Michele C. “If she can do it, so can I!”

She was never “into exercising” and never considered herself “an athlete” like other members of her family.  But at age 55, Michele Cage ran her first mile … ever … and has never looked back!!

How did you get started on your fitness journey?

A couple of things happened to kick start the fitness journey I am on today …

A couple of years ago at a conference a woman in her 50’s approached me and asked me where the hotel gym was.  We got to talking and she told she me was training to run a ½ Marathon.  She had always suffered from asthma, but that wasn’t stopping her.  Something about her not being a victim to her asthma lit up something in me; I thought, “You know, if she can do it, so can I!”

Then in August 2012, my daughter was home from the UK and she wanted me to come with her to jog around the track at Glencoe High School.  And I did it!  My daughter made me run that mile!  It was the first time I had ever run a mile without stopping.  My daughter and son were leaping around, running circles around me, but it didn’t matter.  I did it!  Then I thought, “If I can run a mile, I’m going to just run a little more at a time.”

It’s funny.  When I was a teenager I was embarrassed about doing athletic things.  Everyone seemed to know how do these things better than me.  But at my age, I’m 56 now, I don’t care.  I am doing this for my health.  I do what I can do and do a little better each time.

Why did you join The ZOO?

When I have belonged to other health clubs, I hurt myself, so when I joined The ZOO this past February, I signed up for 3 Personal Training sessions with Eileen to make sure I was using the equipment correctly and the right form.  Eileen took photos of me doing the exercises properly on my iPhone, so when she’s not around I can watch how I’m supposed to be doing them.  Great idea!

The ZOO’s location is great for me, close to where I live.  I love that it is new and small, a neighborhood gym.  Sometimes I have felt overwhelmed by the bigger gyms, the ZOO is great!

And I’ve met a lot of great people.  I am continually motivated by my classmates at Eileen’s Total Body Conditioning class.  They don’t let me slack off, they help me keep going.

What is your workout routine?

I do Total Body Conditioning TBC class with Eileen Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6am, and on Mondays at 6pm.  On Saturday mornings, I do either Run Wild or the TBC class.  Also, I work out 1-2 times on my own.

What else do you do to support your fitness journey?

I have one of those Body Media Arm Bands so I log and keep track of my food and activity.  That really helps.  I’ve been gaining muscle, and I also slowly lose weight.  It’s great!

What are your fitness goals:


My current fitness goal is to run 5K without walking and I am planning to run Helvetia in June 2015.  I’m doing very well on my 5K goal.  Last month, my oldest son and I ran another 5K in Utah.  I thought I did really badly because my time was worse than the first one.  Then my son reminded me we were over 4,000 feet elevation!  Not all 5k are created equal!