Lakeway Elite Fitness focuses on exercise and self-defense training

Client Ellen Jordahl has been working with Lakeway Elite Fitness for 18 months. (Photos by Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Client Ellen Jordahl has been working with Lakeway Elite Fitness for 18 months. (Photos by Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Client Ellen Jordahl has been working with Lakeway Elite Fitness for 18 months. (Photos by Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Lakeway Elite Fitness coach John Cecil works with a CrossFit class.
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Lakeway Elite Fitness coach Casey Stein (left) leads his CrossFit class.
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Lakeway Elite Fitness owner Harry Shaw started his business in 2005.
Harry Shaw's clients all seem to show appreciation for how he helps them achieve their fitness goals. At least his clients at the Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. CrossFit class do.

This is evidenced by Lance McGilray, who said he is grateful for the results he's seen since he started at Shaw's facility, Lakeway Elite Fitness.

"This is the only thing that's worked for me," McGilray said during a short break between exercises.

McGilray said when he started classes at Lakeway Elite Fitness, he weighed 235 pounds, then through continued work dropped down to 155 pounds, then gained 20 pounds back in muscle.

Shaw has been at his current location for 10 years but has been training clients in one location or another within Lakeway for longer than that. Lakeway Elite Fitness had its 15-year celebration Jan. 18 at the facility, located off RM 620 just north of Bee Cave.

The gym offers classes for all ability levels in CrossFit and krav maga as well as nutrition, strength training and private training.

The location has several suites, and in total the facility offers 43 CrossFit classes,18 krav maga classes, and several other specialty classes each week. Shaw also said Lakeway Elite Fitness now serves about 250 clients, and added he trains Bee Cave and Lakeway police personnel on defensive tactics.

"We try to put you in positions of power and athleticism so you can be the best you can be," Shaw said. "We're not trying to get you to the Olympics. We're trying to get you to survive whatever you're doing."
By Brian Rash

Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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