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R.A.W. ReBuild

Posted: June 6, 2019 in Rebuild, Testimonial


R.A.W. Rebuild is entering its 6th year and the results are speaking for themselves. Clients have seen an improvement in their mobility, strength, and endurance. One client has improved their lumber bone density by 5.3%! This has all been done while having fun and meeting friends along the way.

Rebuild is designed for beginners, individuals returning from injury and those who would like to get a head start on Crossfit Fundamentals. Our Rebuild coaches give thorough explanations and demonstrations of all exercises. They will work closely with each client and make modifications when necessary. 

R.A.W. Rebuild is a fun and safe place to take your fitness to the next level. Come join us and see for yourself!  We are waiting for you!


What people are saying about R.A.W. ReBuild:

“When I started RAW Rebuild 5 years ago, I had no idea where this journey would take me.  I had been dabbling with CrossFit for a few years.  Due to kids/work/life, I wasn’t able to make exercise a priority.  I would workout here and there; several days a week, sometimes only once a week.  Every time I walked through those doors, I felt like I was starting over.  I was frustrated and ready to give up.  In a last ditch effort, I decided to researched the RAW class schedule one last time, determined to find something more consistent.  I came across a class called Rebuild.  Hmm…that sure sounded like me.  I was starting from the ground up.  I reached out to Amy Butteri to learn more.  She thought this class might be a good fit for me, so I decided to give it a try.

Our Rebuild class started small.  At first there were only 3 of us coming consistently, 2 days a week.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that this was what I had been searching for.  From the coaches, to the unique workouts, to the few of us who kept each other accountable for being there twice a week, every week.  Because the class was small, we didn’t want to miss a class. 

Fast fwd a few years and the word got out about this incredible HIIT class.  It is cardio intense with a great mix of strength conditioning.  What started with 3 consistent members has grown to 30+.  Not just 30 people, but 30 people who look fwd to seeing each other 3 times a week.  When 1 of us doesn’t make it…we care.  We are a family unto ourselves.  Supportive of each other, looking out for each other, sharing our lives and taking care of each other.    We are led by an incredible team of coaches who lift us up and challenge us to do more than we believe we can. 

The gains I have made physically, are huge to me.  It was never my goal to set any records or become a competitive athlete.  I wanted to be mentally, physically and emotionally healthier than I had been without exercise.  The most amazing thing is what I’ve been able to accomplish since starting.  A group from our class completed the Terrain race in Erie last month.  I’ve gone from struggling with 15lb kettle bells to consistently swinging 45lbs.  I couldn’t run 1 mile when I started 5 years ago without stopping several times.  Today, I can consistently run 5 miles without stopping.  I’ve just signed up for my first 10 miler in the fall in anticipation of a ½ marathon next spring.  The best part….we barely ever run in Rebuild.   The point being…I didn’t even realize the gains I was making.  

There aren’t enough ways to describe what this class and RAW have done for me.  It’s given me the confidence to try things I never thought possible a few years ago.  I’d encourage anyone considering this class to give it a try.  Commit to doing something great for yourself 3 days a week.  You won’t regret it!”

Sandy L.


“What does RAW mean to me? Why do I get up so early and go to this place called RAW every M/W/F morning and on an occasional Saturday/Sunday?

It all started 5 years ago at age 55. After thinking about getting back in shape for years. Dealing with the daily stress of business. The reality that my health was not improving, some factors out of my control and many in my control. The stress of having an son deployed at the time to a small combat outpost in Afghanistan. Although successful in many people’s eyes I was a physical and emotional wreck. 

At this time in my life a work collegue and friend (Megan) encouaged me to go to RAW with her. Thank you Megan.

Nervous as hell I went and realized after a short period of time that as Megan had said this was a special place. A special place filled with friendly people who cared. 

After watching me struggle Amy referred me to a new class they where just starting. Called Rebuild, she actually told me she started the class just for me? I mentally committed to it for 3 months, that was 5 years ago. At the same time 2 other people joined the class Sandy and Elliot. The class was hard and having them to share the effort made going more bearable. We held each other Accountable and supported each other when things got tough. A group of 3 is now a community of over 20 on a regular basis. I am stronger, faster, and more fit than I could have imagined. 

But that’s not the whole story. That is not the secret sauce. RAW is my Tribe! It’s a place where I can go and do my best and no matter how bad that is I am never judged but only encouraged buy my piers and the people who train us (Lori and her crew at Rebuild are the best). I believe their passion for what they do and the way they care about us is demonstrated every time I go. Rain, snow of shine they are always there with a smile. 

Thank you for letting me be part of your Family at RAW!”

Ralph L.


Come check out R.A.W. ReBuild and see what we’re all about! We are offering a free trial for all new clients. If you would like to take advantage of this free trial please contact to schedule. Or click here:



Making a Difference

Posted: July 30, 2017 in Testimonial


Making a difference in someones confidence and quality of life is not always and easy thing.  You see, there can be circumstances beyond our control or issues that take the Coach and client to overcome in order to move forward.  I am so proud of this 50 yr+ client and our Coaching team. Collectively, we have impacted someone and the let the blood lipids/results speak for themselves.  I loved reading this and I know you all will too.

Thank you all, Amy

“Amy and Molly,

I want to write this heartfelt thank you for what you have created at RAW and share my “RAW story” after a year of training.  Please share with the coaches because they are truly THE BEST!!!!  Each and every one of them is special in his or her own way.

I started in the RAW rebuild class last summer.  Lori, Kate, Jamie, and Linda were all superb, supportive and so creative in programming the classes.  Needless to say I wasn’t very fit, but the classes were so inclusive and fun that I was hooked.  The coaches’ careful attention to detail and constant monitoring helped me to learn the moves and perform them properly (and that was not an easy task, I am a little bit slow, Ha Ha!).

After the summer I could no longer attend the Rebuild classes, even though I really wasn’t ready I decided to give the Fundamentals and CrossFit classes a try.  Again, a huge hurdle based on my lack of natural ability, but again the patience, professionalism, and support from all of “the guys” (coaches) was humbling so I kept going.  Scott, Sean L., Sean P., Sonny, and Keith never made me feel unworthy or incapable, but just constantly and consistently monitored, motivated, and corrected my technique.  No matter how big classes can get I never feel like I am not getting special treatment or attention (quite frankly I don’t know how the coaches do it).  Even though I haven’t been in as many classes with Molly, Amy, and Janine, they are equally as motivating and supportive as all of the others.

My progress has been slow but steady; I have definitely noticed a marked improvement in my strength, mobility, endurance, and speed.  I used to live on Ibuprofen, but not anymore.  Even though I still get sore, I am never in pain!!!  I can’t overstate how huge that is!!!!  No sciatica, no shoulder pain, no hip pain . . .  I also had a metabolic panel of blood tests done about a month ago (after 1 year at RAW), my numbers compared to the same tests in 2015 are ridiculous (especially for a female of a “certain” age)!!  Even my Doctor was shocked saying “These results look great, keep up the good work.”  Check out the comparison from two years ago!!!


2015                            2017


Standard Range 70-99 mg/dL            97                                79



Standard Range:  10-199 mg/dL        216                              197



Standard Range:  10-199 mg/dL        88                                67


HDL                                                    60                                72

>=60 mg/dL Negative risk factor for Chronic Heart Disease


LDL                                                    89                                112

Standard Range: 0-129 mg/dL


It is such a pleasure not “Dreading” a workout!!  I so enjoy coming here.

As they say, “an organization’s culture is established from the top down.”  The ownership, staff, coaches and members are welcoming, friendly, encouraging and just an amazing community of people!!!  I will continue to show up on my “every other day” schedule to continue my slow and steady improvement.  (Maybe someday I will recover fast enough to go two days in a row!!??)  All I know is that I am loving every minute of it.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!”

Heartfelt Thank You

Posted: May 26, 2017 in Testimonial
I wanted to take a minute to write you and let you know how much I have enjoyed becoming a part of the R.A.W. community.  In the past I was never one to enjoy working out and I shied away from gyms/classes because I just never felt comfortable being there.  At the time my idea of a workout was walking around the neighborhood with my kids.
Then in February of 2015 my whole life changed when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  After surgery to remove the tumor I made the decision to fight this disease with everything in my power.  My outlook on fitness and staying healthy quickly became very different.  In addition to typical medical treatment I took it upon myself to overhaul my diet and make fitness a priority in my life.  Unfortunately, due to the surgery I was told that I could no longer drive so I didn’t even consider joining a gym.  I started running for the first time and working out at home.  After about a year I realized that I just wasn’t pushing myself enough to get where I wanted to be and I was getting bored working out at home!  A friend convinced me to try a class at R.A.W.  Both her and my husband said that if I enjoyed the classes they would make sure I was able to get there.  Well one class was all it took…!
I couldn’t believe how supportive and motivating all of the coaches and other class members were.  Coach Lori and Coach Kate listened to my goals on the first day and they continue to help me achieve and surpass them.  Thanks to them I am in better shape and stronger now than I have ever been.  I actually find myself getting upset when I cannot attend a class!
Amy, I cannot thank you and all of the coaches/staff enough for making R.A.W. such a great place to come to every day.  R.A.W. is so much more than just a gym.  It has truly changed my life and I can’t say enough good things about the entire R.A.W. community and how welcomed and supported you have all made me feel.
~ Meghan Fossaceca