Our Story

Welcome to the Quarter Deck…

Typically, the quarterdeck serves as the part of the upper deck of a ship reserved for officers. In the U.S. Navy, this area is reserved for official ceremonies and as the station of the officer of the deck in port. Throughout history, the quarterdeck has been used to carry out exercise and – sometimes – punishments. Or at least, that’s what we’ve been told.

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Officers exercise on the quarterdeck of the HMS Ark Royal during Exercise Auriga on July 14, 2010, at sea in Onslow Bay near North Carolina.

At Quarter Deck Athletics, home of CrossFit QDA, we are grateful for the opportunities afforded to us and the sacrifices that have been made to allow us the freedoms we so enjoy. We have great respect and admiration for those who have and continue to serve in the military. That is why we chose the name we did.

With multiple family members serving in various branches of the armed forces, a military lifestyle is something with which we grew up and has become an integral part of our lives. We honor fallen soldiers regularly through special “hero workouts,” and we will be working closely with veterans as a part of our community outreach and charitable work. It is not something we take lightly. It comes with the utmost respect, sincerity and appreciation.

Here at QDA, everyone is equal. We are all equally important and equally treated with equal expectations. And that expectation is simple: Effort. That is it.

Success is a simple formula: Your best effort, consistently performed, over many days. Progress happens every single day but in small amounts. It is the aggregation of marginal gains, day in and day out.

Quarter Deck Athletics-CrossFit QDA is the only gym in downtown Buffalo, offering CrossFit, chiropractic and nutrition services for all ages and abilities and, as such, we are able to measure effort like no other fitness facility or gym. Using training principles that we have been fine tuning for almost 20 years combined with state-of-the-art heart rate monitoring equipment, we are able to monitor you and your performance on multiple levels. This will allow you to maximize the safety and effectiveness of your medically-developed workout program. We utilize a multi-tiered approach that assesses your body recovery state to make sure you are doing the best workout for you so that you have optimized recovery and maximized results. You will find nothing like this in any other gym in downtown Buffalo.

img_8019At QDA, our fitness and medical backgrounds allow us to offer safe, effective and intense workouts that can be scaled for all skill levels. As such, we have worked with all populations – from children to retirees, professional athletes to cancer patients, as well as those with joint replacements, and hip and shoulder problems. We have seen it all. Whether you want to be able to perform everyday movements pain-free, such as walking or getting out of a chair, or you’d like to lose weight and/or build muscle, we can tailor every workout to fit your needs to keep you healthy and progressing towards your goals.

Located in the historic Hotel Lafayette at 391 Washington St., Quarter Deck Athletics-CrossFit QDA is the only gym of its kind in Buffalo. Don’t believe us? Come see for yourself!