Storm Strength & Fitness is a sports performance gym that offers core programs designed for middle school, high school and collegiate or professional athletes as well as active adults. Training is performance-based and is organized in small groups for more individual attention. We offer seasonal or customized programs for youth athletes and teams and monthly memberships for adults 18+ for our basic gym or adult group training. Storm Strength & Fitness first opened in 2014 and in January 2016, we opened in our current downtown location on Princess Street, close to New Hanover High School.
Our 8,000 sq. ft. climate-controlled facility is divided into a basic gym and a performance gym. The performance area offers power racks, platforms, lat/low rows, dumbbells, battle ropes, tires, sleds, bikes, rowers and 2,000 sq. ft. of training turf. The basic gym features plate-loaded equipment, dumbbells, treadmills, elliptical machines, and a multi-stack cable crossover machine. There are also both male & female locker rooms with a shower.
Chris Virta - Owner and Center Director
Chris Virta founded Storm Strength & Fitness with the motivation to provide athletes and active adults with a means to properly develop athletically through specific training with qualified coaches at a state-of-the-art facility. He actively promotes the benefits of a properly designed strength and conditioning program to aspiring athletes and coaches throughout New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. As the Owner and Center Director, Chris manages the growth, business development, and joint ventures at Storm Strength & Fitness while helping to maintain the unique culture that has come to represent Storm Strength & Fitness and its clients.
With more than 15 years of experience as an athlete, strength and conditioning coach and business owner, Chris possesses a unique perspective on the growing needs of today's athletes and active adults. Prior to moving back to Wilmington, NC, Chris owned and operated two Sports Performance facilities in the Central Florida area where he worked with athletes of all ages and all sports. He was also on the coaching staff for the Lake Mary High School men's lacrosse team, one of the top programs in the State of Florida.
Currently, Chris is the Head Coach for the New Hanover Girls' Varsity Lacrosse Team and one of the Founders of the Port City Storm Girls' Lacrosse Program. He is a very active member in the community and is on the Wilmington Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Troy Englehart II, ATC, LAT, CSCS, AOLC, CCWC, FMSC
Troy Englehart is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), an Advanced Olympic Lifting Coach (AOLC) through Totten Training Systems, and a Certified Clinical Athlete Weightlifting Coach (CCWC).
Troy utilizes an integrated approach to sports performance conditioning and skill development. His vast knowledge and background enables him to integrate advanced Olympic level weight lifting techniques, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) to design sports-specific strength and conditioning programs, injury prevention programs and post-op reconditioning programs. He believes in educating the sports community and teaching athletes the building blocks to maintain their active lifestyle or to increase strength and performance in their sport.
Prior to joining Storm Strength & Fitness, Troy lead clinical outreach athletic training programs for a large outpatient physical therapy company in Maryland and was the Director of Human Performance at an advanced physical therapy and sports performance facility. Troy attended Millersville University on a football scholarship where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and he also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Troy has a deep passion for developing individualized programs that maximize human performance of youth and adult athletes alike whose competition levels range from novice to professional.