Kris Gregory | Head Coach

 near Windsor Heights

Kris Gregory

Phone: 515-771-7926
Email: kris@crossfitwdm.com

About Coach Kris: 

Hi there! I'm absolutely grateful to do what I do for a living. Fitness has always been a healthy outlet for me and has helped me cope with several different things at different times in my life. As someone who struggled with things like school, personal goals, or reading growing up (staying focused in general), sports were quite the opposite. I enjoyed trying to edge myself to better personal performance physically and truly helped me build confidence when I didn't know what confidence was.

My main sports were bowling, baseball, golf. I also played football, basketball, and soccer for a few years as well. Put a tool in my hand and tell me how to use it and I will get the hang of it really quick! I loved drawing portraits, landscapes, and cartoon characters growing up too!

I found CrossFit at age 25 after about 6 years with only weights as a bodybuilder/powerlifter. After experiencing burnout due to chasing a pipe dream of just being bigger and stronger I realized that I need more purpose in my training. CrossFit exposed me to many gymnastics skills, mobility, core strength, and cardio elements that I was lacking in my training and I fell in love from the first week of training. It also taught me that slow and focused is a recipe for great results!

After about 3 years at CrossFit West Des Moines I realized that I'd love to get more involved and obtained my CF-L1 and began coaching. From there, the passion to own a gym that I developed in my early 20's became more and more real. I noticed the need in CrossFit West Des Moines and began managing it soon after coaching. And after getting my bearings with the business as a coach and manager I took on ownership in 2017 which exposed me to one of the most humbling experiences of my entire life.

That's about the same time a pastor joined the gym and helped connect me with Jesus. My life has been transformed from the inside-out and I'll forever be in debt to his introduction. I was saved and baptized in 2019 and hope to draw closer to him and pour out love, grace, and truth into those around me. Not by preaching, but by doing, empowering others to step towards their goals and overcome fear, anxiety, depression, addiction, and other barriers that hold us back from being the self we were designed to be.

Favorite Lift: Snatch

Favorite Workout: Glen: 30 Clean-and-Jerks (135/95 lb) 1 mile Run 10 Rope Climb (15 ft) 1 mile Run 100 Burpees

Favorite Music to workout to? Chainsmokers & Hype

Favorite inspirational quote? No quote. Trust God. Be nice to everyone.

Describe yourself in 3 words? Love to think.


Experience and Credentials:

  • CrossFit Level-1 Trainer (2017)
  • CrossFit Level-2 Trainer (2020)
  • Healthy Steps Nutrition Mentorship Program (2021)
  • USA Weightlifting Level-1 Sports Performance Coach (2018)
  • Brand X Method – Professional Youth Coach Certified (2019)
  • Conjugate Methods Trainer (2017)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Certified (2017) (2021)

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