Chase Away the Monday Blues
Chase Away the Monday Blues

Chase Away the Monday Blues

Happy Monday everyone. I have reams of thoughtful, interesting, and motivating content...

Chase Away the Monday Blues

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Chase Away the Monday Blues

Happy Monday everyone. I have reams of thoughtful, interesting, and motivating content for today and the days ahead. First off, I would be remiss in not posting an apology in relation to Saturday's workout...

Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest
Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

While the TAC Sport Medicine Clinic is temporarily closed due to the public health...

Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

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Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

While the TAC Sport Medicine Clinic is temporarily closed due to the public health concern surrounding COVID-19, we want to regularly reach out to all of you with our Healthy View Blog. These articles will feature current, relevant topics helping you to stay healthy and engaged over the next few weeks.

Cheers to the Weekend!
Cheers to the Weekend!

Cheers to the Weekend!

It IS the weekend. Schedules are really helpful these days. But not so much today....

Cheers to the Weekend!

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Cheers to the Weekend!

It IS the weekend. Schedules are really helpful these days. But not so much today. Today, make sure it FEELS like the weekend. Indulge a little. Play a lot. Take a break from the serious news and dive into some positive media. Curl up and watch a movie or read a book in the middle of the day... And...if you feel the need to be productive, surprise and delight someone you love. Write a love letter... start a dance party in the kitchen... make breakfast in bed... give a foot massage...

It's Been a Week...
It's Been a Week...

It's Been a Week...

We've just completed week one of this Series. And I so hope some of you are finding...

It's Been a Week...

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It's Been a Week...

We've just completed week one of this Series. And I so hope some of you are finding the content helpful and inspiring. For me, I am loving creating and collating these posts. I REALLY miss coming into the Clubs and am so missing the opportunity to physically connect with all of you. This is helping me feel like we can still make at least a small positive difference in a few lives. So, I'm extremely grateful for this space.

This One's For You
This One's For You

This One's For You

Have you noticed an increase in runners out on the roads in your neighbourhood? Maybe...

This One's For You

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This One's For You

Have you noticed an increase in runners out on the roads in your neighbourhood? Maybe it's because of Club closures across the city. Maybe it's just the start of the spring weather. Whatever the reason, if you're an avid runner, cyclist, stepmiller, or power walker, today's workout is for you!

Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom
Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom

Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom

We know you've had to make a lot of adjustments in the last couple of weeks. You...

Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom

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Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom

We know you've had to make a lot of adjustments in the last couple of weeks. You may now be working from home. Your stress and anxiety levels might be keeping you awake. You might be struggling with isolation and social distancing. Just take a breath. In. Out. And read on for some health, wellness, and fitness tips to help you structure your day. We're all in this together.

Today is Your Day
Today is Your Day

Today is Your Day

For many of us, we're into our second week of isolation. That means more time at...

Today is Your Day

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Today is Your Day

For many of us, we're into our second week of isolation. That means more time at home with the family, increased stress, and maybe even fewer workouts. There is no better time to shake those bad habits and get yourself back on track.

Much Needed Monday Motivation
Much Needed Monday Motivation

Much Needed Monday Motivation

Soup. Chock-a-block full of goodness and surprises. You never know what's going to...

Much Needed Monday Motivation

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Much Needed Monday Motivation

Soup. Chock-a-block full of goodness and surprises. You never know what's going to end up on your spoon! So, dig in...

Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up
Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up

Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up

Our schedules are really all over the place right now. Did you wake up this morning...

Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up

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Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up

Our schedules are really all over the place right now. Did you wake up this morning wondering what day of the week it even is? We did! And that's why we want to help you keep your routine going, even on a Saturday morning.

"Soup of the Day"...just got...

'Cause soup is good food. Healthy, comforting...a gentle hug from the inside out....

"Soup of the Day"...just got serious!

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"Soup of the Day"...just got serious!

'Cause soup is good food. Healthy, comforting...a gentle hug from the inside out. With all this social distancing, who couldn't use a good hug?!? Please tune in every day as we share our inspirations for food, movements, practices, and thoughts to keep you positive, healthy, and connected in the days ahead.

Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians 55 and Up
Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians 55 and Up

Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians...

Ali El-Mokadem – one of our personal trainers at the Toronto Athletic Club...

Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians 55 and Up

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Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians 55 and Up

Ali El-Mokadem – one of our personal trainers at the Toronto Athletic Club – recently gave us some excellent exercise and nutrition tips targeted towards our Members in the 55+ age bracket, helping them to live a healthier lifestyle in retirement.  

5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's Edition
5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's Edition

5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's...

Since 1910, the 8th of March has been considered globally by many as a day to celebrate...

5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's Edition

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5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's Edition

Since 1910, the 8th of March has been considered globally by many as a day to celebrate women. International Women's Day Organization 2020 is supporting a number of important and laudable missions including highlighting and applauding important gains that are being made, celebrating women's achievements and accomplishments, and taking a stance to call out and raise awareness about inequality. They also encourage everyone to "do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women".

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...

5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition

Posted: Feb 10, 2020

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. Short bursts of really difficult lifting, loading, and sprinting have such a positive impact on the strength of the muscles – including the heart. They illicit positive changes in our hormonal profile that keep us vital, and stimulate brain development and function. For many, an acute, high intensity workout increases dopamine levels in the brain, improving our memory and focus, and making us feel awesome. For me – to be very honest – when I finish these kinds of taxing workouts, I sometimes feel like a superhero version of myself. “Wow. I did THAT!” And that’s a pretty awesome feeling.

But with all this fuss and bother about HIIT… I don’t want to miss some important things:

What about longer more moderate workouts? What about that 3-hour hike? Or that 10km run where you stride at your best friends’ pace? (It’s a wee bit slower than yours – but you love each other’s company!) What about riding your bike with your little ones? Or just taking a walk after dinner?

There’s lots of great evidence to show that longer workouts also provide loads of positive adaptations. Of course, it varies depending on the duration, type of activity, and relative intensity. But a few perks include increasing endurance, providing a source of active recovery, and relaxing the mind. It’s easier to socialize during a lower intensity workout. Sometimes it’s easier on the joints. Walking is SO GOOD for your spine and pelvis. And for some of us? We really enjoy the activity. What could be more important than that?

When we look at forming new habits, one of the greatest predictors is level of enjoyment. If the workouts you are doing are in theory “super-effective” but you HATE them…guess what? You are highly unlikely to stick to them*. 

Increased levels of dopamine in the brain help hardwire new habits. So, loving the activity is in many ways more important than anything else.

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Meg Sharp, MSc., B.Ed.Kin, FST, Executive Director of Personal Training, Cambridge Group of Clubs

msharp@cambridgegrourpofclubs.com

*Footnote: Getting results is also an important factor in adherence. So, if your goals involve significant physiological or morphological change over a relatively short period of time, you will very likely need to incorporate bouts of activity and dietary changes that will not always be easy!

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