Coach Linn

Linn is a Norwegian MSc student, Nutritionist, PT and strength coach, and handball player located in London, UK. Her strong passion for passing on knowledge and help the individual in front of her is part of her personality. The road to becoming a trainer started out with handball injuries and hours in the gym trying to sort them out. Handball trainer at a young age and a 2-year teaching job gave her valuable experience in communication skills and how to reach people with different learning needs. From there she went on to complete the Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor certification in Oslo before embarking on a 5-year integrated MSc in Clinical Nutrition. After 3 years she is now on a leave to pursue her passion for Sport by obtaining an MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Middlesex University, London. Read more about Linn’s experience below.


Working with overweight clients sparked the interest in nutrition and a 5 year master in Clinical Nutrition ended up on the list of university programs Linn applied to. It was probably faith, she wasn’t supposed to become a Dentist! 3 years in, with almost 2 of them joint with the Medical school, clinical nutrition was put on hold. The previous year she worked with the Danish Men’s Lacrosse National Team guiding them on strength and conditioning as well as nutrition towards the European Championships. As a former team member herself, working with athletes and team sport, in particular, motivated her to take the leap Across the Pond to Middlesex University in London and an MSc program in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. And that is where the story has caught up with the present.

Linn owns BeStrength, a company registered in Norway (Linn Christin Risvang, organization number 911 960 192).


Higher education:

  • Ongoing: MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Middlesex University London (start September 2016 – projected finish October 2017)
  • Ongoing: ISSN diploma in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Guru Performance (start September 2016 – projected finish May 2017)
  • MSc Clinical Nutrition, University of Oslo (6 of 10 semesters completed spring 2016 – on hold)
  • May 2012: Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, Active Education and Høgskolen in Hedmark


  • Personal Trainer, Active Education Oslo
  • UKAD Accredited Advisor, UK Anti-Doping
  • Redcord Active Pro, Oslo
  • Trainer I handball, Norway’s Handball Federation

Experience from courses/workshops:

  • Plyometrics, Agility, and Speed 2-day Workshop, UKSCA
  • Weightlifting 2-day Workshop, Academy for Personal Training (AFPT)
  • Body Composition Analysis, SATS
  • Kettlebell 2-day Workshop, SATS
  • SMR – Self Myofascial Release, SATS
  • Training and Pregnancy, SATS
  • Fight like a Champion, SATS
  • First Aid (included automatic heart starter), August 2014 Red Cross Oslo
  • Blood course including phlebotomy training, University of Oslo

Trainer experience:

  • 15-60 years old clients
  • Lacrosse athletes at National level (amateur sport)
    • Fitness testing
    • Body composition testing
    • S&C programming
    • Nutritionist
    • Team mobility and strength sessions at
    • Team agility sessions
    • Game warm up/cool down
    • Restitution sessions
  • Handball players girls age 13
    • Head coach
  • Long distance runners
  • Trained clients
  • Untrained clients
  • Overweight clients
  • Weight loss groups
  • Business trainer (SATS’ pilot project over 12 weeks with a private hospital in Oslo)
  • Pregnant clients
  • New mums
  • Chronic spinal prolapse client
  • Bilateral club feet client
  • High blood pressure clients
  • High performing/high-pressure jobs
  • Students

Past workshops:

  • Compound lifts
  • Kettlebell training
  • Mobility

Leisure class experience:

  • Circuit/crosstraining/bootcamp in studio, outdoors and gym cages (PureMotion)
  • DodgeBall
  • Deadball
  • Mobility/Flexibility
  • Cycling