What do our customers say?
Every member of AMRAP works towards his or her own goals under the close supervision of Coaches Ray, Sue, and JB. Below, you will find a number of testimonials from individuals who have done nothing short of changing their lives around thanks to AMRAP Fitness and their own personal drive to be and do more.
Dr. Pamela Yee MD
I’m writing this both from the perspective as a medical doctor and also as an avid exerciser. Training with Ray Traitz is one of the most life-changing and body-changing things I’ve done for myself. As someone who has participated in every new exercise trend since the early 90’s including standard gym classes and standard use of gym cardio equipment, spinning, boxing, bootcamp, yoga, the one thing that has most obviously changed my body, increased my strength in everyday life activities has been Crossfit.
Functional training, such as Crossfit, is one of the types of physical conditioning I recommend most to my patients both from a preventative standpoint but also for disease states such as cardiovascular heart disease, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis. I favor this because of this type of training involves getting you fit and strong in a way that translates into being strong for everyday life. I’d rather be able to lift my 40 pound son with ease than to exercise to hypertrophy my biceps!
Though I have trained at other Crossfit locations and been with other coaches, I feel I found one of the best trainers I could hope for in keeping me safe, motivated and injury-free. Each class is well thought out, challenging, fun and never the same and that’s the point. Your body isn’t going to change if you do the same activity again and again and it’s not going to be sustainable if it’s not going to create definitive results and be something you want to return to again and again. Coach Ray also cares about the neglected part of training which is how diet can impact your goals of weight loss, increased muscle mass or athletic performance and he’s knowledgeable, encouraging and motivating. Really, what else can you ask for in a fitness program? Good music? Yes, he has that too!
Lastly a lot has been written about Crossfit participants and the social support they give each other and Coach Ray has created a community where we’re all there for each other as we grow in many ways our closest friends and families don’t even get to see. I’m grateful to be part of this community he’s created and grateful that he’s there to guide me every step of the way.
Matty- new york city fireman
Any FDNY firefighter that has had more than 2 years on the job, may apply to take the "DC Orio Palmer Memorial Fitness" test. While not an insurmountable task to complete, the test is by no means easy. Currently, approximately 200 out of 11,000 FDNY firefighters, lieutenants, captains and chiefs have successfully passed this exam.
" It has always been a goal of mine to achieve this award since becoming an FDNY firefighter. Various setbacks along the way have always prevented me from completing this. I failed my first attempt last year and soon after tore the cartilage in my shoulder; as a result, I didn't do a pushup or a pullup for over 5 months.
In March, I took the advice of my lifelong friend Jake, and from my wife Liz, to try CrossFit. With no expectations, I decided to sign up, though figuring my shoulder would limit me. I met Coach Ray and Coach Sue, and I was off to the races!
By the end of May, I can honestly say I physically and mentally feel the best I ever have. With that, I decided to attempt the "DC Orio Palmer Memorial Fitness" test in June. That said, at 6am on June 18th I passed with flying colors, without any issues whatsoever!
I can only attribute my success, to Coach Ray and Coach Sue for continually encouraging me to challenge my physical abilities.
A big Thank-you is in order for both of them! Every day from here on out I can only hope to continue improving myself both mentally and physically! THANK YOU! "
Nataliya - "AMRAP IS MY LIFE"
"I feel like ever since I got introduced to this world, I was always challenged. At 1 year and a half, doctors discovered a spinal hemangioma on my back which required surgery. I was also born with Congenital Muscular Torticollis, a deformity in which the neck is twisted and held at an angle to one side. Another surgery was unavoidable since it affected my posture and walking. Then Chernobyl happened in Ukraine, the country of my origin, which caused two big tumors in my thyroid - yet another two surgeries, and my whole thyroid was removed, leaving me with taking hormones for the rest of my life to replace it so that my metabolism could get to work somehow.
Ever since thyroid removal, I've been struggling with weight, I could never control it. Thus, I decided to start working out as much as possible so that at least somehow I could manage it.
My journey began with joining Kokushikai Judo academy and running 1 to 3 miles on a regular basis. I loved what I did, but my fitness journey didn't stop there. One year ago, a friend of mine brought me into AMRAP and got me introduced to crossfit. I got hooked the first day and joined without even thinking. Why? Well, there's lots of reasons.
First of all, professional and well educated coaches that will not only be your best trainers, but also be there for you as therapists, friends, and family. Second, the AMRAP community. What an amazing group of people that I'm blessed to call friends and family now. Yes, AMRAP coaches and their community became my family. I cannot imagine a single day without being a part of it. Third, the best quality equipment you could think of. Everything you need for a crossfit box, Ray Traitz got it. I am truly addicted and always look forward to coming there to work out, not to mention that I live 20-25 minutes away and have to commute 40 minutes to work after the 5am class. I must admit, there are a few boxes in the town where I live, but I chose to come to AMRAP; that's just how good they are!!!
Traitz training is unique, no one is ever disappointed. Everyone who I know and trains at AMRAP is extremely satisfied with the program and results they get. No matter what age or condition you are in, Ray and Suzanne will take care of you and bring the best out of you. Speaking of that, recently due to an accident, I broke and dislocated my wrist, and being a die-hard dedicated AMRAPster, I couldn't stay home and not train. I knew Ray would take good care of me, I wasn't scared to go back having a cast on. So there I was, one week after a surgery, having metal plates and screws installed in my wrist, I went back and trained with just one arm. Ray modified all my workouts and I never felt left out. I was challenged and it wasn't easy, but I feel like having that "temporary" disability made me even stronger, and thanks to my coaches, I didn't give up on my fitness journey and continued doing what I love - and that is crossfit.
I workout at AMRAP 5-6 times a week now. I'm sore every single day from not so easy workouts and yet I'm eager to come back the next morning and do more. Call me crazy but I love it. AMRAP is my life! "
junior - "I don’t want to hear your excuse!"
“Get to the gym and get moving, I don’t want to hear your excuse…I’m going to be tough with you because I know you want something better, and let’s be honest, I HATE wasted potential.” –Ray Traitz ( Co-owner of AMRAP Fitness )
It’s not official, but I think that statement pretty much sums up what Coach Ray and the AMRAP family are all about. Fulfilling potential and becoming a better version of yourself are part of the daily routine here, and it’s this kind of mentality that has fundamentally changed my life and continues to shape me every day.
You see, I have always been a heavy guy. I struggled with weight as a child and continued to struggle throughout my college experience. Despite trying to keep active by participating in sports such as Football in high school and Rugby in college, I was never able to overcome my problem with obesity. Luckily, I never suffered from any major health issues (though I was in no way as healthy as I could be), but I did suffer significant psychological distress as a direct result of my weight. Trust me, it’s not easy being the “fat guy” no matter what way you look at it; clothes don’t fit, chairs get tight, and quite frankly you become less attractive because you simply are not comfortable and confident in your own skin. I knew I had to do something once and for all! So after my college graduation from Harvard University in May of 2012, I sought out to train with Ray Traitz, whom I was highly recommended to by my father, and try out this “Crossfit” program that so many people around the country were raging about.
I walked in the door of Ray’s gym at about 340lbs. We both knew we had a lot of work to do, but Ray willingly accepted my weight loss challenge with me. He pushed me harder than anyone ever has before, often making me run an extra mile or do some other extra task after every work out. There were many times I wish he would just let up a bit, but Ray never quit on me. I knew Ray kept pushing because he believed I had more fight left in me and understood that if I really wanted to reach my potential I had to be pushed past my comfort zone. I am so grateful he did and continues to do so today. As of March 2013 I have already lost close to 70lbs and hope to continue on that path. Training isn’t so much about just losing weight anymore either. It has evolved into training to become the best Athlete I can be. I even hope to one day hold my own against Ray himself (although he’ll never admit that I could ever beat him…he just likes to bust my chops like that). Although I know I still have a ways to go, I have never been in better shape than I am now and I have never felt so comfortable with my body.If you even have the slightest thought about checking out AMRAP I implore you to come by and talk to Ray.
Ray is a phenomenal coach with a ton of experience and knowledge. It doesn’t matter if you’re someone who wants to lose weight, or just someone who wants to stay fit; it doesn’t matter if you’ve never worked out in your life or you’re a top end athlete looking maximize your potential…there is a program and place for you here at AMRAP. Ray and all of us have become one big (sometimes crazy) family and we all push each other to get closer and closer to our individual goals. We also love to help newcomers see what they can achieve. It’s not always easy, but it’s always a lot of fun and I could not recommend a better Crossfit gym if I tried. Plus if you do happen to be one of those people who wants to make a significant improvement in his/her life, I can personally guarantee there is no better place to be.
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