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The REAL STORY of Waterland CrossFit, a new beginning & an APRIL SPECIAL!!


“We are a local, community gym dedicated to helping regular folks achieve better lives. Period. We are inclusive and respect the courage it takes to “begin” a new path. We laugh and work and care about each other’s lives. We don’t care about how about fast you run or how much weight you lift or how you look in shorts. We care about helping you improve your life, through improved fitness, at a pace YOU’RE comfortable with. This journey is a personal one. We do not judge anyone’s journey. It is your journey, though we are here to support you in any ways that we can…” –Dave Markwell- owner/coach

In my 5 years of owning and coaching Waterland CrossFit, I have seen great things happen. Bodies and lives have changed. Movement is the simplest way to manifest these changes. We think and feel differently about the world and ourselves when we move our bodies. This changes everything else. It is powerful and beautiful.

For some time, I have lived in a kind of “no man’s land” between stereotypical CrossFit practices and my philosophy about it. Waterland CrossFit has never been a “traditional” CrossFit box. My philosophy has always been that exercise should complement life, not define it and that “feeling good” about moving our bodies and how this translates into better days and a better life is a valid result. I also understand that the often competitive, performance-based culture of CrossFit tends to discourage participation from (some) people who can benefit the most. These are the people I most love helping!!

While I still believe that the “CrossFit” training model is the best exercise framework around, with the growth of the brand many perceptions, some quite critical, have developed. It is for this reason that I am “re-branding” without the “CrossFit” designation, as it has been really more confusing than helpful. I am re-branding not to “jump ship” from the things I love about CrossFit, but simply to more accurately tell the story of what we are:

We are a local, community gym dedicated to helping regular folks achieve better lives. Period. We are inclusive and respect the courage it takes to “begin” a new path. We laugh and work and care about each other’s lives. We don’t care about how about fast you run or how much weight you lift or how you look in shorts. We care about helping you improve your life, through improved fitness, at a pace YOU’RE comfortable with. This journey is a personal one. We do not judge anyone’s journey. It is your journey, though we are here to support you in any ways that we can.

Results happen through consistent effort and time. Our goal is create an experience each day that people look forward to. Through joy and laughter and sweat, this experience impacts days in good and meaningful ways. Enjoying this experience makes consistency more likely, thus more powerful results more inevitable. Improving our health improves our lives and we want the people in our community to live good lives.

We love our members and are committed to providing an encouraging, accountable, safe and fun place where people can make their lives better. We discuss nutrition and jobs and families. We share much and help and support each other where we can.

Health is the cornerstone of any good life. However, other stones are important as well: community, a sense of “forward motion” and joy are all recognized as valuable. A balanced, healthy, happy life is our only wish for all of our members. So, if you are considering whether or not this is the right gym for you, I ask you to PLEASE come on in and check it out.

To encourage your participation, we are offering a “special deal”…the remainder of APRIL IS FREE!!! If this schedule doesn’t work with yours on such short notice, contact Dave to discuss available options!! Begin!!

Please feel free to contact Dave with any questions or concerns…

Dave Markwell
Owner/Head coach-Waterland CrossFit, Des Moines, Wa
[email protected]
206-271-8100

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3 Responses to “The REAL STORY of Waterland CrossFit, a new beginning & an APRIL SPECIAL!!”
  1. Bill Darnell says:

    Awesome. Good luck in this new and exciting direction you are taking Waterland. Des Moines is a better community with you in it.

    Bill

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  2. Michell Thyng says:

    I have been going to Waterland Cross Fit for 2 1/2 years now and I can attest to the feeling of community, support and lack of performance pressure. If you want your work out to be different every day and see results, this is the place to be. Everyone there wants you to succeed in whatever your goals are and whatever your fitness level is at the time. If you want to feel welcome, come in to Waterland CrossFit!

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  3. Vince Thyng says:

    I can attest to everything Dave just said here being a client for the last 2 and a half years. There is a real sense of community and inclusion with ***everyone*** and is one of the main reasons I am still a member.

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