About Profectus

Profectus is the Student barbell sports association in Nijmegen. We are the one stop shop for everything fitness related for the students of Nijmegen. Our association is the best way for fitness enthusiasts of all experience levels to meet and make gains together. Our sports association mainly focuses on Powerlifting but we also offer weightlifting, bodybuilding and general fitness. Our members range from novices that have never really been to the gym before to professional athletes that compete on an international level.

Our members range from novices that have never really been to the gym before to professional athletes that compete on an international level.  We offer members only training sessions at the Radboud Sport Centrum once or twice a week, seminars, personal training as well as social gatherings and other leisure activities. 

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Profectus is great for those that want to take working out to the next level, train together and meet new friends. If you are thinking about competing we offer programming for all experience levels as well as seminars from famous lifters to help perfect your lifts. Profectus is a smaller student sport association where there is a cozy and open atmosphere and it is a great way to meet new people in and out of the gym. So if you love going to the gym and you want to kick your workouts up a notch and make new friends along the way, you can sign up to join one of our private training sessions.



Powerlifting is a strength sport in which participants compete to move maximum weights over three individual lifts: the Squat, the Bench press and the Deadlift. Competitors  make three attempts at moving the maximum amount of weight.

The competitor who has moved the most weight in total wins the competition. In all official competitions, competitors are divided into weight classes. Powerlifting is very popular within Profectus, with multiple members competing at the national level. Profectus also has a few experienced powerlifting coaches who often help new members get familiar with the sport and training. Not every member who is interested in powerlifting decides to participate in an official powerlifting competition.

Competition is purely optional of course. Some of our members only train powerlifting for fun. Annually we host an unofficial internal powerlifting competition. So if you think Powerlifting is something you want to try feel free to contact us.


This sport, also known as Olympic Weightlifting, consists of two disciplines. The Snatch and the Clean&Jerk. The goal of these movements is to stabilize a bar above the head in one or two movements depending on the discipline. Weightlifting is not easy and requires a lot of balance technique training but it remains the most rewarding strength sport. Profectus has several weightlifters and offers seminars from professional weightlifting athletes to help you perfect your lifts.


Not every member of Profectus decides to compete in strength sports like weightlifting or powerlifting. Some of our members enjoy training without competitive goals, they train purely for general fitness or to improve their physique. As long as you enjoy resistance training, with barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells or your own body, you are welcome in our association!

The Board of 2022

Mats ter Horst - Chairman
Martijn Hendriks - Secretary
Bram Verhagen - Treasurer
Kim Nguyen - General Board Member


As an association, it is important to have the opportunity for members to meet outside the gym as well! Currently, we have a party & events committee that organizes all sorts of fun and informal activities and a formal financial check committee, but we hope to develop more committees in the future! Our party & events committee have organized ‘borrels’, bbqs at Waalstrandje and events like bowling. If you are interested in organizing informal events or helping the board by checking our financial standings, please contact our General Board Member!

Where to find us

Profectus is a sports association part of the Radboud Sports Centre (RSC). Profectus holds private training sessions for its members in the fitness lesson space opposite to the front desk when entering the RSC from the main entrance. We typically train every Tuesday and Thursday evening but unfortunately due to the coronavirus these training sessions cannot take place. We hope that we can train there again soon!