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.
Albert is the founder and CEO of Promix Nutrition.
Michelle Marques’ fitness journey began after college, when she decided to get in shape after several years of being sedentary. By the time she started pursuing a Masters at Columbia University in African American studies she had a growing passion for fitness that connected her to many of the professionals in NYC’s wellness community. When she finished her Masters, she decided she was dedicated to helping others get stronger and live healthier lives.
In 2016, she decided to pursue training full time and became certified with the American Council of Exercise. She also holds Precision Nutrition Level 1 and Kettlebell Level 1 certifications. Michelle combines her research background and love of learning to create strategic strength and conditioning programming that will help her clients obtain their fitness goals in a sustainable way.
Joe is a trainer deeply committed to improving human performance at any level and the psychological power of strength & conditioning.
Growing up in competitive athletics, he played top level rugby and track & field, eventually moving on to racing triathlon. More recently a competitive CrossFit athlete and coach, Joe currently competes at the national level in Olympic weightlifting.
Joe holds certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist. He is also a certified USA Weightlifting Coach.
He specializes in body composition transformation, strength training and athletic development.
Raised in White Plains New York, Chris grew up as a “chubby” kid. In high school Chris tried everything from football, track, and even golf to simply move and lose the weight he had. He would always draw portraits of himself on what he imagined himself to be, physically.
Chris comes to SoHo Strength Lab after a career in the music industry where he began to build his training resume through touring as the fitness professional on staff with a well-known hip-hop artist.
Chris bring energy, enthusiasm and results to his clients. He has a passion for making people look and feel great. Training clients that have lost up to 20lbs in 6 weeks or gained 5lbs of lean muscle in 8 week.
With a varied training background, including certifications in Kettlebell, ViPR and NASM CPT, Chris’s training focus ranges from weight loss to bodybuilding and strength training.
Life Motto: “Anyone can do anything”
An Ivy League drop out, Leigh came to fitness through a desire to increase running performance–a knack she discovered she had talent for in 2013. Then a hairstylist, Leigh quickly realized that the endurance she found in training for sport made the long hours in the salon easier to get through.
An injury led her back to yoga, where she also found Pilates. It was around the same time that she began strength training and quickly fell in love with the amazing capabilities of the human body. Leigh’s traveled all over the world for races, but the athletic community in NYC was where she focuses her energy.
Leigh slowly transitioned out of hair and into fitness working, as a run coach and pacer for the running community. She then moved on to rack up certifications in different modalities to maximize performance on a more holistic level (NASM-CPT, USATF, Level I Track & Field Coach, Pilates Mat, Yoga 200 hr + mentorship, to name a few). A plant based athlete with many race wins at myriad distances under her belt, Leigh has years of building a knowledge base on nutrition, recovery and efficiency.
Ross Twanmoh grew up outside of Baltimore, getting his hands on as many sports as he could. Ross graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he captained the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team and sparked his interest in the fitness industry from his studies in Sports Medicine. His experiences includes working with athletes in a rehabilitative setting, one-on-one training, teaching group fitness and crossfit classes, online consulting, and assisting at Strongfirst Girya certifications.
Ross has his CSCS, SFG II, FRCms, USAW, CF L1, and Kinstretch Instructor license. He is built to squat.
“We are all Apprentices in a craft in which no one ever becomes a master” – Ernest Hemingway
Stephen is Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and learned the importance of sports training and fitness at a young age participating in martial arts, wrestling and weightlifting.
2 years ago, when his insatiable passion for learning and devotion to serve others became so strong, he decided to make a drastic career change and left his job in Investment Banking to pursue a career in fitness and never looked back. He went back to school and graduated from Focus Personal Training Institute’s Master course. Stephen wanted to surround himself and learn from the best trainers and coaches in NYC and completed an internship at Soho Strength Lab
His philosophy focuses on continual lifelong science-driven learning, as he works towards enhancing the well-being of his clients by empowering them with the knowledge, skills, support, guidance and resources to assist and inspire them on their journey to a healthier and stronger life. Together he will help transform your quality of life through active participation in fitness activities and the integration of guided fitness programs, to make your health goals become a reality, in a caring, smart and dynamic environment.
Focus Personal training – Master Course graduate
“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.
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
“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
“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).
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.
Online Training is perfect for the experienced gym-goer looking to do a well thought out program or the beginner who maybe wants to start their training in the right direction.
Personalized 4-Week SSL Training Plan
(up to 4 training sessions per week-16 sessions/month)
Online Exercise Video Guides
Choose Your Plan
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.
SSL provides Promix Nutrition supplements to meet the nutritional needs and goals of your training and lifestyle.
All Promix products are formulated by Albert, and are gluten-free, soy-free and non-GMO.
Plant based & Vegan, collagen and training support.
SoHo Strength Lab offers 1-hour recovery sessions that include soft tissue therapy, mobilization, Graston® treatment and e-stim therapy. Recovery sessions can benefit your personal training by accelerating your recovery between sessions as well as helping you to overcome past injuries or imbalances.