Meet Jason: In-Shape's TRX® Master Trainer
With TRX rolling out in all of our clubs across the state, we spoke to the guy on our team that’s behind the curtain black and yellow suspension straps. Wondering what TRX is all about? We’ve got your back; read up on the 3 reasons why you should try it here.
As the senior manager of fitness education at In-Shape, Jason and his teammates create content for our personal trainers. His goal is to bring a healthy balance between science and experience – aka making sure a client has a great experience that’s rooted in personal training science.
As part of his efforts to marry these two, and to set the standard of excellence for our personal trainers, he went to TRX, a San Francisco based fitness company, for help. Jason loved how TRX could help facilitate movement for all clients, even those with limitations. In other words, the straps could help clients who couldn’t do a triceps pushup on the ground but could do it with the assistance of the strap.
Jason’s an East coast native with a wicked Boston accent and before joining In-Shape as a personal trainer, played for four years in the majors for the Anaheim Angels! Not only was he a pro baseball player, but he ran track and field in college and was an All American wide receiver at Bates College.
He’s a pretty awesome guy, and we’re lucky to have him on our team creating great content for personal trainers to share with their clients. Check out our quick interview with him below!
- You used to play baseball, right? Tell me about that.
I was drafted 9th by the Angels out of college and spent 4 years playing a game for a living. I was part of the 2002 world series team and travelled across America meeting people in small towns from all walks of life. It was incredible.
- What do you miss about the game? What do you not?
The energy on game day. The goosebumps you get from people chanting your name. I don’t miss the boos and the heckling.
- What brought you to In-Shape?
After the Angels, I wanted to be in CA. In-Shape was opening a club in Visalia and I joined as a fitness manager in 2005 and then worked my way up to the Support Center. I always wanted to be a teacher and personal training met that desire.
- What should everyone do at least once in their life?
Drive across the country coast-to-coast.
- What brings you the most happiness in your life?
Attending a live baseball game with my girlfriend. Our goal is to go to a game in every stadium.
- Who are your heroes?
My grandfather. He’s first generation immigrant from Lithuania. He embodies courage and determination.
- What’s your favorite vegetable?
Potatoes – mash potatoes, baked potatoes and fried potatoes.
- How often do you exercise?
I have a healthy balance of working out inside the gym and out. I’d say I move most days and workout four times a week.
- What is your favorite type of exercise?
Cycling – inside or out. Happiness is where the rubber meets the road.
- How many hours did you spend hanging out on the TRX straps?
I bought my first strap in 2005 at a fitness convention in SF. So, I’d say a couple of hours a week for fifteen years, so you do the math!
- If you had to choose, personal training or nutrition?
Personal training – because the last time I checked pepperoni pizza isn’t in the food pyramid and working out four times a week allows me to cheat every once in a while.
- What did you eat today?
For breakfast I had a meal replacement shake, for lunch today I have ground chicken and for dinner we’re having fish we caught on the weekend and cooked veggies. I always have easy protein-based snacks available like protein cookies, bars or shakes – anything that gives me 2-300 calories.
- How many hours of sleep do you get in a night?
7 hours at minimum. If you don’t get enough rest, your body won’t recover and allow the growth hormone to repair tissue. After you understand it from the science side, it’s hard not to listen to it yourself.
- Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it?
Of course, it is a baseball quote, “Life is too short to take fastballs down the middle.”
There is going to be an opportunity that presents itself, so you need to take it. Just like you never know when the fastball is going to come.
- What’s your favorite way to de-stress?
Playing baseball. Something about the crack of the bat that makes everything go away.
- Who are your fitness heroes?
In 2005, I met someone who changed his perspective on health and fitness and that was Randy Hetrick, the founder of TRX. Meeting him changed my life.
- What’s your favorite thing about In-Shape?
The culture. I’m proud to say that we change lives for a living – member lives to help them reach their goals and team member lives by providing careers and opportunities in small towns.