A:I was born and raised in Napa Valley, California! Moved down to SD for school at SDSU in 2004.
Q:Can you remember the moment you first fell in love with health and fitness? Describe it...
A:I always participated in sports growing up...from BMW racing, bowling, baseball, golf, and Pop Warner football to high school sports football and track. I remember dating back to working out with my uncle in his garage freshmen year and benching 90 lbs... what a weakling! Didn't consistently start training until the middle of my junior year in high school. I didn’t get into high school athletics until my senior year thinking I was undersized and just wouldn't cut it. I ended up lettering in football and track and started my real training journey the spring of my junior year. It began with training friends and other athletes in the gym, quickly gaining a love and a passion to help people with their workouts. I started just training friends for fun and quickly started training on the side where things just evolved from there...
Q:You have a Kinesiology degree from San Diego State University. How difficult was that journey?
A:I transferred from Napa Junior College and was misguided by my JC counselors, essentially hacking on an additional year getting my degree. I would say honestly the hardest part about satisfying all competences had to of been my schedule. I was training full time and paid my own way through college.
Q:What does a typical week long workout routine look like for you Ray?
A:My latest training regimen consists usually of a 5 day split...
This is tentative and sometimes Wednesday, (weights), is a day of rest. Low intensity-high intensity cardio 6 days a week. Sprints, hills, jump rope, stairmaster and bike.
Q:Can you summarize your diet for us?
A:I pretty much cut out dairy and gluten with the exception of my morning oats as that only has traces of gluten in it. Lately, I've been just buying gluten free oats. About a 40:40:20 ratio of protein/carbs/fat. Sometimes I adjust things and play with the macronutrients values. Most importantly, I go by how I look and feel and can best gage from there.
Q:What type of motivation techniques do you use personally?
A:Besides reading lots of personal and professional growth development books, I'd have to say my mind. Setting out even just 10 minutes/day with a little sitting Zazen meditation can do the mind wonders. Strong mind. Strong body. Strong life! I wouldn't consider this a 'motivational technique' but I live to inspire and be inspired and have an uncanny passion for what I do. I practice what I preach, always give it my all in everything I do and then some!
Q:Give us a look inside of your acclaimed RW3 Boot Camps...
A:60 minutes of kick butt, gut wrenching training to maximize fat loss and get you in peak condition. I offer different formats and themes (indoor/outdoor) but most importantly, I push people to be the best they can be given their current fitness level. Sometimes strength is the emphasis, sometimes conditioning, sometimes full body. You just never know what you are going to get besides getting an unbelievable workout like nothing else!
Q:Describe the benefits of the RW3 Skinny Mini and the RW3 Supershake...
A:The Skinny Mini is a natural protein shake geared for natural weight loss, moderate calories (230-250) and the main kicker being the extra virgin coconut oil to crank up the metabolism. It has flax seeds, macha green tea powder and greens to give your body all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it needs. The Super Shake is more of a meal or post workout shake,(heavier), 500 calories, higher protein content (40 g) almond butter, oatmeal etc... Both products use a whey isolate protein powder.
Q:Where trends do you see in the fitness industry for the near future?
A:I see the crossfit buzz dying down and personally, I see group and semi group training continuing to shape, take form and become a go to for exercise. (I see ) the buddy system, more cost effective, group dynamic, high energy and with your friends. Personal Training 1 on 1 will always be in demand for those looking for more specific programs tailored to that person’s needs.
Q:Do you have any website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or blog links for the people to get in contact with you or just learn more about you?
A: For sure!
Twitter: @TheElev8er (same for Instagram)
Facebook Fan Page :Facebook.com/rw3fitness
Pinterest which is the least active.. Ray Wetterlund III
-Thank you for this great opportunity. Appreciate you all and for taking the time to read my interview. Love to connect with all of you.
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven LLC