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  • “Daily discovery and understanding is the process of growth and learning.”

    BRUCE LEE, MARTIAL ARTIST, ACTOR, PHILOSOPHER & FOUNDER OF JEET KUNE DO

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  • My name is Junior Degen. I’m 16 years old and live in Arnhem. I’m on the Bijsterbosch judo team from Heerde. For the last three seasons, Sanders has been my fitness coach. He taught me the basics of weight training when I was 14 years old, using very light weights at the time. Now that I’m a little older and can really start working out, those early lessons are paying off. Sander is much more than a fitness coach to me. For the past year and a half, he has worked hard to make my back more flexible and to position my shoulders further back. Before big tournaments he makes me just a little more fit than I already was. As a result I can train better. He also helps me with injury recovery, nutrition and supplements, which enables me to lose weight before a game in a responsible way. I’m very happy to have Sander as my trainer and hope we will continue our relationship for a

    Junior Degen
    Junior DegenDutch Champion Judoka
  • I’m an entrepreneur and a mom, which means I need to be in good shape to perform my best. Training with Mike has helped me recover from my two pregnancies a lot faster. Being a great judge of character, Mike knows exactly what your boundaries are. Further to this, he has extensive knowledge of the human body, which means he can create the perfect tailor-made training schedule for his clients. He keeps track of the latest developments in the world of fitness and always brings in new exercises and techniques when relevant. You can really feel his passion in every training session, which motivates you to give it your all. As a result, one session with Mike equals three sessions on your own in the gym.

    Liesbeth Kastelein
    Liesbeth KasteleinCreative Director at Rhinocreations
  • Evolve is my biweekly dose of morning energy. Physical exercise brings me psychological vitality. Since I’ve been working out with Mike, I find myself feeling stronger, eating healthier, drinking less and having a much better posture. Mike isn’t a power player, but really focuses on his individual clients. As CEO of Binck International I’ve recommended my entire staff to train with Mike. After all, the positivity it brought me spreads throughout the entire organisation.

    Luc Voncken
    Luc VonckenCEO of Blinck International BV
  • Last summer I decided to join a kickboks match for a charity event. As you could be a participant with zero experience I thought this is something I could do to challenge myself, to see how strong I was and how far I could get. Something I believe we all should do in life. I had to prove to myself that I could do this and by doing this I would become more secure, more proud and happy. I can not express how gratefull I am that Michael Henskens has guided me through this very important phase of my life. He pushed me through limits I never realized I could pass. Because I only had 3 months to prepare for this fight, there were times I trained 9 times a week. I trained mostly 2 times a day and I noticed, as time passed, I really wanted to become better and stronger and I did! It was so great to have this focus, to learn more about food and healthy living and to share it with others. I had my weaknesses as well but Michael was always there to put me back on track. He is a fantastic inspirational motivator with a wonderful knowledge of the function of the human body. Just before my fight he grapped my face and looked me into the eyes and told me repeatedly I can do this! And I did.. I won this fight, my first kickboxing fight after only 3 months of training! My smile is humoungous when I think back at my fight. I can’t wait to continue my training at Evolve in the near future and make this healthy lifestyle a part of my "normal" life.

    Marije Thole
    Marije TholeStudent at KLC School of Design
  • After failing to catch a snatch, clean and jerk at the bottom position and after finding out that I could not do one miserable pistol due to poor mobilit y, let alone a decent overhead squat, I decided to give Sander a buzz to see if he could help me out of my “misery”. I had no idea what I was getting myself into but heck, I´d give it a shot anyway. Needless to say that I found out that was pretty much a stiff Betty. My mobility had left the building as it were. Active Stretching isn´t a form of yoga, it is a workout. Well to me it felt like one. I left sweating, I found even more weak spots but most of all I had a great time laughing at my weaknesses. Interestingly enough I noticed the difference quite quickly. My hips were much suppler, my lower back better yet, I got stronger. Yes indeed because the small muscles were doing their job too for a change! oh and guess what? I managed to do 50 pistols at the CrossFit Europe Regionals! How is that for progress? Thank you Sander!

    Carla Nunes da Costa
    Carla Nunes da CostaWinner of 2013 CrossFit Africa, CF Games Athlete.
  • Before I started shooting the international feature film called '&ME' (release: march 2013), director Norbert ter Hall told me: you've got the skills to play this part, the looks to play this part, now you need the body to play this part. I immediately called Sander Beenders, with whom I'd been working before, and asked him: 'Sander, I need to become 'the beast' in five months. Can you make that happen?' He said: 'No. Only you can make that happen.' I was a bit scared. I wasn't to sure I had the motivation to go the extra mile. Sander helped me with my eating-schedule, and told me to train with him three or four times a week. And that I should stop drinking (as an actor, that's the hardest part). After months of training and changing my eating- and drinkingroutines, we started shooting the movie, and I was the beast. I owe it all to Sander, because he convinced me that I would be able to do it. It was hard work, but dedication and motivation made me do it. Thanks Sander!

    Teun Luijkx
    Teun LuijkxDutch Television and Theator Actor
  • All my life, I’ve been performing at the highest athletic level, which sometimes leads to injuries that prevent me from training all out or even result in pain in everyday life. At the moment, I’m ranked no.1 in weight lifting in the masters category and I’m aiming for the world title in October. The only thing standing in my way is the pain in my back. Having had great experiences with Sander during my preparation for the European Championships, I turned to him once again to help me get rid of my pain. Already my aches are diminishing and I’m fully confident Sander will be able to fix me this time around in the run-up to the World Championships.

    Dio Deegenaars
    Dio DeegenaarsEuropean and World Record Holder Weightlifting
  • Our sessions are my weekly dose of fun and physical anguish. Mike combines fitness with flexibility exercises and yoga principles – a mix I had been looking for for years. I started out with five trial lessons to replenish my fitness knowledge, but never stopped going after that. Mike is relentless, always telling you to ignore the voice that says it hurts!

    Robert de Wilde
    Robert de WildeAttorney at Eaton BV
  • I’d like to put a very special personal trainer in the spotlight: Sander Beenders. As an actor, it’s important to be in good shape. But my busy and often irregular schedule can get in the way of staying fit. Over the past few years, Sander has managed to keep me in top shape through a combination of weight training and stretching, and he has always done so with a smile. I’m fully supporting him now that he has opened up his own personal training gym and I’ll definitely keep training with him in this great new spot.

    Waldemar Torenstra
    Waldemar TorenstraActor and TV Host
  • I’ve had a lot of experience with personal trainers in both Amsterdam and London, but if you ask me, Michael Henskens is by far the best and most effective personal trainer I’ve ever worked with. Michael has mastered and keeps improving all techniques and expertise you would expect from a personal trainer. Being a smart guy, he knows exactly how to put together the perfect training schedule based on your wishes, goals and capabilities and how to adapt the program to gain maximum results.

    Ilona Brom
    Ilona BromManaging Director of Wilshire Private Markets