Curious how professional athletes fuel their bodies? Or how they stay active during the off-season? Follow along as LifeWise Director of Health Inspiration Ariana Kukors sits down with athletes from around the Northwest for our 2 Minutes with… mini-series.
Name: Nick Cunningham
Hometown: Monterey, Calif. (Nick has a soft spot for the Northwest since he attended Boise State University)
Extras: Nick competed in the two- and four-man bobsled events in the 2014 Winter Olympics. As a sergeant in the Army National Guard, he’s a member of the World Class Athlete Program, which supports soldiers training to become Olympians. Nick was also a competitive sprinter in high school and college.
Ariana: What exercises are most important for your sport?
Nick: Anything explosive. Bobsled is a combination of speed and power. I work on 0 to 60 meter sprinting and live by the back squat, power clean and front squat.
Ariana: What’s your number one tip for eating healthy?
Nick: Ease into it. Don’t shock your system and make yourself so unhappy that your new healthy habits don’t last long. It needs to be a lifestyle, not just a short-term diet.
Ariana: What did you love most about living in the Northwest?
Nick: I loved the climate. The Northwest usually has pretty mild temperatures and on those sunny days, it can be one of the most gorgeous sights the eyes have ever seen.
Ariana: When you aren’t training, what do you do to stay active?
Nick: I tend to dabble in a little of everything. During the off-season, I spend a lot of time on ranches riding horses and being a horseback guide for tourists. I also love to spend time at the beach or lake with friends.
Ariana: Do you have an all-time favorite food?
Nick: Barbeque. I will drive long distances for good barbeque.