Performance Enhancement Specialization: The Cambridge Club's New Training Program
Performance Enhancement Specialization: The Cambridge Club's New Training Program

Performance Enhancement...

Are you looking to improve your strength, power, speed, agility, and quickness? At the...

Performance Enhancement Specialization: The Cambridge Club's New Training Program

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Performance Enhancement Specialization: The Cambridge Club's New Training Program

Are you looking to improve your strength, power, speed, agility, and quickness? At the Cambridge Club, Sharlton, a Performance Enhancement Specialist, has created a new program based on the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model that is designed to do just this.

Learning the Power of Community with Nat & Tina
Learning the Power of Community with Nat & Tina

Learning the Power of Community...

A new year means new ads in the PATH around the Adelaide Club. If you've recently...

Learning the Power of Community with Nat & Tina

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Learning the Power of Community with Nat & Tina

A new year means new ads in the PATH around the Adelaide Club. If you've recently gone underground to travel to and from the Club, we're guessing you've seen our new marketing pieces featuring members Nat & Tina! Both Nat and Tina are staples around the Club, often being found working out in the STRENGTH Gym, taking advantage of the Club's amenities, and challenging themselves with their friends in Strength Lab.

5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day...

I've been thinking a lot about...Valentine's Day. With Valentine's Day just...

5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...Valentine's Day. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I find myself, similar to last year, thinking a lot about the heart. And again, like last year, both the biological and the emotional heart. Those who know me, know I'm a huge proponent of high intensity training (HIIT) - in both the weight bearing and cardiovascular arenas.

Supporting Immune Health - Cold & Flu Prevention
Supporting Immune Health - Cold & Flu Prevention

Supporting Immune Health - Cold &...

Cold and flu season is upon us; during this time of year, we are exposed to more germs...

Supporting Immune Health - Cold & Flu Prevention

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Supporting Immune Health - Cold & Flu Prevention

Cold and flu season is upon us; during this time of year, we are exposed to more germs as we huddle indoors to escape the cold. The immune system is also challenged by lower temperatures, lack of sunlight, and stress following the holidays. Read on to get Dr. Cugliari's top recommendations to support your immune system this winter.

Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's Personal Experience
Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's Personal Experience

Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's...

This past year, Dan Milewski - a trainer at the Adelaide Club - shared with us a...

Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's Personal Experience

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Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's Personal Experience

This past year, Dan Milewski - a trainer at the Adelaide Club - shared with us a profoundly powerful and heart wrenching story about the loss of his father. Dan was willing to let us share the story with all of our Members and we thought there would be no better time than Bell Let's Talk Day.

Second Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection
Second Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection

Second Stop on Your Tour through...

Last year, we took you on your first tour of the Adelaide Club's Toronto...

Second Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection

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Second Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection

Last year, we took you on your first tour of the Adelaide Club's Toronto Photography Collection, and now we're back for round 2! We've curated so many phenomenal photos, pieces of art, and more, we just have to keep showing them off. This stop features 5 more pieces highlighting memorable moments and iconic landmarks that help to define Toronto.

Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest Member of the Year
Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest Member of the Year

Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest...

Members of the Cambridge Club get ready! It’s time to step up your fitness and...

Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest Member of the Year

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Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest Member of the Year

Members of the Cambridge Club get ready! It’s time to step up your fitness and join the Club’s first ever Fittest Member of the Year Competition – a great way to challenge your fellow Members and show off your progress this year.

The Spice of Life: Your Guide to What's Happening in the Club Restaurants
The Spice of Life: Your Guide to What's Happening in the Club Restaurants

The Spice of Life: Your Guide to...

2019 was an incredible year for the Cambridge Group of Clubs, especially when you look...

The Spice of Life: Your Guide to What's Happening in the Club Restaurants

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The Spice of Life: Your Guide to What's Happening in the Club Restaurants

2019 was an incredible year for the Cambridge Group of Clubs, especially when you look at our three phenomenal restaurants: the HUB Kitchen & Bar, the Oak Room, and Stratus Restaurant. So we're taking you inside with our inaugural edition of our Spice of Life blog...

Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet? There's Still Time...
Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet? There's Still Time...

Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet?...

This is the year I'm going to stick to my New Year's Resolution! Does that...

Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet? There's Still Time...

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Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet? There's Still Time...

This is the year I'm going to stick to my New Year's Resolution! Does that sound familiar? Do you set new goals every year (maybe even reusing the same goals you set last year) only to see January come and go with the same old habits still in place? Don't get discouraged. You are definitely not alone - in fact - you're probably part of the majority!

5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition

I’ve been thinking a lot about…the magic of wishes. Is there anything...

5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition

I’ve been thinking a lot about…the magic of wishes. Is there anything incredible you are wishing for this holiday season? Walt Disney said it beautifully: “When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who are, anything your heart desires will come to you.” But really? I’ve got to tell you, that hasn’t been my experience.

Vance Cooper: The Cambridge Club's Gentleman of the Year
Vance Cooper: The Cambridge Club's Gentleman of the Year

Vance Cooper: The Cambridge Club's...

This year, for the first time ever, the Cambridge Club crowned Vance Cooper...

Vance Cooper: The Cambridge Club's Gentleman of the Year

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Vance Cooper: The Cambridge Club's Gentleman of the Year

This year, for the first time ever, the Cambridge Club crowned Vance Cooper "Cambridge Club Gentleman of the Year" - an accolade bestowed upon a Member that best exemplifies what the Cambridge Club is all about. For those of you who don't know Vance, adn for those of you who want to learn a bit more about the man behind our phenomenal Vancestock Unplugged events, we sat down with Vance to chat about his experience at the Cambridge, being named Gentleman of the Year, and the reason he began Vancestock. 

Managing Stress over the Holidays
Managing Stress over the Holidays

Managing Stress over the Holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be a very stressful...

Managing Stress over the Holidays

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Managing Stress over the Holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be a very stressful time. There is a lot going on, from family obligations to cocktail parties and work events, plus the regular day-to-day operations of life; it can be a lot! If you want to make the most out of this time of year, enjoy and be present, try these mindfulness strategies to reduce stress and bring a calm and attentive approach to your holiday this year.

My Experience at the Ironman World Championship
My Experience at the Ironman World Championship

My Experience at the Ironman World...

Paul has been a Member at the Toronto Athletic Club for over 15 years, and he decided...

My Experience at the Ironman World Championship

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My Experience at the Ironman World Championship

Paul has been a Member at the Toronto Athletic Club for over 15 years, and he decided to take up triathlon in 2011 – 8 years ago, at the age of 53 – without knowing how to swim. He worked hard in the pool with lessons and our triathlon group. He always said he would never do a full Ironman. Then, in the summer of 2018, he approached me asking what is involved in training for a full Ironman. We came up with a plan for him to qualify for Kona at Ironman Florida in the fall of 2018.

Game Ready: What Is It and Why You Should Give it a Try
Game Ready: What Is It and Why You Should Give it a Try

Game Ready: What Is It and Why You...

Sustaining an injury is bad. Having that injury linger (and keep you away from your...

Game Ready: What Is It and Why You Should Give it a Try

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Game Ready: What Is It and Why You Should Give it a Try

Sustaining an injury is bad. Having that injury linger (and keep you away from your regular workout and routine) is worse. When your injury just won't heal or when you're recovering from surgery, you should book an appointment with our Clinics. At the Cambridge Clinic and Sport Medicine Clinic, we offer Game Ready - a multi-modality therapy system used for recovery - which just might be the therapy you need.

Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director
Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director

Get to Know Garth, our Membership...

You’ve seen him around the Club. Right now, you can even spot him gracing the...

Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director

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Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director

You’ve seen him around the Club. Right now, you can even spot him gracing the Adelaide Club ads in the PATH. Meet Garth Sinclair, an integral part of the Adelaide family and the Club’s Membership Director. He’s oftentimes the first-person new members meet when they join the Club and can regularly be seen working out with his training partner Guy Jeong, one of the Club’s incredible Personal Trainers. Garth also leads four popular classes on our group fitness schedule. The Adelaide Club simply wouldn’t be the same without him, so we sat down with Garth to talk about his experiences at the Club, why he still loves coming to work, and his recommendations for new members.

5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

Remembrance Day may encourage each of us to remember different things: that numerous...

5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

Remembrance Day may encourage each of us to remember different things: that numerous Canadians have performed selfless acts of bravery with the goal of making our country and the world a better place, that a poppy can represent hope in times of despair, and that sometimes nature is able to persevere in the face of humanity's propensity to engage in destructive behaviours.

In November, we Support Movember
In November, we Support Movember

In November, we Support Movember

This November, the Cambridge Club has partnered with Beau's in support of their...

In November, we Support Movember

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In November, we Support Movember

This November, the Cambridge Club has partnered with Beau's in support of their #Beaus4Mos campaign with the Cambridge Club's General Manager, Paul Hudson, pledging to grow a 'mo in support of men's health. We're sure you know what Movember is and probably even have a few colleagues or friends participating this year - maybe you're even growing your own 'mo - but do you know what Movember really does and why it's so important?

Healthy Breakfast Choices
Healthy Breakfast Choices

Healthy Breakfast Choices

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" ... We know you've...

Healthy Breakfast Choices

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Healthy Breakfast Choices

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" ... We know you've heard this before, but how often do you actually think about it? How many days have you found yourself running late and considered skipping breakfast? If it's happened, even just once, you need to remember just how important breakfast is!

Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved
Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved

Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge:...

You’ve probably seen the creatives already on the digital screens at the Club,...

Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved

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Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved

You’ve probably seen the creatives already on the digital screens at the Club, but this November, we’re bringing back the Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge – an event that we last held in 2017. This incredible fitness challenge pits teams of trainers from all three of our Clubs and Members against each other, all while raising money for phenomenal charities that support youth in the GTA.

New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition
New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition

New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash...

In recent years, we've been asked many times about the usefulness of historic...

New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition

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New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition

In recent years, we've been asked many times about the usefulness of historic warm-up methods for sports performance. While the general principles surrounding the need to warm-up remain valid, new methods have been introduced. A well structured sports specific warm-up should be implemented to serve the following purposes: Mental Readiness, Physical Readiness, Injury Prevention, and Performance Enhancement.

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

Posted: Jul 2, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about…

…the power of positive thinking.

 

The Metro Morning Money Columnist brought up something yesterday morning that really gave me pause.  For years there’s been lots of hype around the $5 Latte Factor and how powerful/real it is or isn’t in terms of turning people’s finances around. But what she spoke about, which I have never considered, is the shame associated with it.

Full disclosure:  Aliona at The HUB knows exactly how I take my Americano Misto and she draws a milky, cinnamon spiked heart on it every morning. So, I do spend over $20 a week on frothy, espresso beverages. (No shame ever by the way. I refer to it as a hug inside my belly. It makes me happy. I also bring my lunch every day. That’s an important piece of this conversation too.)

The real challenge, the Money Columnist contended, with buying a complicated coffee or avocado toast is not the $5 withdrawal from your bank account, but rather the shame people feel when they buy it.  That people end up feeling they are terrible with finances, and this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  There are multiple, complex reasons why people are not as financially healthy or strong as they would like to be, and feeling shame, guilt, and helpless isn’t helpful at all.

Where did my brain go?  Here: Could it be the same with EXERCISE and DIET?! Most definitely.

There is no perfect, no 100%, no “I have to” or “should” in exercise and diet. There are lots of choices. Some of them will support your fitness and health goals and some won’t. But, at the end of the day, the important thing is that you keep making the positive choices that shift the needle in the right direction. Do you feel guilty because you missed a workout, only fit in 20 minutes, drank a bottle of wine, or indulged in too much blue cheese and ribs? We are human. (Side note: people who indulge and cheat once in a while often know how to have fun). 

Life is short and long. Is it important to be healthy and strong? Absolutely. Is it important to be hedonistic? Indulgent? Lazy? Decadent? Hell yeah! 

Keep looking for balance. Keep pushing or tapping that needle in the right direction.

Feeling horrible about yourself and your choices doesn’t help. Decide what’s really important, what’s realistic, and how you can make small and big choices to support that. Some days will be better than others.

It’s taken me literally years, with most of the changes happening in the past 10, but I’ve managed to move my needle to a pretty good place. I’ll share a few of the choices and strategies I’ve managed to implement and keep:

Alcohol:

  • I drink only red wine. And only 2-3 nights a week.

The body’s ability to rest, repair and burn fat is grossly impaired when there is booze in your system. And having only one option in and of itself cuts back on overall consumption.

Exercise:

  • I try to “earn my shower” every day. Even if it means only 12 minutes of activity.
  • I schedule my workouts in. Even on the weekends. No second latte until I get my run in. Even if it’s 15 minutes instead of an hour.
  • I bike to work 4 days a week and run to work one. Its 4 kilometers. And every km counts.
  • I lift weights twice a week. Sometimes the second session is only 12 minutes, but it counts. I strive for (and schedule) 2 hours, and almost never hit that. It’s not an activity I’ve ever loved (yes: a personal trainer just said that) but I recognize it’s vital for my long term vitality, metabolism, posture, and it supports faster, stronger, injury free running and cycling.
  • I have a trainer. My trainer ensures I get results and helps me avoid injury. He makes me work harder than I would on my own, which in turn means I’m able to maintain muscle mass when the majority of my peers are losing it. He ensures my form, focus, and execution are dead on, even when I’m tired.

Diet:

  • I always eat food that tastes good to me.
  • I eat loads of vegetables.
  • I drink only water, espresso, and full fat milk during the week. The only beverage added on the weekends is the wine!
  • I eat breakfast at home and bring my lunch every day.
  • I do a big grocery shop every Sunday and dedicate 60-90 minutes to food prep every Sunday as well.
  • I eat whatever I want starting Friday night, up until, and including, Sunday brunch. I relish and enjoy every single bite.

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Meg Sharp, MSc., B.Ed.Kin, FST Executive Director of Personal Training CGoC

msharp@cambridgegroupofclubs.com

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