This past May, #NSSfamily member Vicky G. had the opportunity to cross off an item on her bucket list. Vicky and her husband traveled to Peru for some hiking, bike tours, and whitewater rafting (to name just a few of their adventures).
The highlight of their trip was a 4-day hike to the top of Machu Picchu. The lost city is 7,970 feet above sea level, across uneven terrain and thousands of steps (going both up & down). Over the course of the four days, they walked 27 miles, reached an elevation of 14,000 feet, and witnessed the breath-taking views that the Andes have to offer.
A year and a half before their scheduled trip to Peru, Vicky underwent rotator cuff surgery on her right shoulder. As soon as she was given clearance to start lifting weights again, Vicky’s program focused on building her strength and increasing her conditioning, so that she would be prepared for the trek to reach the top of Machu Picchu.
Vicky had over a year of strength training history under her belt before the surgery, and it didn’t take long before she was back to full strength. Along with some steady state walks and hikes that she completed on her own, she did hundreds of squats, hinges, step-ups, rows, and sled drags at NSS in preparation for the trip. She says she often thought about all of the sled pushes, pull, and drags she did at NSS during the hike.
Vicky’s work ethic, consistent training schedule, and having specific goals allowed her to check off Machu Picchu from the bucket list. Congratulations, Vicky - we couldn’t be more proud of you!