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For Ray Anderson, lifting weights is more than just a way to get in shape, it’s a way of life. The 59-year-old weightlifter, originally from Chicago, is the father of three daughters and has four grandchildren and is married to Linda, who supports his every move.
Ray is the founder/owner of Maxt Sports Academy in Murrieta and has been a certified personal and sports performance trainer for the past 39 years and the type of weights he lifts usually can’t be found in your everyday gym.
Ray and Linda have every type of machine that you can think of, plus free weights as far as the eye can see, but it’s the huge tires and massive balls of concrete that are located behind their workout facility that are really what will amaze most newcomers when they see his workout regimen.
“Ray goes pretty hard about six days a week, from about 4:30 a.m. to sometimes 8, 9, even 10 o’clock at night,” said wife Linda.
Of course, that his not his workout schedule, that is the schedule of those he trains. From military, law enforcement and fire fighters to housewives, children, local athletes, and even those that just need something new in their lives. The husband and wife duo, through strategic cross-training methods, prepare people from all walks of life for the physical and mental challenges ahead of them.
Linda, who gave up her career in the dentistry field to become a personal trainer and mainly support Ray’s passion, says that for the most part, they had pretty normal lives while raising children.
“Ray is a great role model, father, and husband and when he wasn’t supporting our daughters, he was training or working out athletes and coaching. I was slowly getting involved in the training side of things, but mainly concentrated on working, doing the mom stuff and coaching our daughter’s sports. It wasn’t till the girls grew up and went on to their own lives did I see that Ray was missing something, somewhere,” said Linda.
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