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CrossFit Des Moines is located just off of I-80 in the Urbandale area of central Iowa between Hickman and Douglas. This makes for an easy ride (or run!) for those in the Clive, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Des Moines,Windsor Heights, Waukee and Grimes areas! Come stop by and see what we're all about.
CrossFit Des Moines
3209 99th Street
(Behind Stella's Blue Sky Diner)
Urbandale, IA 50322
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Before CrossFit, Kelli didn't even know what a 'clean' or 'deadlift' was, but it only took one WOD to get Kelli hooked. Her passion for fitness has gone to a higher level than ever before. After working out at CrossFit Iowa for 1 ½ years, Kelli got her Level One and Olympic Lifting Certifications. Olympic lifts have become one of Kelli's loves and passions. Always working on form, trying to pull more weight, Kelli continually strives to become better.
In September 2010 Kelli joined CrossFit Des Moines as a trainer/coach. Kelli soon became Crossfit Endurance certified. She enjoys coaching and training with her new friends at CrossFit Des Moines.
Outside of the gym, Kelli is a second grade teacher, Kelli's true passion is teaching. Kelli also likes to stay active by going for runs, playing tennis, going rollerblading and going for walks with her friends.
Rian started CrossFit completing his first WOD, Angie. He then obtained his level 1 certification in August of 2009, and has been coaching since then. He started coaching while going to school in Ames where he graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Health Fitness Management. He began interning with Acceleration Iowa in the fall of 2011. Soon after, he started coaching at CFDM January 2012.
- "There’s fit, then there’s CrossFit."
Sport, exercise, and fitness are areas of high interest for Quentin. Doing your best and strong work ethic were fundamentals to his family, and he was able to channel these fundamentals into the sports arena. Quentin had the opportunity to play in two high school state football championships for Aplington-Parkersburg High School as well as the Division III football playoffs while attending Central College (Pella, IA). Quentin thoroughly enjoyed off season training where he found setting and achieving new goals was challenging yet rewarding.
Since college, Quentin has continued to stay active through participation in recreational sports leagues, completing the Dam to Dam 20k, and coaching high school athletes. He has been a CrossFit Des Moines member since Coach Mike opened in January 2010. As a CrossFit Coach, Quentin enjoys helping people improve their physical fitness and witnessing their progress and success with their fitness goals.
Coach - Cheryl Rowen
- CrossFit Level 1 Certified
- Click for Cheryl's Blog
Ever pick up a 50# bag of dog food from the bottom of a shopping cart and put it into the trunk of your car? That's a dead lift. Have you taken something from your garage lately and pushed it up to the top storage shelf using your legs and arms? You've just done a push press. As a busy mom of four kids, Cheryl had been looking for a fitness program that would fit her lifestyle.
At the invitation of a good friend, Cheryl tried CrossFit Des Moines. After a couple weeks, she was setting goals with Coach Mike and recalls saying, "But I'm not training for any sport, Mike." Mike's answer was simple, yet profound: "Cheryl, your sport is life". Boy, was he was right.
After one month, the results were noticeable. After two months, she was addicted, falling in love with Olympic lifts, and seeing first hand that a healthy lifestyle was possible through constant variety, high intensity and workouts that were designed around the body's natural way to move. Now, after one year and two pairs of "skinny jeans" later, Cheryl is convinced that CrossFit is the ONLY program that offers total fitness and scalability for any lifestyle.
Life……what better sport to train for?
I was born and raised in Williston, ND. Throughout Jr. High and High School I swam competitively. After High School, I completed a year of college but then went on to enlist in the US Navy. I spent the next five years of my life in San Diego learning the ropes of military medicine as a Navy Corpsman. It was here that I learned I had a strong drive to help people. From there, I moved to Minnesota to start my degree. Through an unforeseen turn of events I landed in Des Moines in the fall of 2010 after being accepted into the nursing program at Grand View University. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor's in Nursing.
My very first exposure to Cross Fit was witnessing a fellow Corpsman grunting his way through a very intense looking workout involving gymnastics rings and something called burpees. After this, I heard several friends testify to the benefits of Cross Fit. It wasn't until I moved to Des Moines that my curiosity got the better of me. I had fallen into a mundane fitness rut. I would drag myself to the gym, do cardio, go lift, in between sets I'd go get a drink of water...look around, do another set…yawn. Sound Familiar? I sought out Cross Fit Des Moines, set up my elements class, and after that first 8 minute WOD never looked back. I quickly realized that my definition of fitness was sorely under-rated.
My favorite thing about Cross Fit is that the workouts are never boring, they always give me something to strive for, and are constantly humbling. It has created a drive in me I've never experienced before. I also love the complexity of the movements, one can never mindlessly trudge through a workout. It takes awareness. It can be just as mentally challenging as it is physically. It forces you to believe in yourself, and it doesn't hurt that you have a constant support group cheering you on, and a true sense of camaraderie. Cross Fit Des Moines has truly taken my fitness to a new level, and will do the same for you.
I soon realized that my passion for helping people not only had a place in nursing, but also in the fitness arena. I truly believe in staying in shape to be able to wholly participate in your life, ward off illness, and prevent injuries. Life IS a sport, why not participate instead of being a spectator? Everyone has different goals, no matter what they may be, Cross Fit Des Moines will surely get you there.
Sara Schwertfeger is a registered dietitian and lifestyle coach, servicing clients from all over the Midwest.
Sara was a successful and recognized runner for Iowa State University Track & Field team. While competing she was a NCAA regional and national qualifier as well as a leader for the team. Sara has continued this success with triathlons & marathons and is currently looking forward to the Boston Marathon, 2010.
Sara's approch to Life and Sport is uniquley similar to that of Coach Glassman (CrossFit founder) in that Nutrition is the foundation and the key building block to developing one's self as an athlete.
Visit Sara's own site, here!