Locals to Know: Chris Travis

Today’s Local to Know is sure to add another dose of sunshine to your day. Chris Travis is the owner of Seattle Strength & Performance, which has locations in both Queen Anne and Phinney Ridge. Although Chris used to be a DJ at 107.7 The End, his current work involves helping everyone meet their strength training goals, whether they’re 13 or 83. Chris is all about connecting Seattleites to their community and spreading kindness, which sounds like a pretty great way to spend today’s newsletter! Take it away, Chris…

Who are you? What do you do?

My name is Chris Travis. I’m the owner of Seattle Strength & Performance, which has locations in both Queen Anne and Phinney Ridge.

Wax poetic a moment and tell us: what brings you most alive about this city?

I’m a native, so this city will always be home to me. There’s no other place like it, and I love being so near to nature. I recently hiked Snow Lake, and Poo Poo Point is a favorite.

What’s a project you’re working on (big or small) and how can our readers help you with it?

We believe in offering quality training and expert coaching for all ages, including youth. We’ve established a Youth Athletics program that is now over a year old where we train student-athletes from 10-17 years of age, focusing on teaching proper fundamentals and movement patterning. We design our program with an emphasis on lifting technique, building power and strength and improving speed and agility. These skills complement team or individual sports activities, assist in injury prevention and provide valuable life skills to foster a positive experience with strength training and exercise, which we feel is so vital as a life skill. Readers can sign up for SSP classes and share the Youth Athletics program with friends and family.

What’s your favorite Seattle memory? 

I used to DJ at 107.7 The End back in the mid-2000s and was involved in the local music scene. I met my wife through music, and on the first night we hung out, we ended up going to two shows. One was at the old Crocodile location and the other at the High Dive in Fremont. It was a great night and one where I realized there was something special about her.

If you could eat only one meal from a local restaurant for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I would eat any meal at Revel.

Outside the stop above, tell us your other top three destinations for where you’d go on your perfect Seattle day.

SSP for a workout! After that I’d go to Lincoln Park in West Seattle and Cornuto in Phinney.

If you could give any one piece of advice to locals, what would it be?

Be kind and inviting. We all feel better when we’re connected to a strong community, and we all know Seattle has amazing people.

What’s an unpopular opinion you have about the city?

I don’t like Pearl Jam. As a former Seattle alternative rock DJ, this is controversial.

What are you looking forward to this year?

I can’t wait to continue growing Seattle Strength & Performance’s new community in Phinney Ridge and to serve and impact as many people’s lives as possible in our neighborhoods.

Interested in learning more about Chris? Want to check out what’s happening at Seattle Strength and Performance? You can learn more about his work and the gym on the Queen Anne or Phinney Ridge Instagram pages or head over to the SSP website.

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