Meet the Team
Menno Henselmans: Founder
Head of research
While synthesizing fancy molecules and creating artificial cells for my PhD, I realized that lifting heavy stuff is the “magic pill” to stay cool. This is when I decided to combine my scientific background with my passion for fitness and nutrition. When you take a scientist, powerlifter, bodybuilder, coach, vegan and a rational thinker and shake it well, you get me.
- Fluent in Russian, German and English
- PhD at Cambridge
- National level powerlifter
- Dissertation at CalTech
- MSc with distinction
- Competitive Figure athlete
Fredrik Tonstad Vårvik
My interest in science and research developed more and more during my bachelors. I have a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology with resistance training as my main interest. Besides working with research and my studies, I also run the FredFitology blog.
Fascinated by human beings in general, I love learning and teaching concepts that enhance our experience of life. Lifting weights and nutrition are a big part of that as well as constant self improvement. I am currently doing my MSc in Psychology and plan to work as a coach in the near future.
Stijn van Willigen
Content Editor and Graphics Designer
Since my teens I’ve been fascinated by the human body. What it’s capable of. What it can adapt to. And how to optimize its adaptation. When it comes the training and nutrition for aesthetics, performance, and health, science is an immense source of information. Great! However: it’s immense. And boring. (For most people, at least.)
A ‘healthy obsession’ with the human body turned into a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, and what I like to do most now: giving motivated people science-based tools to be the best version of themselves. Via infographics I want to bridge the gap between dusty scientific papers and fitness reality. From science to practice.
Ozan Atalag, PhD is an evidence-based, certified strength and conditioning specialist, a windsurfing expert and an avid Sport scientist. He is currently working with a few of the best windsurfers in the world. His expertise also covers professional table tennis, tennis and soccer as a S&C coach. He lives on the Big Island of Hawaii and he teaches classes such as Human Movement and Sports Biomechanics in the University of Hawaii at Hilo.