"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 since early 2011. He obtained his Crossfit Level 1 Certificate in October of 2011, apprenticed for over a year, and has been a trainer ever since.
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.
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.
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 nuts.
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.
Currently my favorite recovery food is chocolate milk. I also dig whey protein, BCAAs, bananas, and figs.
I hate overhead squats and double-unders. I hate Bull, that WOD blows.
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 is spent with my family.
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!
My family has been really active in the relief efforts for Union Beach, NJ after Hurricane Sandy.
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.