Hi! My name is Sophia and I am NASM Certified Personal Trainer. I also have my degree in Nutrition & Exercise Science and hold a Black Belt in Japanese Jujitsu. In addition to the Martial Arts I also belonged to a powerlifting gym which really taught me a lot of things and also made me want to become a personal trainer. Throughout my whole life working out has always been my form of therapy. No matter how hard my day might be, at the end of the day spending time working on my fitness has always made me feel better not only physically but mentally as well. I also teach self defense and martial arts/boxing as well and some clients mix & match the two together. I am also a Level 1 Kettlebell Certified Trainer. In addition to training privately, I also specialize in teaching group classes as well. If you are interested in doing a duet or semi-private (3 or 4 people) I have a lot of experience with creating group workouts. I also have much experience in training clients with injuries and can help with rehabilation. I worked in a Physical Therapy office for a year and can help you with recovery from surgeries, assist in doing passive stretches, and help you with your mobiility needs. I please ask that you do not book your own sessions in my calendar. My regular calendar is not synced to the FYT calendar so I may already have a session or may not be available. Please message me first :) I look forward to working with you and helping you work towards your fitness goals!
My training philosophy
My training philosophy is that I am your trainer 7 days a week/24 hours a day whether or not you train with me 1x/week or multiple times a week. Bottom line, I am here to help you with your goals. For example: You see me 1-2x a week for session(s) but when you get to the gym on your own, you feel lost. I am there to guide you, I will send you homework! Are you having trouble staying on track with nutrition? I am here to help you in that area as well! I can not distribute meal plans however in my scope of practice I am able to give nutritional advice and help you create that food diary and make better choices (Diet is 80%!). Once I am your trainer, you can message me anytime (even if I am on vacation) for me to help you. I want you to reach your goals!
My training experience
As a Sensei at my Dojo that is where I was discovered my love for teaching. I started with teaching martial arts in the kids program to teaching martial arts to adults. Then my Dojo started hosting small group fitness classes on the weekends for adults where I jumped on the opportunity to help with that program. That is when I decided that this is what I wanted to do with my life. Help people reach their fitness goals. I changed my major in college and obtained my major in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition. After college I worked at an Equinox in Manhattan for over 2.5 years as a Tier 3 trainer. I gained a great foundation from that company but then decided to branch off into my own practice. I have trained a number of different people with many different goals. I have expertise in Self- Defense/Martial Arts, Power-lifting, Kettlebell training, Cardiovascular Conditioning, weight loss, improvement in mobility, Pre/Postpartum, to Rehabilitation. I also have trained clients in preparation for marathons, races, and obstacle courses.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Strength Training
- Weight Loss
- Muscle Gain
- Injury Prevention
- Corrective Exercise
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Muscular Definition
- Functional Training
- Sports Performance Training
- Cardiovascular Conditioning
- Cross Training
- Stress Reduction
NCCA Accredited Certifications
Kettlebell Concepts Level 1
Bachleor's Degree in Nutrition & Exercise Science
Who I Especially Like Working With
Beginners, Bodybuilders, Brides-to-be, Overweight/ Obese, Post-rehab, Runners
Medical Conditions Experience
Ankle Injury, Back Pain/Issues, Bad Posture, Knee Pain/Issues, Limited Mobility, Lower Body Pain/Issues
Training Areas Served
42 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003
Session Surcharge: $40
6 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003
Session Surcharge: $40
Sophia is a wonderful person and an even better trainer. When we first started working together, she took time to fully explore my fitness goals, concerns, and needs. She carefully designs workouts so that they’re always a full body burn and at my correct level of fitness. I've seen great results with Sophia, and my level of fitness had clearly increased. She’s supportive, very accommodating, and is always willing to help outside of formal training sessions. So thankful for her!!
I’m the type who doesn’t feel like I need a trainer, I’ve been working out on my own for years. Then I was introduced to Sophia. She was cool and down to earth, so I figured I would give it a shot. Learned a lot of new exercises and worked areas of my body i usually ignore. She has been a great tool to push me to the limits. Never rushes me or makes me feel like just another client. Passionate and awesome, highly recommended. She’s also a black belt in some sort of martial arts. Which is totally badass! Thank you!
I have been working with Sophia a little over 4 months now and I can’t say enough wonderful things about how you has single handily transformed my body. She has a plethora of knowledge. She was able to first assess my problem areas and really took the time to listen to my personal goals and made really great points about human anatomy that I was actually unaware of. For example: one of my problem areas is my lower stomach and I thought air ups Should fix that but Sophia addressed my posture and let me know that my lower ab problem is more about not having enough shoulder strength. No wonder 2 hours 4 times a week at the gym mostly spent on my lower abs wasn’t helping. She was also able to provide me with a wealth of knowledge regarding my diet and even helped to create a meal plan that is cost effective, provides optimal nutrition to protein ratios, and with a little meal prep could be ready in mins for those hectic days during the week. I really can’t say enough about Sophia except that I wish I had found her this time last year and I would have worn crop tops and two pieces all summer. Oh well, next summer I’m ready guns blazing. I have never been so happy with my body and that’s completly thanks to everything Sophia has done for me. She’s a trainer with heart who really cares and listens. Highly recommended!
I started working with Sophia before my wedding and my only regret is not working with her sooner. I had hit a plateau with my fitness goals and even though I was working out a lot, I wasn't seeing results. When I started working with Sophia, everything changed. I felt stronger, leaner,and had more energy. She is so good at breaking every move down and building a personalized workout for her clients. I've done group and solos with her and have felt accomplished in both. No workout is the same and she builds challenges each time. Not only is she amazing at the gym, she also helps me stick to my plan when I'm not with her. Highly recommend working with her!
I have worked with a few trainers at various NYC gyms and on FYT but I feel Sophia understood exactly what was wrong with me and tailored a routine to immediately fix my recurring injuries. She has a nice personality and is very accommodating schedule wise. Martial arts expertise are a unique perk.
Sophia is a great personal trainer. She spends the time to get to know you and what your goals are. Then she pre-plans workouts and adjusts them based on how often you workout with her. When we schedule sessions back to back, she creates upper body workouts for day 1 and then lower body the next day. When there's a day of rest in between our sessions, she creates full body workouts. She also sends us a copy of our workout, so that we can do it on our own. We would highly recommend a session with Sophia.