SOBO Strength and Performance to Open on Hull Street in Locust Point

| February 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

A new gym called SOBO Strength and Performance will open at 1104 Hull St. in Locust Point. The 4,500 sq. ft., two-story brick building was previously the home of the International Longshoremen’s Association AFL-CIO which relocated to Dundalk. The building was purchased and is being renovated by Mitch Gold, owner of Gold and Company, and Jim Chivers, senior vice president of Gold and Company and Locust Point resident.

SOBO Strength and Performance is owned by James Rehak Jr., who has been a trainer in South Baltimore for the past 10 years. He is currently training clients at Latrobe Park as he waits to move into 1104 Hull St. on April 1st. He plans to open the gym to the public a few weeks after move in.

Rehak has a B.S. in Exercise Science from Salisbury University, where he helped trained athletes as an intern with the strength and conditioning coach. Rehak’s certifications include ACSM-HFS, NSPA-CPT, StrongFirst, FMS 2, EXOS Performance Specialist, and Original Strength Foundations.

Rehak spent recent months looking around Federal Hill, Otterbein, and Locust Point for his own studio space before selecting the Locust Point location. He loves the neighborhood and its residents and business owners. He’s excited about the easy parking in the area with street parking and a pay lot across the street, as well as the surrounding areas where he can take his workouts outdoors.

SOBO Strength and Performance will offer personal training sessions as well as small and large group training classes which will include kettlebell, boxing, and yoga. Tony Stritmatter, who has nine years of training experience in Baltimore, will join the team at SOBO Strength and Performance along with a few other trainers.

Rehak also hopes to make it a one-stop-shop for health needs as it will have an on-site physical therapist, masseuse, chiropractor, and nutritionist. It will also host monthly educational events focused on health and fitness.

“SOBO Strength and Performance will be at the leading edge of training in Baltimore because we focus so heavily on continuing education of our trainers and utilizing every science-based training, nutrition, and recovery modality in order to achieve that goal,” said Rehak.

“Our primary focus with the current state of the world is to provide a clean and safe environment for us and our clientele,” he added. “The gym will be cleaned and disinfected daily as well as have two UV light air purifiers on each floor. Mandatory masks and social distancing will also be utilized until they are no longer necessary.”

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