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!