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Member Spotlight – Captain John Sedlock, U.S. Navy

If you’ve been a member of PECF for over a few weeks, you probably know who he is.  John Sedlock has been a member since the inception of PECF and a huge part of the community.  He’s the genuine type you want to be around, always supportive and cheering people on.  John is a father, an elite pilot in the Navy, Captain in Navy, CrossFitter, and just a great dude.  John is very accomplished with an awesome story.  Let’s hear what he has to say about service, goals for the future, and advice for people.

What made you decide to join the military?

First and foremost was service.  I had always had an interest.  While in college I figured out flying fighter jets off aircraft carriers was what I wanted.  I never expected to be in the Navy this long.  

What did you do in the Navy?

During my first 10 years of service I was as a Naval Aviator and flew F/A-18s and other jets.  Since 2000 I’ve been a reservist.  While a reservist I have been the Commanding Officer of 6 different reserve units supporting different missions.  I also had a combat command in 2007-2008 in Afghanistan supporting US and coalition special operations.

What is your current rank?

I am a Captain which is the same as a Colonel in the other services.

Where are you deploying?

I was recently recalled to active duty at the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN outside of Memphis.  I will be in charge of the Navy’s effort to modernize its performance evaluation system.  The final product will impact the entire Navy.  Nothing glamorous but important work.

How has fitness impacted you life?

Fitness has always been important to me.  It’s a constant learning experience.  I am conscious of what I eat, how much I sleep, how I rest.  It’s never perfect, but I think it’s always improving.  

What are 3 accomplishments that you are proud of?

Being the parent of a great young man who I’m very proud of.   The numerous times in Afghanistan I heard something like, “we wouldn’t have made it back without you and your team”.  Recovering from back surgery.

If you had to identify 1 key element you’ve found that has helped you achieve your goals, what would they be?  

Tenacity.  You just never quit.

What do  you like to do in your spare time?

What’s spare time?  Hike, dive, shoot, hunt, travel

Name one hidden talent you have. 

Nothing I can say publicly.

Name one talent you wish you had. 

Double Unders

What is one piece of advice you have for people? 

Stop complaining.  If you want to change how you look or feel you actually need to make an effort.  There is no free chicken

What would you put on a billboard? 

Learn to listen to other opinions.  You’re probably not 100{d793bd461e48fb811f7c1bdf9a1875cfcb6108b65f23da832b2c752158b79391} right all the time.  

What are your goals for 2018?

First and foremost to stay injury free.  MU, BMU, DU’s, Murph RX.

 

Great Trainer, Wonderful friend, Amazing Person – The ‘Momma T’

It is unlikely you forget Teresa Winders after meeting her.  Simply put, she brings it!  But what is really cool about her, is she won’t forget you.  Making people feel welcome and like they matter comes from the heart and that is why people love her.  Her extroverted high-octane personality is perfectly suited for coaching.

Check out what she has to say in our interview….

“Have fun! If you keep it fun and make that a priority you will achieve so much more!  Not just in fitness, just life in general.” – Teresa 

What got you into CrossFit? 

One of my best friends opened up the very first CrossFit Establish.  I had never been but when I tried it I loved it!!  She and her husband talked me into getting my L1 certification.  From there I started coaching.

In what way has CrossFit impacted your fitness? 

CrossFit has impacted my fitness greatly.  It has allowed me to do things I never thought could happen.  It has impacted my weight lifting tremendously.  But it is my personal life that it has the greatest.  The close friends I have made in these four walls is immeasurable and I will be forever thankful for that.

What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?

I would have to say when I competed in the 2017 Meshugge competition and the weather elements were FREEZING!  But I still swam and did an amazing job with my friends.

What were some of your current goals?

Keep healthy.  Do yoga 2x per week.  Make my workouts FUN!

What motivates you to keep going? 

I have 3 kids.  They are all VERY active and I want to be able to keep up with them doing what they love for a very long time.

What is one adversity you’ve had to overcome in your life (doesn’t have to be fitness) and how did you handle it?

The loss of my Dad 7 years ago.  That was the toughest thing I have ever had to face, cope and learn from.  My Dad was my world as my entire family is.  It took a lot of praying, healing and soul searching to finally except that I would never see him again.  He had a very unhealthy heart and that too keeps a part of me motivated to stay fit and strong.

If you had to identify 1 key element you’ve found that has helped you achieve your fitness goals, what would they be?  

Simple! Have Fun! If you are not enjoying what you are doing, stop and ask yourself why are you doing it?  Find something you love.  If you keep it fun and make that a priority you will achieve so much more!  Not just in fitness, just life in general.

What inspired you to start coaching?

I was inspired to coach because I have always been told that I have a way with connecting with people, that they are comfortable with around me, so I though why not do something that positively help people.  I want to see people do things they never thought possible.  Being a part of that is really cool.  I like to see people laughing and having a good time.

If you could put one message on a billboard, what would it be?

Have you made a difference today?  (I love this because it implies, have you thought of others?  Have you done anything that helps other people?)

What do you do with your free time? 

Catch up on some HGTV, Chicago Fire, or read anything Nicole Sparks.

Name one hidden talent you have.

Of course, we all know I can ball!  Find me on the court.  But darts is my hidden talent.  I can throw some darts.

Name one talent you wish you had.

Play the piano.

What advice would you have for someone thinking about trying CrossFit? 

Give it time and enjoy the process.  Again, it comes back to having fun.  Once you’ve walked in the front door, you’ve already done the hardest thing!

You Don’t Know Brad

Under that charming smile and energetic personality, there could be something crazy!  Maybe. To find out we sat down to investigate.

From torching the soccer fields with Beckham like skills for 20+ years to crushing WODs like Fran – Coach Brad knows a thing or two about what it takes to live a healthy life.  He has had a passion for helping people his entire adult life and that can be attested by the the students he teaches, the crossfit athletes he trains, the collegiate athletes he coaches, and the many youth he has mentored as a Young Life leader.

Check out what he has to say in our interview….

“Your only competition is yourself, now go become a better you!” Coach Brad

What got you into CrossFit? 

At the time I had been running for over a year and was getting bored with it.  My wife went with some friends to check out this CrossFit thing and she said that I had to try it.  My first day the workout ended up being 100 burpees for time…but I still came back because of the people.  Having a group to share in the suffering helps a ton.

In what way has crossfit impacted your fitness? 

CrossFit has allowed me to keep up with my kids and my college soccer players at William Jewell.  I think I’d still make the squad.

What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of? 

I’m proud that I’ve stuck with CrossFit for over 6 years.

What were some of your current goals?

As I have aged my goals have changed.  Nowadays, I just want to be able to move at the end of the workout and come back tomorrow.  If I can do that, I’m happy.  Oh, I’d also like to be able to do a handstand walk.

What motivates you to keep going?

I want to be able to live longer so I can see my grandkids…if my kids decide to have them.

what is one adversity you’ve had to overcome in your life (doesn’t have to be fitness) and how did you handle it?

My adversity comes from my early days of CrossFit and trying to do TOO MUCH.  I hurt myself  a few times.  At first I would be really bummed out, but then I would just modify the workouts so I could just keep moving.  It’s pretty hard when you hurt your wrist.  Because of these injuries I now have my current goal.

If you had to identify 1 key element you’ve found that has helped you achieve your fitness goals, what would they be?  

Consistency.  Just keep showing up and good things will happen.  A close second is form.

what inspired you to start coaching?

I’ve been coaching since I was in high school.  For my 18th birthday I got my soccer coaching license.  I also have been a Young Life leader (both volunteer and as a job) and am currently a teacher.  Overall, I just like helping others achieve their goals.  Coaching CrossFit has given me another avenue to do this.

If you could put one message on a billboard, what would it be? 

‘Take care of each other’, it’s what Jesus told us to do.

What do you do with your free time? 

Snuggle up to my wife, hang out in the living room with my kiddos, and try to keep my dog from eating my food.

Name 1 hidden talent you have 

I’m an okay guitar player. (So modest.  Jimmy Hendrix would bow to B-rad if he heard him jamming on the guitar)

Name 1 talent you wish you had

I wish I was a handyman so I could fix stuff in my house. I’m pretty sure my wife wishes this too.

What advice would you have for someone thinking about trying crossfit? 

Don’t think about all the other people when you start CrossFit.  Think of CrossFit like swimmers or track athletes think about their sports.  They don’t talk in terms of who they beat, they usually talk in terms of personal records.  Your only competition is yourself, now go become a better you!

Coach Brad

Member Spotlight Shayne Henderson!

We are very proud of our members.  Here is Shayne Henderson, one of our amazing members.  She trains with the early morning crew at 0530!  It has been a joy to see her progress over the past year and half and we look forward to seeing more!  Thank you Shayne for taking the time to talk with us.

What made you decide to try out PECF?

My cousin Brent Saving became a trainer there and was very passionate about it. He trained me and intriduced me to the world of crossfit and encourage me to join even though I was a little intimadiated. 

What were some of your goals?

To be able to do the movements. To make it through class! To be able to lift big weights!

What are 3 accomplishments that you are proud of since joining PECF?

1. I’m most proud of competing in a crossfit competiton. 

2. I can now back squat 165lbs.  That’s a lot more than day one!  

3. I found out I’m capable of a lot more than I thought I was.

If you had to identify 1 key element you’ve found that has helped you achieve your fitness goals, what would they be?  

To remind myself how good I feel afterwards. Because of my work schedule the only time I can go to crossfit is 5:30 in the morning which means I have to wake up at 4:35. Some days that is really hard. But I know that going to crossfit will make me feel so much better for the rest of the day then a couple more hours of sleep.

Name 1 hidden talent you have 

I can flip a tractor tire like nobody’s business!

Name 1 talent you wish you had

To do a burpee gracefully.

What advice would you have for someone new?

Don’t be intimidated. You will never meet nicer people. As soon as they finish a wod they are immediately cheering on the people still working. Don’t be afraid to scale the movements. The point is to get through the wod safely. You want to push yourself but not to the point where you can’t move the next day. 

What are your goals for 2018

To compete in another crossfit competition. To be able to back squat 175lbs. To not finish last in a wod.

PECF Member Spotlight Brian Briggs

Hear from Brian Briggs, one of PECF’s OG’s, on what he has to share about his fitness journey, what motivates him, and the sage advice he has for all of us wanting to achieve more in 2018.

 

What made you decide to try out PECF?

I had a major health issue that was a big wake-up call for me.

After two long hospital stays and major surgery I started walking 3-8 miles per day and lost approximately 90 pounds.

I needed something more challenging and discovered Crossfit.  My first day of bootcamp quickly showed me how out of shape and weak I was.

I’m in better shape and stronger now, but I have a long way to go.

What were some of your goals?

1.  Challenge myself with HIIT type conditioning

2.  Get stronger

3.  Lose weight

What are 3 accomplishments that you are proud of since joining PECF?

1.  100 Pull-Ups & 100 Push-ups on 12/15/17 (0 on Day 1)

2.  Grace – 3:54 (First Rx attempt)

3.  1600m Run – 8:44

If you had to identify 1 key element you’ve found that has helped you achieve your fitness goals, what would they be?  

There are several key elements…persistence, great coaching, & member support.

Name 1 hidden talent you have 

The ability to make green cotton shorts (they are NOT athletic attire but Brian rocks them well) look fashionable.

Name 1 talent you wish you had

To understand the lyrics in some of the songs that are played during our WODs.

What advice would you have for someone new?

Show Up, Work Hard, Don’t be afraid to scale movements, and have FUN!

What are your goals for 2018

1.  Better cardio conditioning – sub 8:15 mile

2.  Continue to improve upper body strength – string together multiple kipping pull-ups, ring dips, handstand push-ups, etc

3.  Double-unders

4.  Continue to improve lifting technique & strength – 225# Clean, 210# C&J, 145# Snatch, 350# DL, 365# BS, 285# FS, 225# Bench

5.  Compete in Crossfit competition

6.  Lose 40lbs

Member Spotlight – Elisabeth Fostich

Spotlight goes to this lovely lady – Elisabeth Fostich!  This multi-faceted woman manages three kids, a cattle farm, saving peoples’ lives for a living, and kicking butt in the gym!  She sets a great example of what hard work can do!

elisabeth

Member Spotlight – Eva Porter!

Member spotlight! Meet Eva Porter! Eva has been a dedicated member for over a year. She is absolutely crushing it. She has gone from brand new to Rx!  Her advice to new members and people who may be interested in PECF is spot on! Her answer to “I’ve always wanted to….” is the best so far. Check it out. Great   Eva!member-spotlight-eva

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