Fitness Amateur Of The Week: Canadian Cutie

Fitness and healthy living were ingrained into Mikayla from birth. Heck, her mother fed her flaxseed oil instead of sugar! This Canadian cutie has taken fitness to an even higher level.

How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

I have always been an active person and loved the sports world! I started riding horses at just nine months old when my parents put me on a horse, and as my mom use to say, "I just never got off." I competed in a three-day event and participated in the BC Champions when I was 16. It was then that my mom and I decided to hire a personal trainer to help with my riding, fitness, and nutrition.

Shortly after that my horse injured his leg and his and my event career was over. It was my trainer, Charlene SanJenko, who told me about the fitness and figure world. At the time, I had never even heard of it! One year later, I participated in my first fitness model and figure show when I was 17.

How Did Your Passion For Fitness Emerge?

From the very first session with my trainer I fell in love with working out. After my first show, I knew I wanted to do more. I always watch the pros and think I want to be up there with them. I have a dream to getting my pro card in the back of my head. I have always been a competitive person. I love competing. Plus, I love how I feel living this lifestyle

What/Who Motivates You To Live A Healthy Lifestyle?

My mom had me living a healthy lifestyle since I was very little. I don't think I tasted sugar until I was at least five. I was the only kid who begged my mom for more flaxseed oil because I thought it tasted good! My family is very supportive. My trainer, Charlene SanJenko, has been there since day one and promotes a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis. She keeps me going, especially when I'm dieting down for a show and want everything in sight!

Where Did You Go For Inspiration?

I love Arnold Schwarzenegger's 6 Rules Of Life speech! I listen to it almost every day, especially on days when I feel weak or tired. I often hear his voice saying, "You have to work hard. Leave no stone unturned. When you're out there partying and horsing around, someone out there at the same time is working hard. Someone is getting smarter and someone is winning. Just remember that." Hearing that always wakes me up and gets me motivated again!

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

To continue competing in figure. I'm hoping to qualify for the BC Provincials next year followed by nationals. I would love to earn my pro card. I would also like to get into fitness modeling and one day model for Oxygen!

What Is The Most Important Fitness Tip?

Don't be afraid to ask for help or advice from other bodybuilders. You can never learn too much!

Who Is Your Favorite Fitness Competitor?

There are many competitors that I admire. Nicole Wilkins is definitely one. I love her grace, beauty, and overall physique on stage.

How Did Help You Reach Your Goals?

I refer to as my bodybuilding bible. Whenever I have a question about a supplement, show prep, recipes, posing advice, etc, I go to the site and search for what I need. I always found the information I was looking for.