Having played a variety competitive sports for most of my life and trained with a wide range of coaches, when I train with a gym PT now I expect to deal with someone that delivers on a holistic level. My expectations for a PT would be for that individual to not only have an advanced level of knowledge in most forms of training but also traits that display adaptability, intelligence, maturity, empathy, motivation, and non judgemental positivity. Ray delivers on all these and then some. He obviously looks the part, but this was not the sole reason I initially approached Ray to be my PT. On several occassions I watched him go through his own workouts and it was evident that he pays very careful attention to correct technique and focus. This guy is not just about throwing around the heaviest weights and machismo, in fact a lot of his own workouts do not involve big weights at all. His interactions with other clients are always professional and guided and with just the right level of measured challenge, depending on the person. They all walk (sometimes limp) away satisfied.
Ray has provided custom programs for me that have produced the results that I am seeking. He has introduced regimes that are new to me, explained the intricacies of the planning of the programs specifically designed for me, my goals and body type. This has rejuvenated my interest in training and provided new challenges that keep me coming back for more. Although my work committments dont always allow for regular sessions, sticking to the programs he has provided has helped me achieve extra strength, endurance and the body shape I desire. Outside of designated session times, if Ray is around he is always approachable and listens to any questions that I may have in regards to training.
Going forward I have personal goals of competing in amateur power lifting competitions, despite my age! I have full confidence in Ray being able to guide me towards pushing me to realise achievements beyond my own expectations. In return I can only pay back the favour when I spot him through 100 bench press reps and see him go on to be INBA champion of Australia!