Ray Traitz, Owner of AMRAP Fitness
Ray Traitz is a resident of Congers, NY and has been engaged in personal training and coaching since 1997. He is a father of two and a loving husband. Traitz was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Levittown, PA for most of his childhood. At a very young age he sparked a strong interest in moving faster, getting stronger, learning on how, and teaching others. Testing his physical as well as athletic capacities were a daily occurrence through out his life and still today.
Ray's leadership and work ethic stem from his father who served in the United States Marine Corps. These characteristics helped him reach the success in sports, school, and his career. If it were not for Ray being recruited to play football in college, he would be serving as a US Marine.
Growing up he participated in several sports, soccer, baseball, track & field, but excelled at wrestling and football. He has also been competing as a CrossFit athlete since 2007. Traitz has finished higher than any other local CrossFit athlete in the area in the premier annual Reebok CrossFit competition.
Ray majored in education with a minor in sports pedagogy at Kutztown University of PA, where he also played Division II college football. He also holds MS in Health & Physical Education from Emporia University of KS. Along with his academic credentials, Ray is also skilled in the fields of Sports Psychology.
Traitz started is career as a teacher, but his true passion was fitness and improving athletic performance. Teaching and coaching went hand and hand so when he decided to shift his career solely for strength, conditioning, fitness, and it was a win. The hunger for learning never stopped and in the winter of 2006 he discovered CrossFit. This nurtured his want to not only improve himself and his clients, but educated him tremendously. CrossFit helped him build his own business (AMRAP Fitness) and open new doors for his future working at Vision Sports Club in Pearl River, NY.
Over the years Traitz created the AMRAP method of training. This is a unique training style that has been developed to further Ray’s personal goal of striving for excellence in health, fitness, and performance for his clients, career, and family. You will not find his style of training anywhere else on the planet.
Traitz is a strong advocate of giving back to the community. He pays tribute to all service men and women past, present, and future every year with a charity event for the Wounded Warrior Project. In addition, he finds a way to give to some type of child foundation such as St. Jude’s hospital, Children’s Cancer research, and Child abuse America to name a few.
When Ray is not working you can find him spending time with his family, hanging out, going to the movies, traveling, and researching about health, fitness, athletic performance, and motivation.
Ray's CERTIFICATIONS INCLUDE:
- Certified in Crossfit Level 1 & 2
- Crossfit Kids Instructor
- Kettlebell Instructor
- Olympic Weightlifting & Advanced Instructor
- Gymnastics & Advanced Gymnastics Instructor
- Basic Barbell/ Strength Instructor
- Crossfit Endurance Instructor (running, cycling, & swimming)
- Pose Tech & Crossfit Running Specialist
- Concept 2 Indoor Rowing & Skiing Instructor
- Powerlifting Coach
- Strongman Trainer
- Movement & Mobility Specialist
- CrossFit Competitive Coach
- CrossFit Goal Setting Coach
- CrossFit Football Instructor
- CrossFit Defense Instructor
- CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Coach
- USA Weightlifting Level I Sports Performance Coach
- Sports First Aid, & Coaching
- Certified Professional Personal Health & Fitness Consultant Specialist
SUZANNE TRAITZ, CO-OWNER OF AMRAP FITNESS
Suzanne is a lifelong resident of Rockland County, married to "Coach" Ray Traitz, and a mother of two. After owning a successful hair salon she decided to pursue a career in the world of health and fitness. She started her fitness journey and became an amateur competitive body builder after being 200 pounds at the age of 19. In addition, she has earned associates in Liberal Arts And Social Sciences.
Suzanne is a competitive CrossFit athlete. In the 2013 CrossFit Games Open she placed 43rd in the world in her division (Masters Women 40-44). In 2014, she finished 33rd in the world in the CrossFit Games Masters Regional Qualifiers, and placed 43rd in 2015. Her greatest sense of pride is derived from her love and passion for coaching, and sharing her knowledge and experience with her athletes.
CrossFit Games Open 2013: 43rd in the world (Masters 40-44).
CrossFit Games Open 2014: 35th in the world (Masters 40-44).
CrossFit Games Open 2014 Masters Regional Qualifiers: 33rd in the world (Masters 40-44).
2014 Europa Games/Team: 1st Place Overall
CrossFit Games Open 2015: 54th in the world (Masters 40-44).
CrossFit Games Open 2015 Masters Regional Qualifiers: 43rd in the world (Masters 40-44).
Suzanne's certifications include:
- National Academy of Sports Medicine- CTP
- Crossfit Level 1 & 2 Coach
- CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Gymnastics Coach
- CrossFit Strongman Coach
- CrossFit Football Coach
- CrossFit Defense Instructor
- USAW Olympic Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
- Sports First Aid
Jennifer "jb" Baelis
I was never an athlete growing up, so when I discovered crossfit I surprised even myself by getting instantly hooked on it. I loved everything about it - the constant variation, trying new "scary" things, the supportive and encouraging environment, setting goals for myself and then actually attaining them. I was a 40 year old mother of three kids and felt like an athlete for the first time in my life.
My experience inspired me to become certified as a trainer and to share with others what I have learned on my journey so far. I strive to help people discover their own passion for fitness, and the sense of pride and accomplishment that can be derived from it.
jennifer's Certifications include:
CrossFit Level 1
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Youth Exercise Specialist
BA in Psychology, Univeristy of Hartford
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