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 settings.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
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, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and USA-Weightlifting Level 1.
(Muy Thai and MMA)
Growing up with a Golden Glove winner in the family, Collin Tebo got an early start in the world of combat sports. With his first amateur boxing match at 14, Collin went on to win a host of local and all-state honors in boxing and wrestling throughout Texas, ultimately finding himself on the Division I wrestling team at Boston University.
Collin was a ranked amateur Muay Thai fighter and an undefeated amateur in Mixed Martial Arts, winning both an International Combat Entertainment Amateur MMA Championship and a NAGA Advanced Featherweight Championship in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Collin moved to Thailand and compete professionally in Muay Thai kickboxing. Over the next two years, he lived, ate, slept and competed alongside up-and-coming Thai boxers in a camp for professional. After more than 20 professional fights Collin decided to move back to the states and pursue dual careers in medical research and personal training.
TRX Training Lab
Monday 7:00PM-8:00PM - Foundational
Wednesday 7:00PM-8:00PM - Foundational
Saturday 12:30PM-1:30PM - Accelerated
TRX Training Lab
Make your body your machine in this full body conditioning workout featuring the TRX suspension trainer. This circuit style group session will build functional strength and body awareness. You can expect your conditioning level to be pushed, your core stability to be challenged, and your entire body to transform. Time to get up, get moving, and get results!
This is the introductory level for TRX training. It is appropriate for people who are new to suspension training or to this specific class. Time will be spent explaining how to adjust your TRX trainer as needed, as well as the proper way to set up for and perform common exercises. While you are sure to sweat and get a great workout, the emphasis is on introducing and breaking down common motions in TRX training.
At this level participants are expected to have an understanding of how to adjust and set up the TRX suspension trainer. The pace of class will be faster and more intense. The focus will be on more advanced progressions requiring greater strength, stability, conditioning, and coordination.
Curious about the Olympic lifts? Come take a class and safely learn the fundamentals. We break down the complex movements of the snatch and the clean and jerk. We assign various drills and strength training exercises particular to you. This ensures that you will learn quickly and continue to progress to a high level of mastery.
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.