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CrossFit West Des Moines

Windsor Heights, IA, Polk County

(54)
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019
CrossFit West Des Moines logo
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CrossFit West Des Moines

Windsor Heights, IA, Polk County

(54)
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

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Constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. This is Crossfit's definition and we apply it directly to our class programming. This is a Crossfit affiliate located in the big A-frame building on 73rd Street, right off of I-235.

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Sam Jotzke

4 November 2019

Amazing fitness community. The coaches are extremely supportive, informative, and encouraging. Wish I would’ve joined long ago, but so glad that I finally did.

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Genna Rose

1 November 2019

I can’t say enough good things about CFWDM. Over the last two years these people and this community have become family. I was incredibly timid joining because I had never challenged myself this physically before. The coaches and athletes pick you up every time you walk through the door and encourage you to be better than yesterday. I have been able to exceed my expectations of what I thought possible of myself because of the support of this community. I’m easily in the best shape I’ve ever been in-in strength, cardio and gymnastics/flexibility, and mentally!! This is the only workout program that I don’t get bored with and walk out the door every day feeling better than when I walked in. I encourage everyone I meet to join our slice of heaven with the CFWDM family! More...

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Glen Blumer

31 October 2019

Take it from me, a 59 year old man, this family friendly Crossfit Gym will help you improve your health more than you thought possible! My wife and I often workout here together. It’s fantastic!! More...

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Joseph Cordaro

23 August 2019

I’ve been working out here about 18 months. Great coaching and an awesome community. I’d recommend it to beginners or elite athletes.

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Dave Faris

9 June 2019

Great coaches, great workouts, great community. Great for all skill levels, what else could you ask for?!

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Jessica McClure

5 June 2019

CrossFit has been on my mind for quite awhile. From a distance, I’ve had the opportunity to watch someone close to me immerse themself into the CrossFit community. While this person has been involved for several years, I was told that it’s great for anyone, and at any skill level. The most important part is making a commitment to do it. Words that stood out were; community, respect, help, loyalty, and even cult (a good cult). I have been in several gyms, from Lifetime Athletic to “boot camps.” Even though I’ve only been with CrossFit WDSM for just under three weeks, I can tell this is where I need to be. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jess, Kris, and Chad - these guys, in my mind, are disrupters. Disrupters challenge people and the world to change for the better. I’ve done fundamentals training, personal training, and most recently (one of my fears), actual classes. There was not one moment when I felt unsure or uncomfortable about what I should be doing - the coaches are always there to help. Beyond the coaches, you all of a sudden have people smiling, giving high fives, and pushing you to do...just...one...more! I wanted to leave a review soon after I decided to join, especially for anyone like me, who was unsure about joining - for whatever reason. Stop thinking about it. Just do it. My experience has been nothing less than incredible. I look forward to my journey with the CrossFit West Des Moines family. #BeDoHave #SuccessIsSimpleNotEasy #NoPressureNoDiamonds #FearOrFaithYouChoose More...

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Ryan Cosgrove

27 March 2019

Great box! Great vibe. Cool coach (Jess). Cool athletes. Cool space.
Dropped in, and they worked with me to find something that would work with my hectic travel schedule.
Can't say enough good stuff

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Ryen Ztevenzen-Kosgrove

1 March 2019

Great box! Great vibe. Cool coach (Jess). Cool athletes. Cool space. Dropped in, and they worked with me to find something that would work with my hectic travel schedule. Can't say enough good stuff

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Head Turner

25 February 2019

Constantly upgrading the atmosphere! Whether bringing on new coaches, new equipment, new construction and floor plans, new programming and classes, or new supplements, apparel, and retail goods! I have a biased view as my brother Kris owns the gym but this his passion and left a very secure career as manager at QuikTrip to dive into this gym headfirst! Congrats on your first year of ownership Kris and Jess! More...

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Kyle Gregory

25 February 2019

AWESOME GYM!!! This is a great gym to be apart of! If you live in or near the West Des Moines area then please give Crossfit West Des Moines a try! They have great leadership and workouts! Would not go anywhere else if I had the choice! More...

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Amy K. Davis

15 February 2019

The community here is awesome! Workouts are constantly varied and the coaching is superb!

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Kylie Carter

15 February 2019

Excellent trainers with a great program! On Ramp gets you started at the right pace for any fitness level! This Crossfit family welcomes you and encourages to push your limits every day! Join a great team!!

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Chris Lightfoot

15 February 2019

Wonderful place, great staff, friendly atmosphere. Check it out!!

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Joshua J Miller

15 February 2019

Very friendly place. Fun architecture for the box.

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James Paige

15 February 2019

The coaches here are fantastic coaches and great people. The community here is TIGHT. You'll feel at home in no time.

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Janell Christians

15 February 2019

I have been attending this box for over a year. I cannot say enough about the top notch coaches, great programming, perfect class sizes, and a friendly community! You can't beat CFWDM.

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Sterling S. Smith

15 February 2019

This Box totally changed the way I looked at Crossfit and the people who do it! From the first time I went to to check it out I always been treated very nicely and with respect. The coaches there know what they're doing and always make sure I do the exercises correctly. It's the best Box in Iowa! More...

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Tiffeny Marquardt

15 February 2019

I am always nervous about going to new places but this place made me feel like I was at home! Super nice coaches, great setup and great workouts! I look forward to coming back every time I am in Des Moines! More...

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Luminita Marineci-Velarde

15 February 2019

We dropped in for a morning class and Caitlyn took such good care of us!
She was clear with her instructions, offered efficient tips for the WOD and we loved having our asses kicked by Tabata, as expected :)
Keep up the good work!

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Todd Moore

15 February 2019

CF West Des Moines was highly recommended by my hotel staff and they were spot on! It's a great space, super organized, with a wonderful staff. The equipment is in great shape and everything is easy to find. A HUGE Thank You Caitlyn for staying open to let me workout - and pushing me when I slowed down! Loved your setup and equipment, I'll certainly be back. More...

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Elizabeth Pierce

15 February 2019

I love it. It has pushed me harder then I ever have and my recovery time has went from 4 days to me being good even the day of to fine the next day. They are very encouraging and cheer you on when working out. I have had a boot on for a month now, and sometimes limits me, but they always have a different version to do. Ifeel myself getting stronger. Thank you to all the wonderful coaches and encouragement I get every time. More...

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Jackie Leader

15 February 2019

I've tried almost every gym out there and this is by far my favorite. The workouts are always challenging and yet you can join regardless of your fitness level. The coaches are encouraging, care about your form and will take time to teach you the correct movements. It's a great atmosphere and I would recommend it to anyone! More...

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Brian Paley

15 February 2019

I moved to Des Moines a few years ago and had been looking for a reall place to workout and meet new people, since I knew only family. I've also wanted to do crossfit for years, but was nervous about hurting myself and the price to join. I threw caution to the wind and stopped in for an on ramp week session, and haven't looked back. The price is incredibly affordable considering you get top notch coaches (essentially your own trainer) and the workouts are so fulfilling. Everyone is so nice, and as corny as it sounds like a big family. Pushing each other to better and get better all the time. All skills levels are in all classes, which sounds intimidating but it's not. The workouts are as hard as you want to make them. If you push your self, the coaching team will help you get the results you deserve. It's been such a great experience meeting everyone and working out here. Highly recommended. More...

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Amber Laffey

15 February 2019

If you are looking for a place that you will look forward to everyday, look no further! This is truly my home away from home. The owners and coaches care about each and every member. I've never been apart of a more uplifting, caring, and fun community. Simply the best place to be if your goal is to have fun, work hard, and work towards being the best version of yourself � More...

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Jeff Mau

15 February 2019

Since I joined in November, CFWDM has made a world of difference in my life. I was 58, fat, lazy and on the couch every night after work. With their support, coaching and guidance, my strength is returning, the pounds are shedding and my outlook on life is vastly improved. From the Coaches to the Community, you cannot beat 'em! There's lots of "boxes" out there... I consider myself lucky to have landed here. #58strong #crossfitwdm More...

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Glen Blumer

15 February 2019

Crossfit West takes people where they are and challenges them in safe and appropriate ways to go to the next level. Do yourself a favor and check them out. The instructors are knowledgeable and kind. You will NOT feel out of place no matter who you are. I am saying this as a 57 year old man who feels very welcomed and appropriately challenged at Crossfit West. More...

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Amanda James

15 February 2019

The best gym I have ever belonged to... not intimidating because it attracts so many different types. There are people there of every age, shape, size and fitness level. Truly a Judgement Free Zone.

I feel that my journey so far has been shared with the CFWDM community, members and coaches are all extremely supportive and complimentary to the hard work we put in. I am truly a blessed member of this gym and will continue to be for years to come.
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Gavin Gardner

15 February 2019

This is a great place to come get better, no matter your starting point. I love being here pushing myself to get better with friends. The coaching is excellent, the equipment is in great condition and the other members are friendly and welcoming! More...

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Jonathan Root

15 February 2019

This place will be my home away from home when I am here in DSM. Dropped in on a business trip to Des Moines and thought I would give Crossfit West Des Moines a try. It was AWESOME!! Great coaches who are very welcoming, enthusiastic and professional and great people to train with. After a warm up focusing on stretching and mobility we got into a solid workout! They are a great community and I highly recommend them! More...

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Kiara Paige

15 February 2019

I can honestly say that this place is amazing and I have never been there not one time but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things this place is one place that puts my father at his happiest strongest self it’s nothing but love and great exercise hard working amazing people and I just want to thank you guys for all the support you give my dad!

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Frank Hartig

15 October 2018

Great class, well organized and structured. Coach Kris explained, demonstrated movements and continually provided input/feedback. Hope I can make it back tomorrow

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Alexa Schrauth

28 September 2018

I’m usually really good with words, but I honestly can’t even find the right ones to express how grateful I am to the coaches and community at CFWDM for how supportive and encouraging everyone has been. I am still “new” but feel like I’m part of the family, and that feeling is amazing. I have sincerely enjoyed watching the hard work that everyone puts in every day - people of all ages and fitness backgrounds. I learn something new each time I walk into the gym from both the coaches and the other members who give me helpful feedback. Thank you to everyone for being so kind and welcoming; my whole attitude towards fitness has changed because of YOU. I cannot wait to continue to learn, grow, and kick some major booty with you all! More...

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Scott Curtis

29 August 2018

I dropped in while being in town for a meeting. Found a warm and welcoming environment. Great facility. Jess was an awesome coach. Definitely coming back!

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Abbey Monk

30 July 2018

I joined Crossfit West Des Moines in January 2018, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only have I gained physical strengths and abilities that I never thought were possible, but I’ve also achieved a new level of mental strength. I’ve learned how to push myself past any limits I thought I had by keeping a positive mindset. The coaches are more than just instructors - they are good-hearted people who truly want to see everyone succeed in all their goals. They are very knowledgeable, and are always willing to work with you on whatever you need. The community is encouraging and supportive. We are a family here! New members/visitors are always warmly welcomed, no matter their age/experience level. I’m so thankful that I found this box. It has changed my life for the better. More...

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Marshall Field

11 July 2018

this place rocks! I went there this morning and had a great workout. everyone in the class was going hard. I wish I could do it every day.

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emily sibigtroth

30 June 2018

I am not even sure where to begin. I have always been tempted for many years to try crossfit, too scared to take the plunge knowing I would probably get addicted and would have an expensive habit. After taking a couple weeks off for an overseas vacation, I decided it was time to step outside of my "box" and try something new. I started looking online for crossfit gyms in Des Moines and just by looking online I already felt drawn to Crossfit West Des Moines. After meeting Kris and Jess for the first time, I was in awe of their enthusiasm and flexibility to make things work for me. They were just starting as the new owners of the box, but I could not tell. Things ran smoothly without any mishaps. Starting out, they helped me enormously - whether it was learning the new lingo, figuring out a good weight for my barbell, or helping me with completely new movements, they were always willing to go the extra mile to make me feel comfortable, safe and modify as needed. I can't say enough about these two and their gym. I have truly fallen in love with both. I did get addicted and I don't regret it for one second. I look forward to that hour of my day I get to spend with them, their gym and other members. I truly am grateful for everything they have done and would highly recommend others to come try it out. Everything can be modified to your level of activity and Kris and Jess will make sure you feel comfortable with what you are doing without making anyone feel disheartened or afraid. I feel like I found a second home and family at Crossfit WDM. I promise you won't regret your decision to spend a day, week, month or year/s here :) More...

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Jesse Williams

27 June 2018

Stopped in for the weekend and had a wonderful experience. Coaches were great and explained all movements and workouts wonderfully. Will definitely come back when I am in town again. More...

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Nick G.

20 June 2018

Fan-freaking-tastic!  My first time dropping in and I had a blast.  Tough workout, coaching keeping you moving, and a great group of athletes. I drop into gyms all over the country and this is one of the best I've been to.  If you live in the area, I highly recommend trying it out! More...

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Robert Renzi

26 May 2018

Every time I’m in the Des Moines area I go to Crossfit West Des Moines. Super friendly people and they have solid workouts. Even if you’re dropping in they still work with you on form and help you have a solid workout. They offer a one week pass for $40 which is great when you’re in town for more than a couple days. More...

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Jeff Mau

26 May 2018

Since I joined in November of 2017, CFWDM has made a world of difference in my life. I was 58, fat, lazy and on the couch every night after work. With their support, coaching and guidance, my strength is returning. the pounds are shedding and my outlook on life is vastly improved. From the Coaches to the Community, you cannot beat 'em! There's lots of "boxes" out there... I consider myself lucky to have landed here. I am now #58strong and getting stronger!! #crossfitwdm More...

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Chris Ward

26 May 2018

I was in town for the weekend and decided to drop in for a workout. Kris was very helpful and made sure I felt welcome and comfortable with the exercises. I'll definitely look them up next time I'm in town. More...

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Brennan Moss

26 May 2018

I dropped into CrossFit West Des Moines while in town for business. I loved the coaches, the programming, and the people. I do CF 5-6 times a week yet I’m super sore after the excellent strength workouts and WODs I did here. Highly recommended.

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Amanda James

4 November 2017

The best gym I have ever belonged to... not intimidating because it attracts so many different types. There are people there of every age, shape, size and fitness level. Truly a Judgement Free Zone.

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Bryan L.

3 November 2017

I have been to several boxes in the Des Moines area, and this is one! The coaches are friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. I have really appreciated the community involvement both in the gym and out at their monthly social activities. More...

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Andrea B

18 August 2017

Our second home!

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Charla Quintin Carlsen

1 April 2017

Great instructors�. Nice size place with plenty of equipment.

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Chad Leonard Becker

14 February 2017

I love working out here! Best coaches, community and facility.

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Shelly Berkoski

10 September 2016

Great community, great coaches, great branding. �

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Luke James

12 May 2016

Awesome environment, programming, coaches, and members!

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Jake Taylor

20 August 2015

Friendly, knowledgeable coaches, enjoying it a ton!

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Jonna Cox

20 March 2015

I was in Des Moines for work & dropped in for a WOD. Great trainer and a friendly class. I'll be back next time I'm in town.

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Cody Kolbe

20 December 2014

Very friendly welcoming box . coaching was spot on .

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Ryan Quinten Smith

3 January 2014

Only the elite survive ;))

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Clark Jessyka

21 December 2013

Best CrossFit...Best place to get fit!

Q&A

I'll convince you that it's worth it. Nobody has the "perfect" solution that makes a lifestyle change EASY. It'll be hard, but what you'll find out is that it's extremely rewarding. I'll throw multiple training styles at you to produce results... from CrossFit, to HIIT (high intensity interval training), to Powerlifting and Bodybuilding methods, and several Mobility sessions to increase your full ROM (range of motion).

Paired with a fine tuning of your diet as we make small progressions on our way into a healthier lifestyle. This is equally as hard as the training so the accountability doesn't stop at the fitness portion.

Expected answer: Stay active, eat healthy, sleep well.

My answer: Consistency. I'll provide the blueprint, but if you allow your subconscious mind to fool you into creating excuses time and time again... you'll fail. It takes the power to not only create a plan, but to follow through with it.

The sky is the limit, but you have to want it bad enough. I'm going to remind you that there are going to be days where life gets in the way, or you just aren't motivated to do it - and then I'll show you why it's so important to show up.

Helping people realize that there is so much potential that has to be discovered through hard work. Seeing the look on their faces when they conquer a mountain; or better put, a goal that once seemed so far out of their reach that they truly believed they would never reach it. I want to promote and create habits of being healthy and active.

I've been in Sport and Fitness my entire life. When I jumped way out of my comfort zone to become a CrossFit Trainer, I quickly realized that the connection I was able to have with my Athletes was helping them become more fit, more inspired, and just happier. So, I did what any crazy man would do and forfeited the benefits of a corporate company and began developing my coaching style and knowledge base in the practice of a CrossFit Affiliate. Soon after that I became the owner of that same affiliate and have kept the pattern alive. Study, practice, repeat. The more I know and am able to communicate that information to my athletes, the happier and more fit they become.

This is all I do. This is all I think about. With my background as a dedicated and active athlete my entire life... I know what the emotional highs and lows are that come with training. I picked up bodybuilding when I was 21 and went from weighing 170# and benching 150#, to 240# and benching 415#. As "meathead" as that sounds... that takes a lot of trial and error with training and dieting to do it. After finding CrossFit in 2015, I realized there's a lot more to fitness than lifting weights so I've increased my cardio, engine, mobility, core strength, and... even my overall pound for pound weightlifting strength!

I'll be able to provide technique, diet, and effective training to produce some unreal results.

Services

One-on-One Training and Education to reach your personal goals. I will help embed the habits that it takes to become disciplined to fitness and health. And I'll make it fun and motivating at the same time.

In a class atmosphere, go through CrossFit West Des Moines programmed CrossFit class to help build your fitness on a broad spectrum. From running, to weightlifting, to gymnastics assuring you never get bored while enhancing functional movement and being part of a welcoming community - not the ears filled with earbuds type of people you see at most gyms - people who are here for the same reason you are and want you to succeed!