We’re looking for coaches who want a full-time career oriented role in the fitness industry, who care about inclusivity and accessibility of fitness spaces, and want to contribute broadly to our mission every day. This is probably not like many other fitness jobs you’ve ever had, but the rewards will be outsized relative to your contributions, and you will be part of a fast growing and exciting business. Job description below. Send your resume to: contact@seattlesp.com.

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Strength Training is for Everybody

About Us

Seattle Strength & Performance (SSP) is a thriving training gym with three locations in Seattle, WA. Founded in 2010, it served the South Lake Union neighborhood for many years. In 2020, Chris Travis took ownership of SSP and opened SSP’s Queen Anne location in August of 2020. Despite navigating the pandemic, the business continued to grow, prompting the opening of a second location in Phinney Ridge in May 2022 and a third location in West Seattle in May 2024. Now going into its 4th year under the ownership of Chris, SSP has scaled to over 600 members, a staff of 12, and a seven-figure business. It has been discussed in articles on Nike, Insider, Runner’s World, Livestrong and been featured on FOX13 Seattle. SSP’s mission is to make strength training inclusive and accessible to every person, and it provides expert coaching to deliver the best results through its proven programming. Along the way, SSP’s strong community built of committed members is there to support everyone together. In addition to training a large general adult population, SSP also trains youth athletes through its sports performance program.

We are looking to bring on an experienced and passionate strength coach to play a critical role on our team of fitness professionals. This is a full-time role, and this person must have a passion for helping others, align with our core values, want to lead in a high visibility role and want to contribute significantly to a growing business. The right candidate must possess a desire to contribute to a committed community of individuals (both members + staff) and want to be part of a fast-growing company with strong ambitions.

Our culture is based on core values which drive our ‘why’: 

#1 Strength training is for everybody: We pride ourselves in creating an inclusive community, one where everyone feels welcome, and where, no matter your age or abilities, we will train you safely and effectively.

#2 Community is everything: Coaches and members empower each other to be the best possible versions of ourselves we can be.

#3 Moving better = feeling better: We want everyone to experience the benefit of how movement positively impacts their quality of life.

#4 Smart coaching means personalized to you: Our programming is not one size fits all; we evaluate your needs and abilities and program for you to keep you healthy, moving, and to get the best results possible. The gym takes care of you; not just individuals.

#5 People are capable of much more than they think they are: Our coaches live this and we give it back to our members. We push you in the best possible way so we can see your reaction when you do something you never thought you’d be able to do.

#6 If we’re not having fun, we’re doing something wrongStrength training should be work but should also be fun. Fitness should be fun. If you’re not having fun (and we’re not having fun), we need to find another way of doing things.

#7 Continuous learning is in our DNA: We focus on raising our own bar to be able to give the best coaching and experience we can back to our members.

About This Opportunity 

You should be someone who is a self-starter, exhibits high energy working with clients, is a motivator, and cares about building a great community and culture in the gym. We are a small team and this person must exemplify the core values of our culture through their daily work. They should have a “roll up their sleeves” mentality, taking an ownership mindset when in the gym and priding themselves on their work. You are also someone who seeks out opportunities for growth and continuous improvement.

This role reports to our Chief of Staff. It is responsible for conducting adult and youth personal training in a semi-private setting (one coach with up to many members) and leading both strength and metabolic conditioning classes of up to 16 people. This role will involve 20-25 hours per week of training floor time with members and 15-20 hours per week of administrative work.  The ideal candidate should enjoy being in a gym and have a strong passion for helping others succeed and delivering results. They should want to continually improve themselves through education and take an active interest in bringing ideas to improve community, growth and development in the gym.

A full-time coach at SSP will have a consistent training block every day of 4-5 hours followed or preceded by a block of time to perform administrative duties. We do not believe in split shifts for trainers. You will have a consistent schedule each week consisting of full-time work and be paid a consistent full-time salary. Benefits include medical/dental/vision insurance, 401(k) with employer match, a generous continuing education budget each year for seminars and certifications, and inclusion in profit sharing bonuses. You will be given transparency on long term growth potential and the ability to increase responsibilities and path to promotion.

All new coaching positions with SSP start with our coaching internship program. It is a paid position requiring a minimum of 80 hours of shadowing and coaching work, and it is the first step to full or part time positions with SSP. During this time, you get to understand our systems and ways of working to evaluate if it it’s a fit for you. We also get to meet and work with you to understand if you’re a fit for our community. We love adding people to our team but we also take the act of adding people seriously. It is important we use this initial period to evaluate fit on both sides. The ideal candidate will have at least 1 year working with fitness clients, either in personal training or leading group classes. This will ideally also include work with middle school or high school aged athletic populations. Experience with customer service is also essential for this role. The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skill, and ability required to succeed in this position.

Essential Roles & Responsibilities 

You will bring an ownership mindset every day and a desire to contribute to the growth of our business and our community.

Your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Personal Training (semi-private setting)
  • Group Fitness Instruction leading strength and metabolic conditioning classes
  • Perform fitness assessments, determine exercise prescriptions, and design workout programs for a diverse population (programming guidance will be provided)
  • Able to teach exercises and coach and cue with clients effectively, progressing and regressing exercises as needed
  • Administrative duties within the Program Design Team (including work in Microsoft Excel and Office)
  • Manages member interaction/relations and able to answer questions regarding membership
  • Engages with new potential members who walk in the gym and can articulate well the benefits and membership options in the gym
  • Communicates points of view and updates internally among team
  • Helping to maintain a clean and inviting environment in the gym for members
  • Participates in community events – gym happy hours, workshops, and more

Values Alignment – You Must Believe That: 

  • Our core values matter and drive how we operate and conduct ourselves everyday
  • Learning is a lifelong pursuit – must be a personal and professional development junkie
  • Want to make a significant impact on this industry 
  • People matter – developing career paths is critical to our mission 

Skills & Qualifications

Required Skills:

  • Up-to-date CPT, CSCS, or CFSC certification
  • At least 1 year working with fitness clients, either personal training or leading classes
  • Up-to-date CPR/AED certification
  • Has excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers in a timely manner
  • Maintains a positive attitude and provides exemplary customer service
  • Skilled with a variety of office technology – Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook), Adobe Acrobat PDF
  • Provides the highest level of professionalism – is punctual, resourceful, independent, detail-oriented, and prioritizes accuracy
  • Accountability: reliability and personal responsibility – honors commitments, takes ownership of work and promptly corrects mistakes to the greatest extent possible; meets deadlines and continuously communicates
  • Confidentiality: shares information appropriately while adhering to privacy rules and confidentiality concerns
  • Interpersonal Relationships: provides communication follow through, shares expertise in a constructive way, contributes to a positive workplace culture


  • Flexible work schedule, including weekends
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and a “start-up” mindset

[SSP offers competitive salary and benefits package, including medical/dental/vision and 401k, commensurate with experience]