Jay de la Peña, BA, CSCS, FRCms
Jay has worked in the health & fitness industry for over 16 years. His career began with a brief stint in the field of physical therapy which he then transitioned over to a career in personal training. He trained for over a decade at a private gym where he gained the valuable experience working with people of a various ages and abilities. In 2010, Jay’s desire to continually learn and improve his craft, as well as the drive to help others reach their health and fitness goals led to the birth of Seattle Strength & Performance.
When he’s not at the gym, you can find Jay with his wife and three children, oftentimes at a wrestling meet or school function. Jay holds a degree in Exercise Science from Western Washington University and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach through the National Strength & Conditioning Association as well as a Certified Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist.
Ana Gonzalez, NASM-CPT
Ana’s own interests and hobbies led her to pursue a career in personal training; first as a casual runner, turned marathoner and later as a triathlete. These activities inadvertently led Ana to the field of strength and conditioning which helped her on and off the field. As a personal trainer Ana wants to share her passion for fitness to motivate, educate and inspire others to meet their own personal goals.
Chris Travis, NASM-CPT, FNS, Spartan SGX
As a football and basketball player during his grade school years, Chris was active in his youth but digressed while in college at the University of Washington and post-college as he progressed in his corporate career in technology, where he spent close to a decade at Amazon.
In 2013, Chris decided to take control of his health. At this point, he was pushing 300 pounds and letting the stress of his job take a toll on his nutrition, sleep, and overall health. Two events in 2013 helped to shift his mindset to ensure his own health was a priority: 1) the upcoming birth of his daughter, and 2) a Spartan Race he completed with friends. His first step was to enter a gym, and thankfully, he found SSP. Over 4 years, he built strength and got healthy as an active member of this community.
In 2018, Chris became inspired by his own transformation experience and passionate about how he can give back to others. Chris is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and holds a Fitness Nutrition Specialization (FNS) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is also a certified Spartan Race SGX Coach. When he is not at the gym, you can find him running Spartan Races at longer and longer distances and hanging with his wife, 5 year old daughter and dog.
Roland Funtanilla, RKC, FRCms
Roland trained for numerous marathons as a client of SSP setting personal bests while improving his mobility, flexibility, strength & endurance. It was his success that drove him to pursue coaching to help others achieve what he had experienced. Roland truly is a “people-person” and that, along with his desire to help others succeed has been the perfect fit. In his free time he enjoys playing volleyball, is an active runner and loves snowboarding.
Chase Valdez, FRCms
In 2012 Chase started competing in jiu jitsu and realized that he could help others find passion for sport and competition also. Turning to personal training allowed him to continue to be extremely active but also teach people new skills and have fun! With his background in martial arts, Chase takes his competitive nature and channels it by helping his clients get STRONG in the gym! Chase has been a member of Team SSP since 2011.
Rosel Hermita, BS, ACE-CPT, USAW
Rosel graduated from Seattle University in March 2019 and has been a personal trainer and strength & conditioning coach at SU since August 2018. She is excited to grow and continue her journey as a coach at Seattle Strength and Performance. Most of all, she is thrilled to meet and work with all of the SSP coaches and members, as well as be a part of the SSP family. Her specialties include barbell strength training and conditioning. Outside of the weight room, Rosel loves to read, watch anime, try new beers with friends, get tattoos, take lots of photos on her digital and film cameras, and is passionate about LGBTQ+/gender/racial/age equality, mental health awareness, and all animals (turtles are her favorite!).
Erica Wood, CFSC lv 1&2
Erica is a certified functional strength coach and has been with Team SSP since Jan 2019.