Hi there and welcome! I’m Sohee Lee, an evidence-based fitness coach and author based in sunny San Diego, California. I’m here to help you navigate the vast amount of information out there and zero in on what’s right for YOU. There’s no one-size-fit-all strategy to approach your training and nutrition; I know that you have your own needs and goals and I want to make fitness work for you, not the other way around.
Who Am I?
- Earned MS in Psychology from Arizona State University in May 2018
- Graduated in 2012 with a BA in Human Biology (concentration in Psychosocial and Biological Determinants of Health) from Stanford University
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN)
- Strong First Girya (SFG) Level I Instructor
- Female-centered physique coach since 2012, with the addition of in-person training at Sohee’s Studio in San Diego in 2018
- Author of Eat. Lift. Thrive. published in 2017, which teaches people how to master their mindset, training, and nutrition strategies
How I Got Into Fitness
My background includes struggling with an eating disorder for eight years, working with many online coaches and seeing what worked and what didn’t. I believe in moderation and sustainability in a fitness lifestyle, and I’ve tried to model that through my own cross-country moves, bikini shows, powerlifting, while nursing injuries, and going back to school. We all have to navigate our own set of roadblocks, and that’s part of what makes us human.
My Take on Nutrition
I’m a lover of all things psychology (hence my academic area of focus); I’m intrigued by everything that makes us who we are as humans. Social relationships, the psychology behind our decisions…they all play into making us unique individuals.
Why I Created This Site
When it comes down to it, fitness in and of itself is not what I’m passionate about; it’s you and what’s inside that noggin of yours. It’s what exists between me and you – this thing called a connection. A bond. I get such a high off nurturing something so intangible and watching as we help each other in some way.
So here’s to eating good food, lifting heavy weights, and most of all, thriving the hell out of life. Together, we can show the world there’s a better way.
Lauren Blanco is originally from Savannah, GA, and currently resides in Louisiana with her husband, Mike, and their adored rescue dog Butkus. She holds a B.S. ed in History from Georgia Southern University (go, Eagles!), where she also minored in queso dip, late night Waffle House, and avoiding anything related to exercise. Many years later, her passing interest in losing weight took a turn as her then-boyfriend coaxed her off the treadmill and underneath a barbell. She spent his 2011 deployment to Afghanistan earning an honorary degree in broscience and eating clean, which her friends and family have luckily forgiven her for. In 2013, a chance mention on social media prompted her to join Sohee’s first round of women’s group coaching, and there was no turning back.
Today, she aims to keep a balance between her focus on healthy living and a deep, deep appreciation for good wine and new restaurants. She enjoys spending time in the kitchen trying new recipes and feeding people in true Southern style, taking long walks with her dog, deadlifts, hunting for the elusive perfect yoga pant, and mentally adopting every shelter dog on her Facebook feed.
Jennifer Belser resides in Hoboken, NJ just on the other side of the Hudson River from New York City and has a B.A. in English from the University of Delaware. After college, she worked at some of the most prestigious modeling agencies in the world including Next, Wilhelmina, and Q, with a jump into the editorial world as the Bookings Editor of O, the Oprah Magazine. Her interest has always been in beauty so, for the last nine years, she has worked as a NYS Licensed Esthetician with a specialty in Laser Esthetics, where she spends her time helping her clients look and feel beautiful.
As Jenni turned 35, she realized that she could look and feel so much better, so she hired a local personal trainer to help her reach her goals. In the fall of 2014, she decided to kick things up a notch and not only look and feel better, but get strong and focus on maintainable nutritional goals. She picked Sohee as her coach and hasn’t looked back since! She realized that feeling strong is awesome…not to mention becoming obsessed as to how lifting helps that booty! Jenni is constantly educating herself across all topics in the fitness industry, and recently obtained her NASM CPT.
As Operations Manager, Jenni spends her time making sure that Sohee’s business runs smoothly and efficiently by managing her merchandise, online store, website, and other day-to-day business concerns.
In her spare time, Jenni loves 90’s rock, the band Tool, watching cat videos and makeup tutorials on YouTube, and trying new restaurants in the city with her boyfriend, Joe.
Madalynne Carattini is originally from Hemet, CA, but has lived in the beautiful San Diego since late 2013. In June 2017, Madalynne graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Preventative Medicine as well as a certificate in Exercise Science from UCSD, Extension. Soon after college she received her certification for personal training through NASM and began coaching at a small studio in Solana Beach while also serving as a Social Media Manager in the personal development industry part-time. She recently received her NSCA CSCS and will be pursuing her CISSN in the near future.
Madalynne realized her passion for health, fitness, and strength training her junior year of high school after her high school waterpolo coach put her under a barbell for her first set of squats. She fell in love with the feeling of empowerment that comes with picking up or squatting a heavier weight than the last time. Nutrition is another area Madalynne takes particular interest in after a past tumultuous relationship with food where “carbs were bad” and she must #eatclean to see results. Madalynne has since overcome this mindset with the help of #science (& the help of Sohee’s constant education through her social platforms!)
Currently, Madalynne helps Sohee train her in-person clients 2-3 times a week, acts as a helping hand with Sohee’s social media content, and steps in wherever else she is needed to help Sohee’s day run smoothly!
Besides, health and fitness, Madalynne is obsessed with her two fur-babies (cats!), reading personal development books, and finding the best margaritas in San Diego with her high-school sweetheart, Junior.