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If you are dealing with pain and/or injury that’s interfering with your life or that has sidelined you from sport, physical therapy is the best route.

If you are primarily free of pain and looking to gain a competitive edge, performance coaching is for you.

Otherwise, please see my list of services below. If you have any other questions, please email me at info@zerenpt.com. Look forward to hearing from you!


I’m the founder of Zeren PT & Performance, which is housed in Metier, and located in the Seattle neighborhood of Capitol Hill. I work tirelessly to help runners and multi-sport athletes overcome pain and injury to reach their best. If you are currently sidelined from training and desperate to return to activity and sport, schedule a consultation with me HERE.  I will help you re-conceptualize your situation and develop a customized plan to help you return to consistent training in a timely and cost-effective manner.


Every year, I take on a select group of runners and triathletes. I work with coaching clients in Seattle, or can easily handle your training remotely through Training Peaks and a wealth of online resources. My coaching is grounded in communication, accountability, and building the ideal ecosystem for every athlete. To learn more about the various coaching options and to position yourself to reach a new personal record (PR), click HERE.


I travel throughout the United States and abroad to speak on a wide array of topics related to running and triathlon. My primary focus lies in running rehab and performance coaching. My presentations blend the best and most current research with my diverse background as an athlete and performance coach to give an educational experience filled with countless clinical and coaching pearls. I also provide small group training for facilities looking to improve their outcomes with runners and triathletes and set themselves apart from their competition. If you can’t connect with me in person, I offer remote mentoring in addition to an online membership program, “The Runner’s Zone,” so you can pick my brain no matter where you live. If you are interested in having me speak or would like to set up remote one-to-one mentoring, email me at info@zerenpt.com


As runners, we all have different needs and goals. Some folks are looking to set a personal best while others want to enjoy consistent and healthy training. There is a great deal of variability in running form, yet there is also a specific set of performance demands that we must prepare ourselves for as runners. Irrespective of where you fall on the running spectrum, I’m in a great position to help you improve your running through a simple framework. I can work with you in person or can easily work with you remotely. To schedule a running analysis, simply contact me at info@zerenpt.com


Running has a specific set of performance demands. Along these lines, my friend and fellow physical therapist, Joel Sattgast, and I developed an e-book, Running Drills to Master, to help runners position themselves for consistent and healthy running. This e-book provides you with a select group of drills and exercises designed to prepare you for bounding from one leg to the next in a balanced manner. There are also video links corresponding to all the drills. Additionally, this e-book also discusses cadence training, basic pain science, and how to find the most appropriate shoe for you. This is a no brainer if running is a priority for you.


Running is about rhythm and timing. My friend and fellow physical therapist, Ben Wobker, and I developed the RunCadence App to help runners apply cadence to their training. The app is currently designed for IOS devices and the Apple Watch with plans to release it on Android. The idea is that a runner can reduce the magnitude of lower extremity loading by increasing their cadence while keeping running velocity constant. As little as a 5% increase in step rate can lead to a 20% reduction in energy absorption at the level of the knee. To learn more about the role of cadence in addressing common RRIs, please visit runcadence.net


When I went to see Chris, it was simply different; we spent a lot of time discussing my history, pain triggers, an the goals that I had for my future athletic endeavors. Chris took the time to discuss my body, its inherent limits, and the things I would be asking of it in years to come. He then gauged and created a specific regimen to cater to that recovery will all factors feeding into the plan.

Chris Rice

Badwater Finisher, Professional Adventure Racer

Everyone likes to say they have the best doctor or physical therapist, however I know my physical therapist is the best. Chris Johnson is the best, not only in greater Seattle, he’s one of the best in the world. Over the years I’ve had serious leg surgeries and an assortment of injuries all over my body after a lifetime of training and competing. I’ve worked with some of the most recognized names in physical therapy and strength and conditioning. None were better than Chris! No matter what the injury or concern, Chris has helped me recover like no other practitioner I’ve had in 40 years of training. I can’t recommend Chris Johnson more highly.

Steve Wise


Chris changed my life. When I met him, I was in constant, daily pain due to a herniated disc in my lower back. I couldn’t even sit through a play or movie without squirming constantly in my seat and needing to stand up at least once during the show. I thought for sure I was headed to surgery and likely would have to give up surfing, one of my greatest passions. But luckily, I met a doctor who, rather than pursuing medical options, sent me to Chris.

Henry Pincus

Surfer, Film Maker, Island Bound Productions

Chris has played an important role in our athletic development over the past few years. As competitive endurance triathletes, we have benefited grately from his experience, knowledge and sound advice in terms of injury prevention and reducing the severity of niggles/injuries when they come about. Chris provides a practical approach to treating his athletes and we appreciate that he treats every individual as a unique case and always keeps short and long term goals in mind. As coaches, we have sent many of our Trimarni coaching athletes to work remotely with Chris as he has an eye for identifying personal limiters in running form and gait, and he is able to put together the pieces of why an injury occurred and the best treatment plan. We highly recommend Chris as an expert to work with athletes as he has helped us overcome injuries (Karel – plantar fascia tear, hip labral tear. Marni – chronic back/glute/hip issues) to keep us active and healthy so that we can continue to keep at a high level. 

Marni & Karel Sumbal

Triathlon Coaching - Nutrition - Bike Fitting, Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition

While training in an effort to qualify for the 1992 in 1996 Olympic games in gymnastics (and coming up just short at the Olympic qualification meets), I spent thousands of hours at the University of Washington, as well as some time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs surrounded by the best coaches, physical therapists, and sporting minds on the planet. Now having spent the past few years training with Chris as my Ironman Triathlon coach and physical therapist, I have yet to meet his equal! 

Mark Oliver

World Class Gymnast, All World Triathlete, President - Oliver Capital Management

Chris Johnson is one of the few people on my short list that I learn from regularly. I would trust him with any of my patients and his contributions to running, training, and physical therapy cannot be understated. Whether you’re a patient, a clinician, or a coach, you can’t go wrong with Chris Johnson, his seminars, or his products.

Erson Religioso

Physical Therapist, Blogger, Entrepreneur, The Edge Mobility System

Envy may be one of the Seven Deadly Sins but a little must be justified when watching exercise videos by Christopher Johnson of Zeren PT & Performance. The unique combination of content, construction & stunning background makes Chris without doubt the ‘King of Exercise Videography’.

Matt Phillips

Running Injury Therapist, Studio 57, sportinjurymatt.co.uk

Chris Johnson is one of the most knowledgeable physical therapists I know. As someone who has studied movement and pain for more than 15 years, and even wrote a book about it, I always learn something new when I talk with Chris.

Recently I was able to get first-hand experience of his practical skills when he helped me assess and correct some issues I was having with my running gait.

Chris’ examination was extremely thorough and soon focused in on the source of the problem, which was my left foot. The exercises he prescribed were unique, effective, and most importantly, well integrated into the functional activities I wanted to improve, in this case running. As an athlete, Chris knows how to build a bridge between simple rehab exercises and rigorous athletic training.

Which brings up another point. Chris walks the walk. Not only is he an outstanding athlete, but he was able to perform each of the rehab exercises he demonstrated with a level of skill that made it clear he had practiced them himself for many hours.

All of this strongly confirmed my belief that Chris is the go to guy in Seattle for pain related to movement, especially sporting movements like running cycling and swimming.

Todd Hargrove

Rolfer, Author, Blogger, Better Movement

Turning an Injury into a Kona Slot

I came to Chris with bilateral knee pain that prevented training and racing for over a year. After working with Chris through his compassionate, organized and evidence based approach I was able to return stronger and faster than ever before. My first race back was Ironman Texas this past Spring and included a 30 min PR and my first time qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona. If you are an injured (endurance) athlete and are unwilling to settle for nothing but the best, Chris is the obvious choice to put you on the path to recovery while positioning to you to reach you personal best.

Dr. Dewayne Bradley

Physician, Triathlete, Kona Qualifier, Polyclinic

I recently had the unique opportunity of spending an intensive day with Christopher Johnson, PT learning his approach to rehabilitation for the injured runner. I use the term “learning” very loosely here since mastery of this complex topic involves much more than a single day of learning as evidenced by the many years Chris has spent refining his approach.

Prior to moving into my current role as a clinician I spent a number of years working in the field of strength and conditioning. As such it was enjoyable to discuss a process of rehabilitation that was built on sound principles of exercise prescription by someone who understands the process. The emphasis placed on motor control is rather unique and ties the approach together with real world application. I work in a clinic where I see a number of runners and the integration of what I learned from Chris into my practice has been very beneficial.

As professionals it behooves us to seek out opportunities to improve ourselves. I can say that my experience with Chris has definitely made me a better clinician.

Scot Morrison

Physical Therapist, CSCS

Chris Johnson saved me from a life of restricted movement and chronic pain.I was injured by an enthusiastic trainer at a well known gym and developed excruciating pain that ran from my back down my leg. My internist prescribed physical therapy but cautioned me this condition would be a life long recurring problem. Chris’s approach was magical in its simplicity, pragmatic because of his ability to make a correct diagnosis and assess my capacity; brilliant because he knows the body so well. I have been free of sciatica for over 5 years. When I was scheduled for rotator cuff surgery 2 years ago, Chris was the only physical therapist I would go to. He was also my surgeon’s choice. The surgeon said: “He makes me look good!” I recovered with more comfort and mobility in my shoulder than I had thirty years ago.I am forever grateful.

Dr. Marcia Greenleaf

PhD, Asst Clinical Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Chris is my go-to resource for running related injuries and rehabilitation.

Mike Reinold

Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer, Blogger, Internet Sensation, Champion PT

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