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.