and positive community filled with life-long friends.
Why did you become a CrossFit Coach?
My whole life I have done sports because I loved the challenge and the ability to push myself to become better. CrossFit gave me that opportunity to push myself beyond what I thought was possible. It made me faster, stronger, and overall fitter than I ever thought was possible. I became a coach so I can show and teach others that their goals are achievable, and provide motivation to keep hungry for more.
Any favorite inspirational quotes or sayings?
“Intensity is essential and it hurts, but it is required to greatly increase fitness.”


CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Kelly O’Reilly


Coach Kelly has a passion for learning and teaching. An educator by profession, she holds several bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education. With this she dedicates herself to teaching and training Special Olympics athletes. She is also the coach of the Special Olympics Team Illinois powerlifters. As a lifelong teacher, coaching CrossFit only comes natural to her. Everyone has their own way of learning, and they have their own individual limits and strengths. She adeptly recognizes them and coaches each of her students in the way that works for them. When she’s not teaching she spends her off time with photography and reading, and she loves hanging out with family and her dog. Kelly has been coaching at CrossFit Caliber since 2016.

CrossFit credentials: Level 1 CrossFit Trainer, CrossFit Rowing

What was your first CrossFit experience like? Just walking in the door was one of the hardest things I had ever done. I could tell right away that the community at Caliber was amazing and the people I had just met were encouraging and helped me finish the workouts. I could barely walk the next day and I knew it was exactly what I needed so I went back. That was in September 2013 and I’m so glad I took that first step. 

How has CrossFit changed your life? CrossFit has taught me that I can do a lot more than I ever thought I could. I am more confident, stronger physically and emotionally. I know what my body can and cannot do and I strive every day to help people learn the same about themselves. 

Why did you become a CrossFit Coach? I love learning new things and I love CrossFit. With my background as an educator, I knew the teaching part, but I wanted to learn all the reasons why we do what we do in CrossFit. 

Any favorite inspirational quotes or sayings?
“We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.” – from Doctor Who


CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Arnel Delosreyes


Arnel’s passion is in exploring and pushing the limits of the human body, mind and spirit. Graduating college with a degree in Criminal Justice, he spent his early career in the private investigation and security industry. As violent crime peaked in the 90’s the demand for private security boomed. Because of this, he created a new standard for security officers at his firm. He developed crisis management, self-defense, crime prevention, first aid and physical fitness programs and trained his officers to become the best in the field. During his years as a Security Director this new standard caught the eye of several agencies and soon thereafter they hurried to follow suit. Accomplishing everything he wanted in this industry, he then left his firm to attend law school and became a Criminal Prosecutor in the Office of the State’s Attorney. After a total of twenty-one years in the Crimimal Justice field he found CrossFit and discovered that it jibed with everything he practiced and stood for. CrossFit’s principles of total development of physical ability and mental and spiritual toughness led him to dive deeper and become a CrossFit trainer. Realizing that this was what he was and wanted to do, he began training students in his garage. From there he opened CrossFit Caliber where he continues his passion to this day. Arnel has been teaching the CrossFit methology since 2010.

CrossFit credentials: Level 1 & Level 2 CrossFit Trainer, CrossFit Weightlifting, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Judge’s Certificate, First Aid and AED


CrossFit Level 3 Certification
 Bachelors in Exercise Science, Master in Kinesiology, USA Weightlifting, CrossFit Kids, Adaptive CrossFit, Precision Nutrition, Cenegenics Nutrition


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