My name is Ray Porter. I am the owner and Body Transformation Specialist at Workout With Ray. I am an Aerobics Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Biggest Loser Pro Trainer. I have lived in the Quad Cities area for over five years and have many years of experience assisting clients improve their health, fitness, and attitude toward life. Before starting to help people get fit and reclaim their health and their bodies, I was a Lutheran pastor. I have been an athlete my whole life, but it was during the years in my three parishes that I began to run and train on a regular basis.
To date, I have competed in 12 marathons, including the three major ones in the United States- Boston, New York (twice) and Chicago. I have run numerous half marathons and countless 5 and 10k races. In addition to training for the Boston Marathon in 2010, I also trained for, and completed, the Quad Cities and Chicago Triathlons while juggling a full schedule. In 2013 I have continued my triathlon training and have competed the Quad Cities Triathlon(sprint distance), and the St. Anthony's Triathlon(Olympic distance), and this fall completed the Pigman 1/2 Ironman. I am first aid & AED certified. I have studied Kotosuha Shito Ryu Karate, Koga Ryu Kobudo and Katsa Ryu Kempo for 22 years and have earned the rank of 5th degree black belt and the title of Renshi Shihan.