We sat down with Jason: an OG Blues City member, PhD psychologist, chronic hobbyist, Dad of two and former traveling saxophonist, and asked him the pressing questions so you could get to know him a little better.
Member since: 2018
Preferred class time: 7:00 am
What the heck do you do outside of this place?
I’m a scientist, a PhD psychologist. I’m an associate professor of Neurology and Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. I run the Cognitive Technology Research Laboratory, where we use technology to understand cognition in normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
I have lots of hobbies, you might even say I have a problem with hobbies. They include furniture making, anything involving espresso and coffee roasting, fly-fishing, sabermetrics, and home improvement.
I’m very happily married to a performing artist and teacher and we have two boys, Henry and Wes (and a really chill dog named Bear).
Fun fact about you
Before I started Crossfit at age 40, I had never touched a barbell in my life, ever.
What’s something not everyone knows about you?
I used to be a professional saxophonist and spent 4 years on the road with different bands.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Hazy IPAs, Chocolate, Cookie Dough. Also, Ruffles Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream is the greatest snack food of all time, this is known.
What’s a goal you’re working toward?
Weight loss and general strength and fitness (aka Dad-body prevention). Why? I want to age well and be able to kick it with my boys for a long, long time.
What’s your favorite workout?
Anything with rowing or assault bike bc I can actually do those Rx and kind of kick ass (or dare I say Rx+?).
What’s the hardest fitness-related thing that you’re always working on?
Burpees. Thrusters. Not wanting to quit as soon as I start them.
Why do you like Crossfit?
There is a huge diversity of members from all different ages and walks of life, I’ve been doing it long enough where I take great pleasure in seeing the physical changes in people after they join and get “hooked”. It’s really incredible to see.
What’s your favorite part about Blues City (What? We had to ask!)?
I really like the plyo boxes and the weight racks. Just kidding! I like the programming the most. I’m definitely a scaled athlete and I like that the tracks are pre-programmed so I don’t have to negotiate how to scale things every day.