Business Spotlight: Seattle Strength & Performance

Business Spotlight: Seattle Strength & Performance
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By Karla Rava

Chris Travis is a local Washingtonian who went to UW and worked in the tech and business sector for 15 years. After becoming a new father, he decided to prioritize his health and well-being by joining Seattle Strength & Performance in South Lake Union.

Chris says, “That experience for me was so powerful and life transforming in terms of both the strength and fitness I built alongside the community of individuals that became a part of my life.” Chris not only became an “exercise geek” but he went on to become a Certified Personal Trainer and began working at Seattle Strength & Performance (SSP). “When I couldn’t fight the urge anymore to switch careers and try my hand out in health and fitness, there was no other brand I wanted to push forward and associate with than SSP.”

Jay De La Pena founded SSP in 2010, but closed as a result of the pandemic. Chris assumed ownership of the entity and opened SSP in Queen Anne in August 2020 and then in May of this year opened SSP in Phinney Ridge.

Chris Travis sitting in the Seattle Strength & Performance studio.

Chris explains that their first core value is “strength training is for everybody.” They train everyone from 10-year-old student athletes in their youth program to seniors in their 70s and 80s, and everyone in between. Chris and his team love training both newbies to strength training as well as experienced lifters and athletes.

Chris says, “We pride ourselves in carrying the expertise to program for every population. On top of that, members always call out our community as being the most supportive and safe environment they’ve ever worked out in. We’re here to support you as best we can and help you accomplish more than you ever thought possible.”

It’s safe to say Chris’s career change was the right decision for him and his family. He has since added certified Spartan Racing coach to his list of expertise and gets to share this newer passion with his now eight-year-old daughter, who just completed her first Spartan Race.

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