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Meet Ray Peleckas of BodyBurn by Ray in Belmont

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ray Peleckas.

Ray, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was involved with sports as early as I can remember. I realized very quickly that if I was faster and stronger than the other kids I’d be better than them. This led to me working out as young as 12 years old. I remember asking for a weight bench that Christmas and I got it 😉

In high school, I started designing my own workout programs for myself and eventually for my friends. I knew early on that I wanted to be a personal trainer, but I just didn’t know how the path to attain that goal. When I was 26, I helped a good friend lose 50 pounds – not only did this change his life, it also changed mine. The feeling I got from helping him completely change his outlook on life cannot be put in words. It was simply incredible. This experience catapulted me into landing my first job as a personal trainer at a local gym. I was hired by the fitness manager, Rich Rowland, who saw the raw talent I had and took me under his wing. I remember to this day a phone call we had a few day days before I started. He said “You will do very well in this industry. I won’t let you fail.”

After three years of killing it at the gym, I decided to leave and train out of my apartment until I found my own space. I did this for 3 months until I moved into my first location which was 1,100 square feet. After 12 months, I had 3 trainers working for me and I moved into a larger space – 2,400 square feet. For the next 2 years, we continued our success but knew I was missing something. That something was the managerial skills of my first manager, Rich Rowland. After years of not speaking, Rich and I reconnected and he joined the then, Rayfit team. Rich and I both knew that group fitness was the way to go and the current fitness industry needed to be shaken up. After years of trial and error, we finally created the most epic class in the industry – Bodyburn By Ray. 

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I was 18 years old, I was in prison for a fist fight in high school where the other kid involved hit his head on the floor and went into a seizure. All of my football accolades were stripped. During my freshman year in college, I tore my ACL which ended my football career and began a Percocet addiction. For ten years, I took 20 percocets a day and smoked 60 cigarettes. I quit both cold turkey the day before my first day as a personal trainer – September 18, 2008.

BodyBurn By Ray – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
At BBBR, you’ll find an inclusive group of amicable instructors and burners of all levels, shapes and sizes. Once you step foot in a class, you’ll see, feel and sweat the difference.

At our core are structure and innovation. We approach each class with a precise, calculated series of low-impact high-intensity moves. Using our signature motorless gear and video guided strength conditioning, we’ve developed a one-of-a-kind circuit to blast fat and build lean, enviable muscle. We don’t stop there, either. We are constantly striving to surpass our own goals and standards to create new routines and new classes—giving all the more reason for you to return to challenge yourself with the help of our passionate and positive trainers.

You’ll also foster your own kind of community within our world—sure some jobs can be done alone, but they’re made infinitely better and more rewarding when done with a team.

Here, we know the best accomplishments are those you set and achieve yourself. Hone in on your mental toughness and tenacity and channel it into accountability and frequency, so your workout transforms into a meaningful and positively reinforced lifestyle—one we can’t wait to be a part of.

Constantly trying to provide our community with fitness innovation, after launching the original burn, we created the 2.0 class which is entirely focused on strength conditioning in a small group setting of no more than eight per class. Also a 48 minute class, but this time with just eight stations where you stay for five minutes at a time and use a mix of TRX straps, benches, hex bars and barbells to shape, lift and totally revamp your body composition.

Our most recent innovation offering is the Bod Pod. This cool piece of machinery estimates your fat mass, lean body mass, body fat percentage, resting metabolic rate and total energy expenditure. It is non-invasive and accurate to within 2% of your actual body fat percentage. Used by places like the NFL combine, BBBR is the only place in the Boston area that has a Bod Pod for both our members and non-members to use.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career was the “grand opening” of the new BodyBurn By Ray class on September 10, 2016. Sure, I had been running my own personal training business for five years up until that moment, but I knew that we had hit a homerun with this new group fitness concept of motorless cardio that’s low impact, high intensity and lots of fun. I knew in my gut that this was the turning point of my success in the fitness industry. I knew in my heart that this new type of class was going to help a lot of people finally lose the weight they wanted to lose but in a safe and effective manner.

Pricing:

  • First Class Free
  • $149 Unlimited Monthly Membership (if signed within one week of your first class free)
  • $35 drop in original burn class
  • $165 5 pack of original burn class
  • $300 10 pack of original burn class
  • $249 unlimited monthly 2.0 class
  • $20 intro 2.0 class
  • $45 drop in class 2.0
  • $200 5 pack 2.0 class
  • $350 10 pack 2.0 class
  • $60 bod pod non member assessment fee
  • $50 Single test for members
  • $40 monthly bod pod membership

Contact Info:

  • Address: 4 Church St, Belmont, MA 02478
  • Website: www.bodyburnbyray.com
  • Phone: 6179321343
  • Email: info@bodyburnbyray.com
  • Instagram: bodyburn_byray
  • Facebook: @bodyburnbyray

Image Credit:
Ruby Wallace-Ewing Photography, Daniel Aaron Sprague Photography, Kevin Weinstein

1 Comment

  1. Tony Bosselait

    May 19, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    We have worked out with Ray since the opening of his first studio more then 5 years ago. He gets extremely high marks for evolution, innovation and making sure good enough never is. Mind you Janet and I don’t fit the usual fitness or club demographic (I am 58) – which is a testament to his and his crew’s ability to continually motivate, their ability to create an interesting program and adaptability that leads to mutual success.

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