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About us


Discover more about our wellbeing
philosophy.

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About us


Discover more about our wellbeing
philosophy.

 

20 years of rethinking success

We are dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in human high performance. We use this knowledge to help our clients improve their health and live the best possible lives they can. Our philosophy originates in Dr. Aki Hintsa’s work, where success is built on a foundation of holistic wellbeing. This approach has expanded and taken shape over the course of two decades, through the efforts of our multidisciplinary team of experts. 

 
 

 
 

How it all started

Dr. Aki Hintsa (born 1958 in Finland) is a specialist in orthopaedic and trauma surgery, and the founder of Hintsa Performance.

For a number of years during the 1990’s he lived in Africa, working as a missionary doctor. During this time, Hintsa had the chance to observe the training routines of elite Ethiopian distance runners. He was intrigued by their dominance in this demanding sport. He also observed how the athletes’ lived in a state of balance. Their lives were integrated, with all elements in their environment geared towards supporting their running ambitions. Hintsa soon came to the realisation, which later established the foundation of our philosophy, that success derives from holistic wellbeing.

In 1998, Hintsa began to work in the world of Formula 1, eventually becoming physician and chief medical officer for the McLaren team; a position he held for 11 years. This fast-paced environment provided the ideal context for Hintsa to put his ideas to the ultimate test. In parallel, Hintsa began to assemble a world-class team, to develop and scale his methods. The results speak for themselves. To the present day, Hintsa’s philosophy has supported ten Formula 1 World Championship titles and Hintsa Performance has grown into a network of over 30 experts.

 
 
Working more efficiently, staying healthy, finding meaning and maintaining balance are goals that every one of us is trying to reach.
 
 
 

Aspiring to a better life

The challenges faced by Formula 1 drivers are special, but not unique. We may see the relentless and multi-faceted world of Formula 1, where stamina and optimal performance are required at all times, as the ultimate expression of the ‘busy life’ which characterises our culture. And working more efficiently and effectively, staying healthy, finding meaning and maintaining balance, are goals that every one of us is trying to reach.

At Hintsa Performance, we take pride in helping our clients to unlock their full potential for enjoying a better life and better performance. Our network of medical experts and renowned specialists offers coaching programmes to both individuals and organisations. 

 
 
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Our clients


Get to know more about some of the people
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Our clients


Get to know more about some of the people
who have adopted our method.

 

Sebastian Vettel

Four-time Formula 1 World Champion

"In order to be able to focus and give your maximum, it is important to have the right professionals around you. I've got a team of people working hard to help me achieve my goals and pushing me forward. I count Aki Hintsa as foremost amongst these people. He is honest, calm, loyal, independent… characteristics that define an ideal working relationship."

 
 

Mika Häkkinen

Two-time Formula 1 World Champion

“I’ve worked with Aki and the Hintsa team for nearly 20 years. My goals may have changed, but the principles stay the same; I’m aiming for a lifetime of high-performance.”

 

Eric Tveter

Liberty Global plc, CEO of Central Europe Group

"Aki and his team inspired our team and me personally with their passion, intelligence and knowledge about living an active yet restful lifestyle supported by the establishment of a more deliberate life purpose.  They stretched us into a more balanced group where we have and give more energy to ourselves and others.  The Hintsa holistic approach to managing your mind, body and spirit is very effective and stays with you. The changes were all small, but powerful in combination.  I wholeheartedly recommend working with the Hintsa team."

 

Linda Liukas

Children’s book author, technology entrepreneur and speaker

"I had been looking for a model to help me improve my energy levels and bring consistency to my work and personal life. I get easily sucked in by work; I travel too much and spend a big chunk of my time inside my head. In addition, most of my professional role models are artists. The Hintsa model has been the perfect balance of relaxed and rigorous. It has helped me understand what I can learn from athletes and the science of wellbeing to make my own work better.“

 
 

Joichi Ito

University Lab Director and Entrepreneur

"The Hintsa Programme changed my life in many ways. I was already quite obsessed with wellness, but going through this process with Aki and his efficient team helped me bring a lot of fragmented pieces together. My key takeaway after completing the programme was a new way to maintain a balanced and sustainable change. Not to force change or change because someone tells me I should, but to change my habits because I want to.”