In the biblical story of Nehemiah, enemies destroyed the walls surrounding Jerusalem. Nehemiah realized that not one person alone could take on the great task of rebuilding the stone wall; but, if the people of Jerusalem worked together, they could complete the task and keep their enemies at bay.
“We relate to the story of Nehemiah in a sense that if we work together as a team, we can build up our bodies to be fit and healthy,” Gavin Guidry, co-owner of Stone Wall Crossfit said. “It’s hard to do it alone; for some people, it’s impossible. But we can work together, encourage one another and conquer our health and fitness problems.”
During a workout last year, Mike Martin realized that his regular routine was getting him nowhere. He contacted Gavin Guidry, a local Crossfit trainer, and asked if he could give him a more intense workout.
“After just an hour with Gavin, I realized how much more satisfying Crossfit is compared to what I had been doing at the gym. It helped having someone to coach me rather than just doing what I thought was a good workout,” Mike said.
Gavin, a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division of the Army and currently an Army National Guardsman, has been training through the Crossfit program for five years.
He and Mike decided to team up and open Stone Wall Crossfit in Larose. The doors officially opened in September of 2013 and the clientele has grown exponentially since.
So what is Crossfit?
Crossfit is strength and conditioning program. Although it started out as a high-intensity training program for athletes and military and police units, it has developed a following by people who want to get healthier, lose weight and stay in shape.
The Crossfit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any individual regardless of experience. It uses the same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease as well as cage fighters. Trainers scale load and intensity of workouts but don’t change the overall program, crossfit.com says.
How do regular people have a chance at making it in a program that was originally for athletes and military units?
At Stone Wall Crossfit, co-owners Gavin Guidry and Mike Martin, along with three other coaches and two coaches in training, instruct classes in order to ensure that each attendee is doing their routine efficiently and safely with the right amount push for each person’s physical abilities.
Do members have to be in top shape to do Crossfit?
No! People of all walks of life and in greatly varying physical conditions have joined Stone Wall Crossfit. Members range in age from toddlers to people well into their 60s. The majority of clientele at Stone Wall Crossfit are women who are 30 years or older.
“Each exercise is designed so that people of different levels can all participate in one routine. Some people can do squats lifting 400 pounds while others can only squat while holding onto bars in order to help them go back to a standing position,” Mike said.
Mike’s wife, Priscilla, underwent training to become a Crossfit Kids coach. Stone Wall Crossfit now hosts classes for youth ranging from 3 to 15 years of age. The classes are broken down for 3-5 year olds, 6-9 year olds and 10 – 15 year olds. The younger children do workouts similar to gymnastics and obstacle courses while the older youth do workouts that mimic the adult Crossfit program but are tweaked for their abilities. All three age groups focus on fun, safety and healthy movements to keep their bodies in shape.
All Crossfit routines are based on functional movements that carry into every day life.
“We have to squat to sit on a toilet. We have to lift carrying milk in the grocery store. We have to push or pull to close and open doors. If you can do that, you can do Crossfit,” Gavin said.
Members at Stone Wall Crossfit agree that the community and family feel are major factors in keeping them motivated.
“Everyone is trying to become better - either to be healthier or to compete as an athlete. The common goal is to make each person more fit. We’re a family here and the no one needs to feel embarrassed or ashamed if they aren’t able to do what others can. We just want people to be the best they can be,” Mike said.
Stone Wall Crossfit also offers yoga classes, training for athletes - including high school and middle school teams and other programs. Gavin and Mike have proudly partnered with Josh Guidry of Gracie United Bayou Lafourche to offer Jiu Jitsu classes at Stone Wall Crossfit.
“Don’t be afraid to try something new. We are here to help you reach your health and wellness goals,” Gavin said.
Anyone interested can attend a free one-day class. To find out more about Stone Wall Crossfit, you can visit their website www.stonewallcrossfit.com, look them up on Facebook, call Gavin Guidry at 910-578-4818 or Mike Martin at 985-991-1122 or drop by the gym located at 13936 West Main St. in Larose (the strip mall where Frank’s in Larose was formerly located).
Tina Danos, Alyssa Lafont, Trevor Lefort and André Adams are shown doing various exercises at Stonewall Crossfit in Larose.
Gavin Guidry and Mike Martin are both co-owners and trainers at Stone Wall Crossfit in Larose.
Posted on Tue, February 3, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette