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Athlete Articles, Vicky Taylor-Hood -

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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Teresa Parsons -

by Teresa Parsons How choosing a positive perspective is making me a better athlete. I am not an expert on how brains work. Certainly not on how anyone else’s mind operates, and often not even my own.  However, I have found that a few small changes in my perspective, in and out of the gym, have made me a better athlete and a happier person.   I enjoy pouring as much effort as I can into everything I do: I am an all-or-nothing person. I have found over the past few years that this all-or-nothing attitude has had some negative...

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Athlete Articles, Steph Puddicome -

by Stef Puddicome How each individual deals with this for training may be completely different. Since I get asked all the time what I do specifically for my training while I am on my period here it is. I always train, period.  On a good month your period may just be a mild annoyance. However, on a bad month it can feel like a thousand tiny ninjas kicking your abdomen wall from the inside. As a female powerlifter we have to deal with training (or not training) during our menstrual cycle. Do we train? Do we take a break? Do...

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Walter Cariazo -

Introduction Photo credit: Carlo Torres/Loaded Bar Media “Who coaches you Walter?” People often are surprised when I say that I coach myself, and surprised even more when I tell them I’m not a strength coach or have a formal education in Kinesiology or Exercise Science. I am however, a former university student-athlete and have used the tools from that education and competitive experience to become a successful competitive powerlifter. When people decide to hire a coach, it’s often because they often require knowledge and expertise or have trouble staying objective. They may need extra motivation and someone to hold them...

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Mark Wasson -

by Mark Wasson Failing a lift is something that many think is almost taboo in training. People thinkthat is in some way an indication that you have or are doing something wrong. I takean alternative approach to the concept. I do not strive for failure but missing a lift intraining does not deter my motivation or sway my course. Training to me is fun. I want to challenge myself and learn from each trainingsession. I understand for my approach to training that failure will just be anotherpart of training. I learn through failure and ultimately feel that it is beneficial....

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