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About Ray.
Co-Owner & Head Coach

“It is an honor and a privilege to bring back the name of the gym I started at, with Jennifer as my partner, and serve my members the best fitness experience in the State of Rhode Island.” 

Head Coach Ray Fleser’s entire life has revolved around sports and fitness. After graduating from high school as a varsity football captain, he studied kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island, where he played rugby. 

During college, Ray began CrossFit under the guidance of Nate Godfrey, one of his rugby coaches. After two summers of following mainsite workouts on the rugby field, Nate opened one of the first CrossFits in Rhode Island, CrossFit 401, where Ray started his coaching career. 

After college, Ray began coaching full time in various gyms, doing everything he could to gain experience. In 2012, Ocean State CrossFit hired him as the Head Coach in Cranston, Rhode Island. 

In 2016, he became a co-owner of OSCF. 

In 2020, David and Ray partnered with Jennifer Jasper and bought the existing gym, NoRisk CrossFit, in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and rebranded it into Ocean State Crossfit North. 

In 2023, after 11 years as the Head Coach in Cranston, Ray and David parted ways. Ray and Jen now own and operate the Smithfield facility, which was rebranded once more, into CrossFit 401, which had closed their doors in 2018! 

Background

2012-2018

Credentials

  • Personal Trainer Certification through NASM in 2012

  • CrossFit Level 1 in 2012

  • CrossFit Level 2 in 2105

  • CrossFit Kids in 2016

  • CrossFit Level 3 in 2017

  • USA Weightlightlifting Level 1 in 2018

  • CrossFit Strongman in 2018

2011-Current

Rugby Career

  • URI Rugby Club: starting flanker, team won two New England division titles.

  • Premier Level 7’s rugby for various tournaments 

  • USA Division 1 Boston Rugby Club: starting flanker, team won New England title and qualified for nationals, finishing 5th in the US.

  • Maccabi USA Rugby; starting flanker against Canada at Maccabiah World Games in Israel, team awarded bronze at the games.

  • USA Division 2 Newport Rugby Club: starting Flanker, team won two New England division titles USA Division 3 Providence Men’s Rugby Club: starting back row, team won New England title and qualified for nations, finishing 10th in the US. Ray currently plays.

2012-2020

Competitive CrossFit Career

  • 2012-2015: Over 20 podium finishes in local competitions

  • 2015: CrossFit Games East Regional, 9th, captain

  • 2016: CrossFit Games East Regional, 11th, captain

  • 2017: CrossFit Games East Regional, 5th, qualified and competed at the 2017 CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, captain

  • 2018: CrossFit Games East Regional, 7th

  • 2019: Wodapalooza, Men’s Elite Team, 3rd

  • 2018-2020: over a dozen Sanctional and Semifinal competitions

  • After almost a decade of coaching and competing, Ray retired from competition and focuses his efforts on coaching and managing CrossFit 401!

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