Pedro Correia

CEO & Technical Director

Born in Funchal, Madeira Island, Pedro’s mission is to help anyone who desires to improve their performance in sports as well as in all activities of daily living (ADL), always framed by a holistic approach that includes Movement, Nutrition, Mindset and Regeneration.

Pedro has a great passion for sports in general, but most of his career as an athlete was in swimming, where he competed at a national and international level, followed by a brief incursion in water polo. Pedro enjoys lifting weights (heavy ones) and has a great interest in the fields of study related to performance (sports and ADL) and health, such as movement quality, training methodology, strength training, nutrition and functional anatomy.

Professionally, Pedro has worked as a sports manager at Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra (Madeira), where he developed projects related to golf education and local competitions. Later, he worked at the Spanish Golf Federation in Madrid as a coordinator of the national golf school Joaquín Blume, helping the technical team in various components of golf performance as well as players in their academic and sports career.  Unfulfilled with his role due to a rather limited room to intervene, Pedro left the Spanish Golf Federation and decided to deepen his knowledge in the field of training / performance. This led him to work in Barcelona in a high performance sports center as a fitness and golf performance specialist. During this period, Pedro coached more than 50 people (both adolescents and adults) and collaborated with various local schools and golf clubs.

Pedro’s concern with health became more amplified due to his struggle against cancer (Hodgkin’s lymphoma), which he considers to have been the hardest battle of his life until today. Pedro’s restlessness and everlasting doubts about the cause of this disease led him to question the status quo, to deepen his knowledge in the field of nutrition (a field that has always been of his interest) and to study which could be the environmental triggers contributing for the development of cancer and other diseases. Because immediate answers to his queries were not readily available, Pedro went in search for this knowledge. And he is still looking!

Pedro completed his Bachelor Degree in Sports and Physical Education at University of Madeira and his Master in Golf Course Management at Universidad Europea de Madrid. Pedro’s complementary education in the fields of movement and performance undertaken in some of the best sports centers in the USA (EXOS, Titleist Performance Institute, Parisi Speed School, Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning, Results Fitness), as well as in the field of nutrition (Precision Nutrition, NutriScience, Tudor Bompa Institute), led him to embrace a more comprehensive work philosophy which distinguishes itself by incorporating an integrated functional approach to disease prevention, health improvement and performance optimisation. Based on this philosophy, and already living in Lisbon, Pedro has created the program Fat Burn Boot Camp, through which he has helped over one hundred people improving their functional capacity, losing weight and improving their body composition.

In the last few years, Pedro has been working in Lisbon as a Performance Specialist and Nutrition Coach. As a personal trainer, Pedro has been accompanying general population clients as well as some professional athletes. He is also an educator and lecturer in the field of exercise, and author of articles in several fitness, golf and health related publications (Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevenir, Golfe Press, Sábado, Única, Portal Sapo, Madeira Best). Pedro is the author of the blog Functional Performance Training, where he addresses various relevant topics in the fields of training, health and nutrition. In addition, he collaborated in the study “Feasibility of Home vs. Hospital Based Resistance Training for Advanced Cancer Patients” which was presented at the MASCC / ISOO Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer in 2017 (USA).

Regarding strength training, Pedro enjoys powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, bodyweight training and kettlebell training, having participated in several powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting meets. As a recreational athlete, he has practiced combat sports and nowadays enjoys playing tennis, golf, surfing and paddle board.

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Raul Dias

Performance Coach

Raul was born in Lisbon, where he lived most of his life. With a rich and varied sports background, he started to practice Sport Gymnastics (now called Artistic Gymnastics) at the age of 4 at the Ginásio Clube Português (GCP). At the age of 11, he left the demanding practice of Gymnastics to dedicate himself to Handball, joining the age groups and the main team at Liceu Pedro Nunes, where he played for several years. He also played in other Portuguese clubs and in the national championships.

Over the years, sports and different physical activities have multiplied, such as CrossFit, Gymnastics, Athletics, Weightlifting, Handball, Basketball, Volleyball, Mobility Training, Functional Training, Climbing, Bodyboarding, Football and Strength Training.

He was a sports student until the end of high school with the prognosis of an academic incursion in the course of sports science and human kinetics. But, contrary to the expectations of the people around him, family and friends, other paths were chosen. Due to the discipline of Philosophy in the high school, he developed an avid interest in thinking, writing and, consequently, in narratives and stories. This took him to start a film making course in Lisbon. He worked in the area in the following years in Portugal and a few years later he specialized in sound recording at the National Film and Television School (NFTS)–Sound recording for film and television. For over 15 years, he worked as a Sound Supervisor in film, television, documentaries and advertising.

His regular practice of CrossFit has contributed to an avid search for understanding the complex Movement / Athleticism / Physiology / Health, which began with the Certification as a Physical Exercise Professional at CEFAD. The great purpose of his continuous search lies in the desire to help people live a healthier and better life.

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Catarina Oliveira

Performance Coach

Born in Lisbon, Catarina started to practice sports from an early age. She started with gymnastics, moving on to swimming until she focused on judo, a modality in which she made her competitive path and in which she is currently a coach.

She started her practice as a coach at the age of 17, passing through various levels, discovering there a passion that led her to continue her studies in the field of sport. She graduated in Physical Education and Sports at Universidade Lusófona and later completed her Master’s Degree in Sports Training at Faculdade de Motricidade Humana (FMH) with the aim of being a competition coach. It was during her academic career that he became interested in periodization and strength training. She worked in the physical preparation of athletes and, wanting to deepen this knowledge, she did a Post-Graduation in Strength and Conditioning, also at FMH.

Although most of her experience has been with competitive athletes, she believes that improving performance is within everyone’s reach, and that strength training is an indispensable pillar for the health and well-being of each person’s daily life.

Catarina joined The Strength Clinic because she was looking for a different approach found in commercial gyms when it comes to training and believes that the constant learning climate provided by TSC is ideal for putting her knowledge into practice and helping more people to live a better, stronger and healthier life.

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Josué Campos

Performance Coach

Born in Porto, and with sport always present at all stages of his life, Josué played tennis and is a volleyball coach.

From his work experience, he generally identifies that people lack a real knowledge of training. So, it is precisely at this matter that he intends to act. Teaching people to train and progress in a structured and sustainable way.

It was still while a student of the High-Performance Training Master’s Degree in Porto in 2013 that he had the opportunity to start working in the area. A first experience at Leixões Sport Club, where he was assistant coach and physical trainer of the men’s volleyball team.

Later, he had the opportunity to accumulate functions and work on the teaching field as coordinator of the Vocational Sports Course for basic education for two years in Queluz. Although the experience was very positive and useful, the passion for physical training is the reason why he studied and in which he feels fulfilled.

In this sense, since 2015 he has been working in the field of ​​personalized training.

He has pursued several training and mentoring opportunities within this area with the aim of improving his intervention more and more. Whether with high-performance athletes or with the general population.

Here at TSC, he intends to continue to develop and improve his work. Regarding the environment, tools and training system, this is the ideal space to respond as best as possible to the needs of each one.

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André Plácido

Performance Coach

Born on the beautiful coast of Sintra, where he has always lived to this day, he began practicing Eastern Martial Arts (Kung-Fu and Ninjutsu) at a young age, where he discovered his vocation for sport and the importance of an active life. Rigor, discipline and spirit of sacrifice are values that he has acquired over more than two decades of practice and that he constantly instills in his students.

Eternally curious, only the area of Sciences was able to satisfy his need for knowledge, leading him to graduate in Chemical Engineering with a specialization in Environmental Chemistry. He also worked for a few years in the area, as a Chemical Analyst in pharmaceutical companies and environmental and food analysis laboratories, realizing firsthand the harmful impact we have as a species on our world and everything that is “behind the scenes” of our food. He was also a monitor at a Science Center that made him come into contact with other areas of knowledge such as Physics, Biology and Astronomy. This intersection with the various areas of science later became differentiating in its understanding of the human body and all the forces and chemical reactions to which we are subject during and after training.

At a certain point, he realized that his main purpose in life would be to make other people fall in love with Exercise and all the good it could bring us, having decided to change his life and follow his greatest passion by taking the Exercise Specialist Technician course by CEFAD. He then interned at the first and recently opened fitness gym dedicated to Martial Arts in Portugal, where he ended up experiencing new modalities in combat arts such as Jiu-jitsu, Boxing and MMA, which combined with several years of experience and vocation, he guaranteed a final grade of 20 at the end of it.

He began his practice as a Private Trainer, having participated in numerous postgraduate courses such as “Functional Training Specialist”, “TRX-FTC”, “Stick Mobility PT Master”, “Joint & Muscular Biomechanics”, “Animal Flow” and “Kettlebell Specialist”, this discipline is where its greatest interest lies today due to the unique versatility of this training tool.

Approaching TSC occurred naturally because he doesn’t identify himself in conventional fitness, full of gaps and where people do not seem to be the most important thing. TSC, as a space considered a national reference in the field of training, is a privileged place to put his knowledge into practice and help people overcome their limitations, always with the highest standards of excellence and care for the practitioner.

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Front Desk

Catarina Martins


Catarina was born in Luanda, where she spent her adolescence and came to Portugal at the age of 18 to graduate in Industrial Engineering and Management.

Anyone who knows her knows that taking care of her diet has always guided her steps. During the period in which she studied at Técnico, she spent many hours at Espiral, a space where she established her first contact with macrobiotic and vegetarian food and where she spent afternoons listening to lectures on the topic, having, at that time, become a vegetarian. With the birth of her daughter, she left vegetarianism, having then tried several other dietary approaches, without fundamentalism, always with an exploratory perspective of getting to know herself and observing what worked for her!

Her interest in health naturally extended to training, having practiced swimming (an activity she practiced as a child) and yoga, and, later, bodybuilding at college, not being a big fan of group classes in conventional gyms.

In 2013, she moved to Macau and this was a time when she chose to dedicate more time to her children and family while looking for a new career path. During her stay in Macau, the incessant search for knowledge in the area of Nutrition and Health led her to read a lot on the subject and that was how she became a regular reader of Pedro Correia’s blog, where the relevance of the topics covered combined with the scientific evidence caught her attention. Around this time, she started practicing Crossfit, and this led her to become more aware and develop an interest in other forms of physical training. During the period she stayed in Macau, she had the opportunity to reflect and redefine goals for her life, and so, upon her return to Portugal, in 2016, she enrolled in the Nutrition Sciences course. In addition to her basic training, she has done other training in parallel in the field of functional nutrition.

Being able to join the TSC team is a great source of pride, as this is a space that shares the same values and principles she believes! It is a space for learning and constant evolution, where the holistic vision of health is transversal to the entire team.

From her observation, she recognizes that most people do not attribute a self-care attitude to body nutrition, and it is this aspect that he wants to encourage in people, through eating with conscious choices, demystifying the idea that taking care of your diet It always implies deprivation and sacrifice. The idea is to provide people with knowledge so that they can make their choices responsibly, without fundamentalism and with balance. Taking care of your body is a fundamental attitude in life, as this is the tool that allows us to enjoy Life! And Life has so much to give! 😊

Juan Bettencourt

Physical Therapist / Osteopath

Born in Venezuela, Juan went to Madeira Island as a child where he completed his school career. With great interest in physical activity and sport, he practiced volleyball for five years. With the goal of helping others and a job that would allow him to actively promote a healthy quality of life, Juan decided to enter the world of physiotherapy and graduated from the School of Health of Alcoitão in 2009.

Juan began his professional career at Clini7 in 2009 where he became a coordinator physiotherapist. With great experience mostly in the musculoskeletal area, he has rehabilitated several shoulder, knee and hip pathologies, always based on an approach that aimed at restoring maximum function. He is also experienced on pediatric respiratory physiotherapy. Amongst his extensive complementary education, it should be highlighted the participation in the Hip Symposium – 2nd Lisbon International Edition (2015), at Hospital da luz, where he had the possibility to deepen his knowledge on pathologies related to the hip.

Between 2014 and 2016 he followed training in Osteopathy and become a graduate in Osteoetiopathy – Manual Therapy according to the Osteoetiopathic Concept by the Académie de Thérapie Manuelle Ostéoétiopathique et Sportive, Belgium. He thus gained great tools within the fields of parietal, myotensive and visceral osteopathy; Craniosacral therapy, Dejarnette sacro-occipital therapy, Metameric kinesiology and Posturotherapy. In 2018 he also completed a specialization in pediatric osteopathy by Bwizer.

Today he is mainly devoted to osteopathy. In his consultations, named Manual Therapy and Body Realignment, he performs a careful evaluation based in a global approach (articular, muscular, neural, fascial and visceral), always seeking to identify the root of injury. The treatment allows rebalancing the body’s systems, restoring its normal function.

In 2018 he joined The Strength Clinic team where he is committed to improving people’s posture, through several body realignment techniques, optimizing performance in sports and in all activities of daily living.