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: Gratitude Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude...

Consistent with a year ago, I've been thinking a lot about...the power of...

5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

Consistent with a year ago, I've been thinking a lot about...the power of gratitude. Many scientific studies suggest gratitude can reduce stress, improve sleep, make you happier, and even increase your motivation to exercise. As practicing gratitude purportedly also increases your energy and ability to overcome challenges, one could even surmise that gratitude will help you get awesome results from your exercise, as you'll tend to work harder and longer... Do you need more reasons to be grateful?!

Pilates: Is it right for me?
Pilates: Is it right for me?

Pilates: Is it right for me?

For some reason, Pilates is often seen as a class you should "avoid if you...

Pilates: Is it right for me?

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Pilates: Is it right for me?

For some reason, Pilates is often seen as a class you should "avoid if you don't know what you're doing" - but we couldn't disagree with this more. Sure, the first time you enter one of our Pilates studios, it can be intimidating. There are reformers - which you may not have ever seen before - and exercises that we guarantee you've never heard of before (I mean...what IS "The Hundred"?!?)

The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your Day
The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your Day

The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your...

Are you sitting down right now? What if I told you that you could burn up to 8-10 times...

The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your Day

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The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your Day

Are you sitting down right now? What if I told you that you could burn up to 8-10 times more energy than sitting with 1 easy exercise? And what if I told you that you could do this without needing any extra training or special equipment? The best part of all is that you can actually add this in ON THE WAY to and from the Club.

5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...stress and exercise. Exercise makes people feel...

5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...stress and exercise. Exercise makes people feel better. Among other things, it experientially and physiologically lowers our stress levels. Peculiar thing about exercise: most of us know it's good for us. And many of us exercise less than we plan to/would like to/feel we should.

Do you know what your body is made of?
Do you know what your body is made of?

Do you know what your body is made...

Has anyone ever asked you about your body composition? Maybe you heard it from a doctor...

Do you know what your body is made of?

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Do you know what your body is made of?

Has anyone ever asked you about your body composition? Maybe you heard it from a doctor at a recent physical, maybe your personal trainer mentioned it during your latest workout, maybe you read the term in a recent article about getting fit for fall. But do you know what it really means? Have you ever asked yourself: What exactly is body composition?

Fall Back into Your Routine
Fall Back into Your Routine

Fall Back into Your Routine

Is it really that time of year again? Where did the summer go? The kids have gone back...

Fall Back into Your Routine

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Fall Back into Your Routine

Is it really that time of year again? Where did the summer go? The kids have gone back to school, the CNE has come and gone, and we're all trying to squeeze in the last few days of holidays before officially getting back into our routine. And while I have to admit that I've let my daily routine slide somewhat this summer, it's now time for us to switch gears and get focused again.

Journey Back to the World Cup: Injury Recovery
Journey Back to the World Cup: Injury Recovery

Journey Back to the World Cup:...

In September 2017, Meagan Brown joined Canadian National Alpine Skier, Ali...

Journey Back to the World Cup: Injury Recovery

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Journey Back to the World Cup: Injury Recovery

In September 2017, Meagan Brown joined Canadian National Alpine Skier, Ali Nullmeyer's team, traveling with Team Nullmeyer on the World Cup Circuit. Unfortunately, Ali's season came to an abrupt end when she suffered a season ending injury just four weeks into her training. After a long offseason of recovery, Team Nullmeyer decided to begin their quest to compete at the World Cup again in October 2018.

Understanding Athletic Therapy with Kaitlyn Swartz
Understanding Athletic Therapy with Kaitlyn Swartz

Understanding Athletic Therapy with...

Earlier this year, the Adelaide Spa added Kaitlyn Swartz to their team. Kaitlyn is a...

Understanding Athletic Therapy with Kaitlyn Swartz

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Understanding Athletic Therapy with Kaitlyn Swartz

Earlier this year, the Adelaide Spa added Kaitlyn Swartz to their team. Kaitlyn is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and Certified Athletic Therapist - the first athletic therapist to join the Spa. She focuses on a holistic approach to finding and treating the root cause of her clients' conditions and pain, and not just temporarily reducing the signs and symptoms associated with their pain and condition.

5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...tempo. In the 5 minutes we have today, let me...

5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...tempo. In the 5 minutes we have today, let me focus on how tempo affects our ability to perform better during sport and physical activity. Runners and cyclists, this beat's for you!

What is Fascia?
What is Fascia?

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a term used to identify a large fabric of connective tissue that surrounds...

What is Fascia?

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What is Fascia?

Fascia is a term used to identify a large fabric of connective tissue that surrounds all muscle, ligaments, and bone. It is made up of collagen, elastin, and a liquid component called ground substance. This gives structure to our muscle; each and every muscle cell in our body is connected to the other by fascia. Our muscle is essentially nothing more than tissue in a Myofascial "sack".

The Truth Behind the Theragun & How We're Using it...
The Truth Behind the Theragun & How We're Using it...

The Truth Behind the Theragun & How...

Over the last few months, the interest in the Theragun has exploded, in large part due...

The Truth Behind the Theragun & How We're Using it...

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The Truth Behind the Theragun & How We're Using it...

Over the last few months, the interest in the Theragun has exploded, in large part due to slow motion videos of athletes using the tool on Instagarm, and its appearance at large sporting events like this year's MLB Home Run Derby. At the Toronto Athletic Club, Barclay and Chris Broadhurst, the Sport Medicine Clinic's Director, are once again at the leading edge, having already brought the Theragun to the TAC, introducing it to our personal trainers, the team at the Clinic, and our Members.

What it Feels Like to be Part of History...
What it Feels Like to be Part of History...

What it Feels Like to be Part of...

A little over a month ago, the Toronto Raptors brought basketball fans across Toronto...

What it Feels Like to be Part of History...

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What it Feels Like to be Part of History...

A little over a month ago, the Toronto Raptors brought basketball fans across Toronto and all of Canada to their feet, winning their first ever NBA Championship and bringing the Larry O'Brien trophy home. In the weeks since, we've continued to bask in the glow of being Champions - with very few days passing without seeing Raptors and Championship apparel around the city. And while we think we had a prime seat to witness history, our view was nothing like that of the Sport Medicine Clinic's Zahra Hashwani.

Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?
Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

Is it Time for a Biomechanical...

Two of the clinicians at the Sport Medicine Clinic, Andrea Lilley (Athletic Therapist)...

Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

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Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

Two of the clinicians at the Sport Medicine Clinic, Andrea Lilley (Athletic Therapist) and Briana Bradstreet (Physiotherapist), are now offering biomechanical running assessments. Biomechanical running assessments are for runners of all levels: from novice, to marathon runners and triathletes. During a recent course, they learned: how to assess running biomechanics, how to properly assess and treat injuries when they occur, and how to know when a runner should consider changing their shoes to those with less support using the minimalist shoe index.

Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation
Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

Stay Fit this Summer While on...

Ah summer - patios, sun, fun, and, of course, VACATION!!!! Just because you have some...

Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

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Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

Ah summer - patios, sun, fun, and, of course, VACATION!!!! Just because you have some time off doesn't mean you should throw your workout routine out the window. You don't want all your hard work over the last few months to be compromised just because you may not have a gym or the right equipment available to you.

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

I've been thinking a lot lately about...the power of positive thinking. There is no...

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

I've been thinking a lot lately about...the power of positive thinking. 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.

5 Minutes with Meg: Surprises

Posted: Mar 21, 2019

I've been thinking a lot about…

…the power of the unexpected.

 

Surprise is categorized as something unexpected. Our cognitive resources are essentially hijacked and pulled into the moment. Which is a great place to be. We spend - I think - too much time focused on the future and not enough time engaged in the journey. There's lots of evidence to suggest living more of your life in the moment leads to a richer, healthier, more fulfilled life. But I digress.  

When we're surprised our emotions intensify up to 400%. So, if it's a good surprise, we'll feel intensely happy, amused, touched...I'd like to encourage you to find more opportunities to delight people you care about with unexpected things. Also, be present throughout your day and you might be caught off guard - dare I say delighted? - by things you yourself didn't expect. Surprises play an important role in maintaining and increasing our vitality; even negative ones keep us and our brains on our toes.

 

 

The unexpected in exercise

The unexpected in exercise is also really powerful. In a recent study, participants began a specific exercise regime citing varied goals as important and motivating to them. At the end of a year, one of the most powerful contributors to exercise adherence was people experiencing satisfaction with unexpected benefits - including improved mood, sleep, and energy.

Isn't that cool?

So, while we may start a new workout regime for more notable reasons (more exciting? Instagram-worthy? Life transforming?) it's in fact noting and valuing the small stuff that is truly impactful.

I love this. 

Let's be clear: lofty goals are awesome. You should keep setting goals that stretch you, make you a little nervous, and then make you really proud as you begin to realize them. Typically, those types of goals take a little bit longer and require a little more effort than the "small stuff'. AND we know that people get fed up and stop making exercise a priority if they aren't seeing results. So often (REALLY often) people drop out before they've hit the really awesome goals. The goal was on its way! But, to reach it, you needed a few more months and a few more buckets of sweat.

So... if along the way you are able to recognize and celebrate the cool small things, the odds are much greater you'll keep truckin' along. And then the odds of you realizing that kick-ass goal just went waaaaaay up!

 

 

What “small things” should you be looking for?

Look for these little treasures:

  • Put your phone away and really concentrate on your strength training session. Notice how much stronger and more coordinated you feel. Notice muscles firing faster and in better patterns then they have before.
  • Check out your posture. Did that workout just make you taller?!
  • Never tried a short, high intensity workout? Do it! Another recent study showed the vast majority of exercisers cited high intensity exercise sessions as way more fun than moderate ones!
  • Try a new class and notice how much fun it is...
  • Think of your gym session - class, treadmill run, weight session - as a sport. Congratulate yourself on being an athlete. Again, still, or for the first time.
  • Workout at lunch. Do you notice how it presses a reset button? How it can encourage you to make healthier choices for lunch?
  • Workout first thing in the morning. The rest of the day might feel a little more manageable and positive...
  • Exercise outside! Just being outdoors makes some people happy. And if the sun's out - bonus!

As always - we are here to help. If you're looking to try something different, be surprised by a workout or what your body can do, we would love to lend a hand.

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

msharp@cambridgegroupofclubs.com

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