Today is Ray’s birthday and his brother-in-law Mike was kind enough to supply us with a guest post. Happy birthday Ray!
Today’s honorable mention goes out to one of our newer members to the CFI family, Ray. I’ve known Ray for a little over 8 yrs now, and if there’s one I’ve noticed in his character is that he has always had the passion, execution and “all in” attitude to push him to the next level.
Since a very young age, Ray’s been a natural athlete and has always had that competitive drive in him, from playing pop warner football, kicking ass in karate in the Jr. Olympics, playing high school basketball and football; and competing in sanctioned paint ball tourneys all over the state. He’s always been on the look out to stay active but has never really found and kept that same drive as he did when playing sports. As we all go through our phases, Ray tried the globo gym route, but that wasn’t cutting it, he tried the perfect push up, and I think at one point he may have tried Richard Simmon’s VHS version of Sweatin’ to the Oldies and Carmen Electra’s pole dancing DVD, but nothing sufficed. After many attempts in convincing Ray to try Crossfit, it only took a few clicks of the remote control to stumble upon the games on ESPN. From that point, text messages were floating around that Ray finally realized what Crossfit was all about and he’s was ready to give it a go. He literally drank the kool-aid before even trying it. When he finally dropped in for his first WOD, he was thoroughly exhausted and motivated to keep pushing and even more so excited about coming back, not only because of the good hurt he was getting, but he took notice of the positive CFI hospitality.
Since he started Crossfit, he’s been progressing every day and already showing a huge transformation in his strength, endurance, and body composition. In fact some of the ladies in the box have been noticing the transformation as well, from his tighter fitting shirts to his newly discovered sweet cheeks. That’s right B, your SC crown may be in jeopardy.
When Ray’s not in the box, you can easily find him “Bourdain’ing” around town scoping out good eats in L.A., hustling people for their kids college fund in poker tournaments, and cheering his beloved Bolts.
- Drank the sugar free kool-aid: Sept 2011
- Favorite Movements: Sledgehammer strikes, Power Cleans and Deadlifts
- Favorite WOD: anything that doesn’t involve running, OHS or Thrusters
- Least Favorite WOD: anything involving running, OHS or Thrusters
- Goats: Flexibility, Front Squats and OHS
- Goals: Continually improving, mastering each movement, eventually compete this or early next year, and to get his wife, Cindy, in the box.
Nasaan ang banyo Raymond….