Hi there and welcome – I’m so excited that you’ve made it here! My name is Sohee Lee and I’m a Phoenix-based fitness buff. I graduated in 2012 with a BA in Human Biology (concentration in Psychosocial and Biological Determinants of Health) from Stanford University. I’m also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN), and a Strong First Girya (SFG) Level I Instructor.
Here’s a bullet-point version of me in a nutshell
- Eating disorder for 8 years, discovered weightlifting and fell in love
- Shipped off to Stanford thinking I would study sports medicine, but discovered that fitness was my true calling
- Graduated in June 2012 and spent the summer interning at Cressey Performance, the nation’s elite baseball training facility
- Worked at Tyler English Fitness in Connecticut, and then at Peak Performance in NYC before coming to now being fully self-employed in Phoenix, Arizona
- Contributing writer to Bodybuilding.com
- Gatekeeper/right-hand girl of BioLayne LLC
- Co-host of Physique Science Podcast
- IFPA bikini pro
How I Got Into Fitness
I’ve been physically active my entire life, starting with swimming at the age of 2. I’ve since participated in gymnastics, tap dancing (yeah, really), cheerleading, baseball, track, soccer, swimming, and cross country.
I was an endurance athlete and, at one point, dipped into some dangerous territories. Read more about my battle with my eating disorder here and how I climbed my way out of the abyss. To super-summarize that article, here’s a before picture.
My Take on Nutrition
Hearing the following statements make me cringe:
- Too much protein will damage your kidneys.
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you skip it, you. will. die.
- Small, frequent feedings keep your metabolism up and everybody should eat this way.
- Not eating for more than 4 hours at a time will cause your muscles to atrophy.
- You should never, never eat junk food lest the calories race straight to your hips, ass, and face. And stay there forever.
- You can say goodbye to alcohol.
I don’t want to argue with you. Really, I don’t; I think we’ve both got better things to do with our time, no? With that said, none of the above are true. They’re just not.
I know these long-held beliefs may be hard to let go of, but I encourage you to keep an open mind. Food is meant to be enjoyed, not feared. Sure, it’s sustenance, it’s calories, it’s nutrients; but it’s also a means of bringing people together. It’s a shared experience; it’s sweet rush of momentary joy after a long day of frustrations. I’m not advocating an emotional relationship with food – I simply want you to recognize its value (or lack thereof).
Food is important, but it’s not that important. Especially here in America, we think far too much about what kinds of meals we’re eating and how much. We’re gluttons for food and over-analysis. Paired together, we are presented with today’s obesity epidemic, which has been predicted to only get worse in future years. I know it’s cool to feel like you’re a part of something (and social psychology has proven that we as human beings gravitate toward blending in), but I think it would be safe to say that you’d be doing yourself a disservice by contributing to this nation-wide problem. So…let’s try our best to stay away from that, mmkay?
Why I Created This Site
I made this site for you, dear reader. For years, I’ve spent every minute of my free time absorbing everything I could about fitness. I’ve worked with a number of trainers, learned what worked and what didn’t , and stumbled through many roadblocks to get to where I am now. Also, I like to write, and I want to share my stories with you. I have many. 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.
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 of nurturing something so intangible and watching as we help each other in some way. How can you help me? You can start by helping me help you. Ask me questions, prod my brain, contact me! I’m here to make your life better. Whether that’s by providing you with a thought-provoking or entertaining blog post in the morning as you sip your heavenly java or by working with you as your training and nutrition consultant to transform your physique, I’m here, and I’m ready.
Lauren Dasher is originally from beautiful Savannah, GA, and she currently resides wherever the U.S. Army sends her. She has a B.S.Ed in History from Georgia Southern University where she continues to pursue an M.A. in History. It was at this college where she was first introduced to a gym. Her interest grew when she met her significant other, who coaxed her off of a treadmill and underneath a barbell. She spent his 2011 deployment to Afghanistan educating herself regarding weights and nutrition, and she has never looked back.
Today, Lauren spends her time convincing high schoolers that world history is fascinating, her boyfriend that vegetables are not torture, and her adored rescue dog that her favorite shoes are not snacks. She aims to keep a balance between her focus on healthy living and her deep appreciation for good wine and new restaurants. She enjoys her time in the gym, trying new recipes, making lists, traveling, reading, and the color leopard print.
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 six 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. 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.