Eric has been an athlete all his life, but his journey into the fitness industry is quite uncommon. While playing college football as an offensive lineman at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Eric weighed in at 302 lbs.
It was at this point that he made the life-altering decision to leave football and, instead, apply the same training and tenacity to improving his own health.
Exercise and wellness quickly became his passion and guided his career path to sharing his experiences as a coach to enhance the lives of others through exercise. His personal struggles with weight loss allow him to connect with his clients on a level that most fitness coaches cannot.
After graduating college, Eric gained the experience and expertise that would inspire him to start the Movement Revolution. He worked as an Exercise Physiologist specializing in Adaptive Fitness for 6+ years at the top rehabilitation hospital in the country developing exercise programs for people with Parkinson’s disease and Stroke.
His duties included developing, prescribing, and implementing exercise programs for people with physical disabilities in collaboration with his client’s Physicians and Therapists. Eric has the ability to truly breaking down function to its rawest, most elemental form, in effort to rebuild strength and independence for his clients. Eric’s passion is to advise and coach his clients in those strategies that will maximize their abilities and quality of life, giving them the tools to live a healthier, longer life.
Eric’s Midwest roots underlie his values and personal integrity. For him, success is enabling each client to realize the transformative power of exercise.
Certifications and Specialties:
- National Strength and Conditioning Association- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- American College of Sports Medicine- Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer
- Functional Movement Screen (FMS)- Level I and II
- Rock Steady Boxing Coach
- Certified Delay the Disease Instructor
- Certified PWR! (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery) Instructor
- Peyow Aqua Pilates and Water Aerobics Instructor
- National Arthritis Foundation- Land Instructor
Our Specialized Team
Our Exercise Physiologists are experts in health and wellness. Each holds extensive experience, education, and certifications to work with special populations. Our staff members have at minimum, a 4-year degree in Exercise Science along with additional certifications that specialize in exercise for people with disabilities. The Movement Revolution Team is dedicated to advocate, empower, and inspire our clients to realize the power of movement.
Trent Thenhaus – Manager & Exercise Physiologist
Trent holds a unique set of credentials and experience. His expertise in Paralympic sport, adaptive fitness, and exercise science allows him to bring a breadth of knowledge to the Movement Revolution Team. He is a passionate coach and pushes to maximize his client’s abilities.
Trent has been a sports and exercise enthusiast his whole life. He grew up in a small town in Iowa where he participated in football, track, basketball, and baseball. Trent found his passion for adaptive sports and fitness in college after realizing his father could have continued participating in sports after his car accident at age 20 left him disabled Trent has 11 years of personal training experience working with people with physical disabilities and in sports performance. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation.
Adaptive sports led Trent to Chicago to pursue his career. Trent has worked at every level of competition within the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. From 2005 to 2009, Trent worked with Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, coaching the Windy City Warriors. He then joined the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Sports Program in 2009 and grew that program into an elite Paralympic sports program. During his time at RIC, Trent worked in partnership with the Chicago Park District to create a citywide Chicago Skyhawks youth program and helped develop the RIC Hornets Championship Division team, coaching it to four Top 10 finishes. He has also worked with the U.S.A. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball program in the role of team leader for the group that claimed Bronze at the 2012 London Paralympics.
Corey Emberton – Exercise Physiologist
While receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education-Teacher Education at Western Kentucky University, Corey knew he had a passion for educating individuals through exercise in order to improve and continue the quality of life. He continued his academics and received a Master’s degree in Health and Human Performance-Exercise Physiology at Fort Hays State University. Throughout his time in graduate school, he utilized a Learn-By-Doing approach in order to increase individuals knowledge while teaching undergraduate Personal-Wellness courses and treating patients at the on campus Neuromuscular Wellness center.
Corey has an extensive background in providing individualized care to populations spanning all ages. Additionally, he has spent the last two years dedicating his time to help decrease functional limitations of people with Severe Arthritis, Chronic Low Back Pain, and Sciatica. His goal for each client is to not only decrease those functional limitations but to assist each person in reaching their goals.
Daisy Murillo- Exercise Physiologist
Locations: Deerfield and Western Suburbs
Daisy developed a passion for fitness while completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at Illinois State University. She was an athlete all throughout high school, but the Exercise Science program opened her eyes to a whole new branch of fitness. Having an abundant amount of teaching experience throughout the past four years, Daisy has the ability to establish functional programs that are individualized to each client’s needs and abilities, based on her extensive teaching experience over the past four years. Daisy completed an internship at the top rehabilitation hospital in the country. Daisy has a strong understanding of program development for individuals with conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, stroke recovery, TBI, among others.
Daisy is also fluent in Spanish and can provide for the needs of our Spanish speaking clientele.
On her free time, she enjoys traveling, attending sporting events, and spending time with her two dogs.
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.Fred DeVito
Rudy Pineda- Exercise Physiologist
Rudy’s dedication to enhance the wellbeing of others through exercise and health began in high school. It started as a personal journey, progressed to helping friends, and later developed into his desire to make this his career. He started working as a personal trainer in his hometown of Denton, Texas and has over 10 years’ experience in general fitness. Wanting to do more to help individual’s with unique health needs, he acquired a position as a physical therapy technician at an outpatient orthopedic facility while simultaneously gaining his Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology-exercise science at the University of Houston.
After graduation, Rudy transitioned to a position as an exercise specialist at a top neuro-rehabilitation hospital. There he had the opportunity to work in group and one-on-one sessions with individuals who experienced traumatic brain injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, and amputations. This work inspired him to continue advancing his clinical skills and he is currently working towards his Master’s degree in exercise science at Northeastern Illinois University. His goal is to advance the field of exercise science by gaining a better understanding of how to address factors that improve the health, function, and lived experiences of individuals with varying abilities.
Olivia Duke- Exercise Physiologist
Olivia has had a passion for helping others all her life. Her family’s struggles with heart disease sparked her interest in pursuing a career in a field where she could help patients with all chronic conditions. Olivia decided to break into the world of exercise rehabilitation obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology degree from Indiana University – Bloomington. During her time in school she also completed multiple internships, where she gained experience in working with patients suffering from heart disease, stroke, and other debilitating conditions. Olivia is currently pursuing a Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine.
In her free time she enjoys cycling, crafting, and spending time with friends.