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Ray DeCarlo

Ray DeCarlo

"I get the most fired up when someone who isn't that athletic or physically gifted gets that fire in their eyes."

Ray has been with Crossfit Renaissance for nearly 3 years.  He obtained his Crossfit Level 1 Certification in October of 2011, apprenticed for over a year, and has been a trainer for a little over a year and a half.

Ray has been lifting seriously since about 17. Before finding his home in the weight room, he was an accomplished high school athlete – lettering in football, baseball, track and field in his hometown of West Orange, NJ.

Ray’s Certifications

  • - Crossfit Level 1 Certificate
  • - USA Weightlifting Level 1
  • - PA EMT-B

Ray’s Favorite Lifts & WODs

  • - Back squats, deadlifts, and muscle-ups
  • - McGhee, Linda and anything that is heavy and hard.

 

Ray’s Athletic Accomplishments

  • - Randy 4:04
  • - Deadlift 529
  • - High bar back squat 413
  • - “The day I was able to finish Kalsu is still my favorite accomplishment.”
  • - High School: All Area Football Junior and Senior year, All County Football Senior year
  • - “And last but not least my favorite Al Bundyism, I averaged 6.9 yards per carry in high school football. I owe that all to the behemoth line I ran behind.”

 

Q&A with Ray DeCarlo

 

What are you known for?

Professionally I am known for my upbeat attitude, work ethic, and my accountability.  I’m pretty sure I have a knack for communicating complex ideas in as simple and understandable way as possible.  I also believe I have a knack for coming up with off the wall analogies that just make sense.

What’s the one problem you are best at solving for your clients?

I’m pretty damn good at getting people to accomplish what they believe they cannot.  My ideal client says that I’m really willing to push the envelope in order to get results from them.  My ideal client also will probably say that I’m effin nuts.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

I’m most passionate about seeing results.  To tell you the truth, I get the most fired up when someone who isn’t that athletic or physically gifted gets that fire in their eyes.  I like being helpful in life in general.  The fact that I get to show up to a job where I can help people reach the goals they are striving for fills me up.

What is your favorite recovery food?

Currently my favorite recovery food is chocolate milk.  I also dig whey protein, BCAAs, bananas, and figs.

What lift and WOD do you absolutely hate or want to avoid?

I hate overhead squats and double unders.  I hate Bull, that WOD blows.

Where can we find you when you aren’t training?

When I’m not working I’m spending time with my beautiful wife Mallory and my gorgeous daughters Natalia and Lucia. I work a lot so the free time I do have on the weekends are spent with my family.

What are you passionate about personally?

If you know me, you know I am a foodie through and through.  I have an absolute obsession with eating, especially less popular items like cheek, tongue, and stomach.  I also love to cook/make food.  The coffee ice cream I make is second to none!

What Charities or Volunteer Activities do you Support?

My family has been really active in the relief efforts for Union Beach, NJ after Hurricane Sandy.

Give us a little known fact about you.

I know most of The Drifters songs by heart (but only prefer the versions with Ben E King) and I cried at the end of La Bamba.

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