Having received her Master of Science in Nutrition Education, Mackenzie has developed her passion for working with individuals pertaining to the nutrition and fitness field. Through her program she studied both the art and science of nutrition, learning not only what we need to feel healthier, but how to create the behavior changes necessary through theory-based interventions and motivational interviewing. She received her level one certification to coach Cross Fit in 2015, has been avidly training for over 5 years, and coaching for 2-3. Living an overall healthier lifestyle requires not only daily exercise and physical activity, but adequate nutrition, hydration, stress management, and sleep habits.
Ray has been a life long athlete, lettering in Varsity Football and Track in High School. He went on to play for the Men’s Rugby Team at URI, where he studied Kinesiology, playing in two division title matches. After playing for URI, he played for the USA Division 1’s Boston Rugby Football Club, making it to the National Elite 8, with a 5th place nationwide finish.
In the Winter of 2013, after attending the Elite Training Camp at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, Ray made selection for the USA Maccabiah Rugby Team, and represented the United States at the 2013 Maccabiah World Games in Israel. Against teams from around the world, USA brought home the Bronze medal.
Coach Ray began CrossFitting as a way to stay in shape for rugby, but over the years, his focus shifted primarily to CrossFit. After three years off the pitch, Ray joined the Newport Rugby Club in Fall, 2016. He started every game as a flanker and helped earn the team a 7-1 season record, taking first place in New England. Starting each game in the fall of 2017, Ray helped Newport win the New England division for a second time with an 8-1 season record.
Ray has dedicated his life to fitness, sports, and coaching athletes achieve their goals. His experience includes CrossFit, military-style Boot Camp fitness (former member of the United States Air Force), Olympic Weightlifting, weight-loss, strength and mobility training.
The programing for Ocean State CrossFit is original and created by Coach Ray. It challenges the most elite level athletes along side brand new first-timers, in a safe, inclusive, supportive and challenging environment.