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Lou Hernandez

Lou Hernandez

Sports Performance Manager

Lou has worked as a strength and conditioning coach for over 30 years in D1 universities and the NFL, most recently serving as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Illinois. His programs have helped bring bowl game victories to the Fighting Illini and championships to the University of North Carolina.

Lou has also served in strength and conditioning roles for the University of Houston, University of Florida and the New York Jets. He has trained basketball MVPs, Olympic medalists and professional baseball players.

In his free time, Lou likes to workout, run, walk and enjoy time with his family.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS:

  • University of Houston. BS in Exercise Science
  • University of Houston. MEd in Exercise and Health Related Fitness
  • CSCCa Master Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • USA Olympic Weightlifting Federation Club Coach, Level 1
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Member
  • U.S. Power Lifting Federation Member
  • CPR / First Aid

 

SPECIALTIES:

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Performance

ken allen

Sports Performance Coach

As a student athlete, Ken graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and was a national medalist in Track & Field at the University of Illinois. While in school, he also achieved the highest level of the Illini Leadership Academy, focusing on helping student-athletes become leaders on and off the field, centered on the refinement of personal values to help define and sharpen leadership skills.

“I am firm believer that if you have knowledge, you should pass it on to others. I want to continue to positively impact the personal development of others, and stride to inspire those to reach their unknown potential through physical fitness.”

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS:

  • B.S. in Kinesiology – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer
  • Parisi Speed School, Performance Coach
  • CPR/AED Certified

 

SPECIALTIES:

  • Speed & Agility Training
  • Strength Training
  • Youth Performance Training

justus kree

Sports Performance Coach

Justus found his love for fitness through being an athlete at the high school and collegiate level, serving 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, and through his drive to help others. He looks forward to assisting others to reach their own fitness goals. Currently, Justus is a student at Illinois State University studying Exercise Science.

“I am excited to work with you to break down the physical and mental barriers you have about fitness in order to reach your goals. As well as join forces with you to have an enjoyable time on your fitness journey.”

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS:

  • B.S. in Exercise Science- Illinois State University (Expected graduation 2024)
  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer

 

SPECIALTIES:

  • Functional Strength Training
  • Body Composition/Weight Management
  • Sports Performance
  • Tactical Fitness
Alli Trainor

Alli Trainor

Sports Performance Coach

Alli has spent a considerable amount of time in the fitness industry – both as a participant and a trainer. She has 3 years of experience in group fitness as well as weightlifting and strength training: and 1 year of experience with personal training and sports performance. Alli has a passion for strength training and helping others to obtain their health and fitness goals!

“After being involved in the health and fitness industry in one way or another most of my life, I have developed a strong passion for strength training. I believe it is my job to emphasize form in lifting and find something every single person can enjoy. A healthy and strong lifestyle looks different for every individual and I look forward to helping every person find their niche!”

Alli leads the Adult Strength/MetCon programs.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS:

  • B.S. in Exercise Science – Illinois State University
  • CrossFit-Level 1 Certificate
  • CPR/AED Certified
  • Parisi Speed School Certified
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer

 

SPECIALTIES:

  • Strength Training
  • Weightlifting
  • Cross-Training
  • Track & Swimming 

Brennan White

Sports Performance Coach

Brennan was a three-sport athlete in high school playing football, basketball, and baseball. He went on to play Quarterback at Monmouth College and was part of three Midwest Conference Championships and NCAA playoff appearances. 

After graduating with a Bachelors in Exercise Science, Brennan became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. He has fitness center experience in one-on-one training and group fitness as well as sports performance training with high school quarterbacks and wide receivers.

Brennan then went on to purse his Masters in Sport Management at Illinois State University while working as a graduate assistant as the Director of Operations for the ISU Track & Field team. 

He is currently the Director of NIL/Community Engagement for Illinois State University Athletics and has a passion for student-athlete development.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS:

  • B.A. in Exercise Science – Monmouth College
  • Masters in Sport and Fitness Administration/Management – Illinois State University
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer

 

SPECIALTIES:

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • 1-on-1 Personal Training
  • Group Fitness
  • Student-Athlete Development
Grace Berger

Grace Berger

Sports Performance Coach

Grace started lifting in 8th grade at a local gym in her hometown in the Chicago suburbs. In high school, she threw shotput and then switched to powerlifting during her junior year.

“Exercise has taught me more than just physical strength. It has taught me humility, discipline, and joy.”

Grace has had to overcome her own injuries, so she knows what it feels like to begin, stick with it, and start over. “I am confident that I will be able to support you no matter where you are in your fitness journey! Through consistency and trust.”

Besides training at the gym, Grace enjoys going on adventures to check things off her bucket list!

Fun fact:  Grace holds several state powerlifting records in the 75kg 18/19yr division with the USPA.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS:

  • B.S. in Education / Physical Education – expected graduation 2024  
  • A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer
  • Westside Barbell Specific Strengths Certified

 

SPECIALTIES:

  • Strength Training
  • Circuit Training
  • Mobility / Rehab
  • Women’s Coaching
Blaise Strong

Blaise Strong

Sports Performance Coach

“I have had a passion for health and fitness since I got my first weight bench as a freshman in high school.”

Since then, Blaise’s passion has only grown and he has put this knowledge to use, not only in his own nutrition and training, but also with friends, family, and clients.

This led Blaise to getting a bachelors degree in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Blaise is a huge fan of combat sports and enjoys watching and participating in MMA and boxing.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS:

  • B.S. in Kinesiology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
  • NSCA – CSCS
  • Show Up Fitness Certified Personal Trainer
  • Show Up Fitness Certified Nutrition Coach
  • CPR/AED Certified

 

SPECIALTIES:

  • Combat Sports Strength and Conditioning
  • Physique
  • Hypertrophy Training
  • Sports Performance
  • General Population Strength and Conditioning

Mike Jaczak

Sports Performance Coach

Mike was born in Naperville but spent most of his childhood in the Champaign-Urbana area. “I have been passionate about health and fitness since I was young. I have been exercising or strength training in some capacity since grade school.”

Mike’s goal is to learn as much as possible about human movement and apply that to helping others. He wants to assist people in performing and moving their best whether that be on the field, on the court, in the weight room, or for everyday life.

In his free time, Mike’s favorite thing to do is Powerlifting! 

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS:

  • B.S. – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Masters in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology – University of Florida (expected completion
    May ‘26)
  • NCSA-CPT, CPR/AED

 

SPECIALTIES:

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Performance
  • Programming and Personal Training (for clients of all ages and abilities)