Emily is a certified Starting Strength Coach since 2010, a USA Weightlifting certified Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, and cycle certified through Madd Dogg Athletics. Emily holds a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. As a strength coach and mentor, she has helped many clients explore their true potential through hard work and persistence. Emily was active as a professional dancer and teacher for over 20 years. During that time, she focused on strength training and a variety of cross-training methods that helped her grow and develop as a dancer and athlete. She began her dance training at the early age of 8 at the Baltimore Ballet and developed her training further at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She continued her dance studies at UMBC where she had the opportunity to study with a variety of dance professionals. Emily has performed with the Phoenix Dance Company, Nancy Romita and the Moving Company, Doug Hamby Dance, The Collective,  Kinetics Dance Theatre and Deep Vision Dance Company. In 2015, Emily began training in Brazilian Jiujitsu.

Emily owns Fivex3 Training: A Starting Strength Affiliate Gym in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, Diego Socolinsky, SSC. Fivex3 Training is a performance training facility for those who want more out of their training. Our no-nonsense environment and personalized attention create an atmosphere where hard work and progress happen everyday. Using tried and true methods of strength and conditioning, clients receive individualized programming, coaching and nutritional tips to help them achieve their goals. Conveniently located in Brewers Hill with easy access to Interstate 895 and 95.


$120/hour for one person

$200/hour for two people




(First month: $215 which includes set up fee)

Weekly review and feedback on programming and up to one video per lift per week.




(First month: $285 which includes set up fee)

Weekly review and feedback on programming and up to one video per lift per week plus one in person coaching session at Fivex3 Training.

**The one on one session will not be allowed to roll over to the next month.**


Contact Emily at emily@fivex3.com for more information about online or in person coaching.

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5 Reviews

  1. Lynette Ewart
    Lynette Ewart
    June 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm Reply

    If you are considering hiring a coach, I can’t recommend Emily highly enough. Not only will you get the benefit of her knowledge and experience but you will get motivation when you need it, reassurance when you think you aren’t making progress, first class advice and guidance on navigating aches and pains that come with training and importantly a steady arm when you want to race ahead of yourself.
    Anyone can buy the book and get started with an LP but having a coach like Emily to bring everything to life, keep you focused and making steady progress is worth every penny. There’ll be advice on form and programming that you didn’t realise you needed and then wonder how you ever thought you could make progress without.
    A brilliant coach and client experience in my opinion and someone I now consider a friend.

  2. Elizabeth Johnson
    Elizabeth Johnson
    June 26, 2019 at 2:03 pm Reply

    Emily is a great online coach. After making as much progress as I could on my own, I hired Emily, and I wish I had done it sooner. She’ll provide feedback on your lifts, programming, and encouragement to keep going. She’s been an SSC for a long time, and loves to share her deep knowledge. She’s eagle-eyed and seems to know everything that can go wrong on a lift — and how to fix it. She’s also extremely positive, cheering every bit of progress and finding smart ways to make gains. Having Emily as your coach will make a huge difference. I wouldn’t want to be doing Starting Strength without her.

  3. Ryan Hirschman
    Ryan Hirschman
    June 29, 2019 at 11:25 am Reply

    I’ve been an online client of Emily and Diego at Fivex3 for almost seven months now, and it has been nothing short of outstanding. Their coaching, support, and guidance has exceeded all of my expectations. I think the first time I went up to Fivex3 was back in 2015 for a squat camp, and I’ve always enjoyed working with these two amazing coaches. At that time I was somewhat of a noob, and it was really great listening to them give me and the other beginners basic form and programming advice that was extremely useful, and then also hearing how they could seamlessly answer specific questions for a more advanced competitor that was also in attendance.

    I’ve had it in my head that I want to eventually test for the SS Coaching Credential, and for some reason I thought this meant I should be stubborn and attempt to program for myself. After all, I had read the books, watched plenty of videos, and kept up with the form checks and Q&A sections of the SS forums. This didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. However, I finally decided that I needed professional help, and I preferred to work with Emily and Diego, since I have worked with them in person a decent amount, and really respect their professionalism, knowledge, and abilities.

    I set up a garage gym at my house back in the fall of 2018, so I really have no excuse to miss a workout. However, sometimes life gets in the way and you just can’t find the time to train, or you just want to go to bed at 6pm. I never let this become a habit, but it was easier to delay a training session when I was just lifting by myself in my garage. Among other things, online coaching provides you with a sense of accountability, and everyone knows that consistency is one of the most important aspects of training. If I miss a session, not only am I letting myself down, I’m letting the coaches down, and am I not getting my full value from paying for online coaching.

    The initial few weeks as an online client was the typical break-ya-down to build-ya-back-up scenario; the coaches made some adjustments to my form, reset the weights a little bit, and saw how it went for a few sessions, then made other minor adjustments as appropriate. There were definitely some ups and downs with my training during this timeframe, but I knew in the end I had to “trust the process”, which ultimately meant trusting the coaches. After all, they are the professionals. This was something I would have never been able to accomplish on my own. For example, I would crush a heavy set of five on the deadlift, and the following week, I could barely get one rep up with only five additional pounds on the bar. Emily and Diego really took the time to discuss the potential issues and provided the appropriate fixes. This type of feedback and individual attention has been invaluable to me, and is one of the many reasons I have continued to be an online client of theirs.

    It is very hard for me to explain and write out how important it has been for me to get constant feedback on my lifts. My form is nowhere near perfect, and I usually have the same few issues, but it is extremely useful to get that consistent feedback from the trained coach’s eye week in and week out. I’m lifting weights that I never thought I would be able to and with vastly improved form. The weights always feel heavy, and I sometimes I don’t know how I will keep adding weight on the next workout, but this is why it has been so important for to have a professional objective eye review my lifts and give me the reassurance that I can add more weight next time.

    We recently had our second beautiful baby girl this past April, so I have been operating on sub-optimal recovery. Emily and Diego understand that “life happens” outside of the gym and have made appropriate adjustments to my training to accommodate my growing family and ensure that I don’t get burned out physically or mentally.

    Emily and Diego have been certified Starting Strength Coaches for almost ten years, and have been coaching for much longer. You can’t put a value on that type of knowledge and expertise, and the fact that they still take the time (and have the patience) to guide people through their training and goals is a testament to the type of people they are. Emily and Diego are not only the best coaches I’ve ever had, but the best professionals I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with.

  4. Sean LeDonne
    Sean LeDonne
    July 3, 2019 at 1:39 pm Reply

    Stop whatever it is that you are doing and make an appointment to see Emily. Don’t “think” about it. Do it. She is an expert strength coach. I’ve been training with Emily since 2015 and my only regret is that I didn’t do it years earlier. In 4 weeks you will likely be stronger than you’ve ever been, and you’ll also realize how much time you have been wasting doing anything else.

  5. Vincent Dongarra
    Vincent Dongarra
    October 20, 2019 at 2:54 pm Reply

    I’ve been working with Emily and the rest of the Fivex3 crew for 7 months now, and it’s high time you started, too! I especially appreciate the option to train online with monthly in-person sessions, which has been incredibly convenient and valuable for me. I live in a rural area with no local access to SSC or similar strength-focused coaches, so online coaching is a great option for me. But nothing beats the value of in-person training, so I love that Emily offers a program that combines online coaching with a monthly in-person session. I’ve got a crazy work and family schedule, but I can usually swing a once-a-month drive to Baltimore, and every session has been invaluable. On a day-to-day basis, the online coaching lets me train during times that work best for me, while still getting regular form and programming check-ins with my coach to keep me on track. After YEARS of futzing around in the gym, Emily’s knowledge has been an incredible benefit, and trusting her advice has gotten me stronger than I’d ever thought I’d be in a shockingly short period of time. 
    I also love how welcoming the environment is at Fivex3. Emily, Diego, Craig, Gretchen, and all the rest of the folks at Fivex3 are some of the warmest and most-helpful people I’ve met in a gym. You walk in seeing people from every walk of life and stage of training working hard to get stronger and healthier together. I have been there when the entire gym erupted into applause for someone’s PR. I would recommend training with Emily and the Fivex3 crew to anyone, regardless of their strength goals. I can especially vouch for the excellence of the services to any other 40 year old desk jockeys with erratic schedules and less-than pristine joint health.

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