About Us

And Who We Are at West Coast Strength

The Story of Our Gym

We created a completely unique gym with programs, knowledge, and support to be your best.” – Alex Whitaker, Owner

What started off in 2011 as a nutrition store in Monmouth, Oregon, grew into a training studio, and from there, smoke led to a ​fire​ and we’ve been growing ever since!

Now an active part of the Salem, Oregon community, our gym West Coast Strength is here to provide a facility for anyone looking to start or further their fitness journey. At our gym, we make each other better by cultivating a positive culture and workout community. This is a place where you can connect with skilled trainers as well as loyal members with similar goals.

Locally owned and operated by Alex Whitaker, West Coast Strength (WCS) over the last 9 years has become one of the most well-known private coaching and training brands in the country.

We patiently hunted for the perfect location, and now we’re here!  At WCS our members have access to an incredible facility, environment, and culture.  As a business we believe in continual growth alongside our members, which is why we’re constantly adding new equipment, services, programs, and making sure that are facility is spotless and well maintained.

We run our business with a collaboration of education, experience, and genuine love for what we do.

Meet The Owner

Alex Whitaker

Previously the Head Strength & Conditioning coach of Western Oregon University from 2009-2011. I’ve been training clients and athletes privately since 2007.

My clientele has ranged from collegiate, professional, Olympic level athletes, and…your mom?

Yep, that’s right! Although I do specialize in working with advanced athletes, a majority of my clients are normal people who just wanted to make a serious change.

Personal development and progress are a mantra of mine and it’s something that’s relevant to every one of us. We all start somewhere. I’ve been fortunate to have great clients that turn into great friends, and we produce great results together.

After retiring from professional strength sports I decided to focus completely on our business and specifically helping others achieve their goals and closing the gap between dreams and reality.

Growing up in my grandparent’s auto parts store, they showed me that no matter what business you’re in that the ingredients are the same. Positivity, love for what you do, building relationships, and being genuine. Their dream is alive with us today and we’re who we are as a result of that.

We didn’t open this gym just to be another gym in an industry that’s totally saturated. We created this to give you a completely unique gym with service, support, and knowledge to be your best.

As much as I can tell you about how great this, it’s more important that I show you.
Take a step towards progress and walk through the front door. This is hands down the best gym you’ll ever experience.

Personal Trainers

Personal Training

Permanent results. Enjoy a complimentary session and see what makes our training so effective.


The strongest ingredient of our recipe is our great staff.


General Manager




Trainer/Fitness Coach

Sally Wasko

Business Manager

Mike Johnston

Membership Coordinator

Cole Hendren

Operations Coordinator
Seth Tripp

Seth Tripp

Head of West Coast Strength Training Department