Get Ready for Father's Day
Get Ready for Father's Day

Get Ready for Father's Day

This weekend we’re celebrating the most important men in our lives – our...

Get Ready for Father's Day

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Get Ready for Father's Day

This weekend we’re celebrating the most important men in our lives – our dads, grandfathers, husbands, sons, partners, uncles, friends… If you’re planning a backyard barbecue, we’ve got some spectacular recipes for appetizers, salads, drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and more…everything you need to make your party a smashing success!

Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.
Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.

Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.

The Gratitude Game. Neil Pasricha is an expert on happiness, and “Rose, Rose,...

Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.

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Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.

The Gratitude Game. Neil Pasricha is an expert on happiness, and “Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud” is one of his hacks. Whether you’ve heard of it before or not - now might be the perfect time to brush off this simple game and give it a whirl.

Summer Trip?
Summer Trip?

Summer Trip?

Likely not this year. But that doesn’t mean you can skip your week off. In fact,...

Summer Trip?

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Summer Trip?

Likely not this year. But that doesn’t mean you can skip your week off. In fact, if at all possible, you mustn’t. Summer holidays, like weekends serve a few specific, vital purposes. The wants and needs differ from person to person, but we all benefit from an occasional, healthy dose of a few - or a lot - of the following: Rest, recovery, escape, play, sleep, fiction, family-time, me-time, down time, outdoor time, slower pace, faster pace, different pace, more exercise, sex, less exercise, more beer, no beer, no news…

Transition
Transition

Transition

We’re in the midst of transitioning from Spring to Summer. The earth is filled...

Transition

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Transition

We’re in the midst of transitioning from Spring to Summer. The earth is filled with growth and promise: there are glorious flowers peeking through the soil and nutrient dense fruits and vegetables simmering just below the surface.

The Lion and The Unicorn
The Lion and The Unicorn

The Lion and The Unicorn

More than four-hundred years ago, a single sovereign came to rule two kingdoms. Each...

The Lion and The Unicorn

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The Lion and The Unicorn

More than four-hundred years ago, a single sovereign came to rule two kingdoms. Each possessed its own coat of arms: one depicting two lions, the other two unicorns. Unification of the lands resulted in the creation of one single coats of arms, with one beast on either side.

Virtual Pride
Virtual Pride

Virtual Pride

When something exists virtually, we mean it is essentially the same. The same in...

Virtual Pride

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Virtual Pride

When something exists virtually, we mean it is essentially the same. The same in essence. When something exists in essence, it is simpler, while the fundamental, important parts remains in tact. Pride will be celebrated virtually this year. As with many things – Personal Training certainly – nothing can replace the energy, power, and impact of person-to-person contact. But still, we can keep the integrity of some of the essential things that Pride Month tries to accomplish.

Your Life Matters
Your Life Matters

Your Life Matters

My Exercise Fundamentals have borne these titles: Movement Matters. Mindfulness...

Your Life Matters

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Your Life Matters

My Exercise Fundamentals have borne these titles: Movement Matters. Mindfulness Matters. Intensity Matters. “To matter” means to be of importance, significance, of great consequence. My titles are deliberate. My own attempt to make you the reader, you the exerciser sit up and take notice. 

Acceptance
Acceptance

Acceptance

People don’t typically ask to be celebrated for their differences. They ask to be...

Acceptance

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Acceptance

People don’t typically ask to be celebrated for their differences. They ask to be accepted. Presumably accepting others begins with accepting ourselves. We need to know our whole self. To accept our whole self. As the foundation for embracing and being our whole self. Love is a basic human right. And so, therefore, is love of yourself. 

Different Differences
Different Differences

Different Differences

There is a lot of literature out there on the power of being different. The importance...

Different Differences

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Different Differences

There is a lot of literature out there on the power of being different. The importance of honouring your uniqueness. Of being strong and courageous and holding true to your different-ness because this will open doors, build new bridges, change the world.

Pride.
Pride.

Pride.

This month is Pride Month. And I would like to “lean in”. I am afraid to do...

Pride.

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Pride.

This month is Pride Month. And I would like to “lean in”. I am afraid to do so. Fear is a strong emotion. A strong word. I don’t use it lightly. I am more afraid of silence.

Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes
Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes

Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer...

What a beautiful start to the weekend! Our team has been spending some extra time in...

Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes

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Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes

What a beautiful start to the weekend! Our team has been spending some extra time in the garden and whipping up our favourite summer treats to help beat the heat. Spoil yourself, your family, and your friends with these delicious recipes all summer long.

Creative. Determined. Inspired.
Creative. Determined. Inspired.

Creative. Determined. Inspired.

That’s you. No virus is going to hold you back from taking charge of what you can...

Creative. Determined. Inspired.

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Creative. Determined. Inspired.

That’s you. No virus is going to hold you back from taking charge of what you can control: your strength, your health, your fitness, yourself. Today, June 6th, 2020, is National Health and Fitness Day. And today, we want to celebrate you.

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses
Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Sometimes weaknesses are a direct reflection of our strengths. We are tenacious yet...

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

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Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Sometimes weaknesses are a direct reflection of our strengths. We are tenacious yet stubborn. We are patient and careful, but prone to overthinking, overanalyzing to the point of paralysis. We are sensitive, dogged, or committed in ways that are admirable, but can be frustrating, overwhelming.

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking
Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For...

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

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Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For others, it makes us far too uncomfortable, insecure, nervous. Still, others, don’t necessarily enjoy risk taking per se, but do it anyways: They understand – usually from experience – that incredible innovation, transformational change, unprecedented achievement typically requires assuming a certain degree of risk. They know that risk can lead to failure. They know that failure – in the right hands – cultivates humility, curiosity, and can be a phenomenal learning experience. 

Adversity & Opportunity
Adversity & Opportunity

Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a...

Adversity & Opportunity

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Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a moment there seems to be so little you can do. As indeed there is. And that can be the magic of it. We know that too many options, too much choice can be debilitating. It can leave you questioning your judgement to the point that no matter what you decide, you remain a little anxious that you could have chosen better. 

Adversity & Survival
Adversity & Survival

Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons...

Adversity & Survival

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Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons we’ve survived for as long as we have. When bombarded with an onslaught of incredible physical demands, the human body ultimately responds by increasing energy efficiency, building lean tissue, and increasing neuro-muscular mechanism so we are stronger and more powerful, and improves our capacity to resist fatigue and handle stress.

Adversity
Adversity

Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or -...

Adversity

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Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or - often - an intricate combination of all three. Adversity creates real pain and can be accompanied by fear, anguish, and despondency. It can also incite anger and spur furious, violent action.

The Art of Putting
The Art of Putting

The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly...

The Art of Putting

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The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly important. But I imagine being a good putter is far more important than having a good putter. Being a great putter can be the difference between winning and losing. And while you might think you need to spend hundreds on a new putter… it’s likely more valuable to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide what you can improve in yourself first.

Don't Stop Believing
Don't Stop Believing

Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of...

Don't Stop Believing

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Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of survivors, champions… the people who make it happen… when everyone else said it was impossible. Hope – even unfounded – keeps a fragile spirit alive. Hope when it’s founded? That’s a beast to be reckoned with. A belief that is founded is based on facts: historical or scientific evidence that the future hoped for is not only probable, it’s inevitable.

Getting out of trouble
Getting out of trouble

Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the...

Getting out of trouble

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Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the highest loft. Designed for chips, pitches, and playing out of sand bunkers. Designed – in other words – to get you out of trouble after you’ve made a less than optimal shot.

Acceptance

Posted: Jun 9, 2020

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

People don’t typically ask to be celebrated for their differences. They ask to be accepted. 

Presumably accepting others begins with accepting ourselves. We need to know our whole self. To accept our whole self. As the foundation for embracing and being our whole self. Love is a basic human right. And so, therefore, is love of yourself. 

Being a basic right hardly means it is a simple feat to love and accept yourself. Certainly not when shame or fear enter the equation. How do you accept yourself when you fear the repercussions of being you? How do you accept another when you are afraid of them? How do you accept or even begin to understand another when you don’t quite understand or accept yourself?

Perhaps this is one place to begin: With accepting yourself. I’m not a huge fan of navel searching. I think people and worlds fare better when we are compassionately preoccupied with better understanding and helping others instead of ourselves. But perhaps we need to take a step back and be really honest with ourselves about how we are different. We are each of us unique, strange, queer. Can we allow ourselves to be more honest and more vulnerable? Experience how it feels to have some of our differences accepted and others treated with discomfort, distrust, even fear. Acknowledge that being different is completely different from being wrong. And remember how much good, how much strength comes from accepting, embracing, and meshing differences. That real progress takes real courage, open mindedness, and trust.

Inspiration of the Day

“Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.” – Barbara Gittings

Classes of the Day

We’ve got THREE more classes on the schedule today, just for you!

TNT with Lori

Start your morning off right with this workout, full of high intensity intervals designed to leave you as a lean, mean, fat burning machine. The exercises will be different from last week’s class, keeping your body challenged!

Join Lori at 7:00am (45 minutes) from your very own living room.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 842 3730 2549
Password: 106398

HIIT with Lauren

Your lunchtime just got a whole lot better! Today, you can join Lauren for her HIIT class that incorporates cardio and strength exercises to get your muscles burning and heart pumping in no time!

Recommended equipment for today: a chair, medium dumbbell for squat press, pillow

Join Lauren at 12:00pm (45 minutes) from your living room.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 880 8393 0882
Password: 382009

Pilates Matwork with Stephanie

Fire up your core and sculpt long, lean muscle with Pilates Matwork. This series dives into classical matwork and explores key Pilates exercises and their variations. Prepare to sweat, get stronger, and work your entire body with this complete Pilates workout.

Recommended equipment for today: a padded mat, light weights, long belt/strap for stretching

Join Stephanie at 5:30pm (30 minutes) from your living room.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 880 7113 7764
Password: 020644

REMINDER: We have a Mobility & Stability class tomorrow morning at 7:30am. Be sure to check your inbox bright and early for the Soup of the Day with the class’ link, meeting ID, and password!

If you have any questions about our virtual classes, please reach out to Lauren.

Racquet of the Day

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

Squash isn’t all about what happens on the court, what you do before and after a game is crucial and can make all the difference.

Good preparation before you play and doing the right things after you play can not only improve your overall performance but also play a key part in preventing injury.

The 4 pillars of preparation:
  • Nutrition: Playing on a full stomach is never good but you also don’t want to be running on empty – try and find the right balance by eating at least 2 hours before you play. I like to eat a smaller meal with some pasta, salad, and lean protein in the run up to a game.
  • Hydration: We all know the importance of staying hydrated for peak performance and overall health. Always have a bottle of water on hand and make sure you take breaks in-between games for important rehydration time.
  • Warm Up: Easily the most overlooked area for so many of the players I see! How many times have you started a match cold, only to be a game down before you know it and struggling to find a way back! Get your body warm and heart rate up by trying to replicate the movements you will make in a match. Short sprints (running from the office doesn’t count!), lunges, skipping, and jogging on the spot are all simple, effective ways to hit the court warmed up and raring to go.
  • Warm Down: The last piece of the puzzle and not one to forget! A thorough stretch down will help take away those tight muscles and reduce DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). It’s also an ideal time to reflect on your game and make some mental notes… Now go and enjoy a cold beer at the bar and hit the hot tub…you earned it!

For questions about keeping your Squash skills razor sharp, you can connect with Laurence directly here.

Trainer Moves of the Day

Penny Phang – Personal Trainer at the Adelaide Club – will help you iron out your hump day lumps and bumps with these stretches. It's easy enough to find yourself sitting at a desk or at some point even watching television where there might be a coffee table nearby. This means you have lots of opportunities to squeeze in a quick stretch to thank your body for everything it does to keep you alive and moving! Try out these simple stretches and get creative — make up a few of your own!

 

For questions about today’s Trainer Moves, you can connect with Penny directly here.

Webinar of the Day

Join Penny TODAY at 2:00pm for her new webinar: Secret Strategies to Losing Belly Fat and Stubborn Pounds.

Many people try to lose weight by going on a “diet” and stressing out about the “work-OUT” when in fact the most important component to achieving real results is about the “work-IN” because 70% of staying in shape comes from what you put IN your body. It’s not about counting calories, depriving yourself, and creating more stress to your schedule, but rather is about learning sustainable strategies that help you lose weight and keep it off in a healthy way.

This webinar will inspire you with insight about your miraculous body and provide 3 secret strategies to help you achieve your healthiest weight with daily habits you can implement immediately. Walk away with easy-to-follow tips & techniques that will put you on track to jumpstart your wellness goals!

Click here to sign-up for the webinar.

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