Hockey luminary Taylor Woods making her mark as elite trainer

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Such a statement represents the type of character and determination that has defined the compelling career of Taylor Woods. Employing said statement to another passion in her athletic endeavors, providing on-ice instruction and personal training, Woods aspires to inspire others to achieve their own personal goals.

Undeniably, Woods would achieve one of her own personal goals early in life, wearing Canada’s jersey at the tender age of 16, capturing a gold medal at the 2011 IIHF Under-18 Worlds. Accentuating a prodigious run for Woods during those formative years, the Morden, Manitoba native quickly emerged as a versatile competitor who could play forward and defense.

Showcasing her playmaking skills in the 2011 Canada Winter Games for Team Manitoba, along with skating for the Notre Dame Hounds at the Esso Cup, these moments would serve as prologue for further brilliance. Articulate and ambidextrous, Woods was a mutli-sport phenom, equally adept at Golf, Soccer, Softball, Badminton, Triathlon, Cross-Country.

Competing at the Ivy League level with the Cornell Big Red, graduating in 2016, earning Second-Team All-Ivy recognition, Woods tied for sixth in program history in shorthanded goals while placing tenth in shots on goal. Worth noting, her academic commitments at Cornell resulted in a B.S. in Communications. Of note, Woods’ thesis took on a sports theme, titled Collective Efficacy, Cohesion and Dyadic Relationship on Interdependent Sports Teams.

Following it up with three seasons spent as a member of the CWHL’s Thunder, hoisting the Clarkson Cup in 2018, Woods would also skate in the inaugural of both, the PWHPA (2019-20) and the Toronto Six (2020-21), the first Canadian franchise in the history of the NWHL.

Running parallel to Woods’ blossoming professional career, off-ice pursuits included Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Strongman, Functional Fitness. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS), an ISSA Master Trainer and a CF1 Trainer, her drive and discipline resulted in adding entrepreneur to an impressive list of credentials.

Launching TWoods Training, Woods would cover a spectrum of instruction. From services as a Personal/Group Trainer, to other specialized aspects, including the likes of Radar Hockey and Workload Performance, constituting the hockey side, and the coaching side of TWoods training, her acumen and strong work ethic are poised to yield positive results, influencing a new generation to achieve their own hockey dreams.

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Everything I am passionate about, everything I think about is demonstrated here.

Feel my hype and passion in person with TWoods Training! This is my funk and soul into all types of training I do – hockey and strength and conditioning. I will not shy away from bleeding my love for these two, and want to make this act and energy contagious to the people that I work with. Trying to work towards you goal by yourself can be a gruel and daunting task – mentally, physically, and emotionally – that’s why I want to be on your team and work with you!

My Training Style: I love to do a variety of training. Not one size fits all. I find challenges exhilerating and an opportunity to learn more about yourself and potential. If you think you can do something, then prove it. If you do something good, do it better. My training resembles classic S&C or strength and conditioning.

I mold my strength training surrounding 7 Foundamental Strength Movements – Squat, Hinge, Lunge, Vertical Push, Vertical Pull, Horizontal Push, and Horizontal Pull. Carries, core, locamotive movements, and evolving sport specific movements also compliment my strength routine. Conditioning is a mix of duration and intensities through many modalities including, running, biking, rowing, swimming, mixed modal, etc. I also incorporate the many “in between,” of pure strength and conditioning , with power and speed training including plyometrics, weightlifting, sports specific explosive and athletic development style training, and speed/agility/quickness drills.

An impressive display of Taylor Woods weightlifting with her skates on. (Photo credit: Heather Pollock)

RADAR HOCKEY

Radar Hockey is the “sport specific,” or hockey side of TWoods Training. Some would say I was crazy, but my relentless pursuit to become the best player I am lead be down a path to skating 1000s of hours creating my own drills, becoming ambidextrous, applying physics and mechanics to understand hockey movements, and become the coach I am today.

THE SCIENCE behind RADAR: Radar is a system that constantly detects an object’s distance, direction, and speed in relation to time and space. This is exactly how players process in a game, except with more critical thinking and skill weapontry. I take a physics and mechanic perspective

THE ART behind RADAR: Radar is also a palindrome, meaning a word taht is the same forward and backward – just like I can shoot both left handed and right handed. This helps me mirror and work with players through situations, help them and me understand skills and concepts, and overall make sessions a learning and interactive dicussion and process vs. a coach and athlete type setting.

I believe the combination of the “science and art,” my passion and experience is a recipe to deliver an unique coaching perspective which will allow players to take more ownership in their own development, understand both the why and how with different skills and game situations, and always come more hungry and tenacious to become better then they were before.

WORKLOAD PERFORMANCE

Workload Performance is the programming and coaching side of TWoods Training! I’ve been programming for myself since I was 13, and put myself through the ringer of many test, stimuli, and periodized cycles. Some worked better then I expected, others didn’t, but I learned a lot within every cycle including exercise selection, frequency/intensity/volume, intent, velocity, mentality, etc. The truth is – I love to program. I think it shows intellegence in it’s own nature, as well displays creativity at the same time.

THE SCIENCE behind WORKLOAD – First, WORK (W) is asscociated with energy and is expressed with amount of forced needed/used and the distance required to perform the work prescribed. LOAD is the mass of an object with relation to it’s gravitational force (9.81 m/s^2 on Earth). Both these variables need to be taken into account to reach strength, conditioning, and performance gains.

Custom Toronto Six hockey card of Taylor Woods. (Image obtained from: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/woods-to-play-in-lake-placid-573201061.html. Disclaimer: Not recommended, endorsed or implied by the NWHL, Toronto Six, Taylor Woods or the Topps Company. No copyright infringement intended)

LOAD is the external properties that can manipulate the outcome of performance, This can be manipulated with the amount of mass put on a bar, other object, band tension (changing acceleration), chains (changing load at periods of time), etc. WORK can be the enternal and interal factors that can manipulate performance. One can always perform an exercise faster vs. slower (velocity), alter depth or distance travelled (viva biological length, ROM, or structural apparatus), with time under tension, capacity and threshold training, ways to increase neurological and phyisological potentiation, etc.

THE ART behind WORKLOAD – To some, my personal workload and volume with training and other daily acts is unthinkable and insane. However, I love what I do and I’ve built up (and keep building) the work to handle the load the challenges I pursue. I also understand that there are more factors that contribute to performing the WORK and LOAD prescribed that fall outside the hours of training, such as sleep, nutrition, recovery, variation and balance.

With my blend of “science and art,” passion, knowledge, and experience, I will get you the coaching and program that you need to get you over your plateau, improve movement quality and patterns, and ultimately get you achieving your goals!

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