Over my 12 years of professional training and time playing college basketball, I’ve experienced the same problem with all the advice given by fitness magazines, trainers who looked the part and ‘popular gyms’. There has been a lack of guidance and personalization specific to each individual.


Professionals in the fitness realm constantly ask people to tackle challenges and enter situations when they are physically and mentally unprepared. They concentrate 95% of their effort on what’s happening inside the gym, putting their clients at risk of both injury and eventual failure.

When opening RAISE, I wanted to create a new standard practice in the industry. One that cares as much as I do, a system that effectively ‘Raises the standard’ and focuses on the individual needs of our clients.

Hard work does matter, but I can prove that minimal, effective doses of intensity is better. I also know it’s not the time spent in the gym with me, it’s the other 165 hours a week that need to be addressed and monitored. It’s the actions we take daily, consistently and intelligently that make a difference.


The bottom line is RAISE cuts out the B.S. so you can focus on what matters when it comes to getting in shape. So, whether you’re looking to change up your routine, improve your habits, or just look a little better, we care and can help.


How are we

Are we right

for you?

What results can
you expect?




We start with an introductory call to understand your unique fitness goals. We then take the following 13 days to get to know you better by reviewing your daily routine, how you eat and your current level of fitness. We are not in the business of creating programs that feel good but don’t work and we never want to sell unobtainable goals, so this is the perfect way for you to try us on for size.



We concentrate on you.

We balance you.

We get you stronger.

We address your weaknesses. 


RAISE workouts are progressive and based on essential movements, strength qualities and energy systems. What this means is that you’ll be focused on training key movements in order to develop overall strength and work capacity. The fringe benefit is that training in this manner is also the most effective way to build a great body.



You can expect to train hard here, but you don’t have to do it alone. Luckily while you are working your ass off you can be doing so in a fun, high-energy and hugely supportive environment that is invested in your success. There are benefits to small groups.


Each member of the group will be required to fulfill a short on-boarding session to ensure quality assurance. 



Sound nutrition is the basis for all health, physical and performance goals. That being said, nutrition is all about longevity, not about 30 days of fad dieting. This is why we apply the 80/20 rule when it comes to food, as it leaves everyone with an effective yet balanced plan you can use for life. 


Nutrition needs to be unique to your present physical/mental condition and goals. What is the current state of your metabolism? How long has the metabolism been effected by over/under eating? What setup fits your life schedule? 


The whole goal of nutrition is personalization and understanding the 3 key attributes of the questions above will allow you to see what works for you in 6 months. After that period, you should have all the tools to NEVER have to read a diet blog or book ever again.



Best. Trainer. Ever! As a former trainer and athlete, I was looking for someone to keep me motivated and help me push beyond my perceived limits. Ray has done just that and more over the past 5 years. I see him 3x per week and my sessions with him have become the foundation of my physical and mental health regimen.

- Howard L


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212.5 44TH St., Pittsburgh, PA 15101  |  Tel: 718.809.3181

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