Tuesday, December 30, 2014

“A Feel-Good Life Program” kicks off at Waterland CrossFit!!!

When: Saturday, 01/03/15, 9:30 am.

Where:  Waterland CrossFit- 22305 Marine View Dr. S. Des Moines, Wa 98198

What: “A Feel-Good Life Program” is designed to provide a clear and meaningful framework for folks to ACT consistently in ways which will improve their lives. Simple and fun, this program allows for a very personal approach to organizing and designing a life which “feels good!!”
Any feel good life includes daily doses of some key elements: movement, diet, water!!, sleep, acts of kindness and gratitude. This program defines and tracks actions which produce results. Using philosophies of the “compound effect”, which state that small, consistent actions over time manifest in huge changes, this program is EASY TO DO!!! Understanding that life is busy and obligations are many, this program is intentionally designed to NOT be a burden or another onerous “to-do”. It is designed to create lifestyle habits which deliver meaningful results…FOREVER!!

This is a FREE CLASS open to ANYONE looking to jump start a NEW YEAR full of MORE GOOD THINGS that make us FEEL GOOD!!!

Please RSVP at: waterlandxfit@gmail.com or 206-271-8100

I look forward to seeing you there!!! –Dave Markwell –owner/coach at Waterland CrossFit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy -vs- Healthy...

Through several years of owning/coaching a CrossFit gym, I have learned many things. I have learned better cues to explain movements to athletes. I have learned to identify appropriate progressions for individuals to keep them safe, but moving forward. I have learned when to push and when to pull people back. I have learned to identify subtle technical faults which can determine success or failure in an Olympic lift. And I have learned that none of this stuff matters if people are not happy.

One cannot be truly healthy without being happy and one cannot be truly happy without being healthy. During my tenure as a coach, I have encountered many very fit, very miserable people. This breaks my heart. It is fitness wasted. The point of fitness is, to me, to enrich life, not define it. We are many things and fit is only one of them. Being super-fit does not compensate for lack of joy in the other areas of life. It is a thin mask.

Likewise, I have encountered many unfit people trying/pretending to be happy without being healthy. This, too, does not work. Our bodies are designed to move. Our minds need our bodies to move. Our spirits need our bodies to move. All of life improves when our bodies move. Every measure of health and happiness is impacted by movement. There are no truly happy unhealthy people. They don’t exist. But, this is easy to change….MOVE!!!

“Laugh, sweat, leave” is my mantra regarding my box members. Laugh-enjoy the experience with other members. Sweat- work hard. Leave- take your healthier/happier self and share it with the people you love. This is worth doing every time and is profound in some magically unexpected ways…

Finally, there can be no “versus” in the happy/healthy relationship. They must co-exist to be at all. My coaching/life philosophy always addresses and emphasizes the need for balance in life, for joy in all areas. Rich relationships, proper nutrition, quality sleep, and movement are all vital elements to a healthy life. So are laughter and peace and fun and a sense of personal evolution. These are important things to think about…

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The "GOOB" Program for teens comes to Waterland CrossFit!!!

Waterland CrossFit introduces the “GOOB!!” Program for Teens!!

Beginning Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, the “Get Out Of Bed!!” Program kicks off!! Designed as a fun resource for kids aged 12-15 to “do something” besides lay in bed playing vids or watching stupid youtube cartoons, this program aspires to simply give kids a spot to gather, play and move for a couple of hours a day.

 Open from 10am-noon at the Waterland CrossFit gym in Des Moines and led by CrossFit and life coach, Dave Markwell, kids can play games, receive exercise coaching, or just talk to each other. There will be no schedule of activities. The kids can do what they want with what we have (safely), a notable exception being: no electronics!!!

It seems a void exists in our community for things like this, especially for this age group. As a child, I had the “Boys and Girls Club” in town as a safe and fun gathering spot. We hope to provide something similar.

Cost is $5 per day. 5 person minimum..so RSVP to ensure the gym will be open!! Feel free to contact Dave with any questions or concerns and to reserve your kid’s spot!!!

Dave Markwell

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Is Waterland CrossFit right for you??

All CrossFit gyms are different. While they share the same basic programming tenets, the cultures and box philosophies can vary greatly. At Waterland CrossFit, I believe that CrossFit is EXERCISE. Period. It is not a “cult” and I don’t care if people watch training videos at home or they don’t. I don’t care if they are passionate CrossFit worshippers or if they show up and work and go home and don’t think about CrossFit until they show up next time. Results happen either way. So, I care very much that they show up next time.  I care that they enjoy their experience and don’t get hurt and have healthier, better lives because of their participation. I don’t encourage workout volume or intensity that makes people barf after a workout or struggle to climb off of the toilet. I respect effort and consistency and safety. Injury is NOT healthy. My only goal is a steady and safe progression through the fitness journey. This journey is a personal one. I do not judge anyone’s journey. It is yours, not mine, though I am here to support you in any way that I can.
     CrossFit is the best training idea I have ever found. It makes sense and it works. It can be done safely and should be fun. It should not be dangerous or miserable. It is not easy, but that’s why it works. I love our members and am 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 my only wish for all of my members. So, if you are considering whether or not CrossFit is right for you, it is. It is right for everybody.

Dave Markwell
Owner/Head coach-Waterland CrossFit, Des Moines, Wa

Monday, January 21, 2013

Make Happiness!!! Really??!! YES!!!

As a key element of any “good” life, happiness stands alone as the most significant factor. While many factors determine what “happiness” means to each of us, it is a very worthwhile study putting an eyeball on what these factors are. When we know what they are, we can make more of them or shape a plan to include more of them in our day to day business. During last weekend’s “BEST” program, we discussed happiness. Here are some (hopefully) helpful tips to think about:
Elements Crucial to Human Happiness:
-Pursuing meaningful life goals
-Scanning the world for opportunities
-Cultivating an optimistic and grateful mindset
-Holding onto rich social relationships
Happiness Creation Techniques:
-Meditation: breathe deep, count, focus on breath
-Find something to “look forward to”
-Commit “Conscious” Acts of Kindness
-Positive Surroundings
-Spend Money-on experiences with friends/family
-Exercise a signature strength
All of these exercises “change” our mindset. Chemically, the good stuff begins to flow and the bad stuff stops flowing. Our bodies are influenced by our mind in many complex and real ways. Our performance is absolutely linked to our state of mind. A positive state of mind is a powerful tool leading towards positive outcomes in literally every aspect of life; success in work, relationships, problem solving, creativity, etc, etc, etc…Huge science validates these assertions. We are capable of much more with a healthy, happy mindset. This seems like common sense, but not necessarily common practice. Deliberately and intentionally “changing” your mind…changes everything…
Feel free to call or e-mail if you want/need further explanation about any of these concepts! FYI…much of this information is available in “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor. This is a great resource for anyone looking for a deeper explanation about how and why this shit actually works!!!!! -Dave

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year...really...it can be!!!!

Trouble is inevitable. Misery is optional.
With the idea that we have absolute control over whether or not be are happy or miserable, I have designed a simple program to help folks choose and create more happiness in their lives.  

The “BEST” Program

B- Body: Fitness, Nutrition
E- Energy to do more of what you LIKE to do!!
S- Stress relief. Improved sleep
T- Time: Manage time to allow for more TIME doing what you like to do!!

Genuine and lasting “quality of life” is the goal. This is a proactive program designed to move you forward in the areas of life that are not “contributing fully” to your BEST LIFE!!

Everyone KNOWS that exercise and proper nutrition are good. Everyone also knows that stress and poor sleep are bad. While we will explore both the “hows and whys” of the good and bad, this knowledge has proven insufficient in producing any real results. Very simply, information is not transformation!! KNOWING is not DOING!! Doing creates results. We will achieve a basic understanding about HOW things work, physiologically and psychologically, but the focus will be on forward motion.

Through this program, the only goal is meaningful RESULTS for you!! Using simple and practical techniques, we will develop actionable goals that will lead you towards a better life. Change involves action. YOU WILL ACT!! Effort will be involved and expected. This will not be a hand-holding, self-affirmational, spiritual voodoo-speak hoopla, hug-fest. Though, I like a lot of that stuff, this program is designed for action. You will be accountable to yourself to complete the tasks YOU outline in a framework that is realistic and achievable, but defined and designed to move YOU and YOUR life where you want it to go!!

With the fundamental principles of positive psychology as a backdrop, this program is deliberately structured to be FUN!! Science has FINALLY delivered the truth that we already knew…we perform better when we are happy!! With this in mind, we will explore some interesting ways to create happiness that we can use as tools to help us truly achieve our BEST LIFE!!!

This is a six week program, with classes held at Waterland CrossFit on Saturday mornings at 9am. Cost is FREE for Waterland CrossFit members. $60 for non-members.

This is a great way to jump start the New Year and put some intentional action behind the resolutions. Dreams CAN come true!!! It just takes a little work…

I look forward to helping YOU have a fantastic life!!!!
Let me know if you are attending or if you have any questions or concerns:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2 for 1 October Special Deal!!!!!

Ok!!! The kids are back in school. The days are getting shorter. Perhaps the summer fun filled with BBQ and cocktails has those cool weather clothes fitting a little bit more snuggly than you remember. If this is the case...have we got a deal for YOU!!
    2 for 1 October unlimited CrossFit classes!! or 1/2 price for a person without any friends!!! Come in and see what this all about!!!
    This is an outstanding value and, if you have been considering trying CrossFit, NOW is a perfect time!! Don't wait another day, month or year to BEGIN!!! Change happens when you make it happen.
    Open to ANY and ALL conditioning levels. If you are NOT fit, that's EXACTLY WHY you should come in. If you are fit, you can be MORE fit...trust me...Call or e-mail to schedule your FREE INTRO class!! -Dave