Shoshana Treichel decided to become one of the World’s strongest women after a brutal attack in NYC in 1986 left her feeling vulnerable and powerless.
She began a training regimen to achieve her goal and has not only achieved world records in the bench press, but has become one of the world’s most talented figures in Women’s Bodybuilding.
She has owned her own gym, developed weightlifting curricula at universities and has trained and taught yoga to elite athletes from all over the world. Her clients have included NFL players, NBA players, MMA fighters and many bodybuilding and Physique competitors. Additionally, Shoshana worked for Strategic Operations located in San Diego, working extensively with elite military teams as a role player in hyper-realistic training operations.
One of her clients has been one of the top MMA fighters of the decade, KJ Noons. With her training, yoga and nutrition programs he won the World Title belt and defended it 7 months later. At the time, she was one of the only female MMA trainers.
Shoshana opened Shoshana’s Gym, in Kodiak, Alaska, in 1999. Before long, the gym became one of the best-known landmarks in town and Shoshana practically became a household name. In 2005, she relocated to San Diego with her husband, Jake, a member of the Coast Guard, and then-teenage daughter, Kaila! Shoshana and Jake moved to Mobile, Alabama in 2014 with the USCG, after positions in New Orleans and Tennessee.
Shoshana has completed a MS in medical stress reduction through exercise and nutrition from Harvard University, and carries certifications in nutrition, personal training, yoga, advanced yoga and Mat Pilates. She also teaches and prepares other personal trainers in their efforts to become certified.
Ever since Shoshana took her first yoga class in the basement of a dear friend in Kenai, Alaska in 1994, she decided one day to add yoga instruction to the mix. Shoshana has continued her own education with her first 200 RYT Yoga Certification from Core Power in 2007. She went on to complete an additional 200 RYT in the Hot 26 series with Hot yoga Vail Valley. Shoshana then went on to complete an Advanced yoga certification with Core Power Yoga in 2012. In 2014, Shoshana began accomplishing her original dream of pursuing a 3-year program at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India. India has a very rich inheritance in the fields of philosophical reflection and spiritual inquiry, with the idea that we should undertake a special journey towards an inner light. T. Krishnamacharya is recognized as one of the greatest masters of the last century, the top authority in the field of yoga. His son, TKV Desikachar, founded KYM in 1976, to spread the teachings his father. TKV Desikachar, in his own right, is one of the world’s leading authorities in yoga. Sri Desikachar taught all over the world, participated in many international conventions and conferences and authored numerous books on yoga. Shoshana was inspired to study at the finest Yoga institution in the world! She will be graduating July 7, 2017. Completing her fourth trip to India!
Shoshana also trained to become a Krav Maga instructor. Krav Maga is a form of self-defense originating in Israel and taught to the Israel Defense Forces soldiers. It is also used extensively in many of our police departments and elite military forces. It is a must-have skill for all who are looking to protect themselves.
As a personal trainer, nutritionist and Yoga Instructor, Shoshana has helped her clients shed thousands of pounds of fat, replacing it with hard-earned muscle! She continues working on publications on how to stay healthy, fit and at peace and is a popular public speaker who helps inspire and empower women with her own personal story of breaking through adversity and defying so many odds!
She has gone on to serve as an NPC judge in California, Louisiana and Tennessee and today continues to help people across the globe achieve their dreams!