When did you start at Row House? I started at Row House as a client in 2015 and started coaching in the spring of 2016.
What do you do when you're not rowing? I'm an actor, so I spend a lot of time auditioning and going to plays. I also work as a personal trainer and as an advocate for student-athletes at an educational nonprofit. I maintain a full fitness regimen outside of teaching, and you can catch me downstairs at EVF Olympic weightlifting a few times per week.
What's your favorite music to work out to? I like beat-heavy music. To me, the rhythm and the tone of the song are more important than the genre. That said, '90s-2000s pop is my favorite lifting music and trap music is my favorite for HIIT workouts.
What's your favorite class type to teach? Power!
What's your fitness background? I played softball and volleyball growing up. I was always active, but I really got into group fitness in 2014. I started off doing a lot of barre, yoga, and HIIT-type workouts. I decided to get my personal training certification and started working at Row House. I subsequently got certified as a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach.
What's your favorite distance to row? 250m. I love sprinting.
What's your go to breakfast? Most mornings, I eat scrambled eggs with sautéed spinach. My favorite breakfast food is French toast.
What's your favorite TV show right now? I recently watched and loved all of Schitt’s Creek.
What do you enjoy most about working at RH? The people. My coworkers are so supportive and fun, and our clients are hardworking, humble, and genuine. No matter how my day has gone, I always leave class in a good mood.
What's your guilty pleasure? No such thing! I enjoy what I enjoy and don't waste time feeling bad about it. But I might indulge in a weekly ice cream cone. :)
What's a food you can't live without? Peanut butter
Favorite book/currently reading? One of my favorites is “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. I just finished “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee, and it was wonderful. I highly recommend it.
Jon joined the Row House team in April 2017. The Kansas native is a former college rower. Check out his classes at Row House Chelsea Friday nights!
What do you do when you're not rowing? When I'm not at Row House, I love all kinds of outdoor activities — snowboarding, surfing, hiking, and any kind of pick-up sport. Other fitness types that I love: CrossFit, yoga, and other fun fitness classes around the city!
What's your favorite music to work out to? I really love rowing to electronic music because of the rhythm. It makes it so easy to get into the swing of the stroke.
What's your favorite class type to teach? I love teaching Full Row classes. As a former college rower, they remind me so much of the practices and get me truly back in that competitive mindset.
What's your fitness background? Growing up, I played extremely competitive sports. I played football, basketball, and baseball in high school, then took a baseball scholarship for college. After a year of baseball, I decided to hang up the cleats and joined the rowing team at my university. Best decision I ever made! That's where I really gained a passion for fitness.
What's your favorite distance to row? I was always better at longer distance pieces, but every competitive rower loves to compete in the 2K. For workouts I like to row 5Ks or 6Ks, and to compete the shorter distances are definitely more fun.
What's your go to breakfast? Four scrambled eggs with peanut butter toast and a chocolate protein shake.
What's your favorite TV show right now? Even though I'm impatiently waiting for the next season, it has to be Game of Thrones!
What do you enjoy most about working at Row House? The community! Everyone involved is such a positive and moving person. It's so inspirational every time I walk into the studio.
What's your guilty pleasure? Ice cream! So, so much ice cream!
What's a food you can't live without? Right now I am obsessed with acai bowls.
Favorite book/currently reading? "The Martian" by Andy Weir.
Knut-Jørgen Rishaug Occupation: User Experience Designer Hometown: I grew up in Paris, but come from a tiny place in a remote fjord of Norway.
How/when did you get involved in Row House? Two years ago I was looking for something to replace my running routine due to an ankle/leg injury. After walking past the Row House in Chelsea a few times, I decided to give it a try and quickly got hooked.
Do you remember your first workout? How was it? I have never been a class person, so it was quite strange to jump into that type of environment. But I liked it. It struck the perfect combination of a group pushing me to perform, while allowing me to focus on my own performance and motivation as well.
I do admit I was destroyed after the first class. I think I had a week break before I came back, but I did come back. From then on, I quickly fell into a routine of showing up Sunday mornings, then Wednesdays, then Mondays, then … a lot more.
How have you grown in that time — health, body, mind, etc.? Endurance wise, my body tolerates a lot more now compared to before I started rowing. The combination of set routines (class types) and data (monitor) makes it easy to understand where I’m slacking (I mean paddling) vs. pushing in a session, so I can be focused on both in class and prepare for new classes while still having fun!
I notice I’m a lot more focused when rowing now, compared to just a year ago — something that reflects onto other aspects of my life, including work and family.
What's your workout history like? How is Row House different than what you've done before? I mainly did “solo” activities prior to Row House: Rock climbing, kayaking, long distance running. When living in Norway, you have a lot of nature around you, so these types of activities are easy to access. After moving to New York, running and boxing became my focus.
What do you enjoy most about Row House? I’m repeating what most others say when asked this question, but the community and staff at Chelsea is what I enjoy the most. There are a lot of fun and interesting people to get to know!
What keeps you coming back? Aside from the community and great coaches, I have to admit that I’m a stats geek, so having a computer in front of me that tells me how well I’m performing at any given time gives me an itch to come back to improve and optimize my sessions. I may or may not have a spreadsheet with all that data in there ...
What's your favorite class type and movement? Full Row classes is by far my favorite type. I’m stronger on long runs than shorter ones and enjoy the challenge of keeping SPM under control while maxing out splits on longer intervals.
Do you have any advice for new members? Say hi! The Row House crowd is a great bunch of people to hang out with!
What do you hope to achieve in the coming year? I set out this year with two goals in mind: Row at least 1 million meters (almost there … ) and shave 15 seconds of my 2k time from last year.
How would you describe yourself? In controlled panic mode — got a kid coming August!