Raynard (Ray) Holmes

Raynard (Ray) Holmes Jr. is from Cleveland, Ohio. He is 27 years old and is currently a second grade teacher in a neighboring suburb of Cleveland. When he is not serving as an educator, he can be found in the gym. During his transformation from becoming a 305 nose tackle at John Carroll University to the 205 pound guy he is now, he has discovered an absolute passion for health, wellness and fitness. He has always been involved in sports and live an active life, but as any former athlete knows, it becomes harder to recover after sporting events when getting older. So he found a new way to be active and fell in love with the lifestyle. He is currently studying to be a certified personal trainer and planning to compete in a bodybuilding physique competition early next year. Not only does he love this lifestyle, but he also wants to show others that they can achieve the same results. You can find Ray on Instagram @Holmboyray plus the social networks below.

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: Baked Tilapia with a side of steamed broccoli

Favorite indulgence: Menchies frozen yogurt

Favorite exercise or training method: Favorite body part to workout is chest. I switch up the routine every 4-5 weeks but my favorite program is with heavy weight and low reps

Favorite motivational quote: “Nothing worth having comes easy”


Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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