Rick Wemple is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He brings a blend of running, strength and flexibility training experience to his personal training work, and his coaching and training philosophy is to approach each client as an individual when designing training programs. Each person has different needs and interests in fitness and he works with each client to personalize their fitness plans. To date, Wemple has worked with young to middle-age adults looking to get stronger and/or lose weight; helped high school and college soccer and lacrosse players improve their endurance conditioning; trained a 70-year old woman for competition in the discus, shot put and javelin for the 2007 Senior Games competition; and has helped a 79-year old woman regain daily functional capacity after a stroke.
Rick started his career as a track & field athlete at Yale University where he earned a degree in Biology. Wemple still holds school records in the mile (4:04.54) and the 1500 meters (3:42.09) and earned All-American honors in cross country in 1991. Rick earned a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Ohio State University in 1994 and returned to Yale to work in an exercise physiology lab and volunteer coach for the cross country and track & field teams. After four years, he was hired full-time at Brown to coach the women’s cross country team and the women middle distance and distance runners.
In seven years at Brown, Wemple guided the women’s cross country team to three Division I NCAA Cross Country Championships, with their highest finish being 9th in 1999. Athletes there set and reset seven different school records from 800 meters to 5000 meters and won nine conference individual and relay titles. Next stop was Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, and his impact was made almost immediately. Three athletes earned five All-American awards in cross country and indoor track and the vast majority of his team members set new personal bests in his first year (2005-06). Wemple’s final coaching stop was Loyola University Chicago as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field programs. In his 4 1/2 years at Loyola, athletes set and reset 41 school records and won 35 conference individual and relay titles.