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

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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.
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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

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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...

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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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.

Creative. Determined. Inspired.

Posted: Jun 5, 2020

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

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. We are inspired by all of you. Everything you are doing to keep the economy going. Your ongoing generous support of and connections to our Clubs. Everything you are doing to help your neighbours and anyone more vulnerable than you. The gratitude you demonstrate towards those who are risking their own health to keep Canada strong. And everything you are doing – despite so many challenges – to keep your own body as strong and fit as possible.

Some of our best fitness experts, have banded together to send you personal messages of support and inspiration. But first, you must watch these 83 seconds of magic.

Inspirations of the Day

“Move because it’s better than not moving.” - Michael Bellissimo

“Employ the 1% principle. Do everything 1% better every day. Imagine where you will be in a week, a month, a year.” - Blair Larsen

"Wake up with intentions for the day and get things done right away." - Cquen Houston-McMillan

“You are stronger than you think you are ...you have no idea how strong you are...that’s your biggest weakness! And it is my life mission to make you realize that!” - Lori Kirwan

“Any exercise is better than no exercise.” - Lauren Fernandes

“Prioritize strength training - training to get stronger is the foundation of longevity - aesthetics will follow!” - Lauren Neal

“Who motivates the motivator? ...become your motivator, find a mentor, roll up your sleeves, and enjoy the journey.” - Barclay Hollinger

“Never be afraid of having high hopes. Harness the excitement, energy, and resources that hope lends you. Take a deep breath and carve a clear path for how your journey must begin. Begin it with determination and optimism. And be prepared to work hard, pivot, and ask for help along the way.” - Meg Sharp

“Strive for progress, not perfection.” - Jordanna Bertolin

“Take a moment each morning for some gratitude and sunshine - sunshine in the morning promotes a better sleep at night!” - Dena Ryde

“Move. You’re designed for it!” - Brandon Bernick

“Movement isn’t always a good thing, but proper movement is. Pay attention to HOW you are moving and WHY you are moving the way you do to achieve the most productive and safest results in the shortest period of time.” - Stephen McKenzie

“Don’t wait ‘til everything is good to be happy. You can be happy now by seeing the good in everything.” - Penny Phang

“We all are guilty of bypassing the foam roller, the core exercises, and the flexibility work in favour of time on the squat rack, bench press, or treadmill. Now is the opportunity to make up for lost time: Train your core, foam roll your areas of overuse, and spend time mobilizing those chronically tight muscles. The better we take care of these aspects of our fitness, the faster we'll return to peak form after quarantine.” - Rob Coates

"Fitness isn't about being better than someone else... Fitness is about being better than you use to be.” - Anonymous, embraced by Tyler Ward

Class of the Day

In support of National Health and Fitness Day, we’re bringing you another phenomenal TNT class!

Join Lori this morning for this high energy, challenging class, designed to turn you into a lean, mean, fat burning machine.

Class begins at 11:15 and will last 50 minutes.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 881 5708 6530
Password: 628385

Next Week’s Classes

We’ve got 13 classes on the schedule for next week. Click here to see which ones you want to join!

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

Martha's Bite of the Day

Here’s a beautiful dish Martha Wright – Executive Chef at Stratus - found on Bon Appétit Magazine’s Instagram while she was randomly searching for inspiration.

Caramelized Cabbage

Cabbage, the humble cabbage. I love it for so many reasons. It doesn’t command a premium price, lasts in a root cellar for a long time, it has an impressive nutrient content, and is incredibly versatile. Think coleslaw, sauerkraut, braised cabbage. It is a workhorse for fall/winter/spring cooking. Because it can keep in a cellar, it makes eating locally sourced foods easier while we wait for the spring and summer harvest to begin. 

I discovered this recipe while looking for inspiration one afternoon, and now it’s a regular in my “what to make for dinner” rotation. This is a great dish served as a side, accompanying a simple roast chicken. It can be a hearty stew by adding more veggies (think bell peppers, kale), and either chorizo sausage, Italian sausage, leftover chicken, or all three! It can also be the base for a complete vegetarian meal, by adding cooked chickpeas or black beans, and more veggies. 

I use this recipe as a starting off point, meaning don’t be afraid to get creative with spices, veggies, or proteins. Good cooking is all about adapting, trusting your instincts, and being willing to fail. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 x 500 ml can crushed tomato
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1 rib celery chopped 
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 medium head of green cabbage (about 2 lb total)
  • Kosher salt
  • Canola oil for cooking
  • 3 tbsp chopped dill, parsley, or cilantro
  • Full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream (optional for serving)
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  • Cut cabbage in half through core. Cut each half through core into 4 wedges. Be sure to leave the core in, this will help the cabbage stay together during cooking. 
  • Heat oil to cover the bottom of a cast-iron pan large enough to fit the cabbage, over medium-high. Working in batches, if needed, add cabbage to pan cut side down and season with salt. Sear, turning occasionally, until lightly caramelized, about 4 minutes per side. Watch for oil splatters. Transfer cabbage to a plate.
  • Wipe pan clean, add more oil, the sliced onions, garlic, and chopped celery. Gently sweat until soft, add the cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds. Once they are toasted add the crushed tomatoes and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it comes to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Nestle cabbage wedges back into skillet (they should have shrunk while browning; a bit of overlap is okay). Transfer cabbage to oven and bake, uncovered until very tender, liquid is mostly evaporated, and cabbage is caramelized around the edges, 40 – 50 minutes. You should be able to pierce the cabbage with a toothpick when it is fully cooked. 

Note: I always try to make this dish with extra sauce. It makes great leftovers as the flavours will develop after a day in the fridge. 

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