West Des Moines, IA

Meet the new Owners!

Dear Farrell's EP True students,

We are excited and humbled to be part of this great community. Thank you for making our first few days here so great!

Over the last fifteen years Farrell's has transformed over 100,000 lives. That's a business with a pretty profound purpose. Running a small business is a lot of work, but when we get to do our part to impact lives of everyone who walks through our doors, it makes it all worth it.

We bought our first two Farrell's locations (Beaverdale and Waukee) in August 2014. Two years later, we had the great opportunity to add EP True to our group.

Along with a full-time staff of five, Josh oversees the daily operation of our three locations. At the core of our business is the martial arts program, which served as the launching pad for FXB fifteen years ago. We are proud to have the premier martial arts school in Des Moines - the only full-time Black Belt Taekwondo school in the area. We train everyone starting at age four.

Josh hasn't always been a fitness fanatic. It started a little over six years ago when his weight and body fat were at an all-time high. He started running, then lifting and gradually got into great shape. He had a health scare in 2011 when he contracted histoplasmosis and nearly died. With a resting heart rate of over 120 for two weeks straight, the only reason he survived was because he was fit. At that point, he made a commitment to always stay healthy. Josh completed the 10-week session and knew that owning a Farrell's location would be an awesome opportunity to share his love of fitness with others. You'll find Josh instructing kickboxing and strength training at all locations at all hours of the day. Prior to managing these locations full-time, Josh was in sales, marketing and leadership roles for Hy-Vee, Strategic America and Meredith.

Kathleen owns a marketing  and strategic consulting business, Measured Intentions. She started it from scratch and has grown it over the last eight years with her business partner, great clients and a great team. Kathleen completed her 10-week session in the Spring of 2014 with the help and support of a lot of family and friends to help manage her schedule so she could get to the gym. Kathleen's instructing schedule is limited, but you will find her teaching kickboxing classes from time-to-time at our three locations.

We have three awesome little boys - Caden (7), Noah (5) and Andrew (3). Caden is the intellectual and stereotypical first-born. Noah is the good-looking guy that is everyone's friend. Andrew is a loving three year old that has no fear. You may see them in the gym from time-to-time.

We have big plans for EP True - including a new instructor training program, new equipment and a complete remodel sometime in early 2017. We're excited to get started and to continue working with you on your fitness journey. Thank you for your continued business and being a part of the Farrell's community.

See you on the mats!

Josh and Kathleen Riessen


Location Info

Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping West Des Moines EP True
1905 EP True Pkwy
Ste. #211
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: (515) 226-1392
Head Coach/Owner: Josh Riessen
Email: joshriessen@extremebodyshaping.com