About Us

Meet Our Team

Our Story

Kris & Erika Gruner

WIN Athletic Club Owners

Kris was an All-American, Division III football player and Erika was a varsity swimmer at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. “We met our Senior year in a class called “Teaching and Coaching Individual Sports.” Married for almost 30 years, Kris and Erika have continued their love of fitness and coaching. Kris has coached football for 15 years – the last 5 for the Evanston High School Wildkits.

Meet the Team

Family of Passionate Professionals

WIN Athletic Club is a boutique style group fitness facility. It features 4 studios for classes in boxing, strength, high intensity interval training and cycling. Sports performance is also offered on our turf to train youth and collegiate athletes for maximum results

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Kris Gruner

WIN Owner, Co-Founder

Kris Gruner spent the first 25 years of his career in the commodity option trading business where he built and managed his firm's risk. Along the way, he trained and coached many young traders the art of risk taking. At the end of 2017, he decided to retire from the option trading business.

Having been a collegiate athlete and high school football coach for many years, Kris decided to join with a business partner, Chris Falcon, and create an entirely new business built around fitness and performance. Kris’s passion has always been teaching and coaching to help connect people and build relationships. That energy is now fully focused on building the WIN community. A community committed to a fitness experience that is better shared!

Kris teaches Punch45 and HIIT45 as well as Youth SAQ

Erika Gruner

WIN Co-Owner, Administrator

Erika Gruner was a Division 3 collegiate athlete as a swimmer at Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. At Depauw, she met her husband and co-founder of WIN Athletic Club, Kris Gruner, in a class called “Teaching and Coaching Individual Sports.” While coaching for the Evanston McGaw YMCA swim team, Erika competed in several triathlons in the Chicago-area. Aside from athletic pursuits, Erika worked as an account-executive for Fedex and then became a stay at home mom for her 3 children while running her own small computer consulting business.

She is a spinning certified instructor and loves to fill in when needed teaching StrongSpyn and PLYOSpyn. Her main focus is building a strong community at WIN Athletic Club while keeping the administration of building a new business in check.

Chris Falcon

WIN Co-Founder/Co-Owner, REACTIVE Owner

Chris Falcon is the Co-Founder of WIN Athletic Club and the Founder of Reactive Performance Enhancement Center - the Personal Training division of WIN. He is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist,Youth Exercise Specialist, and Golf Fitness Specialist. He is also a Certified Reiki Healing practitioner. He is a natural born creative, writer, artist, motivational speaker, fitness enthusiast, realtor, podcaster and the 2020 - 2022 President of the Glenview Chamber of Commerce.

Certifications: NASM CPT,PES,CES,YES,GFS

Elle Bandy

WIN Group Fitness Instructor

Meeting challenges has been something Elle has done her entire life. But after an automobile accident that almost claimed her ability to walk, she made surpassing challenges a major part of her daily regimen. Elle is a competitive powerlifter and proof that anything is possible when you stop listening to others and start cultivating your inner voice.

Certifications: NASM CPT
Elle teaches FIT360 and is an expert in all things strength and conditioning.

Joe Villanueva

WIN Group Fitness Instructor

Joe is a Physical Educator and wrestling coach at Evanston Township High School. He also coaches football with WIN founder, Kris Gruner, at ETHS. Joe specializes in mixed martial arts and boxing. "I truly believe it's important to build positive relationships with every person within the WIN community. A strong, positive relationship fosters positive classes, and more importantly, unforgettable experiences. I strive to create engaging and challenging classes for the WIN community.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, Mobility CrossFit Level 1, USA Wrestling Bronze Level Coach
Joe currently teaches HIIT45, Youth SAQ and RECESS

Courtney Brin

WIN Group Fitness Instructor

Courtney’s first career was in elementary education in The Chicago Public Schools where she taught for 10 years. After staying at home with her three children and moving back to the suburbs, Courtney returned to work, this time in the fitness industry. Courtney comes to WIN from another large fitness company, where she focused on membership sales. She developed relationships with members, planned events, and created a sense of community in the club.

Courtney was encouraged to pursue a certification in group fitness because of her obvious enthusiasm and participation in classes. She has a passion for teaching, and focuses on connecting with every member in her class. Courtney currently resides in Highland Park with her husband, three children, and her Bulldog, Waffle. Her favorite food indulgences are sushi and coffee ice cream.

Certifications: AFAA certified group fitness instructor
Courtney teaches StrongSpyn, PlyoSpyn and HIIT45

Justin teaches both HIIT45 and PUNCH45

Edward Serrano

WIN Group Fitness Instructor

Edward has worked with all walks of life, from young athletes as early as 5yrs old learning about fitness, to the elderly fighting for their lives dealing with Parkinson’s disease, to professionals that play in the NFL, NBA and fight professionally. "I believe fitness is supposed to be fun and every person is different, so I approach every training session in that way by designing fun and effective workout plans.” Edward’s workouts are full body workouts that combine cardio and boxing to tone your muscles, burn fat, and increase your overall stamina, endurance and strength.

Certifications: NASM CPT and Certified Boxing Coach.
Edward currently teaches both HIIT45 and PUNCH45

John David

Personal Trainer, TEAM REACTIVE

John's background in Physical Education and Health makes him a great trainer for people of all ages. John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a minor in Health Education and a concentration in Psychology from Northern Illinois University.

Certifications: B.S. Physical Education, NASM PES

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Reygie Puangco

Personal Trainer, TEAM REACTIVE

Reygie's charisma and versatility is what makes him truly unique. He has the ability to connect with a wide range of people, and the experience to provide superior training to anyone who is looking for a challenging but effective workout.
Reygie is a Chicago Golden Gloves medalist, and a National Academy of Sports Medicine

Certified Personal Trainer.
NASM-CPT, YES, USAWL/OTF Team Leader
Reygie is a personal trainer and teaches Punch 45 and HIIT45

Justin Brown

WIN Group Fitness Instructor

Justin's fitness experience spans from children’s physical fitness to D-1 athletes. He majored in Kinesiology at University of Illinois where he competed in mens club volleyball. Justin's experience has been in a wide variety of fields from AVP and CrossFit to MMA. “If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results, then your physical training should be ever changing.” Justin likes to keep his classes fun and makes sure every class is unique to the last.

Certifications:
Brookbush Human Movement
Brookbush CPT-1 (certified personal trainer)
Brookbush CES (corrective exercise specialist)
PPSC (pain free performance certification)
USA Volleyball
USA Boxing
Kettlebell Kings Certification
Justin teaches both HIIT45 and PUNCH45

Austin Hansen

WIN Group Fitness Instructor

Austin is a certified personal trainer who specializes in sport performance and body composition. I’d consider myself a “Jack of All Trades” Trainer and Coach, with knowledge and experience in many aspects of human performance. I like to take a principles based approach where context is the driving factor for the type of exercise or tools we are utilizing to achieve our goals. From growing up being extremely active and playing a variety of sports, Austin developed a passion for fitness with an emphasis on improving the composition, performance, and movement optimization of my body. This led him wanting to help guide others in their pursuit of becoming better physically and mentally, so that they may live longer and healthier lives.

Certifications
NASM- CPT, CES (corrective exercise specialist) PES (Performance Enhancement specialist)
Austin teaches SAQ, RECESS and FIT360

Emma Stein

WIN Group Fitness Instructor

Emma Stein is joining our team for the summer as a Kids Camp Fitness Instructor, she graduated from Villanova University in May of 2021 where she studied Education and Counseling and participated in three years of Division 1 Water Polo.
Emma has found a love for fitness and healthy lifestyle and is in the process of getting her certificate in Personal Training and Nutrition. Emma has worked at Lifetime Fitness as a Kids Camp Supervisor and Fitness Instructor for 4 years. After the summer Emma will continue pursuing her Masters of Science from Villanova in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Kim Carter

WIN Kids Camp Instructor

WIN is so fortunate to have Kim Carter on our team! Her main job is a 2nd grade teacher in Wilmette and she loves to teach her yoga practice to as many kids as possible.

Kim has practiced yoga for over 12 years. She is certified in Radiant Child Yoga and has her 200 Hour Yoga Certification. Kim teaches yoga daily to her 2nd graders in Wilmette and has taught adult Yin Yoga, Hatha Flow & Vinyasa Flow studio classes. She taught Evanston Community Yoga at the Dawes Mansion by the lake and assisted Shakta Khalsa (Founder of Radiant Child Yoga), during her Radiant Child Yoga training at Kripalu.

Kim benefits from the healing power of yoga for the mind, body & spirit and loves to share this with her students so they can find peace throughout their daily lives.

Alix Williams

Alix Williams

Front Desk Assistant

Alix Williams works at WIN part time as a front desk assistant as well as one of our trusted kids club counselors. Alix attends high school at Glenbrook South and plays on the lacrosse team.
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Natalia Procinski

Personal Trainer, TEAM REACTIVE WIN Group Fitness Instructor

Natalia has experience working with clients of all ages and ability levels. Her style is supportive yet challenging. Her attention to detail allows her to pick up on muscle imbalances and craft workouts that not only strengthen your body but also bring it into balance.

Certifications: Nasm-CPT, CES
Natalia is a personal trainer and currently teaches HIIT45

Will Ko

Will Ko

Owner Ko Wellness and Rehab Center

Will Ko is owner of Ko Wellness and Rehab Center operated out of WIN Athletic Club. He specializes in sports performance for volleyball, soccer, football and hockey players. His rehab services include muscular / skeletal injuries, chiropractic and physical therapy as well as sports rehab.
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Sadie Williams

WIN Front Desk Assistant

Sadie Williams works at WIN part time as a front desk assistant as well as one of our trusted kids club counselors. Sadie attends high school at Glenbrook South and plays on the field hockey team.
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Hudson Brin

WIN Front Desk Assistant

Hudson Brin is part of our part-time staff working at the front desk and helping out with Youth Summer Camps.

He is a student at Highland Park High School and plays lacrosse. He has 2 sisters and a bulldog named Waffle! Hudson's mom, Courtney Brin, is one of our talented group fitness instructors.

One of Hudson's WINNING moments is when he saved his first shot as goalie in a lacrosse game when he suddenly had to go into a Varsity game as a Freshman.

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Cheryl Jasinski

Owner, Peak Performance Massage Therapy

Cheryl Jasinski is owner of Peak Performance Massage Therapy operated out of WIN Athletic Club. Cheryl specializes in deep tissue massage and keeps our members feeling good!