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With the opening of F45 Training in Waterside last September, we have access to a real game-changing workout.

Although it is new to this area of Fort Worth, F45 Training is a global phenomenon that’s won the world over since its founding in Sydney, Australia in 2012—celebs included. According to Fast Company, “The company’s marketing focuses on sports stars such as NBA players or fitness influencers like Paige Hathaway. But its main celebrity is investor and chief F45 enthusiast Mark Wahlberg.”


But why all the fuss?

  1. For one thing, it works.

Based on testimonials from around the globe, people see quick results, and absolutely love the process. One search for F45 results will give you an eye-full of inspiring before-and-afters.

It works because you’re burning large amounts of calories, explains Women’s Health magazine: “How many calories do you burn doing F45? Well, that depends on how hard you work, and it’s important to remember calorie burn is unique. If you give it your all, the short answer is: loads. One WH staffer’s heart rate monitor once recorded 700 calories in a 45 minute session.”

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  1. It is predictable, yet not boring.

This program is predictable, in a sense, where you do the same type of 45-minute workout on the same days of the week every week. This is true for all the F45 gyms around the world, which leads you to know what to expect, but it’s still very challenging and keeps you on your toes! Here’s the schedule:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays are always Cardio workouts
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays are always Resistance-based workouts
  • Saturdays are always Hybrid workouts

But it’s not boring.

As F45 Training explains, “With more than 2,700 exercises and 36 workouts in our database, you’ll never take the same class twice.”

F45 Training offers so many fun courses with interchangeable moves that you’ll never get bored. And they’ve maximized each workout for efficiency so you know your time is well-spent. See all class descriptions.


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  1. It’s quick. It’s scheduled.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes going to the gym feels like getting caught in a time warp. At F45, they promise to get you in and out and be done with your workout in 45 minutes. Members also love not having to think about their routine — you just show up and do the work.

You’ll schedule your workouts using the Mindbody app for each week. F45 Training Waterside Fort Worth offers seven classes each weekday starting at 5:00 a.m. and several weekend classes.

Booking it — making it a regular of their schedules — is cited as many members’ ability to maintain their commitment to the workout.


  1. You feel highly supported and engaged.

This is where F45 enthusiasts sing the biggest praises. The commitment and excitement in the F45 community is uncommon. It is truly a family and accountability is the main priority.

The key is a deeply supportive and fun environment: Every class is led by trainers who not only help you through tough moments, but also let you know that you’re doing it right!

According to Women’s Health magazine, “Even if you’ve never done a squat in your life, don’t be intimidated by F45. Each class is led by expert trainers who walk you through every exercise, and correct your form as needed during the workout.”

You may wonder: ‘How will I know what to do if a trainer is not near?’ They also keep the current move on repeat on screens around the room so you never feel lost.

And, every class ends with high-fives all around. Sound a little too involved for you? Turns out, people really love this level of engagement.

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“If you’ve ever taken part in an F45 Training workout, you know that it’s more than the exercises you do, the music in the studio or the equipment that defines the experience and keeps members coming back for more,” as noted on the F45 blog.

“It’s a true sense of inclusion and community—which all of the above feed into—that ultimately creates something that lasts longer than the 45 minutes spent in the studio. F45 members get the feeling that they’re part of something bigger and that they belong.”


  1. It strengthens your body for real-life activities.

F of F45 is for functional. This means the exercises are focused on strengthening everyday movements that you use in real life. You don’t use just your biceps to pick up your baby, for example; you use multiple muscle groups to do this type of everyday activity.

The F45 workout focus on whole-body movements — think lifting, pushing, pulling, squatting — that provide your full body balanced strength.

You’ll get a healthy mix of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), circuit training, and functional training every week.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates – Developing

Waterside is open and welcoming guests, though individual store hours may have changed due to COVID-19. Our shopping center is closely monitoring reports and recommendations from all local, state, federal, and international health agencies.

We are taking all reasonable steps to protect our guests and our merchants, and we are committed to supporting the operations of our retailers. We recognize that, in light of concerns surrounding COVID-19, retailers and merchants may implement their own corporate policies regarding modified hours or temporary store closures. We encourage you to check with individual retailers to confirm their hours of operation.

Like so many organizations in our community, we have come to understand that it is best to be proactive and cautious about group gatherings.

The health and wellbeing of our guests is our top priority, and we’re committed to following CDC, WHO and local officials’ guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions at Waterside.  We’re going above and beyond and taking the following steps to offer a heightened standard of cleanliness:

  • We’ve added additional janitorial staff ABOVE our already generous staffing to wipe down handrails, door pulls, escalator handrails, elevator buttons, restrooms and other touch points every day.  We’re deep cleaning the building every night.
  • Our restroom commodes, sinks and soap dispensers are hands free.  Speaking of the soap dispensers, please use them.  Clean hands make the world a healthier place.
  • All wheelchairs and strollers are wiped down with sanitizer after each use.
  • We are asking guests who feel ill to stay home.
  • We are posting social distancing, health and cleanliness best practices at the property.
  • We are encouraging our customers to support their favorite local restaurants by ordering food and buying gift cards to use later.

All Waterside events are cancelled until further notice.

Safety and security are key priorities for Waterside, and we have confidence that our retailers, their employees and our guests will continue to exercise caution and common sense in the weeks to come.

This is an unprecedented time in our country.  Let’s work together so that we can all stay healthy and happy.

We also recommend visiting these public health websites for regularly updated news and information on coronavirus:

Retailer & Restaurant Closures & Hours

We recognize that, in light of concerns surrounding the coronavirus, retailers and merchants may implement their own corporate policies regarding modified hours or temporary store closures.

Please check back to this page for any updates as the climate of this situation changes frequently and check with individual retailers for operating hours. View retailer contact information here.

Five new brands make their way to lifestyle focused development early this year.

January 14, 2020 – FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Waterside, located in southwest Fort Worth, will celebrate the upcoming openings of YogaSix, Club Pilates, Cookie Dough Bliss, Pinspiration, and Blo Blow Dry Bar, which will join the mixed-use property early this year.

“Trademark is excited to welcome five new retail stores to Waterside, including four concepts that are first to Fort Worth,” said Terry Montesi, CEO of Trademark Property, developer of Waterside. “These intriguing brands will help round out Waterside as a lifestyle, community-oriented destination.”

YogaSix is set to open their doors soon at 5924 Conair Drive, Suite 452. This fast-growing brand is a modern boutique yoga concept, offering six core classes ranging from hot and powerful to slow and mindful. YogaSix focuses on making Yoga accessible for all and promises a practice that is empowering, energizing and fun. For a limited time, “founding members” receive 25% off their lifetime membership.

Club Pilates will be opening up next to YogaSix and will focus on helping people with their functional movement by using reformer-based Pilates workouts. In addition to Pilates, TRX, TriggerPoint and Barre will also be offered. The first 50 “founding members” who sign up get a 20% off membership discount for life, an offer which won’t last long.

Cookie Dough Bliss will be opening their first Fort Worth location at 5924 Convair Drive, Suite 404, behind Steel City Pops, and will be serving ready to eat premium fresh cookie dough desserts. Customers will be able to choose a base dough flavor such as sugar cookie, cookies and cream, cake batter, brownie, and more. Next, they will have the option to top it with a selection of toppings like sprinkles or chocolate syrup. Cookie Dough Bliss will also carry gluten-free and vegan options.

Pinspiration will join the north end of the Waterside development at 3700 Vision Drive, Suite 108. Customers will have access to a variety of high-quality art supplies and tools with a selection of classes which will vary monthly. A wide array of project offerings will accommodate all ages and range from wood working to decor and painting. Private party bookings will also be available.

Blo Blow Dry Bar will be right next door to Pinspiration.  No cuts, no color; just quality blow outs in seven signature styles ranging from “Executive Sweet” to the runway-inspired “Pillow Talk.”

For more information about Waterside’s upcoming openings and events, visit watersidefw.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram (@waterside_FW).

Developed by Trademark Property Co., Waterside is a 63-acre mixed-use development at Bryant Irvin Road and Arborlawn Drive in Fort Worth, Texas. Phase I includes retail and restaurants, including the city’s first Whole Foods Market and REI; The Grove, a signature green space; more than $3.5 million of public amenities; and 383 multi-family units. At full build out, Waterside will be a walkable, dynamic district including 200,000 square feet of retail space and riverside restaurants, 800 multi-family residential units, hotels, office buildings and potential for additional high density single family housing, much of which will be situated along the Trinity River. Waterside is the first ground-up project developed as part of Trademark’s Conscious Place initiative, a stakeholder-driven experiential development model that aims to ensure that its properties are more than just places of commerce, but also places of community and meaning. For more information, please visit watersidefw.com and follow Waterside on Facebook and Instagram.


Culture Map Fort Worth
Written by: Stephanie Allmon Merry

Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails are going the extra mile. A one-mile extension of the beloved hike and bike path has opened at Waterside, a bustling dining and shopping complex. And a new car, bike, and pedestrian-friendly bridge connects Bellaire Drive to Watercourse Drive on the city’s Southwest side, linking more than 40 miles of trails around Fort Worth.

According to a news release, Waterside’s developer, Fort Worth-based Trademark Property Company, worked with the Tarrant Regional Water District to build the $1.5 million bridge, which is a part of more than $3.5 million of public amenities on site.

Trademark also collaborated with nonprofit Streams & Valleys on enhancements to the trail extension, including new signage for joggers and cyclists and a large public art piece by Texas artist Bob “Daddy-O Wade” made from repurposed equipment from the original Lockheed Martin Recreation Association playgrounds.

Waterside offers direct access to Trinity Trails, which meander alongside the Trinity River.

“Five years ago, Trademark made a promise to work with TRWD and Streams & Valleys to help make this trail extension at Waterside a reality,” says Terry Montesi, CEO of Trademark, in the release. “We are proud of delivering on this commitment and all Waterside has done to add value to southwest Fort Worth.”

Waterside, which opened in 2016, is a 63-acre mixed-use development at Bryant Irvin Road and Arborlawn Drive. Phase one includes…

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Written by: Gordon Dickson

Amazon wants to take an even bigger bite out of the grocery industry in Fort Worth.

The online retail giant, which also owns Whole Foods Markets, has launched grocery pickup at its Fort Worth store, which is in the Waterside development off Bryant Irvin Road.

Customers order their food and sundries online using Amazon’s Prime Now application, and the food can be picked up at Whole Foods in about an hour for no additional fee, or in as little as a half-hour for a $4.99 fee.

No word yet on when the grocery pickup will also be offered at Whole Foods locations in Arlington, Colleyville and numerous places in the Dallas area.

Here’s how it works:

  • Amazon Prime members place their grocery order in…
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Fort Worth Weekly
Written by: Shilo Urban

French explorer René-Robert Cavelier sailed into Texas’ Matagorda Bay in 1684 after missing his intended destination, the mouth of the Mississippi River. He led three failed expeditions to find the river’s entrance. Lost somewhere near Navasota, La Salle’s mutinous crew killed him in an ambush before he could ever make the connection between Texas and Louisiana.

The idea for newly opened Tricky Fish was born in Matagorda Bay, a fishing hotspot for trout, redfish, oysters, shrimp, and blue crab. Owned by Addison-based Razzoo’s, the first iteration of the Cajun-inspired eatery opened in Richardson last fall, followed by the much-delayed Fort Worth edition in Waterside this summer. 

I arrived at the shiny new restaurant during a quiet weekend lunch, circling around the make-your-own mimosa bar stocked with strawberries and fruit juices. During weekdays, Tricky Fish offers…

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Just when you wonder whether chain restaurants can ever get anything right, along comes Tricky Fish.

The new contemporary cousin to Addison-based Razzoo’s opened this week in the Waterside shops, and might be that center’s biggest success yet.

Tricky Fish is billed as more of a Gulf Coast seafood shack than Razzoo’s, but the menu honestly combines plenty of Cajun spice with grilled or fried seafood platters, sandwiches, burgers, salads and sides like fried okra spears or Tillamook cheddar mac-and-cheese.

The signature “tricky” dish has blackened tilapia, salmon or redfish ($14.50-$19) topped with crawfish etouffee and served with dirty rice and okra sides. It’s enough to share.

Like Razzoo’s, Tricky Fish is generous with the spice.

Wisely, the owners didn’t stray far from what they know.

Tricky Fish is all about shrimp and po-boys and big desserts like bread pudding with…

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Todd Unger, WFAA

FORT WORTH — It may not be the first place to do it, but it’s certainly a gesture that is resonating in Cowtown.

A recently opened development in southwest Fort Worth, called Waterside, is now home to popular stores like REI and the city’s first Whole Foods.

A lot of the attention lately, though, has been paid to three reserved parking spots toward the front of the area’s massive parking lot.

The spaces are saved under reserved signs for “Wounded Warriors.”

“I have not seen this in person anywhere else,” says Jesse Spivey, who served two tours of duty in Iraq.

The Marine veteran says he uses the spots because he suffered injuries during combat, including a bad hip.

“Some days when I get out of my car, it hurts a lot. It’s nice to have a shortened walk,” Spivey said.

That was the idea when developers at Trademark Properties looked into the concept last fall.

“We’ve gotten great feedback,” says Edward Manuel, one of the project’s lead managers.

Manuel says while they had long heard of spots reserved for pregnant women, even the elderly, the veteran spots were something they felt was needed.

“We thought who better to give parking to than people who have served our country?” he said.

The spaces received a recent viral boost when Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. John Cornyn retweeted a photo of the spots circulating on Twitter.

For former U.S. Airman Angel Ayala, who served during the Gulf War, the signs represent a change in the public’s perception of veterans.

“We didn’t have anything like that back then,” he said. “Forty years ago, they really didn’t have anything like that. The people, culture and attitude has changed. I feel the support.”

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Guide Live
Written by: Leslie Brenner

On the southwest edge of Fort Worth, on the banks of the Trinity River, there’s a new mixed-use development with a shiny Whole Foods Market, a Sur La Table, an Amazing Lash Studio, an REI store and more. Just past Taco Diner, happy-looking children and their parents stroll by or loll about, enjoying their peachy-pink or pale green Steel City Pops on a patio in the shade of a sprawling live oak tree. On the far side, a film plays on a large movie screen in a pavilion with lounge seating, just a hop, skip and a jump from the tidy rows of apartments beyond the bocce court.

You get the pleasant picture. We could be in any affluent suburb, anywhere.

But this development, called Waterside – nearly 7 miles from Sundance Square and 5 1/2 miles from the Kimbell Art Museum – has something special, something hard to find even 40 miles away, in Dallas: a terrific Italian restaurant.

I don’t mean old-school, red-sauce, hiding in neighborhoods hither and yon terrific; I mean modern, octopus-and-favas kind of terrific. Handmade strozzapreti cacio e pepe kind of terrific.


Welcome to Piattello Italian Kitchen. Not a big-deal sceney restaurant, Piattello is a laid-back, easygoing, family-friendly pasta and pizza place.

With so much happening on the Dallas dining scene at the moment, you might wonder what drew me to review a casual spot on the far edge of Fort Worth.

First, the talent involved: chef-owner Marcus Paslay (who also owns Clay Pigeon) and executive chef Scott Lewis. Lewis, who got his start working for chef Julian Barsotti as a line cook at Nonna – one of the best Italian restaurants in Dallas – helped Barsotti open Carbone’s Fine Food and Wine as sous-chef, where he stayed until Barsotti debuted Sprezza, his Roman restaurant, last year. At Sprezza, which earned four stars in a review and a spot on my list of the Best in DFW new restaurants of 2016, Lewis was opening co-chef (with Ryan Ferguson). So Lewis has held important positions in three of Dallas’ four top Italian restaurants (the other is Lucia).

Second, the menu: Albeit brief, everything on Piattello’s sounds delicious, which is a rare thing. It took just one quick look to understand that whoever was behind this place has seriously good taste.

That’s why three friends and I found ourselves sipping glasses of Sardinian vermentino and nibbling arancini – risotto balls filled with melty fontina cheese – at a table on Piattello’s patio on a recent Saturday evening. Sure, the refined caponata the arancini sat on could have used a touch more acid (lemon or vinegar); still, those arancini were excellent. Asparagus Milanese wanted a dash of acid, too, but the spears, topped with a quartered six-minute egg and grated pecorino, were perfectly roasted.

Better yet, fresh fava beans, tender octopus, sliced radishes, leaves of celery and frisée communed with green Castelvetrano olives and thin bands of Fresno chile in a salady antipasto snuggled into a pad of saffron aioli; the wonderful dish reminded me of an octopus salad I loved at Sprezza. Not in the mood for octopus? Go for plush Duroc pork meatballs. The trio came in a marinara so delicious I scraped up every drop with a spoon.

The focal point of the spacious, casual dining room is a pizza bar, facing a wood-burning pizza oven. Children who nab seats there are treated not just to the show of pies going into the blazing hot chamber, but also to balls of dough to roll out and play with. How sweet is that?

The pies that come out of that oven, with their medium-weight, nicely charred crusts, are compelling. I especially enjoyed a primavera number – springlike indeed, topped with house-made ricotta, asparagus, spring onions, fontina and rosemary. It’ll be fun to see how the ingredients change throughout the menu as the seasons do.

If I liked the pizza, I loved the pasta. Most recently, there were tender, luscious cappelletti (“little hats”), filled with fresh corn purée and bathed in a buttery sauce with blue crab, corn kernels and tarragon. Strozzapreti cacio e pepe – cheese and pepper – stayed faithful to the spirit of the classic, and the bologonese cloaking tagliatelle had plenty of deep-flavored soul. In each case the pastas – all of them handmade – had beautiful texture. My favorite? Fusille e agnello – corkscrew-shaped pasta with lamb sausage, peas, green garlic, spring onions and radicchio, flamed with brandy and finished with cream. I could almost be tempted to drive to Fort Worth just for that.

Though there are four secondi – main courses – on the menu, I didn’t see many tables ordering them. Nor did they particularly impress. Quail cacciatore served over gnocchi alla romana (puck-size Roman-style semolina cakes) was more like a chunky sauce than a stew. Nothing wrong with it; it just didn’t have the sure focus of the pasta dishes. And the daily fish, halibut, was nicely cooked, but its delicate flavor – along with the spring onion, artichoke, roasted fennel and pistachio that sounded so lovely and springlike on the menu –disappeared under too much tomato-heavy sauce.


The desserts, meanwhile, made up for it: a tiramisu-and-panna-cotta layered parfait-type affair; admirable cannoli filled with a sweet version of that house-made ricotta; a sophisticated torta cioccolato (flourless chocolate cake) set on a squiggle of whey caramel and topped with toasted, crushed hazelnuts. Created by co-pastry chefs Bria Downey and Jen Williams, they were all on point. Best of show: their bright-flavored strawberry-rhubarb crostata with a supple yet tender, buttery crust. Garnished with a dollop of whipped cream, a bit of orange zest and a few dill sprigs, it was a knockout.

Before you jump in the car and head west, if Dallas is your home, consider this. While I would happily eat at Piattello any day of the week, I probably wouldn’t drive 40 miles just to dine there. Combined with a museum visit or concert? Totally worth it. Or hey – maybe you live there.

If so, tell your friends that your hometown has an Italian spot to rival some of the best in Dallas.


Piattello Italian Kitchen (3 stars)

Price: $$$  (Antipasti, soup and salads $5 to $14. Lunch pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and secondi $12 to $20. Dinner pastas, pizzas and secondi $15 to $24. Brunch pastas, pizzas and other dishes $12 to $20. Desserts $8 to $10.)

Service: Friendly, relaxed, efficient.

Ambience: The large dining room, with an open kitchen and seven-seat pizza bar, has a lot of hard edges and angles (and basic wooden chairs). It’s cheerful enough, but not particularly warm or inviting. The patio, on the other hand, is lovely.

Noise level: Despite the dining room’s hard surfaces, it wasn’t too noisy.

Location: Piattello Italian Kitchen, 5924 Convair Drive, Fort Worth; 817-349-0484

Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Brunch served Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reservations: Accepted

Credit cards: AE, D, MC, V

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Most recent health department inspection score: Five demerits (April 24, 2017)

Alcohol: Full bar, with decent cocktails and a thoughtful selection of after-dinner drinks. A one-page wine list, with selections from $40 to $150 per bottle — and plenty of appealing reds at $50 and under — offers mostly Italian vintages. There’s also a small list of wines from a featured winery each month.

Ratings Legend

5 stars: Extraordinary (Defines fine dining in the region)

4 stars: Excellent (One of the finest restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth)

3 stars: Very good (A destination restaurant for this type of dining)

2 stars: Good (Commendable effort, but experience can be uneven)

1 star: Fair (Experience is generally disappointing)

No stars: Poor

Price Key

Average dinner per person

$ — $14 and under

$$ — $15 to $30

$$$ — $31 to $50

$$$$ — More than $50

Fort Worth Magazine

Every year, Fort Worth Magazine asks readers to name their favorite places to shop, play, drink and eat across various categories. This year Waterside’s outdoor common area, The Grove, was selected by the staff as the city’s best outdoor venue.

We tend to agree.

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