Sonki is a celebrity trainer and the Founder/CEO of Sonki Fitness. He has over 26 years of fitness and sports experience and has been hailed as “the most all-around physically fit person in the world” by the press. He got an early start in fitness as a star athlete in school and top fitness graduate from West Point. He then went on to serve in the US Army as an Intelligence Officer and Master Fitness Trainer, leading and training soldiers to be in top shape for combat. While in the Army, he learned the importance of leading others through inspiration and motivation versus intimidation, which has been his training philosophy ever since. After serving in the Army and then the corporate world, he decided to pursue his lifelong passion for fitness and helping others by starting Sonki Fitness in 2002. Learning firsthand from his Korean father who is a protestant pastor, Sonki created his company based on honor, integrity, and a genuine passion for helping people. He firmly believes there’s no shortcut to success in fitness and therefore focuses his training on making fitness a lifelong habit and having fun doing it.
Since starting Sonki Fitness, he has trained, coached, and inspired thousands of people from all walks of life to get in better shape and adopt a healthier way of life. A five-time World Fitness Champion (called “the most physically fit man in the world” by the media), Sonki has received numerous awards and has been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Fitness, Seventeen, and MSN.com to name a few.
Sonki is a graduate of the prestigious U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he took top honors in physical fitness by graduating number one in his class, as well as earning the coveted Superintendent’s Award, winning the Brigade Wrestling Championship for four consecutive years, and making the Dean’s List. In the Army, he was regarded as one of the fittest soldiers to have ever served in the military, having achieved a perfect score on every Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), earning All-Army Hawaii honors, Distinguished Honor Graduate honors at the US Air Assault School, and Ironman award at the Army Intelligence School. He also graduated from the UCLA Anderson School’s Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) program.
“Sonki Hong may very well be the most all-around physically fit person in the world…” — The Honolulu Advertiser newspaper
“Read [Sonki’s fitness scores], and either weep or use them as motivation to get in shape.” — Men’s Fitness magazine
“If Michael Jordan were to be matched up with Sonki Hong in a multi-discipline physical fitness contest the smart money would be on Hong.” — The Honolulu Advertiser newspaper
“It seems the only competitions Captain Sonki Hong doesn’t win are the ones he doesn’t enter.” — Soldiers magazine
“Terry Moore, an Academy Award nominated actress and model, says the key to staying in shape has been her success in a boot camp designed by Sonki Hong.” –Santa Monica Daily Press