DES MOINES, Iowa - From the outside, crossfit has been made to look like a "cult," but any athlete involved with the trending form of fitness says it's all about community. This weekend at Hy-Vee Hall, local crossfit gym, Crossfit Downtown, is showing what community is all about by donating part of its annual competition's proceeds to charity.
"I think it's just the whole Crossfit mindset. We're community-focused, we want to give back to our community, and we want to help other people," said Crossfit Downtown owner, Ryan Arguello. "As coaches, we want to help people be their absolute best. And it's the same with our community."
The gym, located at 500 Locust St., is hosting its first annual competition this weekend. The Downtown Wild Throwdown is a joint effort in partnership with the Iowa Wild to raise money for Project 52, a charity organization dedicated to helping families cope with the loss of a child. A portion of proceeds from Iowa Wild ticket sales and raffle ticket sales at the competition will go to the organization.