Jason Krizan, Left Fielder (Detroit Tigers) and Modus Athlete
Tell us about your journey in sport and baseball
As I grew up, my dad played golf. I played baseball and golf growing up and I kind of came at a crossroads in middle school between choosing baseball and golf. I obviously chose baseball. I played football for two years in middle school, but I had a head injury when I was younger that wouldn't allow me to play football any further. Going through high school it was strictly baseball. Dallas Baptist University had just become a Division 1 school the year I started there. My first year there, we went to a Regional. I played quite a bit, and then finished up my career there and was an All-American as a senior. Broke an NCAA record, got drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 8th round and now I'm going on my 9th year of Minor League Baseball.
I feel like my journey has been pretty unconventional, but I'm still playing and I love it. It's definitely stressful but definitely worth it at the end of the day.
What’s a day in the life like for you?
It depends if it's a day game or a night game. Night games ... you probably wake up late because it took a while to wind down after the previous game. So wake up, make breakfast, hang out for a little bit and go to the field, that's really about it. On a night game, I'd get to the field about 1:30, 2:00pm every day. And then get my mind ready for the game, and then play. That's pretty much every day.There's really no break. We don't get days off, maybe one or two a month depending on the month.
When travelling for games, you fall asleep when you can fall asleep. And then it just depends on the next day if you set an alarm for the morning or not.
As an athlete, what are your overall thoughts on the products?
Well normally whenever it comes to getting products for us baseball players, the first question they ask is, "Is it safe?", and all of y'alls products are NSF Certified which is the main thing we look for as athletes in baseball, because if it's not NSF certified then you don't know what you're putting into your body.
It's 100% clean as far as the protein and the Power products and they're great. I had two tubs of the protein powder and I put one of them in our weight room and everybody was gravitating towards that which was cool to see because it's not just me that enjoys the products.
I didn't try and pitch anything, people would just look at it. They'd look at the label and wanna try it. The protein was delicious and it's healthy and it's different, which is good for Modus because everybody's putting out the same product over and over again and y'all went different and it looks like it's working out.
I mean I'm not a huge chocolate guy and I enjoy the Modus ... I really enjoy it because I know what's in there. I know what I'm putting in my body. It tastes good, and it's one of the better proteins on the market. I've experimented with a bunch of different proteins and I really enjoy this one the best.
How has the Power Suite helped in your day-to-day life as an athlete?
Before if I couldn't sleep, I'd take a Benadryl or something like that, wasn’t the greatest. I think the Power OFF and the Power BALANCE is the best thing I've ever taken. I take those pretty much daily.
With the stress and anxieties that you get as a free agent and not knowing if you're going to have a job next year, you can have sleepless nights and a lot of stress and a lot of worry. I feel like Power BALANCE calms it down, and Power OFF helps get those thoughts out of my head at night so I can sleep. Nothing is going to get rid of it permanently, but it definitely calms it down. The Power OFF is unbelievable. Some nights it takes a little bit longer to work, but whether it's 20 minutes or an hour after taking it, two capsules puts me to sleep without question.
Tell us about your experience with Modus Protein
I talk about it all the time. Probably people are sick of me. But for someone, especially like me, and I know there's more people like me out there that have a lot of intolerances like I do, it's been a lifesaver. I mean, I wish that I had found Modus sooner. Everything in that product is what my body needs. I love it. I feel just very fortunate to have worked with Vanessa, that she worked diligently to find a brand that would work with me as a person, as an athlete, as a mom.
There's no ingredient in there that I can't have, which I have not found one other protein powder in the United States. Vanessa and I looked for probably a good month. And honestly, I remember when I was trying to find vegan, no-whey protein powder. The main ingredient in all of them was pea protein, and that would destroy my insides for three days. I was getting so discouraged because I wanted to find a protein powder that I could have in place of meat. I love protein shakes. I'm not a fan of eating solid food in the morning, either. Like I don't know if it's my stomach. I don't know if it's a mental thing with me in the morning. I make one in the morning. I take it with me. It's easy. I can put other ingredients in it. Like this morning, I just had one with blueberries, half a banana, and a tablespoon of peanut butter. It really has been the perfect product for me.
What are your thoughts on Modus Protein?
I like it. With other proteins, they put these artificial flavors into it just to make it taste better or draw people in because of the taste. You’re really not getting all natural ingredients. You can definitely tell that while Modus does taste good ... I mean I'm not a huge chocolate guy and I enjoy the Modus ... I really enjoy it because I know what's in there. I know what I'm putting in my body. It tastes good, and it's one of the better proteins on the market. I've experimented with a bunch of different proteins and I really enjoy this one the best.
What’s your favorite way to mix Modus?
Just water. I'm really too lazy to put everything together for anything else. It's just easiest that way.
What are your thoughts on Modus as an overall brand?
They way y'all worked with me was unbelievable. Last year I worked with another supplement company and it was a completely different experience. Y'all actually worked with me rather than ... If I needed something and I emailed you about it, you'd get right back to me. If I needed supplements, I would just go on the website, I'd enter in my information, and it would all be right there whereas with anybody else that I've worked with in the past, I wouldn't instantly have what I needed. That would kind of frustrate me as far as not having what I wanted or what I needed and you guys were always there no matter what time.
Y'all are a top of the line company and I hope y'all continue to do that because that would make your customers very happy. The products are top of the line. I mean, I'm still learning about them. I think that I will be using the Power BALANCE and the Power OFF for, I don't know, I would like to say for the rest of my life, but I'm going to be using them for a very, very long time.