Janis and Stan J.
I've been working with Ray for over 3 years now, before we started I had no idea where training was going to take me. When I look back at old photos I felt I looked really good and I was feeling good, but when I compare that to how I look now and how I feel now, I'm way more toned and I feel much stronger than I ever have before.
Prior to Awareness Training, group classes weren't doing it for me, I needed something more individualized, that's when I reached out to Ray.
With the questionnaires, I was very impressed because I recognized he wasn't giving everybody the same cookie cutter advice, this information was applicable to me and my body. I've never had that level of attention in my training before. I made more progress in 30 days with Ray then I had any other method in years!
What other people who are interested in coaching should know is that Ray's service is very interactive, he's coached me on how to perform exercises correctly, many of which I didn't know I was doing with incorrect form, which explained my back pain during squats.
The workouts are to the individual. Having a home gym with minimal equipment Ray was able to customize a workout to my needs. The online training program has been of great help during quarantine when I needed help with exercise. Being a business owner, I appreciated getting that mental break during our sessions and Ray helped me structure my time to work with my schedule
I never knew how involved coaching could be, coach Ray takes his job seriously. He is always giving feedback, to me that has been most valuable. The things he has taught me I have been excited to share with friends and family.
Thinking about it now, without my training, I don't think I'd be able to carry my son Lucas, when you have a son who is bolting out of the store with a candy bar in his hand, to catch him you have to be in pretty good shape! Also when he copies me in what I do, I know he his is seeing me practice healthy habits, ones that I want him to carry with him in life.
As a mother of 3 kids, ages 4 and under, life can be pretty busy and chaotic. I used to workout at the gym 5-6 days a week but was never to able to reach my desired weight goal until I spoke to Coach Ray and signed up for his program. He helped me realize the bigger picture and the importance of healthier food choices and how it can really make an impact on your body and how you feel.
I started to notice physical changes and felt more energized. Coach Ray makes a monthly fitness/ workout plan specific for your goals and is always there to answer any questions or to suggest any modifications if a movement is too hard or too easy. He also does sessions via zoom or FaceTime or whatever your online preferences may be, which is a plus since you can get a great workout with him encouraging you to push harder and not give up, all in the comfort and safety of your own home. He is someone I enjoy sharing my fitness and well-being journey with. He is friendly, encouraging, motivating, passionate, and cares deeply in helping those to live a longer, stronger, healthier life.
When I met Ray I was at a crossroads. I had worked over 30 years as a chiropractor helping other people, while doing a lot of martial arts and cycling. All of this had taken a toll on my whole body. I was stiff and in pain all day, every day. I was shrinking in height and starting to feel weaker and unsteady in balance. I no longer wanted to be friends with myself! I knew that once I retired, I could just rest, give up being active and put my body out to pasture like they do an old horse. Instead, I decided to trust Ray and to be held accountable. That meant admitting that, as much wisdom as I had earned in my 61 years so far, I did not know everything, or even practice everything I know!
Ray used a detailed assessment process to design a program of corrective stretches and exercises for me. He continued to monitor and modify the program every few days to make sure that I could progress without hurting myself. I did not feel judged about the state I was in, as he has a calm and caring way about him.
Three months later, I am waking up excited every day to see what I can do, physically. I can go run, hike and cycle without "paying for it" the following day. I have regained 1/2" of height so far. A long season of brain fog is lifting, so I can read and concentrate better too. To me, there is nothing more important than investing in good health. When I am at my best, I have so much more to give to others.
Thank you, Ray, for what you have done for me and my family.