• Ward Merckx - Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Sport rehabilitation, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning

    Ward Merckx

    Physical therapy
    Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Sport rehabilitation, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning

    Ward chose to become a physiotherapist based on his innate passion for movement. He is also internationally active as a […]

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  • Elien Ooghe - Mobility enhancement

    Elien Ooghe

    Yoga
    Mobility enhancement

    From a young age, I have always been fascinated by movement and dance. With a background in both classical and […]

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  • Esther Vandenberghe - Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation

    Esther Vandenberghe

    Chiropractic
    Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation

    Esther graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractics where she obtained her Masters in Chiropractic. At a young age she […]

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  • Iris Van De Velde - Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation

    Iris Van De Velde

    Physical therapy
    Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation

    “Friends and family know me as an energetic, caring and sporty girl. Since this I didn’t want to have 3 […]

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  • Roland Claes

    Founder and CEO of ESP
    Chiropractic
    Improved health, Performance enhancement, Sport rehabilitation, Strength and conditioning

    Chiropractor, physical trainer for elite athletes, expert in nutrition and mental coaching, Roland Claes puts the health of his patients at the heart of his ...

    Chiropractor, strength and conditioning coach. Certified in exercise physiology, sports science and nutrition. With his holistic approach, Roland Claes puts the overall health of his patients at the heart of his priorities. With over 30 years of experience in the fields of sports and health, he creates a personalized treatment and rehabilitation for each of his patients.

    He accompanies those who practice sports at an amateur or professional (elite) level. Focusing on prevention and care, he works with children, adolescents and adults alike. He is an empathic expert to those who are injured and those who pursue a specific objective wishing to improve their physical condition for sports, and for daily life.

    His specialty is strengthening the posterior chains and back biomechanics, the basis of all rehabilitation.

    Care, Support, Transmission:
    A Calling From Father to Son
    Willy Claes

    In the Claes family, caring and transmitting constitute a vocation passed on from father to son. Roland was mentored by his father, chiropractor Willy Claes, renowned olympic weightlifting athlete, and followed his footsteps, taking on his profession with the same rigorous precision and deep listening skills. These are the qualities Roland learned, cultivated, refined and passed on to his two sons, Tristan and Florian, who decided to also become coaches and to open new paths in their turn.

    An international career in constant evolution

    Roland Claes studied at the Life University in Marietta, Georgia (USA), where he obtained the title of Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.). He then continued his training with world-renowned experts such as Prof. Stuart Mc Gill and obtained the Mc Gill Clinician & Coach Certification (3 levels). He also graduated from the DNS Prague School of Rehabilitation (Level A) of Prof. Pavel Kolar. He regularly attends seminars with highly renowned international coaches and therapists in order to apply the teachings received on his patients.

    He represents Belgium within the FICS (Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport, based in Lausanne, Switzerland).

    Like his training, his career has taken him to the international sports scene. He has shaped the careers of many renowned world, European and national champions, both in Belgium and internationally, in the professional worlds of football (soccer), tennis, athletics, triathlon, cycling, motor racing, and combat sports (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, MMA, judo, etc.). He has been a high-level athlete himself and maintains his fitness level every week by practicing strength and conditioning training.

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  • Tristan Claes - Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation, Nutrition, Powerlifting, Sport rehabilitation, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning

    Tristan Claes

    Senior Strength & Conditioning Specialist
    Personal training
    Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation, Nutrition, Powerlifting, Sport rehabilitation, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning

    Tristan is one of our Senior Strength & Conditioning specialists. Throughout his career, he has acquired multiple certifications of the […]

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  • Florian Claes - Biomechanical screening, Body composition analysis, Fat loss, Massage therapy, Nutrition, Performance enhancement, Personal training, Sport rehabilitation, Strength and conditioning

    Florian Claes

    Senior Strength & Conditioning Specialist
    Sport specific training
    Biomechanical screening, Body composition analysis, Fat loss, Massage therapy, Nutrition, Performance enhancement, Personal training, Sport rehabilitation, Strength and conditioning

    Florian Claes is a ISSA certified personal trainer. As a strength and conditioning specialist, he is an expert in improving […]

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  • Robin Van Vreckem - Performance enhancement, Psychotherapy, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning

    Robin Van Vreckem

    Personal training
    Performance enhancement, Psychotherapy, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning

    Robin is a NASM certified and EREPS level 4 Personal Trainer. He also holds a Master’s degree in (Sports) Psychology […]

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  • Cédric Goovaerts - Biomechanical screening, Nutrition, Performance enhancement, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning

    Cédric Goovaerts

    Personal training
    Biomechanical screening, Nutrition, Performance enhancement, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning

    Cédric is a personal trainer and a bodybuilding coach. He decided to become a trainer because of a burning passion […]

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  • Arnaud Piérard - Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation, Sport rehabilitation

    Arnaud Piérard

    Physical therapy
    Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation, Sport rehabilitation

    I hold a degree in physiotherapy and rehabilitation from UCLouvain. In order to improve my knowledge in carrying out exercises […]

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  • Jordi Ribas Ribas - Massage therapy, Sport rehabilitation

    Jordi Ribas Ribas

    Physical therapy
    Massage therapy, Sport rehabilitation

    Jordi is a physiotherapist and holds a PhD in Sports and Physical Activity Sciences. Passionate about the body, he has […]

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    Cristina Bara

    Mental coaching (NLP)

    Cristina is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming professional coach specialized in Physical, Mental & Emotional Fitness. She got her certification from the […]

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    Christelle Colonna

    Psychotherapy

    Christelle’s journey began with fifteen years of practice as a contemporary dancer and as a dance teacher, before she started […]

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Ward Merckx

Physical therapy
Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Sport rehabilitation, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning

Ward chose to become a physiotherapist based on his innate passion for movement. He is also internationally active as a top athlete in athletics. He achieved sixth place with the 4x100m relay team at the most recent European Championships. This experience implies excellent knowledge of training theory, periodization, injury prevention, treatment of sports injuries, and perhaps most importantly a high-performance mindset. He knows better than anyone what it is like to sustain injuries on the way to your goals. It requires enormous willpower, perseverance, and, above all, grit to defy these insurmountable hurdles on the path of every athlete. He is happy to work with you towards your goals.

Certifications:

  • Master of science in de revalidatiewetenschappen (VUB)
  • Dry needling
  • Strength Training for Running Athletes - Bas Van Horen
  • Calf muscle injuries - Carles Pedret
  • Muscle and tendon injuries - Roel Parys & Katelijn Polspoel 
Elien Ooghe - Mobility enhancement
Languages: Dutch, English, French

Elien Ooghe

Yoga
Mobility enhancement

From a young age, I have always been fascinated by movement and dance. With a background in both classical and contemporary dance and 10 years of experience in yoga, I decided to further deepen my understanding by pursuing training in both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. This journey began with exploring the connection between body and mind. This training has ignited my passion for teaching, and today I share my enthusiasm with others. My dance background, combined with yoga, has given me a strong sense of body awareness, strength, and flexibility. As a yoga instructor, I strive to inspire and motivate others on their unique path. My goal is to create a supportive and safe environment in which my clients feel comfortable and confident in developing themselves.

Certifications:

  • SYNTRA: Health Coach (ongoing)
  • La Casa Shambala: Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga
  • Artesis Plantijn: Specific Teacher Training in Dance
  • London Contemporary Dance School: Bachelor's in Contemporary Dance
Esther Vandenberghe - Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation
Languages: Dutch, English, French

Esther Vandenberghe

Chiropractic
Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation

Esther graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractics where she obtained her Masters in Chiropractic. At a young age she was inspired by her grandfather and decided to continue the profession in the family. She welcomes patients of all ages to her practice and offers carefully tailored treatment for each individual. Her approach is aimed at discovering the underlying causes of complaints together with the patient in order to find sustainable solutions.

Certifications:

  • Master in Chiropractics - Anglo-European College of Chiropractics (2022)

Iris Van De Velde

Physical therapy
Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation

"Friends and family know me as an energetic, caring and sporty girl. Since this I didn't want to have 3 capacities that fit completely within the picture of a physiotherapist I thought long and hard about where I wanted to go with my life. In 2020 I received my 'Master in de rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy' at Ghent University with a specialization in sports rehabilitation and general musculoskeletal disorders. I have always been sporty as a child. I enjoy swimming, tennis and athletics, but today you will mainly find me hiking or in the gym. Because of my interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I completed an additional Master in the Health Education and Promotion at Maastricht University. This knowledge ensures that I can carry out my job with passion, where my main goal is motivating my patients and teach them how to attend to their needs."

Certifications:

  • Trigger – Dry Needling Certification
  • SmartEducation:
    • Analyzing running technique and running re-education
    • Strength training for runners
  • Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and
    Physiotherapy - Ghent University (2018)
  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy - Ghent University (2020)
  • Master in Health Education and Promotion - Maastricht University (2022)

Tristan Claes

Senior Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Personal training
Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation, Nutrition, Powerlifting, Sport rehabilitation, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning

Tristan is one of our Senior Strength & Conditioning specialists. Throughout his career, he has acquired multiple certifications of the highest degree in personal training, powerlifting, rehab & injury prevention, and nutrition. He also pursued a career as a legal scholar and is soon to complete his LLM (Law Masters) in the field of medical law.

With Physiology being one of his main interests, he holds years of particular expertise and is driven by helping you to treat your injuries sustained through everyday life tasks and/or sports participation, hereby regaining your normal pain-free mobility (ROM).

Whether you want to take your athletic and strength performance to the next level as a pro/amateur athlete or transform your body to regain your confidence and improve your overall well-being, Tristan is your guy. He works with people of all levels and ages by using a precisely targeted sport-specific methodology. He will not only help you improve your game but also make you become the best version of yourself and crush your competition both physically and mentally. His motto holds, therefore:

“Look good, move well, lift HEAVY!”.

“During the early stages of my life, I always was the largest kid of the class, often subject to being bullied about my weight or being picked last on every recess sports team. I felt horrible, unconfident, and revolted by my own body. Although I was a strong kid, it was only during my adolescent period that I started to use this to my benefit and decided to drastically change my life. I educated myself in physiology, fitness, and performance which resulted in sparking a passion for sports that I still hold to this day. In the past, I have participated in different sports at a national level such as Judo (Poseidon Judo Club), American Football (Brussels Tigers), and Power Lifting. I have made it my life’s mission to share and transmit this passion and knowledge with others, guide them to regain control of their lives, and become the best version of themselves where others would not. It is you vs you, dream, hustle & achieve. Let me guide you in reclaiming that smile on your face, ready to take on the world!”

-Tristan

Certifications:

  • ISSA-certified Personal Trainer
  • ISSA-certified Powerlifting Instructor
  • ISSA-certified Nutrition Specialist
  • McGill Method Seminar Certified Level 1, 2 & 3

Florian Claes

Senior Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Sport specific training
Biomechanical screening, Body composition analysis, Fat loss, Massage therapy, Nutrition, Performance enhancement, Personal training, Sport rehabilitation, Strength and conditioning

Florian Claes is a ISSA certified personal trainer. As a strength and conditioning specialist, he is an expert in improving the performance of football (soccer) players and athletes from fighting sports alike (Brazilian jiu-jitsu, MMA, kickboxing, judo, and jiu-jitsu).

Florian is currently studying International Business to pursue a mission driving him since the early stages of his life: to help others while putting a smile on their faces. At ESP, he has been a personal trainer and strength & conditioning coach for many years, transmitting to others what he himself has learned from his father and grandfather: a sense of discipline, precision, hard work – and also what he personally sees as one of his main qualities: optimism, coupled with a problem-solving attitude.

He is particularly interested in nutrition and body transformation, which he considers as essential tools to take his clients to the next level.

Robin Van Vreckem - Performance enhancement, Psychotherapy, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning
Approach:

Happy to lead you through the world of strength training, which will always be the most efficient and satisfying way to get you to your specific goals.

Languages: Dutch, English, French

Robin Van Vreckem

Personal training
Performance enhancement, Psychotherapy, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning

Robin is a NASM certified and EREPS level 4 Personal Trainer. He also holds a Master’s degree in (Sports) Psychology and has over 10 years of experience in strength training (5 years as a coach). His entire life, he has been passionate about sports and general exercise, competing in swimming, basketball, and having a broad experience in climbing and boxing.

Cédric Goovaerts - Biomechanical screening, Nutrition, Performance enhancement, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning
Approach:

I know the feeling of being insecure and not liking what you see in the mirror because I have overcome that feeling myself. Now with the know-how, I will help you overcome this barrier. A great mind starts with a healthy body.

Languages: Dutch, English, French

Cédric Goovaerts

Personal training
Biomechanical screening, Nutrition, Performance enhancement, Sport specific training, Strength and conditioning

Cédric is a personal trainer and a bodybuilding coach. He decided to become a trainer because of a burning passion to train others and to see them achieve their goals. He uses his training and nutrition knowledge to help others with their goal. Before starting with every new client, he makes sure to put in enough research to help him/her to the fullest.
He has been training for over 7 years going from a rookie lifter to a powerlifter, now fully dedicated to the bodybuilding lifestyle. He is a certified ISSA personal trainer & nutritionist.

Arnaud Piérard

Physical therapy
Biomechanical screening, Massage therapy, Neurological rehabilitation, Sport rehabilitation

I hold a degree in physiotherapy and rehabilitation from UCLouvain. In order to improve my knowledge in carrying out exercises and the importance of movement, I completed the personal trainer training at Parnasse. I make a point of honor to the movement in my rehabilitation programs because in my eyes it is one of the most effective ways to evolve in its rehabilitation.

  • Bachelor in physiotherapy and rehabilitation (UCLouvain)
  • Master in physiotherapy and rehabilitation (UCLouvain)
  • Continued education certificate in personal training (Parnasse-Isei)

Jordi Ribas Ribas

Physical therapy
Massage therapy, Sport rehabilitation

Jordi is a physiotherapist and holds a PhD in Sports and Physical Activity Sciences. Passionate about the body, he has always combined care and sport, both in his training and in his professional life. He has been a crossfit trainer, a physical trainer in different sectors, and a physiotherapist for athletes. He has also integrated other services (palliative, cardiology, mental health, among others).

Trained in manual therapies applied to TMJ disorders, dry needling, crocheting, fasciatherapy, and kinanthropometry (International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry), Jordi is equipped to provide quick relief to his patients.

University education:
  • PhD in Sports and Physical Activity Sciences (Spain)
  • Master in Physiotherapy (Spain and Belgium)
Non-University training:
  • Manual Therapies applied to disorders of the Manducatory System (TMJ)
  • Dry Needling Training
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2014-2019)
  • Crocheting Training
  • Fasciatherapy Training
  • Kineanthropometry Level I ISAK (International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry
Professional background:
  • Physiotherapist certified by the INAMI since 2017 (Belgium)
  • Physiotherapist in a Neurology department (IMC) since 2015 (Belgium)
  • Physiotherapist in a Mental Health department since 2013 (Belgium)
  • Physiotherapist in ICU / Cardiology / Oncology / Palliative Care services between 2017 and 2018 (Belgium)
  • Physiotherapist and Physical Trainer in Hockey Clubs 2013-2016 (Belgium)
  • Physical Trainer in different Services / Fire stations 2007-2010 (Spain)
  • University Professor in Sport and Physical Activity Sciences 2008 (Spain)
  • CrossFit Coach 2014-2018 (Belgium)
  • Physiotherapist athletes / events / CrossFit competitions 2014-2019 (Belgium)

Cristina Bara

Mental coaching (NLP)

Cristina is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming professional coach specialized in Physical, Mental & Emotional Fitness. She got her certification from the "Institut Horizons347" approved by the Ministry of Employment and Training.

Cristina reminds us that NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) explores the link between the mind and body as a whole system, and it offers a positive, goal-oriented approach to enhancing performance.

Her objective as a NLP Coach is to help you reach your desired objective by supporting you to:

  • change your limiting beliefs, improve your self-confidence and tap into your full potential so that you take your game to the next level;
  • manage your emotions, refocus and adopt a stronger mindset, so that you see any challenge as an opportunity to grow;
  • improve your nutrition by adopting healthy alternatives and keeping your energy levels high;
  • improve your mind game to enjoy and succeed at your sport;
  • identify, prevent and overcome from burn-out;
  • manage better your most precious asset: your time.
Christelle Colonna -
Approach:

My methods will consist primarily of hypnosis for mental coaching in the context of sports practice, and analytical therapy for other types of assignments.

Languages: Portuguese, English, French

Christelle Colonna

Psychotherapy

Christelle's journey began with fifteen years of practice as a contemporary dancer and as a dance teacher, before she started her advanced studies in psychology (ILMH). During this period, she became interested in sports psychology and the dancers' own self-image. After earning her psychology degree, she specialized in the field of psychology of the family and its sexuality. While working as a psychologist, she further trained herself as a couples' therapist for 4 years and then in clinical sexology, after which she studied hypnosis at the Institute for New Hypnosis.

Christelle has been a psychologist and therapist in private practice since 1998. Her interest and passion for sports led her to develop herself as a mental coach for athletes through hypnosis.

She has been practicing capoeira for 22 years, including 14 years as a teacher, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and as a Crossfit athlete.