Athlete Articles — Vicky Taylor-Hood

Stronger Foundations for a Bigger House

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Stronger Foundations for a Bigger House

by Vicky Taylor-Hood “Ken? I didn’t like that.” “You know, Vicky, I’m pretty good at reading people. I picked up on that one.” “Thanks, though. That shoulder feels better.” “Anytime. Now let me show you the nuances of this wall variation of the scapular pushup that you can carry over into dumbbell work.” One of the things that training has taught me about life is that when you stall or falter in some way, you don’t give up. Rather, when faced with changes, challenges, injury, failure to make progress in a particular way, stagnation or whathaveyou, you have to reroute...

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When I am older, I will be stronger

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When I am older, I will be stronger

By Vicky Taylor-Hood “Do you ever wish you could turn back time?” I remember casually asking a friend one day. I was thinking about when I first started lifting and when many things seemed simpler, when progress was a straight line from Point A to Point B, and when I had fewer questions and more certainty about certain things.  I was wistfully remembering when things seemed easier. Wishing myself back to being 38 or 39. Back when I didn’t have the first inkling of what challenges, disasters, triumphs and lessons lay ahead and was blissfully unaware of how little I...

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The Exploits Gym

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The Exploits Gym

by Vicky Taylor-Hood “Are you training today?”“Yeah, just waiting for the tide to go out so I can deadlift. Platform is still submerged.”We have a cabin on an island in a large bay in Newfoundland. My ancestors come from Exploits Islands, but no one lives there year-round anymore. It’s a summer community now, of cottages and homes; the community of Exploits Islands was officially resettled beginning in 1965. This means that families were paid on average of $1000 to move to a mainland town because the government didn’t want to continue to pay for services to so many isolated locations....

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Okay. I’m ready. What do you have to teach me today?

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Okay. I’m ready. What do you have to teach me today?

by Vicky Taylor-Hood The past year of training has been a bit of a roller coaster mentally, emotionally, and physically. Every year I write myself some goals as a sort of a fresh look at a new year. I make some that are a real stretch, some that are perfectly challenging but reasonable if all things are on track 80% of the time, and some that are my baselines, things that I should be able to do simply by chugging along consistently with decent effort day-in and day-out. I’ve gotten used to hitting all the baselines, most of the moderate...

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