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!
Tegan Cherie Harwood
Ray and I first met throw a work colleague and later worked together for one of our Military postings. The positive and motivated vibe released from Ray is what first had me approach him to help me in 2011. Ray gave me the entire package of what I needed to achieve my goal and I lost 5kg in 2wks. I how ever was not ready and soon put the weight back on plus some.
Ray has always been very encouraging and never pushed me into feeling like I had failed because I wasn’t achieving my goals instead he discussed mindset and told me that he would be there when I was ready to continue my journey. I really believe that this is what sets Ray apart from most if not all other personal trainers, he engages with you for the mental challenge aswell as the physical.
I went off on my own and tried and failed many more times because I was not in the correct mindset. I was your typical “see results and relax” type of person. Finally in second half of 2013 something clicked and I became more focused and could see where I had been letting myself go and exactly what Ray had told me all those years ago.
December 2013 I messaged Ray and told him that I was moving back to Sydney and was ready to listen and follow his instructions.
The start of 2014 Ray and I set out and I was as committed as I had ever been. I didn’t realise the emotional impact and mental change that would arise because of this huge change I was about to undertake. Ray hasn’t just been training me physically but mentally. For every time I have fallen down and every challenge life has thrown at me this year, Ray has been there coaching me throw.
His passion and drive for what he does is so inspiring and his presence has changed my life. I had no direct but to eat, sleep, work repeat but now I endeavour to achieve more each day. As I have grown as a person with Rays support and shrunk in size.
To date I have lost 15.7kg in 7 months and am now looking forwarded to training and developing my body for the next challenge.
My life has changed for ever! At the start of this year I was over weight, depressed, in a bad relationship and had no ambition. Now I look forward to each morning, have exciting new job prospects, I am happy with who I am as a person and consistently find myself wanting to help others. I wish that I had seen what Ray had been telling me a lot earlier but I also thank him for always being there and never giving up on me.
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