January’s Athlete Spotlight

Welcome to our Athlete Spotlight! Each month we highlight a dedicated member of our gym so you can get to know them a little better!

January’s Athlete Spotlight is Mika Cantrell

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

Superpower:  Teleportation!  This is partly because I love to travel and visit new places, partly because we just finished the 16+ hour car ride home from visiting family last week.   Just think of being able to “pop over” to Hawaii for the day …

What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?

When I was 10 years old I loved anything horses or related to horses.  I wanted to be a combination jockey/trainer/stable owner.  I should have realized that would be a problem when at 10 years old I already outweighed most pro jockeys.

If we could play a victory song for being our Athlete Spotlight what would it be?

I don’t know that I like enough “uplifting” songs to have a victory song … when I am unenthused about 6:15, I play Drones in the Valley by Cage the Elephant to wake up some.   But … When we moved to Raleigh 20 (!?!) years ago, I worked at the Mad Hatter Bakery in Durham and our accountant crowned me The Whitest Woman in America to Superfreak.  So maybe that’s been my victory song all along. 🙂

When did you first start working out at NRCF?

July 2014.   I joined because I felt like my middle age years were starting with not much potential.  3 out of 4 of my grandparents lived past the age of 90, so I decided I wanted to be as healthy as I can be when I get there.   My Grandmere celebrated 100 in August … it’s good motivation. 

What have you learned about yourself since starting Bootcamp?

That group fitness doesn’t have to be awful.  Everyone was super nice and encouraging and Jonathan was neither too-hyper-puppy nor “oh-you-just-started, I’ll-ignore-you-till-you-get-better.”  I never thought of myself as an athletic person, so it was cool to learn these new skills and change my mental image of myself.   

Mika, we appreciate your hard work and your consistency in our Bootcamp at NRCF. It’s been great seeing your smiling face each week! We are thankful to have you as a member!

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