Jocelyn Streng

Hello, I’m Jocelyn, your new coach and owner of PDXstrength!

I have had the opportunity to help athletes achieve their personal best, improve their health and attain their goals for  20 years, (time flies when you do what you love!). I grew up competing and participating in a wide range of sports and obtained my B.S. in Physical Education and Health Promotion.  At University of Oregon, I was a Division I three-sport athlete, competing in track, cross country, and tennis.

In 1996 I was named the Athlete of the Year by USA Triathlon as well as being the Junior Female National Triathlon champion. I represented the USA by competing in the World Duathlon and World Triathlon Championships, and was fortunate to experience world class training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

My most recent endeavors have been training for local fitness competitions, gymnastics, running, Olympic weightlifting, skateboarding, and ping pong! I love sharing my passion for health and fitness with my athletes and students. I’m currently studying for my CSCS, and I am convinced that we should never stop learning! Choosing a coach is a big decision, and with every year I have been in this business, I sincerely believe you want a coach that has had many years of coaching behind their belt.  I learn from every client, and make it a priority to continue my education through workshops, reading, classes, certifications and time in the gym. I believe exercise should be fun, challenging, motivating, inspiring and part of our everyday lives. Strength is freedom, and health is priceless.  I want everyone to  find their inner athlete and  live a strong, healthy and happy life!


B.S. Physical Education and Health Promotion
USA Weight Lifting Sports Performance Level 1
ACE Personal Trainer
ACE Health and Behavior Modification Coach
ACE Group Fitness Instruction
Crossfit Mobility
Crossfit Gymnastics
Crossfit Kettlebell
HKC Hardstyle Kettlebell 
DVRT Level One Sandbag 

Nigel Noriega

Hi, I’m Nigel- the head coach at PDXstrength. I program and coach our Group Strength and Conditioning classes.  A biologist by trade, I originally started CrossFit as a way to supplement skill-training in mixed martial arts. I needed to find ways to get stronger, recover from serious injuries and gain conditioning without getting hit, choked, or twisted out of joint.

I fell in love with the positivity of the CrossFit movement and became Level-1 certified in Nov 2008. I’ve been coaching and competing in CrossFit every year since 2009. I earned my CrossFit Level 2 Trainer certification in December 2014.

My aim in coaching is to help people achieve gains in functionality that lead to more exhilaration in life! I think intelligent training teaches us how anything we encounter can be a chance for improvement.

So regardless of your starting point, if you are improving your goal-setting, recovery, balance, strength, endurance, confidence, transitions, efficiency, or all of the above, then let’s get ready to learn, work hard, and have fun together!

Super Laura

Hi I’m Laura, one of your coaches at PDXstrength. I coach our bootcamp and group strength & conditioning  classes, private one on one training, SUP paddle board classes, and 101 classes!
Ready to get awesome with me? My classes are high energy and fun! I have an upbeat and positive attitude, and along with my spunky spirit, you are guaranteed a super awesome time when you take one of my classes. I have been involved in athletics and  fitness my entire life. I was an athlete in high school and have dedicated the last 8 years to improving my health through fitness and nutrition. I enjoy all types of exercise, everything from weightlifting, parkour, swimming, Crossfit, biking, running, yoga, and boot camp style work outs. I am passionate about helping my athletes find means of exercise that they truly enjoy and have fun with. I feel everyone is capable of being fit. I am an ACE certified Personal Trainer,  American Red Cross Lifeguard, as well as First Aid, CPR, SUP certified and AED certified. My passion is living a fit, healthy, balanced life and I want to help you achieve your best. I feel awesome every day that I am active and give my best! I want you to come get awesome with me.

Super Laura

Ken Hess

Hi, I’m Ken.  I’ve been CrossFitting since I first heard about it back in 2006.  I was apprehensive at first, as CrossFit is a huge paradigm shift from your typical gym routine, and what you read about in all the health and fitness magazines.  However, the more I learned, and the more I experienced, the more hooked I became.  I got my Level 1 Coach certification in 2008 and I’ve been coaching ever since.  I have also earned my CrossFit Nutrition and CrossFit Mobility certifications.

My fitness career originally started when I was a college freshman at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  I was your typical musician and computer nerd – not athletic at all.  My father wanted me to start working out, so he set me up with a membership at Gold’s Gym.  It was there I discovered my other passion – fitness!  After graduation I got a job as a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness to pay my bills while I pursued a career in music.  Health and fitness slowly eclipsed my musical drive, however, and after I found CrossFit I turned my back on the idea of rock stardom altogether.  The aspect of health and fitness that interests me the most is nutrition, which has inspired me to go back to school and pursue a degree in Dietetics which I earned in 2016. You can find Ken coaching our Group Strength and Conditioning classes, leading nutrition workshops, and working with athletes one on one, to achieve their nutrition goals.

Ben Musholt

Ben is licensed physical therapist who has practiced in Portland, Oregon since 2001. He has a diverse movement background, spanning board sports, martial arts, and gymnastics. Ben has authored Mad Skills Exercise Encyclopedia,  the world’s largest illustrated exercise encyclopedia as well as  the book, Parkour Conditioning.

He has trained parkour for many years and is a certified parkour coach through APEX Movement. He operates the blog Parkour Conditioning and was a contestant on American Ninja Warrior in 2012.
Ben loves to move and enjoys helping others become better athletes. Whether conducting injury prevention seminars, leading garage workouts, or romping around the park, he is always in motion.

His goal is to do three fun physical activities each day: Try to keep up!

Jen Javier

Hi, I’m Jen! I am the Olympic Weightlifting coach at PDXstrength! Growing up overweight, I never would have imagined that I would be devoting my life to sharing my passion for sport and fitness with others!

I found fitness while in college and eventually stumbled upon CrossFit in 2009. Since then I have realized how passionate I am about the sport of weightlifting and have spent the last several years training and competing at a local level.

It is my personal goal to compete nationally within the next few years! I am a USAW certified Sports Performance Coach and I am also CrossFit Level 2 and CrossFit Weightlifting certified. I’m currently studying for my CSCS, and believe the best coaches never stop being students. I am looking forward to sharing the sport of weightlifting with the PDXstrength crew! You can find Jen coaching our group strength and conditioning classes, leading our weightlifting courses, as well as private one on one coaching.

Christie Choma

Hi, I’m Christie! I first became interested in strength and conditioning as way to train for alpine ski racing. Throughout high school, CrossFit workouts made a weekly appearance in our training regimen. During my first year at Boston College, I completed CrossFit workouts on my own to supplement ski team training. I was fascinated by CrossFit’s challenge to the traditional notions of fitness and proper nutrition. I began attending a CrossFit gym that my high school ski coaches opened a year earlier. For the next three years, I competed in both ski racing and CrossFit, and I represented CrossFit Wachusett at the Northeast Regional from 2013-15. I graduated BC in May 2015 with a degree in Mathematics, and have since moved to Oregon to further explore my interests in public health, fitness, and the outdoors.

I acquired my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate in 2013. While studying at Boston College, I taught intro level classes and assisted my ski coach in programming our team’s workouts. In addition to coaching fellow exercisers and teammates, I love to learn more about fitness and nutrition when I’m not in the gym. You will see me at PDXstrength leading our 101 series, as well as teaching workshops, group strength & conditioning classes,  and training athletes one on one. I try my best to meet individuals where they are; it is paramount that physical and behavioral modifications are sustainable in the scope of one’s life. I have been so fortunate to train and compete with gym members who always keep me smiling, and I am very excited to share my enthusiasm for the joys fitness can bring!

Ted Schwallie

Hi I’m Ted, one of the assistant coaches at PDXstrength.  You will see me in our 101 classes, helping athletes prepare for our Group Strength and Conditioning program. I also run our skateboarding program at PDXstrength, and teach private skateboarding and snowboarding lessons for youth and adults.  I have been an athlete all my life, playing soccer, basketball, snowboarding and skateboarding. I played club soccer at the University of Oregon, and participated in trampoline and spring board diving for four years while earning my Psychology degree.

After ten years working as a social worker with at-risk youth, I decided to focus my energy on my passion for Snowboarding and Skateboarding by becoming   a coach at Windells Skateboarding camp, and head coach of the Snowboarding team at Wilsonville high school.

I’ve been crossfitting  for 4 years, and my hobbies include soccer, pingpong, skateboarding, and snowboarding. I am passionate about using what I learn in the gym, and applying it to the activities that I love.

Jessica Velazquez

Hi I’m Jessica the yoga instructor at PDXstrength. I first experienced Yoga while traveling through Thailand in 2013. In 2015 while searching for a healthy answer to anxiety and depression yoga found its way back into my life and I was ready to listen. Today I have found ease, compassion, focus and a new joy through yoga that has been transformative and has inspired me to share my passion with others. I received my RYT-200 hour certification from Body Bliss Yoga in 2017 and I continue to be inspired by the power of yoga. My class style is Vinyasa flow and Yin, building strength and flexibility. My classes are truly set to be accessible to all levels. It’s not about what the pose looks like but where the pose takes you and how you feel. I’m excited to guide you on a journey of mind, body and spirit, to come exactly as you are and flow together. *Namaste*
WPA Certification, SUP fitness and SUP Yoga Certification.