“It Depends” – Exercise Selection, Application, & Programming 

Hello friends, 

Listen to Episode 10 where Coach Chris and Coach Natalie discuss SSP’s programming philosophy and how we apply certain exercises at SSP. They dive into sport specific demands and how application of certain exercises may differ depending on goals and context. And as usual, they complain about Instagram fitness fads, because it wouldn’t be an Inside SSP episode without a little sass! 

If you’ve ever been curious about our programming philosophy at SSP, why and how we apply different variations of exercises based on need, and some fun (and sometimes a little fiery) views on social media, this podcast is for you! 

You can listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts!

Let us know what you think? And we’re always looking for topics for future episodes! Drop me a note if you have any specific asks or questions from the episode. 

Happy Listening! 


Coach Chris & Team SSP

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Our View on Fitness & Diet Culture

I’ll be honest with you. I’m not a big fan of traditional fitness and diet culture. I see a lot of it  advertised right now because of the sunny weather with messages like “get your summer body!”  

I don’t take any issue with anyone wanting to improve their body composition, get stronger, feel better and more confident. What I do take issue with is how certain segments of the industry prey on people’s insecurities to drive them into fitness spaces or to participate in wholly unhealthy fad diets. As a fitness professional, I have to believe we’re all in this to help as many people as we can improve their health and their life, and if that’s the case, we should do better. 

As a professional and as a person who has been consistent with my fitness for the last 10 years, I can say with confidence that fitness and nutrition is a lifelong endeavor, something that you do consistently over time with the key benefits being an increased lifespan (and independence in that life), decreased risk of diseases, and greater mobility and strength to do more of the things you love for longer (and hey, you’ll probably build some muscle and your clothes will fit differently in the process). 

But, when I see messages like “6 week shred” and “cleanse to get your summer body” and “4 weeks to your six pack” it always rubs me the wrong way. The messages are toxic, and it’s a marketing ploy specifically targeted to get people to take action because they feel insecure about their bodies. 

Look, business is business, and the business of fitness is not easy. I understand professionals need to make money, but I believe you can still do that and stand for something else. 

You’ll notice at SSP we don’t talk about “shreds.” We won’t participate in perpetuating what has historically been what the fitness industry has said “fitness” or “strength” looks like. We won’t tell you to stop eating certain foods or to aggressively cut your caloric intake. We are about creating community. We are about quality coaching. We are about teaching exercise and nutrition as lifelong habits. We are about encouraging people to take up space, and to create an environment where they feel seen, heard, and respected. 

We’re always here to support you on your journey because we believe strength training is for everybody, and we believe in doing our part to change the toxic messaging in the industry. 


Chris & Team SSP 

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National Exposure: Articles featuring our gym and our coaches!

SSP coaches have been consulted with and featured in multiple publications and articles. We love spreading our philosophies and coaching to more people. Check these out! 

Everything You Need To Know About Compound Exercises (Nike)

Don’t Skip Strength Training if you want to Get Better at Running (Insider)

Locals to Know: Chris Travis (The Evergrey)

The expert guide to the ultimate glute workout for men (The Manual)

Why Grip is Essential (Shape)

4 Low Impact Exercises that target the core and help you build muscle and master form (Insider)

How to Do a Lateral Squat and Why It’s a Great Exercise for Runners (Runner’s World)

Fire Up the Entire Back of Your Body with the Superman Exercise (Runner’s World)

3 Common Strength Training Myths Debunked (Eat This Not That)

The 8 Best Kettlebells to Buy for Your Home Workouts (Livestrong)

All the Muscles That Fire Up In a Plank (Nike)

How to Create a Workout Routine You’ll Actually Stick To (Paceline)

11 Benefits of Training With Dumbbells (Livestrong)

9 Strategies for Gaining Muscle While Losing Weight (US News & World Report)

Business Spotlight (Phinney Neighborhood Association)