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.

Losing is important.
Losing is important.

Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s...

Losing is important.

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Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s not to say there isn’t something to be said for approaching your game as if you are going to win. However, you are defining winning at any given moment. A winning mentality is accompanied by hope, determination, confidence, and is, in some cases, self-fulfilling.

The Woods.
The Woods.

The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed...

The Woods.

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The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed for a powerful, fully committed swing which sends the ball on a long, glamourous trajectory.

Summer Weather is Here...
Summer Weather is Here...

Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the...

Summer Weather is Here...

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Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the longer we stay in isolation but we can do this together. Some days can be dedicated to staying in and baking, while others can be all about getting outside and moving – it’s all about balance.

Fore the Love of it
Fore the Love of it

Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d...

Fore the Love of it

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Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d been sneaking onto the cart paths for some of my runs and bike rides with the boys and WOW! The spaces are glorious. That said, I have many loved ones who love to golf. So ultimately, I can be happy. 

Taste of Spring
Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve...

Taste of Spring

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Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve experienced phenomenal weather and slowly but surely the city is re-opening. But, for many of us, we’re still spending far more time at home than we would like.

Positive energy is contagious...
Positive energy is contagious...

Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today:...

Positive energy is contagious...

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Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today: I’m going to revisit Hell Week. After 3 days without sleep, the SEALs paddle down to the Mud Flats. They enter the swampy patch of terrain and the mud essentially swallows them until only their heads are visible.

On Being Thankful
On Being Thankful

On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The...

On Being Thankful

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On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The value it brings, not just to others but really to one’s self… Find something, anything, and be thankful for it. If it is a person in your life, let them know."

Sound Body & Strong Mind
Sound Body & Strong Mind

Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work...

Sound Body & Strong Mind

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Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work ethic. Low to moderate exercise can act as moving meditation. It calms the mind, increases patience, and boosts your ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions. Really intense exercise creates a razor-sharp mind. It purges stress hormones, boosts confidence, and makes everything else seem easy.

Make your bed every morning...
Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed...

Make your bed every morning...

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Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed perfectly, is she able to load a gun, map an exit strategy, watch your back? Start your day with integrity. Do the simple things right. Take care of the details. Caring about the little things demonstrates you are committed to the process, committed to excellence, and, in fact, care a lot about the bigger things. Nothing of significance stands the test of time without a sound beginning and carefully built foundation.

Sunshine is on the way
Sunshine is on the way

Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope...

Sunshine is on the way

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Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.

Bring What You Have.
Bring What You Have.

Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work...

Bring What You Have.

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Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 bizarre, unconventional days. Who better to look to for guidance and inspiration than the unusually courageous, resourceful individuals trained to thrive during unconventional warfare: SEALs.

Crowns and Coronas
Crowns and Coronas

Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of...

Crowns and Coronas

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Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also know that people who perceive that have a greater sense of control and are better able to live in the present. A sense of lack of control can be pervasive. And there is so much we cannot control these days.

The Long Weekend
The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one...

The Long Weekend

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The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one another. But I said this last weekend and I will say it again: Make. Your. Weekend. A. Weekend. Completely clean up your home office and shut it down. Don’t you dare treat Monday as a way to get caught up on work or home schooling for your kids.

The Destination or the Journey?
The Destination or the Journey?

The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement:...

The Destination or the Journey?

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The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement: Attainment of an ultimate outcome, level of success, or mastery. A process on the other hand is the organization and execution of different strategies, actions, and habits in order to attain said goal.

Cheryl's Transformation: Member Spotlight

Cheryl's Transformation: Member Spotlight
Posted: Oct 15, 2018

My tendency is to be an “all or nothing” person. Because of this, my last couple of years have been all about work. As a result, by the end of 2017, in addition to realizing I was at the highest weight I had ever been, I also achieved my worst ever worse physical results from my doctor. Changes had to be made and I wanted to find a balanced approach to improving my physical health, something that I could sustain long term.  

I started making incremental changes to my diet, including reducing alcohol consumption to start. From these dietary changes alone, I was able to lose 15lbs, with 50lbs being my overall weight loss goal.  

In March 2018, my progress had plateaued and I knew it was time for phase 2 – working exercise back into my schedule and taking a far more serious look at my diet. The opportunity to “kickstart” phase 2 came thanks to bathroom repairs at home, which forced me to shower at the Club for several mornings. A friend recommended working with Mike Savage and, so, I connected with him.

Mike has been training me since April 13, 2018, and, in that time, I have lost an additional 34 lbs.

We began with workouts 3-4 times a week, which has now increased to 4-5 per week. My week regularly consists of 2-3 days of weight training, and 2 days of cardio, with swimming being my cardio activity of choice. On my “off” days, I focus on walking and achieving 10,000 steps.

To help me focus on my dietary needs, Mike introduced me to the app “My Fitness Pal” and we created customized targets, including: daily calorie intake, protein, carbs, fat, and sugar. This method resonated with me because it offered a balanced approach to eating and, by using the app, it allowed me to feel like I was playing a game to hit my targets.

I believe the keys, thus far, to my success have been:

  1. Knowing myself. Because I know myself, I understood that I needed help to direct my motivation.
  2. Consistency. If I happen to not reach my goal on a given day or week, I brush it off and get back on track. Included in this, is making room for “me time” during the day, for me it’s the morning, when I’m able to go to the Club. 
  3. Trust. For me, it was important to find someone, like Mike, who I could trust and easily connect with.
  4. Believe in myself. Perhaps, most importantly, I have always believed that I could (and can) do this and that the results I want are possible.

It’s been an incredible six months, but I’m so excited to see where this journey will take me.

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Cheryl

 

Coach’s Corner

It has been such a pleasure working with Cheryl over the past six months, her goal-focused approach to training is truly inspirational.

Cheryl’s relentless hard work during each session, along with her dedication and training consistency, are definitely paying off, as she is only 1lb away from her 50lb weight-loss target.
Since April 2018, Cheryl has made many nutritional and physical changes to her daily life, which are reflected in her accomplishments:

  • 34lbs reduction in body weight
  • 11% reduction in body fat

I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of Cheryl’s journey and to work with like-minded individuals who are fully committed to making a positive impact on their lives.  I was drawn to this profession for that exact reason, to make a difference in people’s lives, helping them to achieve their training goals. Cheryl and I are a team; I offer my knowledge and advice, while she actively applies it to her training and nutrition.

If you’re interested in making additional positive changes in your life today, I recommend focusing on the following areas:

  1. Your nutrition. This is a key player.  Without providing your body with the right amount of proteins, carbs, and fats to support your training goal(s), you may never quite get your desired results.
  2. Workout consistency. Try to schedule your workouts like you do your business meetings. If your work schedule doesn’t cooperate (and at times it won’t), still try to prioritize “you” time. That will feel like a win for you personally.
  3. Strength training. This may just be the missing metabolic ingredient when your primary goal is improving body composition. Not only will lifting weights help to increase your metabolism and help you fit better into your jeans, but it also has the power to improve your performance on cardio focused training days. Seriously, I’m not kidding – try it!
  4. Sleep: Very few of us seem to get enough shut-eye. Many benefits come from getting 7-8 hours of quality undisturbed sleep per night. It’s during sleep that your body recovers from your training session. So, the next time you think to yourself, “I’ll just watch one more episode of Game of Thrones before bed,” think again, and send yourself to the land of nod.

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Mike Savage, CSCS, MES, RTS 123, FMS

Personal Trainer & Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Toronto Athletic Club

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