In an effort to highlight and bring more awareness to Men’s Health for Movember, we will be introducing our new Member Spotlight Segment which will feature a different Reign Fam Member each month…
…to help us get to know the individuals that make up our community better.
But this month…
We will be featuring a different guy each week for the month.
These Reign Men were chosen because they exemplify what it means to live a fit and active lifestyle in order to improve their overall quality of life.
If you haven’t checked out what Reign Fitness is doing for Movember take a quick second to read through the post below…
Now onto the Member Spotlight and there is no better guy to kick things off then John…
Name: John Lestock
What (who) brought you to Reign?
My wife Sarah introduced me to Reign in early 2015 – she paid for me to participate in the challenge for my birthday present.
The challenge at the time was tough, but I enjoyed working out and the experienced convinced me to join Reign.
What is the most significant change – whether social, physical, mental…you have experienced since you have been here?
Over time, not only have a lost a few pounds (at least 10 pounds that have consistently stayed off since 2015), but I also feel like I’m a bit more muscular in my arms and legs as well as a bit slimmer around the waist.
Physically, I’m in much better shape than I was a few years ago. I can consistently perform exercises that I used to struggle with just starting out at Reign.
“The biggest change for me has been mental. I feel like I’ve become stronger mentally – more focused, more perseverance, more determination. I’m more comfortable with pushing myself out of my comfort zone, and I’m less afraid of failure.”
Also, I think my diet has improved significantly since joining Reign. I don’t always stick with it, but I do try to eat a more paleo-friendly diet. Over the last few years I’ve done a better job of cutting out unhealthy food.
What is your favorite thing about Reign?
“I love everyone that works out with me, especially the 5:00am crew. We work out hard together, and we support each other. We’re definitely a family, and it’s my family that keeps me coming back to Reign.”
What are your goals or aspirations leading into the New Year?
I can always improve my diet, improve my workout, and focus on losing a few more pounds. I’d like to work on improving my upper body strength.
I’d love that by the end of 2018 I’m able to do at least 20 good pull-ups.
Share your favorite memory so far at Reign.
There was a challenge we did in May where everyone was assigned to a specific team. We participated in a team event on Friday, and Sarah and I were competing together against two members of the other team.
I remember we struggled to complete the workout, and we were racing to beat the other team. Near the end, Sarah struggled with weights because of her back, and I stepped in to do more reps so that we could finish sooner.
We barely beat the other team, but the experience was so emotionally draining for Sarah that we hugged and held each other for a short while.
I surprised myself – I didn’t think I could work that hard or do way more reps than I normally do. I knew I had to do it, and I just push myself. I was happy we won that part of the challenge, but I was amazed at what I could do under the circumstances.
What would the title of your autobiography be? Why?
I think it best describes my life so far. It has been an unexpected journey. I thought it was a big deal to move back to Chicago from Northwest Indiana after graduating from college.
I had no idea that getting married would lead to living near Houston, starting a family, fleeing a hurricane, moving to Renton, and just traveling all over the U.S. over the past 20 years. I’ve experience a lot – both good and bad – and I’ve learned so much from those experiences.
But, the book isn’t finished – I’m just getting started.
Who is your Hero? Why?
He was such a huge influence in my life when I was growing up. I never knew my father, so he kind of took his place as a major father figure in my life.
I learned so much from him; I always wanted to make him proud.
What are your hobbies outside of Reign?
Outside of Reign, I like to go hiking when I have time.
I also enjoy spending time with my family. And I’m a huge sci-fi fan – I love Star Wars, Star Trek and Doctor Who.
I’m also active in a few professional organizations – American Payroll Association (APA) and International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS).
I’ve been active in the local chapters of both organizations – including serving as chapter president. I’m currently a Vice President of the APA.
What superpower would you want to possess? Why?
The ability to time-travel. I’d love to see cool things in the past, and I think it would be cool to see how things could be in the future.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to start their fitness journey?
Every journey starts with a single step.
“Don’t be afraid to take that first step. Even a small step can make a huge difference. You just have to do it.”
BONUS: Share something we don’t know about you….
I have a tattoo and I’m a first-degree blackbelt in taekwondo.
Fill In The Blank…
Spending time with my family and friends.
Grateful for the time I’ve been given.
I would have been this active and motivated in my younger years.
what tastes good, and sometimes I’ll also eat what tastes good and is good for me.
If you haven’t checked out any of the posts about this move please take a moment to read more about our transition here…