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July 2015 Member of the Month

Meet Keone Derain  

CFL is proud to announce our July Member of The Month to this little beast. Keone has been on the Gain Train for almost a year now, and has turned into a monster that is on top of the leaderboard workout after workout. With his work ethic there isn’t anything that this guy won’t be able to do.


Tell us about yourself:

I’ve got a younger brother and sister (Niko and Lily) who love to joke about CrossFit to me (jealous of my gains).  I’m helping out at St. Charles East with strength and conditioning camps this summer, and caddying part time (not really though). When I’m not working out I’m hanging out with my friends or watching Dexter on Netflix, while keeping up with every CrossFit and Broscience video on YouTube.





What made you try CrossFit?

I don’t remember how “Crossfit” got mentioned to me but when it did I remember watching highlights from the 2013 games, then telling myself that I wanted to be there one day and look like those athletes.


Favorite move:



Least Favorite move:

Kettle Bell Swings


Best experience at Leverage:

Friday nights during the Open, so much fun! And competing at the Galt Games with some other members from the box, good times!


Future Goals:

Qualify for regionals


If you had to give one piece of advice to a newbie, what would it be?

Don’t get discouraged if you can’t do everything. That’s what makes this so fun! Set goals and make gains, then eventually you’ll be doing things you thought you never could.


I’m very thankful to be a part of this gym, the members here are awesome. Dave and Sarah thank you so much for everything you do, I’m so happy to be a part of CFL!

June 2015 Member of the Month

Meet Isabella Tadique   (aka Bella)

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CFL is proud to announce our June member of the month to one of the nicest, hardest working people we know! Isabella has been with us since for a little over a year now, and has grown into this little powerhouse. We couldn’t be more proud of what you have accomplished and can’t wait to see how far you go!!! (P.S. that is a really, really big tire)


I lived in the Philippines my entire life until I moved to Naperville to be with the rest of my family about 7 years ago. Not-so-big sister to two brothers. I am also a single mother to a 3-year-old, Jasper, my male Siberian husky. I work full time as a nurse at a subacute rehab facility and part time home health. I am also working on further studies but taking classes at a slow, leisurely pace. When I’m not doing CrossFit I am most likely thinking about CrossFit or on a dating site looking for The One. Just kidding, I am only on it for research purposes 😉





What made you try CrossFit?

It was after a huge heartbreak when I decided to try CrossFit after months of relentless prodding by my awful friends, Judy and Iride. It sounded like a really stupid idea since my only “athletic” background was Dance Dance Revolution. I confirmed that when I failed to clean a 15-lb bar and “broke” my abdomen doing my first couple of burpees. Nobody thought I was ever going back, but I gave it another shot and fell madly in love.

If you had to give one piece of advice to a newbie, what would it be?

“You are much stronger than you think” – Dave Fecht

Favorite move?

Squats and Toes to Bar

Least Favorite move?

Wall Balls

Best experience at Leverage?

Friday Night Lights! Who doesn’t like an excuse to “compete” and eat, drink and be merry??

Future Goals?

A BIG BOOTY! And be able to do all movements RX. I have a lot of goats to kill!

Anything that you would like to add? 

CrossFit is like riding a rollercoaster: You think you’re going to die but you won’t, and you’ll probably throw up at some point but you will love it. If you like that idea and, in addition, you are fun-loving + drama-free, like to party after working out and are relatively good looking, then CrossFit Leverage is your sanctuary.  Thank you so much, Dave and Sarah, for this honor. Hugs and kisses I love you guys omg xx

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