Jacob Lee is the new Head Performance Coach at SSG. He implements and oversees all metabolic testing and coaching efforts as well as infuses his knowledge of periodization into the current training architecture at SSG. He also lends a hand to strength and conditioning classes. His programming champions proper rest, recovery, and endurance base development as the foundation of any science based training program or effort. 

Jacob comes to Strong Sports Gym with a wealth of knowledge across a variety of sports, athletic performance, and weight loss settings. Having participated in many sports growing up, Jacob eventually settled on baseball and competed at the collegiate level for Occidental College, where he earned BA degrees in Kinesiology and Psychology in 2013. Upon graduation, he intended to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy before accepting what was meant to be a temporary position as an Exercise Specialist.

Five years later and that temporary position blossomed into a career as a Sport Physiologist and Performance Coach. Over that period of time, Jacob worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from Jane Doe to professional athletes, including mixed martial arts stalwarts Jake Ellenberger and Nate Marquardt, tennis superstar Maria Sharapova, and Olympic gold medalists Allyson Felix (track & field), Henry Cejudo (wrestling) and Helen Maroulis (wrestling). With each of them he implemented metabolic testing and developed personalized heart rate training zones.

Jacob currently provides individualized coaching to approximately twenty students at SSG, including those looking for performance gains and weight management. 


I wanted to go into Physical Therapy because of all the injuries I worked through as an athlete, but after implementing just a few VO2 tests, I was drawn towards working with clients and athletes on how to condition the body to avoid injury, improve performance, and manage weight. There’s a balance to all of these factors - strength building, endurance, nutrition, hydration, and proper recovery that is individual to each person that walks in the gym. It’s through a holistic, science based approach that I came to understand these factors.
— Jacob Lee


Every individualized performance program with two key metabolic tests to determine the exact parameters of a science-based training program. 

The first is a Resting Metabolic Rate Test (RMR). Metabolism, quite simply, is the conversion of food to energy. Metabolic rate is a measure of how much food, or fat, is converted to energy in a day. RMR is the measurement of how much food, or energy is required to maintain basic body functions such as heartbeat, breathing, and maintenance of body heat while you are in a state of rest. That energy is expressed in calories per day and this test provides the foundation for a science-based caloric and macronutrient prescription. 

The second is a Max Effort VO2 Analysis Test (VO2). This graded test provides concrete data to uncover a individual’s endurance profile, or in other words, the ability to handle progressive, sustained exercise. It is generally considered the best indicator of cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. The actual measurement is “milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight.” The test is suitable for a wide range of individuals, from the sedentary to elite athletes. This test provides necessary data to develop personalized heart rate training zones (or power) for precise and efficient workouts.

These two tests provide the data that informs an individualized coaching plan at SSG. Athletes receive detailed workouts, and diet and nutrition guidelines that are presented in a simple and easy to follow set of directions that will help them achieve their goals. 

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