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-fits-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,*D) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN)
- Pursuing her PhD in sports science through the distance program at Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
- Serving as the Fitness Advisor for Women’s Health magazine
- 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.
Steph is originally from Florida and currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Zach. She holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Saint Augustine and a Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of Florida.
Stephanie spent much of her college years believing that running for hours each day was the best way to reach her fitness goals. Her now-husband stepped in, introduced her to strength training, and changed her training style forever. Today she’s hung up her cardio-queen crown and loves strength training in the gym and pilates, thanks to her pilates teacher education.
Steph began working with Sohee in 2016 through Sohee’s business mentorship program and has respected her as a reliable source in the fitness industry. She began her online coaching experience after that, and enjoys helping other women find happiness in the healthiest way possible. In her spare time, Steph enjoys traveling with Zach, playing piano, and finding the best brunch spots in town.
Myra Victa is originally from the Bay Area in Northern CA. At 19 years old, she started a career in the financial services industry and soon became the youngest Marketing Director in her firm. She was able to travel to different cities and countries, learn about personal development, and get a taste of the business world at a young age.
At 24 years old, she realized that while chasing success in her career, she had neglected her health and wellbeing. In 2016, she originally pursued her NASM personal trainer certification in order to apply the knowledge to her own life, but soon realized that she could help many others who were also finding difficulty in losing weight and keeping it off. She broke away from the financial industry and became a personal trainer in a big box gym, where she trained for 1.5 years and specialized in fat loss clients.
Rachel Pendakur grew up near Portland, Oregon, but has lived in San Diego since 2010. She holds a B.A. in Psychology as well as a B.A. in Music, and is currently working toward her M.A. in Psychological Science. Rachel came to love strength training during her high school years. During her college years, she neglected proper training until an injury prompted her to seek out professional help with rehabilitation. The process of recovering from an injury, as well as improving form to prevent future problems, re-ignited her love of training and prompted her to continue learning.Since her Masters program began, her research areas of interest have centered heavily on health psychology as well as habit formation and methods of increasing adherence. She is passionate about educating and partnering with individuals who want to reach and sustain their goals.
Rachel jumped at the chance to work with Sohee as an in-person training client in the Spring of 2018, and has since consistently enjoyed the style of training that is integral to the ELT Method. She not only has greatly benefitted from Sohee’s mentorship, but has also has seen a huge amount of training progress using an approach focused on moderation and sustainability. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS).
During her free time, she runs a private piano studio where she uses her classical performance background to train children and adults of all ages. She also loves to try new San Diego restaurants, go on walks and hikes, or just relax with her dog and a good book.