STAPS Team Meeting

The STAPS Team

Our expert team for your athletic goals

We are a young and ambitious team consisting of sports scientists and trainers from different disciplines of endurance sports. All STAPS trainers are graduates or students in the fields of performance physiology and sport science. Together, our team stands out through its broad range of expertise. Hence, we are able to provide ideal coaching with regard to the topics of exercise, dietary questions, and bike fitting. We combine the newest findings in sports science with our long experience in professional and amateur sports.

We have achieved our own goal already: we were able to make our hobby a profession and can live our passion for endurance sports. This enables us to accompany you on your way to your goals!

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Björn Geesmann

Björn is the managing director of STAPS and an expert in ultra endurance performances and aero optimization in cycling and triathlon. From amateur athlete to the world’s elite – the passionate cyclist has accompanied countless athletes on their way to success.

Björn finished his studies (Master of Science “Exercise Science and Coaching”) in 2012 at the German Sport University Cologne (GPA: 1.5) and wrote his master thesis about physiological effects of ultra endurance performances. Since 2013, he has been a doctoral candidate researching about “Energetics in ultra endurance performances”. He has been part of the STAPS team since 2008 and has mentored more than 250 athletes of various performance levels.

His greatest successes as a coach: German champion road (2015) and time trial (2016) with Trixi Worrack, 5th & 10th in solo class at the RAAM 2014 (Stefan Schlegel & Guido Löhr), winner and track record in double team at the Race Across America 2014 (Heinemann XP-Team), Ironman European Champion and Ironman World Champion (AK 30-34) in 2013 as well as professional wins at Ironman Kalmar 2015 and Ironman Barcelona 2016 with Astrid Stienen. More than 15 world championship qualifications over the Ironman and 70.3 distance, countless successes with the Tirol Cycling Team and the athletic development towards the World Tour athletes of e.g. Gregor Mühlberger and Lukas Pöstlberger.

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Hosea Frick

Since 2014, Hosea has been a sports scientist with our team and mentors athletes from different performances classifications. The leader of the Munich institute worked on muscular regeneration after extreme performances in his master thesis making him the expert in the field of regeneration.

Hosea finished his Bachelor of Science in “Sport and Performance” at the German Sports University Cologne with a GPA of 1.7 and wrote his bachelor thesis about the influence of vibrations to wheel strain. He wrote his master thesis about muscular regeneration after extreme performances and finished his master’s degree “Exercise Science and Coaching” successfully with a GPA of 1.7. Since 2014, Hosea has been part of the STAPS team and working with countless athletes from various disciplines. Besides the mentoring of our STAPS athletes, he is also the head of the Munich institute.

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Yannick Nodler

Since the beginning of 2017, Yannick has been supporting the STAPS team in Hamburg. His own athletic experience was not gained in endurance sports, but he looks back on a successful athletic career.

Yannick was part of the STAPS team in 2013/2014, during his bachelor studies. In 2014, he completed his bachelor studies at the German University of Sport. His bachelor thesis deals with the effects of squats and the application of electro stimulation on endurance performance. Yannick is holder of a C-license for track athletics and has won several trophies in pole vault, hurdles, and decathlon. He gained experience in working in performance diagnostics and training supervision at the Swiss Olympic Medical Center in Basel and the Olympic Center Rhineland. He also graduated at German Sport University of Cologne with a master’s degree. There, he worked at the institute for movement and neurological science with athletes such as the basketball team of Rheinstars Köln. His master thesis was about the effects of eccentric weight lifting on power and sprint parameters.

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Jonas Kraienhorst

Jonas has been part of the STAPS team since 2011 and, besides athlete mentoring, he is responsible for the field of aero and bike fittings. He has coached countless athletes of the world’s elite of cycling and triathlon with respect to aerodynamics lasting the past months.

Jonas got his Bachelor of Science in “Sports and Performance” in 2013 at the German Sport University of Cologne and wrote his bachelor thesis about the “Monitoring of parameters of energy and liquidity during an ultra endurance performance” (grade: 1.3). Since 2013, he has been studying for his master’s degree in “Exercise Science & Coaching” at said university and is writing his master thesis about the physiological effects of the “Race Across America”. At STAPS, he is mainly responsible for the sector of aero fittings; athletes of the teams Katusha Alpecin and Movistar as well as the triathletes Boris Stein, Patrick Lange, Andi Böcherer & co. rely on his aero expertise. Furthermore, he is an expert in ultra endurance. In 2011, he supervised the Heinemann XP Team at the Paris-Brest-Paris, in 2014, he won the Race Across America with said team and set the current track record for dual team.

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Benjamin Schwan

There is no keeping back for Benjamin when there are some studded tires around. When he is not working on the athletes’ performance at STAPS institute in Cologne, he works on his own fitness. The sport scientist has been a passionate mountain biker for 20 years and loves national marathon races.

Theory without practice is only worth half and vice versa. This is why Benjamin commits himself to both in equal parts. He is a cycling coach, wrote papers on “The influence of a 40 km time trial on the Wingate sprint and vice versa“ (Bachelor) and on “Individual fatigue diagnostics in cycling“ (Master) and worked as a research assistant at the University of Saarland. In order not only to stimulate his mind, but also his body, Benjamin regularly climbs on his mountain bike – gladly also with a race number attached to its handlebars. As national instructor MTB, he coaches Saarland’s young cross-country riders – and as coach at STAPS’, he helps athletes make their training more efficient and goal-oriented. No matter whether they ride bikes with studded tires or slicks.

Niklas Lehnen

Niklas Lehnen

Niklas likes to take a closer look. The sport scientist with a Master degree is an expert in the field of bike fitting, running analysis and performance diagnostics. In 2017, he started working with STAPS and sees to it that athletes manage to get a whole lot of pressure on their bikes’ pedals.

Niklas studied at the Deutsche Sporthochule Köln (German University of Sports in Cologne) and became a staff member of STAPS in 2017. During his Bachelor studies (“B.Sc. Sport and Performance“) the former football and tennis player focused on strength and athletic training besides endurance training and worked, among others, with tennis players. Already back then, he worked for STAPS in Cologne and wrote his thesis on high-intensity interval training. He wrote a thesis for his Master degree (“M.Sc. Exercise Science & Coaching“) about the simultaneous application of electro stimulation during endurance training. After his graduation he at first worked as coach and bike fitter in Berlin and has now returned home to Rhineland – where he will not only stand besides the fitting bike at STAPS laboratory, but also at some starting lines of local license races.

Patrick Marseille

Patrick has always been fascinated by athletic performance and what it is influenced by. Once an ambitious road and track cyclist himself, the sport scientist joined the STAPS crew in 2017 as a coach to support athletes in their quest for their personal best.

Being a former competitive athlete, Patrick knows from experience how important structured training is to reach one’s full potential as an athlete. He laid the theoretical foundations with a license as a fitness coach, a vocational training to become trainer for popular sport and a Bachelor of Science “Scientific basics of sport“ at the Technical University of Munich that he completed with an A grade thesis about “Choking under pressure – the influence of pressure-related attention processes and position orientation on the performance of automated motion sequences. He is currently working on his Master in “Sport and Exercise Science“ and shares his knowledge in the fields of athletic training, training control and performance diagnostics at STAPS in Munich.

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Jennifer Schlie

Jennifer is certainly not to be found on monotonous highways of life and sports. Merely the number of countries in which she studied is impressive. She received her Bachelor's degree in the Netherlands. And even there, she jumped off the cliché and went to Maastricht, the only region in the Netherlands that is not completely flat.

She then completed her Master of Science in Sports, Exercise and Human Performance at the University of Münster – with a thesis for which she collected data at the American Southern Connecticut State University or rather: with the college athletes there. It dealt with the influence of physical fitness on neurophysiological values, especially the central blood pressure on the aorta.

Since Jennifer is not only interested in the aorta, but in the interaction between sport and health in general, it was only logical that she was already supervising performance diagnostics during her studies at the Institute for Performance and Training at the university. And it was only logical, too, that she joined the STAPS team after her studies.

By the way, Jennifer is also quite "multifunctional" in active sports: in Münster she was active in the triathlon team and thus in swimming, running and cycling - and she has been practicing martial arts since her youth. Convincing arguments, aren’t they?

Markus Hein

Markus Hein actually has a degree in biology. However, the ambitious triathlete was soon more interested in how endurance training affects the human body than in human genetics, which is why he completed a Master of Exercise Science and Coaching at the German Sport University Cologne (DSHS).

He finished his master thesis on the intensification of endurance training with EMS with a grade of 1.4. This was followed by jobs at the Institute for Training Science of the DSHS, the C-Trainerschein Leistungssport Triathlon (C-level coaching certificate in competitive triathlon) and a scientific collaboration at the Institute for Sports Medicine at the Medical University of Hanover. Now Markus belongs to the Hamburg STAPS team. But because the former German short-distance and multiple Lower Saxony state champion on the sprint distance, who also is capable of finishing an Ironman race in 9:28 hours, is bored by one “discipline” only, he is at the same time also working on his doctoral thesis on the effects of altitude training.

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Lisa Robb

Do good and talk about it. Because even the best training concept is useless if the athletes don't know it exists, Lisa Robb takes care of the marketing strategy of STAPS and keeps our fans and friends up to date via social media about what's going on in our various institutes.

She has the know-how for this thanks to a bachelor's degree in "Marketing/Technical Business Administration" at HAW Hamburg, to which she added a master's degree at Kiel University of Applied Sciences. She received a stunning 1.3 grade for her master's thesis on influencer marketing. In order to supplement the study theory with work practice, Lisa already worked in marketing during her studies. Since she's 14 years old, she's been competing in bicycle races for her club, won various Baden-Wuerttemberg state championship titles in the junior section and also started in the state squad. It was a logical consequence to combine her professional skills with her sporting passion. And since she’s been coached for some time by STAPS colleague Marc Sauer, the manager of our Hamburg institute, it quickly became clear where she could put this plan into practice. Nevertheless, her cycling career has not suffered: Lisa rides in the women's Bundesliga, took 9th place at the German Championships and in the Bundesliga overall standings in 2018, finished several times in the top 25 in international UCI races and won the German students' championship title

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Jean Surmont

That there's only one love in life doesn't apply to Jean. His heart belongs to his hometown Hamburg as well as to triathlon. Although triathlon was not his first sporting passion. For 18 years Jean played football ambitiously, at times ice hockey and table tennis were added to the sporting agenda and he was once in a trampoline club, too. But that's the only thing he got jumpily with.

He completed his studies in sports science in Kiel with a Bachelor's thesis on the subject of performance prognoses in running based on the subjective perception of effort. He is currently working on his Master's thesis on the influence of respiratory muscle training using respiratory resistance masks on running performance.

Jean seems to collect qualifications like other stamps anyway: he is a fitness trainer B-license, trainer B-rehabilitation sport internal medicine and orthopedics and worked as a personal trainer in functional strength training for two and a half years before joining the STAPS team in Hamburg. And what could be better than moving into a (professional) shared flat with your two loved ones?

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Dominik Lenz

Dominik Lenz is a general-purpose weapon: As a trained sports and fitness merchant and fitness trainer B-license, he gained two years of experience mainly as a coach. Afterwards, he added some theory to this coaching experience with a degree in "Sports Equipment Technology". 

After three years, Dominik completed the mix of biomechanics, medicine and training theory as well as classical engineering fields such as physics, electrical engineering and computer science with two bachelor theses. He dealt with the "aerodynamics of road bike wheels" and developed an adapter for retrofitting a brake test stand for testing road bike disc brakes. As a sports equipment technician, he initially mainly carried out running and walking analyses in a medical and health care supply store, but also installed a bike fitting there. And that's exactly what he will do (mainly) with us: As an "interface between athlete and equipment", he will individually fit athletes on their bikes.

Dominik actively rides his bike, too - when he is not swimming or running. As a passionate, but fun-oriented triathlete, Dominik is planning on going full distance after many short- and half distance triathlons

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Markus Hertlein

He's our Mister Altimeter. Markus doesn’t care if the ascent is long or short as long as the road leads uphill. And he likes to climb as far up front as possible, as his 12th overall place at the 2017 Ötztaler Radmarathon (Ötztal cyling marathon) and his 5th overall place at the Glocknerkönig – bike the peak prove.

With his physique, which he describes as "small, but powerful", mountains simply suit him better than the headwind on the flat straights on the dike. He quickly noticed this during his two semesters of studying in northern Germany.

That's why he went for the rest of his studies to a country where lots of ascents can be found: to Austria. More precisely: to Salzburg, where he devoted himself to sports and movement science with a focus on competitive sports. Despite his "side activities" in the amateur cycling scene and his scientific collaboration at the University of Salzburg, various endurance sports projects at the Olympic base Salzburg-Rif and an internship at the Thuringian Cycling Federation, he submitted a bachelor's and a master's thesis in 2019, both got top marks.

It goes without saying that we had to win over someone who wrote about the "influence of different seat heights on cycling efficiency" in his bachelor's thesis. And at the STAPS laboratory in Munich, where he mainly works in the field of training planning and diagnostics, Markus has the mountains right on his doorstep. So that not only his athletes’ performance climbs to new levels, but also he himself with his bike.

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David Reitmair

If you grow up in the middle of the North Tyrolean Alps, surrounded by numerous passes, climbs and mountains, you can't help but deal with endurance. David did this practically and very successfully first in youth football and cross-country skiing and later (i.e. still) on road bikes and mountain bikes.

As next logical step this practical approach was followed by the acquisition of some theoretical knowledge: David studied sports science at the Sport University of Innsbruck, graduated with a bachelor's degree and is currently continuing his education in Biomedical Engineering – in addition to his job at STAPS in Munich.

Die Experten für Training, Ernährung und Sitzpositionen im Radsport und Triathlon - Sebastian Weber

Sebastian Weber

Sebastian founded STAPS in 2006 and is still part of the family. He has been head coach for many years in manifold World-Tour teams and received an award at the Germany Sports University Cologne for the best graduation grade within the shortest period of time.

After his degree in sports science, Sebastian started his career in professional cycling as part of the newly formed “Team Telekom” in 2007. He then mentored Team HTC-Highroad from 2008-2011, Team Katusha in 2012 and 2013 as well as Team Cannondale from 2014-2016. Besides his team coach activities, Sebastian coaches professional cyclists such as Tony Martin and has won several international trophies during his career. He developed the STAPS method at the German Sport University Cologne and founded the STAPS institute in 2006, which he is still working for as a consultant.