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Articles in Insider, Shape, Eat This Not That, and Runner’s World!

SSP coaches were consulted with and featured in a few different publications and articles over the last few weeks. We love spreading our philosophies and coaching to more people. Check these out!

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

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)

New Article: The Importance of Strength Training for Runners

Coach Chris was interviewed in this piece on Insider about the benefits of strength training for runners. Please see the link below to read the full article!

Don’t skip strength training if you want to get better at running, according to a fitness coach
Gabby Landsverk

  • It’s a myth that runners should avoid strength training, performance coach Chris Travis told Insider.
  • Building stronger lower body and core muscles can improve speed, efficiency, and endurance. 
  • Exercises like glute bridges and plank variations can improve running performance and prevent injury.

Inside SSP Episode 4!

🔈Number 4! Listen in on episode 4 of ‘Inside SSP’ as we spend our entire episode answering the question “what does recovery look like to you?” Every human body is different, so of course, it depends. But there are a few main components that all three coaches agree on: sleep, proper nutrition, and minimizing stress.

🎧Listen to us on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, and as always, you can watch the video of the conversation on our SSP YouTube page.

Inside SSP – Episode 2!

🎤Inside SSP: Episode 2! In early December we launched our first episode of Inside SSP (in our delightful DIY style 😉) and we’re excited to share our second podcast episode with you. 

If you’re curious to find out what goes on inside your coaches head when it comes to fitness culture topics (such as feeling safe at the gym, our core values here at SSPQA, progress, realistic goals, nutrition, and just general funny discussion)- then please give us a listen!

In episode 2 we dive into setting realistic long-term goals for yourself, having grace, and nutrition. 

We thank you all for your support! Please let us know in the comments if there is anything you’d like to hear us discuss next month 🤓

Give us a watch on our YouTube channel: 
Also available to listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify & Anchor.

2021 End of Year Member Letter


I’m starting an annual tradition of writing an end of year letter as a way to say thank you, recap our year, and discuss our plans and what’s important to us as we head into the new one. As we embark on 2022, I know we all (still) feel some uncertainty as Omicron spreads through the community. I remember thinking back to this same time last year when we were training outside and feeling a similar uncertainty, but I’m thankful this year we’ve been able to get back to doing what we love indoors and helping all of you get stronger over the past year. Whatever happens, I know our community is strong and that we’ve all been through incredibly hard moments over the past two years, and I take comfort knowing we can all make it through any future hard moments as well. 

This past year we have accomplished a lot. We onboarded well over 100 new members into our community. We brought onboard 3 new coaches. We launched our Lifelong Nutrition program. We started training student athletes with our Youth Athletics program. We trained for and ran our first Spartan Race. We launched SSP+ and SSPAway. On top of all this, we continued to navigate the fast-evolving changes related to COVID. 

I tell our team often that we are still a start-up, and we’ll continue to think of new ideas, test, and learn from them. My wife, Nicole, often reads our newsletters and comments about all of the things we are accomplishing with such a small team. It’s true. We move fast and iterate often. It’s been a whirlwind, and I want to acknowledge the team for their incredible dedication and willingness to try new things. It’s not always easy. 

Speaking of hiring, this is and will continue to be an important and critical part of the business. My approach to hiring is to find individuals who (a) fit with the culture of SSP, and (b) have a thirst and drive to continually get better. I want people who identify with the core values of SSP and take pride in the culture and community we create. Our full-time people wear multiple hats, which is uncommon for a gym, but in my mind, necessary for that feeling of ownership and connection to the community beyond coaching. That said, I feel privileged every day to be a part of our team. 

I recently had a member ask me “Chris, why is everyone so strong in this gym?” Questions like these always bring a smile to my face, and the answer lies in our programming. We put a tremendous amount of meticulous thought and care into our programs. Exercise is a science. To get stronger requires you be consistent and follow that science. We pride ourselves in knowing everyone’s capabilities, injuries, and current strength at SSP. You’ll see this in both our approach to personal training and in classes. I joke that when we first opened, I had to quickly purchase and double up on our dumbbells from 10-20#. Now many of you who have been with us awhile are using the 40-50# dumbbells (and more!). What a great problem to have. J

We also updated our core values here at SSP which I took great pride in. These are a reflection of the past 16 months of being a business and all of the learnings therein. These six values will be ever-evolving, but at present, represent for us what matters most and why we continue doing what we do. If you haven’t read them, please feel free to at

On behalf of our team, I want to say THANK YOU to all of you for choosing to spend time with us, for allowing us to be a second home for you, and for many of you, your families as well. We do not take this lightly, and we value everyone that comes into train. You are like family to us. Our belief in what we do has not wavered, and we will continue to push forward into 2022 with big ambitions. 

Happy holidays and all the best, 

Coach Chris

Inside SSP Podcast!

We’re trying something new, and we think it’s pretty fun and special! We’re going to get together every so often to discuss all things SSP. As a team, we often find ourselves in good conversation on what we feel are important topics, often these conversations go a few layers deep & end up being meaningful. So, one day we thought – hey, maybe everyone else would want to hear some of these conversations and benefit from our thoughts on these topics. So, here we are: 

Introducing our new podcast: Inside SSP. Every few weeks, we’ll record about a 30-minute raw & honest conversation covering different topics such as: our core values, our programming, frequently asked questions, nutrition, general fitness industry, and more. Our first episode focuses on our core value #5 (people are capable of much more than they think they are) and gym inclusivity and safe spaces. 

Bear with us as we are very much in DIY mode here but hopefully you enjoy the conversation and hearing some insight from your coaches heads! Please let us know if there are topics you’d love to hear discussed in the comments 🎤🎧 

**Watch us on YouTube:
***Listen on Apple Podcasts & Spotify!

Core Values

Want to know what makes us tick? Read about our six core values here.