Ever Written About Us
"I have been with Westside Strength & Conditioning for almost 3 years and consider everyone here family. The workouts are fun, challenging and always changing. If you are looking for a new gym with trainers and friends to support you in your journey to a healthier lifestyle, check out Westside Strength & Conditioning!"
- Corey Skadburg (Facebook Review)
ever! Able to
and tone up
- Natalie Krause (Google Review)
"Westside is hands down the best gym in the area.
Calvin and Sarah truly care about you and what you are getting from your workouts. They are always upbeat and encouraging to get you through the toughest workouts!"
- Alyssa Yoder
are the best!"
"Just finished my 3 class trial and I love this gym!"
- Ryan Bell
"Amazing workout, small class sizes, staff is very friendly and helpful!"
- Taylor Dee
"A fun and inviting atmosphere. As somebody who has been attending classes for 2+ years, I really appreciate Calvin’s ability to keep the workouts fresh and fun. But perhaps the most impressive aspect of this gym is the sense Calvin really cares about your well-being. Despite being a group exercise class, the personalized attention we receive to prevent injury and get the most out of our class is top notch."
- Brent Kell
"Right around this time last year I was asking friends for gym recommendations. A few pointed me to Westside Strength & Conditioning and I haven’t looked
back since! I feel
stronger than ever and actually look forward to getting my rear end
kicked every morning by Calvin and Sarah. If you’re looking for a smaller gym setting that will challenge you, where there are no gimmicks,
and you’re trained by certified personal trainers, Westside is where
you need to go!"
- Jennifer Cunningham
results, while learning and having a variety of fun and changing workouts, there is
no better gym than Westside!"
- Mike Painovich
"Love working out with
SaraH! She motivates
and inspires and is so positive when change occurs! My sister And I do partner sessions and just love the different workouts!"
- Molly Charley
"very good workout. trainers are very knowledgable."
- Derrick Hayden
"I have been working out at WSC for over 4 years now and I can say and it is the best place to go no matter your goals. They will set you up with a personalized plan to meet your needs in a friendly and supportive environment. Great for people of all ages and physical capabilities, I much prefer
the personalized training programs and family atmosphere you get at WSC over the larger gyms."
- Matt Moore (running back at Washington U)
staff was so
helpful and kind, everyone
was encouraging and it was an amazing workout."
- Bobbikae Pickrel
"Fantastic staff, challenging workout."
- Robbin Mann
willing to make adjustments for your
ability, cross training style work out."
- Kim White
"The staff is wonderful and positive! They are very involved in making sure the workouts are
- Jamie morrow
"Urbandale was missing something until Westside moved in. Calvin and his trainers really take a personal stake in your wellness and
goals. I don't feel judged when I walk into the gym and I appreciate the time this place puts into adapting my workouts for my struggles and strengths. I love the small class size and the programming changes often. I have mixed in a few personal training sessions with Calvin and Sarah, which have really helped educate me on proper form and keep me accountable with my crazy schedule. This is a great place and I recommend it to everyone!"
- Michelle Rankin
"I can't say enough
good things about this place.
I have always liked group workout classes but never found anything that was mostly focused on weightlifting so this was right up my alley.
I have been going for about
4 weeks now and I am still
burning around 800
calories per workout.
It is pretty
amazing. This is the
only gym I have seen that gives
you a actual trial, they give you
a 10 day free trial. Most gyms only give you a day or two which is no enough to determine if you are going to like it or not. I can guarantee if you are a fan of strength training you will be hooked after your trail. This is the best workout I have ever had
and I highly recommend you try
it out." - Scott Kirstenmacher
"Been going to
Westside for 2 years now. I’m healthier and stronger functionally, at 41, then I’ve been in most of my adult life. The trainers are encouraging, knowledgeable and want to see you succeed. We’re lucky to have such great local option."
- John Koons
The trainers at Westside are amazing. They are very patient and teach you proper form. The other people that go to the classes are happy, encouraging and so fun to be around; it makes working out enjoyable!"
- Suzanne Mulet
"I was a member
here for 1.5+ years
and I can honestly
say it was one of the
best investments I have
ever made. Super
friendly staff who know
you on a first name basis.
They are also accommodating if you have any physical
really put emphasis
on maintaining good
form and building mind-
muscle connection. Class size can range depending on the attendance but the team atmosphere is fun either
way. If you are uncertain about joining I say go for it, you won't regret it! I started with no weight training experience and I've seen soo much results over my time here!"
- Aditi Dahal
"I've been a member
and it is the
first workout that
I truly look
forward to going to.
And believe me, I've done almost every kind of workout under
the sun. The
you to be
better and to get
stronger but in a
very positive way.
You can tell they
truly want you to
reach your goals, no matter what they are!
I highly recommend
trying them out!"
- Jamie Thompson
"Calvin and Sarah are the absolute best. They will work you hard but are also helpful, knowledgeable, and patient with you too. I was totally new to this type of workout and they make everyone feel comfortable. If you are also new give them a try as they are really personally involved and will get you get more and more comfortable with it."
- Ryan Rooney
"When I moved to Iowa I was
worried I wouldn't get the same
level of training I've come to expect. Happy that a friend of a friend
brought me here. Calvin is great, he will work with you
towards your goals and push you to excel. My training regimen
has been broadened with his expertise and
I'm getting stronger everyday.
I highly recommend Westside."
- Stacy Dill
"Great people. Great workouts.
I wasn’t a big believer in group fitness,
mostly it was my own
But love my fitfam."
- Kirsten Cox
"After attending classes at
the gym for 30 days, I
decided it was high time that I
write a review for Westside!
Let me start by saying
that no means am I a
Once upon a time
I was a runner, but my
motivation for working out was lost when I began
a 3 hour commute/day for my job which I did for almost a year and a half!
After getting a placement back in the metro, and losing almost the entire commute,
I knew it was time to get back into motion! I never could have imagined that I would stumble across this gem of a place and the incredible people inside. The gym is smaller in size (which I think is great for class), but not too small! The workout from warm-up to cool-down is determined for you- especially nice if you don't have a lot of "gym" knowledge. As the gym is smaller, it becomes extremely evident that Calvin and Sarah get to spend time with you personally (I've been called by name since day one), making sure you're in the right position, explaining modifications, grabbing you a heavier weight or just rooting you on. BONUS: sometimes they bring their dog. Who can beat that? Don't get me wrong, it's an adventure each day and you'll never leave the place dry. The BEST workouts I've ever gotten. If you're on the fence- just try. It's absolutely worth it! Thanks guys!"
- Amanda Spain
"If you’re looking for someone to drive you in attaining the results your looking for, Calvin and Westside Strength
& Conditioning is the place for you.
I would recommend that you take advantage of the free 2 week trial…trust me, you’ll want to sign-up as the workouts are designed with purpose!"
- John Cox
"Great trainers... makes going
to the gym easy, and I typically don't like gyms."
- Travis Djuren
"I started working out with Calvin 6 years ago.
His motivation and fun workouts helped me
find my passion for fitness pretty quickly!
I used to be more of a runner or cardio girl and
I worked out only because I felt like I should.
After working out with Calvin my workouts started to be something I looked forward to everyday! Not only are the workouts at WSC fun but Calvin, Sarah & the trainers will know your true potential & push you to meet your goals! I have worked out with them through many stages of my fitness journey including training me for a bodybuilding competition, throughout my entire pregnancy & now post baby. The best part is that during each stage in my fitness journey my workouts were made or modified for me to meet my exact goals. So no matter your age, body type, or skill they will help you reach your true fitness potential! I truly cannot rave about WSC enough. There is no doubt this is the best gym & group of trainers in the DM metro!"
- Rachel Reimers
"Hands down best gym in the state of Iowa. Calvin is a top notch trainer and will push you to workout harder. Definitely recommend this gym if you want to be pushed hard and trained properly."
- Molly Cox
"I just started
working out at Westside in April
2018 and quickly
lost 30 pounds and gained strength in less than 3 months.
here are amazing.
They are friendly,
helpful and you feel welcome and part of the group from day 1.
The best gym
I've ever been apart of."
- Matt Lundquist
"I wanted to give a shout out to
Westside Strength & Conditioning.
I have been going to this gym for 1 year and it has had some
very positive effects on my overall health. 1 year ago my blood pressure was very
high and cholesterol levels were well over the for the bad, and way too low for the good stuff. I had my annual physical this year and my BP was 106/63 and my bad cholesterol level dropped from 241 to 204 (recommend to be below 200) and good cholesterol increased from 24 to 38 (recommend to be above 40). I was very close to having to take medication for both issues, but now I’m on track to not need either. I attribute this positive change to the consistent and
intense workouts from this gym. They are motivating, fun and push you at the same time. The hard work leads to a mind set change around food as I started to focus on healthy eating
to refuel after workouts and properly fuel before workouts.
I joined the gym to get stronger and lose some
weight, but what I have found are some pretty
dramatic health improvements that will improve my overall
health andwell being for the long run. And
the structure to the workouts, the variation in rep
scheme and the different cycles Calvin and Sarah take you through
will have you putting on some serious gains in your
lifts. If you are looking for a great gym, great trainers,
awesome atmosphere and drive to make some positive
improvements, then I recommend you give this place a try.
They have some great deals for new members to see
if it is a good fit for what you want. Thanks Westside!"
- Kyle Bruner
what I want. My coaches and "fit family" work hard, have fun and create a positive atmosphere."
- A.J. Groathouse
"If you like attentive trainers who are inspiring and knowledgeable and a gym with great workouts then this is the place for you!"
- Brian Parizek
"The best workout I have had in years! I already feel stronger and I'm having fun! I look forward to going to the morning classes. The workouts are well thought out with intention behind each day. Everyday feels like a personal training session even though it's a group. The coaches do a fantastic job making sure technique is correct and safe. Never felt so happy about being sore!"
- Sara Ryan
"I love the time
and attention Calvin and Sarah give me, the feedback on my workout, and their passion for helping people achieve their
health and fitness goals. So excited to see what my fitness future has in store with these two
coaching me alongthe way!"
- Michelle Ann
best gym experience I have ever had. The staff are supportive, knowledgeable and kind. I would recommend for all fitness levels."
- Niki Anderson
"Do yourself a favor and hire Calvin.
Here's the deal, these workouts
are really hard and once you
think you have it down they
only get harder. And then you start
getting stronger and running
these goals like doing assisted
pull up that you never knew you even had.
So you get strong and you
start feeling really good
about yourself, and the hour of pain
just becomes a regular part of the day you look forward to
because Calvin is the best. And he makes you feel like you can accomplish anything."
- Jessica Vanden Berg
I’ve been going to Westside for about three weeks now and absolutely love it. Calvin and Sarah are very knowledgeable, motivational,
and just all-around great people.
They value quality over quantity, which can’t be said for too many gyms these days. All workouts are well planned months in advance and have a purpose. It feels great
to be excited about a
- Lela Houseman
"Best Gym in the Des Moines Metro! I've been working with Calvin for 4 years now and
have never experienced a
trainer who loves what he
does more than him and
who is dedicated to people like he is. I was a college athlete and these work outs take me
back to those days. Stop in and see for yourself! You won't be disappointed!"
- Rachael Plunkett
"Calvin and Sarah
are both very motivating, enthusiastic, and attentive. I look forward to working out there each day and look forward to the results I know I will see!"
- Stephanie Wagner
"Hands down the best
experience all around. The staff are inviting and genuinely supportive. The environment is wonderful as well. Each person can have their own level and energy without alienating beginners while still working on similar exercises. More than 5 stars!"
- Sarah Mau
Calvin for 3 years.
This guy is a wealth of
knowledge in all things fitness. He pushes you to be a better healthier version of you. He explains the "whys" behind the workout so you aren't simply following blind directions. And he is just an all around good dude."
- Ayal Naggar
"Just signed up this week and very
happy I did. Calvin is encouraging, inclusive and very knowledgeable. I wish I would've found this gym a long time ago."
- John Koons
Two years ago I had a 4 week old
and knew I was ready to get back
in the gym. I thought about going
to a gym that I knew had worked
for me in the past, but decided to
take a chance at a new gym, with
trainers I trusted. This was a
great decision for both myself and my
husband who have now been members since they
opened. The small group atmosphere allows you to receive individual guidance throughout the workout. Westside is the perfect gym whether you are looking to tone up, lose weight, or maintain a healthy lifestyle. In the last 2 years, I have hit all of these stages, and had the support of the wonderful trainers to help me lose baby weight, gain muscle, and improve my diet. You will receive a positive, motivating workout, and can even join in on the competitions. The trainers and members of Westside are one of a kind! You will be pushed, you will be sore, and you will see results! This is a quote posted at Westside, 'The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bull$hit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.' If you are ready to make a change and improve your overall health, call Westside. They won’t disappoint! Calvin, Sarah and Jess are the best trainers around! Thanks for all the workouts (most of them :)), grocery shopping tips, brownies, laughter, and friendship! Happy 2 years and thanks for your support along the way!"
- Natalie Krause (Facebook Review)