Our mission is to bring you the best private training experience possible. It all starts with the our attitude—we are tough, but we have fun; we are professional, but have a sense of humor; above all else, we care about you and appreciate every time you walk through our door. SoHo Strength Lab will deliver the results you want in a fun, dynamic setting.
The first of its kind in Manhattan, SoHo Strength Lab combines the old school grit of the best college weight room with new school equipment and amenities. We give you space to run, jump, climb and lift. SoHo Strength Lab’s two floor, 3,900 sq ft training facility has everything you need and nothing you don’t.
- Pendlay Elite lifting equipment
- Olympic lifting platforms
- 20 ft climbing ropes
- Gymnastic rings
- Woodway Curve treadmill
- Concept 2 rowers
- Airdyne bikes
- Battle ropes
Our training team comes from a varied background of elite athletic competition, training and coaching. All have a genuine desire to promote high levels of physical fitness and teach true athletic movement. Our team utilizes the latest in sports science research along with years of pratical experience to get you in the best shape of your life.
“Changing a person’s pre-conceived notion of who they are physically, and what they are capable of, and then progressing them further.”
Ryan Hopkins has spent the last 15 years of his life exploring everything fitness and weightlifting related and, with the launch of SoHo Strength Lab in 2013, transitioned into the gym ownership aspect of the fitness world. Ryan began his deep dive into health and fitness as an Athletic Training major at the University of Central Florida, but his most significant learning was done outside of the classroom. Everything Ryan knows and does he has at one time done himself.
Ryan separates himself from many fitness professionals because of his exposure to and comprehension of a wide variety of training methods and modalities. Ryan is constantly educating himself, applying what he learns in his training to “experience the individualities and peculiarities of each approach for every situation and circumstance.” He specializes in all things strength and conditioning, Olympic weightlifting, weight loss, making regular people look and feel good and making older men and women strong and athletic, both inside and out.
Ryan currently competes in Olympic weightlifting and is a member of USA Weightlifting, both as a competitor and as a certified Advanced Sports Performance Coach. Ryan recently returned from Russia where he studied at the Olympic Training Center in Chekhov under Olympic Gold Medalist Dmitry Berestov and World Champion Dmitry Klokov.
As the personal training manager of SoHo Strength Lab, Ryan’s biggest accomplishment has been building what he believes to be the most dynamic, well-informed and educated training department in the personal training world. He prides himself on providing a haven for great trainers to operate and create a productive, fun environment that is the intangible ingredient for a great gym.
“I have always enjoyed learning about the human body and its capabilities under different conditions: training, nutrition, recovery from injury and other variables. My goal is to help others connect with their bodies so that they can build their strength and confidence to pursue life to the fullest.”
Albert grew up running, swimming, surfing, climbing, biking, lifting and, of course, eating. His running led him to a five-year career as an athlete at the University of Florida, where he competed at the S.E.C. Championships for the Gators in both track and field and cross country. After college, Albert trained and competed professionally under Barb Lindquist, the former world #1 ranked triathlete.
Albert holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Exercise Physiology and Food Science/Human Nutrition, a Master of Science degree in Human Performance and is licensed as a Registered Dietitian.
Throughout his career, Albert has researched nutrition to improve training, recovery from injury and general health. He is well-versed in creating individual nutrition plans to complement specific training program goals. Currently, Albert serves as the consulting dietitian for DB Track Club, a professional track and field training group lead by Rana Reider (USA Track and Field National Coach of the Year in 2011).
Albert specializes in integrating his nutrition and physiology background into his training program design. He is skilled in the areas of weight loss, building lean muscle mass, core strength, triathlon training, kettlebells and corrective exercise for injury recovery.
“My 25-year career in athletics and fitness has given me more opportunities, confidence and purpose than I could have ever dreamed. My passion is helping others improve their lives through physical fitness.”
Growing up as a gymnast, Andrew spent countless hours in the gym walking on his hands and swinging on rings and parallel bars. In high school, Andrew transitioned to track and field, going on to compete as a pole-vaulter for the University of Miami. In college, he found the weight room, and in two years transformed his wiry 140 pound frame into a lean and muscular 185 pounds. It was in the weight room that Andrew first developed his passion and skill for training and motivating others. For Andrew, coaching is training.
Andrew continued to develop his training skills by learning from the top strength and conditioning coaches in the country. He attended certifications and seminars lead by legendary trainers such as Pavel Tsatouline, Dan John, Martin Rooney, Gray Cook and put this knowledge to work by racking up over 10,000 training hours over the next 8 years.
Andrew’s athletic background as a gymnast and pole-vaulter, along with his skills in Olympic weightlifting, bodyweight training, kettlebells and eye for technique and movement developed through years of training, made him one of the top trainers in the nation.
In 2013, Andrew, along with partners Ryan Hopkins and Albert Matheny, opened SoHo Strength Lab. His vision to create a facility where clients can find their inner athlete came to fruition. The gym has quickly become one of Manhattan’s elite private training facilities, with a growing client list of the top names in fashion, entertainment, finance and other industries.
This past summer, Andrew won the title of Men’s Health Next Top Trainer. He recently shot Men’s Health’s newest workout DVD series, which was released in January 2015.
In addition to training and creating workout DVDs, Andrew is one of New York’s top fitness models with Wilhelmina Models. He works regularly with variety of clients from fitness to fashion, such as Reebok, Nike, Under Armour, Everlast, Men’s Health, Jockey, Target, Sak’s 5th Avenue and Armani. In 2013, Andrew created the exercise routine for MAC cosmetics Temperature Rising Campaign.
Andrew is Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and SFG Level 1 kettlebell Instructor. Andrew has also been certified as a USA weightlifting Level 1 coach, an RKC-1 kettlebell instructor and Martin Rooney’s Training for Warriors Level 1 instructor.
Andrew is one of the lightest men ever to complete The Beast Challenge, performing a shoulder press, a pistol squat, and a weighted pull up with a 48kg (106lb) kettlebell.
“Work towards being better than you were yesterday”
Denzel grew up in a small town in Connecticut where running and playing throughout the neighborhood was a pivotal part of life. He loved playing football the most, which later led to him getting involved in the fitness industry. Upon entering college, Denzel began training with a coach who helped put 20 lbs on him in a couple of months. This was a feat that was very eye opening to Denzel who was always a skinny, lanky kid up until that point, this is what led him to loving the fitness industry. He then went on to play a year of college football at the University of Rhode Island and then finished his football career at the University of Connecticut, completing his undergraduate degree in Psychology.
Denzel also has completed a variety of certifications including ACE Personal Training, Precision Nutrition, FMS, and StrongFirst Kettlebell, Bodyweight and Barbell certification. He is particularly fond of StrongFirst and their focus on good movement and strength as a skill. He has a deep drive to learn and teach which leads him to attend a variety of seminars and conferences taught by some of the field’s top professionals.
Denzel has worked with a plethora of clients including professional and amateur athletes, business owners, entrepreneurs and people old and young.
I’m originally from the small town of Walpole, NH and grew up playing competitive soccer all over the country. I was recruited to play soccer as a scholarship athlete at Stanford University, and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Human Biology, and an area of concentration in Health and Human Performance.
While at Stanford…
Part of the team that won the NCAA Div 1 National Championship title in 2011, was named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team and was a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention. Anchored one of the most successful senior classes in NCAA history, producing a 95-4-4 overall record and 53-0-1 mark in home games, while reaching four straight College Cups, and capturing 4 consecutive conference titles.
Spent 2 seasons as the full time assistant coach with the Boston College women’s soccer team before deciding to pursue strength and conditioning.
Recently completed my internship at Cressey Performance working with high school, college, and pro athletes.
Certifications: NSCA – CSCS
Beth Lewis is orginally from a tiny town in southern Georgia where her athletic journey began as she competed as a swimmer, gymnast and martial artist. She graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from The University of Georgia and moved to Atlanta right after to begin her work in fitness. In 2009, Beth was hired by the Pilobolus Dance Theater and toured the globe until 2012. After coming off the road, she decided to make NYC her permanent home and get back into fitness. Beth is a NASM-CPT and a 200 hour yoga teacher certified through YogaWorks. She has been to EXOS Phase 1 and 2 and is currently working on her CSCS. Beth is also a lead instructor at CityRow.
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
Billy believes in the capability and capacity of the mind. Any task you wish, put 110% forth and you will achieve. Pairing your mind and body is key to reaching your full potential.
Billy started playing sports at age four and was a multi-sport athlete throughout high school. In his sophomore season of football, Billy experienced a traumatic hit fracturing a vertebra in his neck. After months of rehab, Billy was able to return to playing and training. Through this experience, Billy learned how debilitating an injury can be and began to study his own training in-depth. Billy went on to play division II lacrosse at Walsh University in Canton Ohio as a starting defensive mid fielder.
After college, Billy pursued his love of training, graduating from FPTI Training Institute. Billy’s drive and enthusiasm is contagious and his clients consistently achieve beyond what they thought possible. Billy’s training proves there is no secret to success; only hard work and dedication to get where you want to be.
Originally from Colorado, Sarah moved to New York to teach Kindergarten. From 2012-2015 Sarah taught Kindergarten in Brooklyn while studying for her Masters degree in Education. It was during these years that Sarah discovered Olympic Weightlifting.
Sarah competes locally and nationally, and has competed in close to 10 competitions. She was awarded the Most Improved Female Weightlifter by the Metropolitan Weightlifting Committee in 2015, and she has been featured in AM New York, speaking to her experience in the sport and as a trainer.
After 3 years, Sarah left the classroom to begin personal training, combining her love of sports and teaching. She specializes in Olympic Weightlifting, and holds certifications through the National Council of Strength and Fitness as well as USA Weightlifting.
“My strive for excellence in the fitness field is predominantly based on the gratification of helping one achieve their desired fitness goals. There is no better feeling, and is the main reason I love my job.”
Scott knows what it’s like being fat, weak, and slow. As a teenager, Scott played sports such as basketball, baseball, and football. He was always a step behind, and could not keep up with the other athletes. Aspiring to become a better athlete, he began working with a coach to improve performance. From there Scott was hooked. He spent hours a day researching the body, and how to develop it into the best machine possible.
His passion began to turn into a career when he attended school studying exercise science. While in school he had the opportunity to intern with some of the greatest coaches in the country. He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in exercise science, and has spent the last few years adding many of the top fitness certifications (see below).
Scott’s hard work and passion to make himself a better athlete has helped him become one of the most qualified trainers in NYC. His clients now reap the benefits of his self-indulgence. He takes pride in helping others through the same process he experienced. He has coached people of all ages and exercise levels from professional athletes, CEO’s, to children and the elderly. In a field that is ever-changing, he is always staying up to date with current exercise science research proven to yield the most efficient results. His energy, knowledge, and passion to make people better brings a positive training environment during every session. SLL has developed a reputation of having the best coaches in NYC, and Scott is proud to join the team where he can learn, as well as contribute to educating as well. When he’s not in the gym, you may find him at your local burger joint chowing down on a juicy burger while watching a game.
B.S. Exercise Physiology
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C)
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Functional Movement Systems lvl 2 Certified (FMS)
Strongfirst Russian Kettlebell Certified (SFG)
Pre/Post Natal Certified
Athletic Republic Certified
“Exercise should be a way to connect your self to yourself. Understanding how your body functions, getting it to a place where you move without pain or resistance and are able to use your body as a tool for health, movement, and aesthetic desire. This is why I love being a coach!”
Chelsey grew up with fitness as a dominant part in her life. She began gymnastics at a young age and continued on to compete at an elite level around the world. After retiring, she joined the circus as an acrobat and began coaching gymnastics with a focus on special needs athletes and worked with the Special Olympics. At this point, 10 years ago, she fell in love with yoga.
Chelsey became a personal trainer in 2009 with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has been training in New York and Sydney for the past 6 years. She became a certified yoga teacher in 2011 and travels the world hosting yoga retreats with a focus on meditation, Ayurveda and relationship counseling. Chelsey has since studied under some of the top coaches and educators in the world, including Stoyan Deltchev, Charles Poliquin, James LaValle and Ido Portal. She has studied sport specific strength training, Biosignature (a science of the relationship between body composition, hormones, and nutrition), calisthenics and gymnastic bodies training.
“The expert knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing.”
Dariusz is a former professional soccer player whose career was cut short due to a serious knee injury. Dariusz’s passion for training and physical therapy was set into motion after coming back from a total knee reconstruction that required numerous procedures and months of focused rehabilitation.
As an athlete, Dariusz was a part of the strength and conditioning programs of elite soccer academies in both Europe and the United States, working with top sports scientists and coaches throughout his career in a variety of training systems. Dariusz’s years of training around the world as a professional athlete provide him with rich insight into all parameters of physical fitness and performance from which to draw. Dariusz truly enjoys moving from the role of trainee to trainer and brings his love for training to every client.
Dariusz specializes in working with clients return to training safely from injuries, strength training, mobility, kettlebells, sport specific training and conditioning and weight loss. Dariusz is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Strong First and Functional Movement Screen instructor, and USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach.
Starting her journey all the way from the state of Iowa, Amy has always been involved in athletics and has always been moving around.
When Amy was younger she enjoyed playing many sports, all while participating in studio dance classes. During high school, she was a member of both cheer and dance competition squads. While still a junior in high school, Amy was accepted into the Iowa State Dance Company. After high school, she continued with their company and attended Iowa State University. After college she moved to Chicago to truly start her study of dance where she attended Columbia College and, after honing her abilities, better opportunities arose. Amy once again relocated, this time to North Carolina where she finished her BFA at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
After completing her degree, Amy moved from North Carolina to New York City. Amy started living the life of a dancer, but wasn’t challenged enough and decided she could take her love for how the body works and advance her skills even further. This was her transition into fitness and healthy living. She has been training in New York for 3 years and is NCSF certified, along with specialty certifications in kettlebell and pre and post-natal training.
That said, Amy does not have a singular focus in the training she offers. Her biggest validation is watching as someone reaches a goal they never thought was possible, no matter what that goal might be. She is able to work with a wide range of individuals with very different body types and help them achieve their own varying goals.
Lifting heavy weights is Amy’s favorite pastime and when she’s not helping others, she’s training for and competing in local and regional Olympic weightlifting competitions.
Combating asthma and obesity as a teen left Luis on the sidelines of many activities. During his years in high school, Luis went from the practice squad to a captain of the volleyball team. His skill to identify weaknesses and make them his strengths was the catalyst for his training career. While training for triathlons and obstacle course races, Luis was introduced to the sport of Olympic weightlifting. A few weeks of training and he had fallen in love with the sport. Training alongside great lifters and coaches has left Luis with experience that shows in his relentless attention to detail. He now coaches a team of weightlifters and stands beside them on the podium both as a coach and fellow competitor athlete. The strength-based approach Luis lives by left him with a roster of athletes varying from youth hopefuls to Olympic qualifiers across multiple sports. Luis has the eye and experience necessary to guide his clients through both mentally and physically challenging training programs to bring out their inner athlete.
Luis currently holds certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Heart Association, Kettlebell Athletics, USA Weightlifting, and Catalyst Athletics.
“Train Like an Athlete.”
Jungin Jung, or JJ as he’s known at the gym, joined SoHo Strength Lab in August 2015. His journey in becoming an athletic trainer took off in Oklahoma where he studied Athletic Training at Oklahoma State University and expanded to Long Island University in Brooklyn where he earned a Master’s of Science in Advanced Athletic Training.
Before joining SoHo Strength Lab, he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer, working with women’s soccer, baseball, and track and field teams. He also held many athletic training, and strength and conditioning internships, including with Major League Soccer, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the University of Pittsburgh.
JJ’s motto has always been “Train Like an Athlete”. He believes in potential in every human being. Regardless of age, physical characteristics or previous athletic levels, he treats every client like a professional athlete—not an athlete that plays vigorous sports on the field, but an athlete who has the potential to grow and develop their fitness and performance level.
As an Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach, he firmly believes that good rehab comes from balancing all body parts as a single unit—instead of just one weakened area—and he incorporates this belief by providing his clients with a holistic rehab routine through a combination of RNT (regeneration, nutrition and training). The balancing of these three components maximize one’s fitness and performance levels.
JJ has experiences in training wide variety of clients, from general population to professional and tactical athletes and is an expert at designing unique programs for each individual with different assets and goals. His focus varies from rehabilitation, prehabilitation, power, strength, speed and agility, to flexibility, coordination and balance, and more.
He is a Certified Athletic Trainer (NATA), Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA), Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM), Sports performance coach level I (USAW), USA Track and field Coach Level I (USTF) and Functional Movement Screen Level I (FMS).
“Be proud of your hard work and accomplishments, but never be completely satisfied and never forget you’re not the only one out there working hard. You can always do more, do better, and help others do the same”
Jason initially started at Soho Strength Lab as an intern learning from the best in New York City while also attending CUNY Brooklyn College. He eventually earned his Bachelors in Exercise Science and became a trainer at SSL with his own unique approach to training. Jason is dedicated to the “training process” for implementing long term changes and preventing training staleness. Over his career so far Jason has gone from a body builder in high school going from 115lbs to 151lbs, a powerlifter in college, and is currently an Olympic weightlifting competitor. Along with his extensive training weight training background he has recently become a Functional Range Mobility Specialists in order to help clients who struggle with flexibility or past joint injuries.
Jason is a NSCA certified personal trainer, a USAW Advanced Sports Performance Coach, a Catalyst Athletics Weightlifting Coach, and a FRC mobility specialist.
Jason Li BS, NSCA-CPT, USAW lvl 2
SoHo Strength Lab offers nutrition consultations and meal planning with our in-house registered dietitian Albert Matheny. Since 2010 Albert has worked with clients in all areas of nutrition, from performance nutrition with olympic athletes, including gold medalist Christian Taylor and silver medalist Justin Gaitlin, to meal planning for weight-loss, food allergies, and specific dietary needs for vegetarians and vegans.