Our mission is to bring you the best personal training experience possible. It all starts with the SSL attitude. We are tough, but fun. We are professional, but not stuffy. We care about you and appreciate every time you walk in our doors. SSL will get you the results you want in a fun, dynamic setting.
The first of its kind in Manhattan, SSL combines the old school grit of the best college weight room with the new school equipment and amenities. We give you space to run, jump, climb and lift. SSL's two floor, 3900 sq ft training facility has everything you need, and nothing you don't.
- Pendlay Elite Lifting Equipment
- Olympic Lifting Platforms
- Power Sleds
- 20 ft climbing ropes
- Gymnastic Rings
- Woodway Curve Treadmill
- Concept 2 Rowers
- Aerodyne Bikes
- Sand Bags
- Battling Ropes
The SSL training team comes from a varied background of high level atheletic competition, training and coaching. All have a true 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 10 years of his life exploring everything gym and weightlifting related. He began his studies in Athletic Training at the University of Central Florida where he also played A-side outside center for the nation’s sixth ranked club rugby team.
Athletic Training required Ryan to think about lifting beyond just doing dumbbell presses and bicep curls, there was an emphasis on optimal physical function, performance, injury prevention and the acquisition/maintenance of strength.
Ryan recognizes that his academic background is the underlying foundation for his approach to programming and personal training, but his most significant learning was done outside of the classroom. Everything Ryan knows and does he has at one time done himself. Against all odds and wants, he has even run 6.5 miles without stopping…once.
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 perpetually educating himself, applying what he learns in his training to, “experience the individualities and peculiarities of each approach for every situation and circumstance.”
Ryan is highly skilled in all areas of the weight-room, but fancies himself a barbell guy thru and thru. He specializes in all things strength and conditioning related, Olympic weightlifting, weight loss, making regular people look and feel good, and making old ladies really strong.
Ryan currently competes in Olympic weightlifting and is a member of USA-Weightlifting, both as a competitor and certified Sports Performance Coach. Ryan holds a BS in Exercise Science and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
“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. Post-collegiately, Albert trained and competed professionally under Barb Lindquist, the former world #1 ranked triathlete.
In the summer of 2008, Albert underwent hip surgery, from which he fully recovered, returning to competition later that year.
Academically, Albert completed Bachelor of Science degrees in Exercise Physiology and Food Science/Human Nutrition, a Master of Science degree in Human Performance, and he earned his licensure 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 injuries.
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 Andrew 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 a 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 – 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 lifting, body-weight 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 Your Inner Athlete’ came to fruition. SSL has quickly become one of Manhattan’s elite private training facilities, with a growing client list of the top names fashion, entertainment, and finance.
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 will be released in January 2015.
Andrew learned from the very best in fitness DVDs. His was first featured in Shaun T’s Asylum 2 DVD series, and later, working along side Shaun, helped develop and was featured in Shaun T’s T25 DVD series. Andrew also appeared in the Men’s Health DVD series MH60 with David Jack. He has also created video workouts for Booya Fitness, online steaming fitness programs.
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.
“The expert knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing”
Dariusz is an ex-professional soccer player whose career was cut short due to a serious knee injury. Dariusz’s passion for training + 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 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.
Growing up Joey played your typical club sports — baseball, basketball, football, etc. At a very young age he joined the Korean martial art known as Tang Soo Do, with his family who all went on to receive their black belts.
In his teens he found skateboarding where he became a sponsored athlete and was able to travel the country. After graduating high school at a mere 130 pounds, he became an amateur boxer working his way up to the 141 pound weight class. His love for ‘The Sweet Science’ kick started his journey into the strength and conditioning community after suffering an injury which ended his boxing career. It was at this point he decided to pursue his dreams of being a strength and conditioning coach.
Joey interned at a famous strength and conditioning facility in New Jersey where he worked with a wide variety of football players ranging from adolescents all the way to elite level Pro Bowler players. He has spent time working with youth athletes, in commercial facilities, corporate fitness centers and in rehabilitation and injury prevention settings. He has a large variety of professional experience as well as ‘Under the Bar’ experience.
Joey went on to receive his Master’s degree in Exercise Science as well as his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Conditioning. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a Westside Barbell Special Strengths Coach.
He recently became a CPPS (Certified Physical Preparations Specialist) coach and provides free content on his YouTube channel where he strives to provide no-fluff information to help people become healthier and enjoy their life more.
He was mentored by power lifting’s legendary strength Louie Simmons, where he spent time interning at Westside Barbell — ‘The World’s Strongest Gym’ . During this time he assisted in the development of educational products which outlined the gyms’ methods used to break countless world records and including books and DVD products. Joey also holds Westside’s box jump record of 63.5 inches.
He spent time working closely as a personal assistant and sport science research assistant at ‘The Glute Lab’ with world famous strength coach Bret Contreras. He has written articles for popular fitness websites and has been featured in ‘Flex’ magazine.
Beth Lewis is orginally from a tiny town in South 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 began her work in fitness. In 2009, Beth was hired with Pilobolus Dance Theater and toured the globe until 2012. After coming of 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 CSCS. Beth is also a lead instructor at CityRow.
Jason Li holds a bachelors in Exercise Science and specializes in Olympic style weightlifting training. Jason has an extensive training background in training for hypertrophy, postural improvement, correction of muscular imbalances, sport conditioning, weight-loss, and sport specific mobility.
Jason is known for creating challenging, unique, and scientifically based workouts for his clients. Jason ensures his clients know the purpose of every exercise, every program, and how all aspects progress to their specific training goal.
Jason is a certified through the NSCA and is a USA weightlifting sports performance coach.
“Train to be the bullet in the gun”
Jake became obsessed with strength and conditioning when he sustained normally career ending shoulder and back injuries playing rugby at Dartmouth, one of the top programs in the nation. He was unwilling to accept the prognoses of doctors and physical therapists, and through extensive self – study crafted a strength, conditioning and rehabilitation program that allowed him to return to the club senior year as an A-side prop.
After spending time in Global Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley, Jake came to Soho Strength Lab to pursue his real passion: helping people push their physical and mental limits to craft a more athletic body. Jake is a Level 1 USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach, and has extensive experience with mobility and corrective exercise strategies.
Outside of the gym, Jake trains Muay Thai and enjoys surfing, sailing, mountaineering, yoga and motorcycles.
“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.
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.
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 the Cheer and Dance competition squads. While still a Junior in High School, Amy was accepted into the Iowa State Dance Company. Once done with high school, she continued with their company, and began attending Iowa State University as a student.
She then moved on to Chicago to truly start to study Dance. In Chicago she attended Columbia College. After honing her abilities, better opportunities arose. So Amy again relocated, this time to North Carolina. This is where she finished her BFA at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Once finished with her degree, Amy moved from North Carolina to New York. 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 how she got so involved in fitness and healthy living.
She has been training in New York now for 3 years and is NCSF certified. As well as holds certifications in Kettlebell and Pre/Post Natal.
Amy’s focus however, is not one specific area. Her biggest validation is watching as someone reaches a goal they never thought was possible. She is able to work a wide range of individuals with very different body types, achieve their own varying goals.
Heavy lifting is her own favorite past time when she’s not helping others including competing in local and regional competitions.
Christina has been dancing since the age of 2 and was teaching dance by age 12. Originally from Norwich, New York, where she started dancing at her family’s dance school. Christina earned a degree in Dance from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. It was while dancing here that she suffered a major spinal injury which quickly spawned her passion and appreciation for fitness. Christina strengthened her body and went on to perform internationally as the principle dancer in her company, Phoenix Project Dance. She also danced in the Radio City Christmas Show for 6 years.
Shifting her career focus to fitness, Christina has appeared in fitness icon Shaun T’s Hip Hop Abs, and Focus T25 workout DVD series. She then used her lifelong experience of movement training to develop her skills as a personal trainer. Christina’s unique training style combines elements of dance, stretch, and high intensity athletic based training. She also currently has a huge following as a barre technique instructor at Physique 57.
Christina is also a fitness model with Wilhelmina and has appeared in Shape Magazine, Self Magazine, and Women’s Running magazines. She also co-starred in the Men’s Health Anarchy Workout DVD series with SSL’s own Andy Speer. Christina has a BFA in Dance, is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and is Pre and Post Natal Certified.
“I have a keen interest for the human body and its ability to adapt and improve, particularly as it relates to health and fitness. Not only do I enjoy challenging myself to new fitness endeavors, but I also have a strong passion for helping others achieve their goals through consistent and motivational coaching. I believe that exercise should be fun and enjoyable, while still maintaining an element of effectiveness.”
Brittany grew up in a military family, living all over the United States, playing soccer and basketball. This led her to play competitive NCAA soccer both in South Carolina and New York. Throughout college, she was introduced to barbell training and continues to use this method of training to this day.
Exercise Science gave Brittany the ability to understand the human body, not only at the level of just fundamental movements, but also to a scientific level. She loves learning about the human body and its capabilities.
Brittany is skilled in many areas of the weight-room but specializes in barbell and circuit training. She holds her Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from the State University of New York at Cortland. Furthermore, she is a Dartfish Certified Technician as well as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.
Soho Strength Lab offers additional recovery services to enhance your personal training experience and physical performance. To achieve peak results in training your body must be injury free and ready for the challenges of training.
Massage Therapy can be a very powerful tool in the training process, but it is often misused or not in concert with your training program. At SSL we base our massage therapy on the training program you are following towards your goals and specific needs. All SSL clients are given priority scheduling with our massage therapist to align with your training schedule for optimal results. Types of massage utilized include; deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and Thai massage.
Electric Muscle Stimulation
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) has long been a valuable tool to speed muscle recovery and stimulation for either athletic purposes or for physical therapy applications. EMS at SSL is a favorite among our athletes to enhance recover from strenuous workouts by pumping nutrient rich blood to the desired areas. Our EMS system of choice is is the Award Winning Marc Pro.
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.