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.

Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director

Posted: Nov 18, 2019

You’ve seen him around the Club. Right now, you can even spot him gracing the Adelaide Club ads in the PATH. Meet Garth Sinclair, an integral part of the Adelaide family and the Club’s Membership Director. He’s oftentimes the first-person new members meet when they join the Club and can regularly be seen working out with his training partner Guy Jeong, one of the Club’s incredible Personal Trainers. Garth also leads four popular classes on our group fitness schedule. The Adelaide Club simply wouldn’t be the same without him, so we sat down with Garth to talk about his experiences at the Club, why he still loves coming to work, and his recommendations for new members.

We won’t mention how long, but you’ve been at the Club for many years, what makes the Club so special?

Like you said, I’ve been here for a long time and I’m still excited about coming in every day – that’s special. I’m the type of person who likes change and I’ve always looked forward to trying something different because I typically get bored easily. I’ve switched, sports, hobbies (like piano), and I’ve traveled so far to 52 countries (and counting) around the world because I always want to experience something new. However, being in an environment where Members and staff really seem as one… there is a unique camaraderie between those who work here and those who belong as Members. I’ve met some of my best friends in the years I’ve been here at the Club.  That’s what makes the Adelaide Club so very special. Here is a fun fact…This is the only fulltime employment I’ve had since immigrating to Canada from Jamaica!

You touched on it already, but can you speak a bit more about the community at the Adelaide Club?

I’ve seen and experienced a lot of relationships that have begun and developed here – Members who met in my class, gotten married, and stared a family – but I’ve also seen some really special friendships between Members and staff flourish. There is something special about the environment at the Adelaide Club. It fosters a genuine, authentic, friendly and respectful community that prioritizes health, wellness, and fitness.

You have a special role here at the Club, acting as both Membership Director & a group fitness instructor. What do you love about both of these aspects at the Club?

They are quite different – which I like. Heading up the Membership Department gives me the opportunity to meet almost every Member who joins the Club. Imagine just how many stories I’ve heard over the years. I sit with these new Members, welcome them to the Club, listen to their stories, and send them on a path to improving their fitness lifestyle – their journey really does begin in my office.

And then when it comes to teaching, it gives me the opportunity to actually be part of their fitness journey. It also keeps me in touch with our Members and I really appreciate the energy that they bring to the classes. There is a happiness that fills the room - it’s electric! I have some dedicated Members who’ve been attending my classes for years and I love having the opportunity to connect with them. Plus, teaching these classes contribute to my personal fitness. There are certain things I wouldn’t do without these classes – namely, cardio – so this gives me a great and fun opportunity to regularly get my cardio in!

Do you have any favourite spaces at the Club?

Hmmmm, I’ve never really thought about that before. I LOVE IT ALL. I’d probably then say, the Build Gym [which includes traditional dumbbells, free weights, etc.] because it has done such great things for me and my physical fitness. Although, our new STRENGTH GYM is pretty awesome too. If you can believe it, I was a very skinny kid – all skin and bones. I was told when I was 17 or 18 that I should start lifting weights, and that has really stuck with me. So I’ve spent a lot of time in the Build Gym using the weights and working with Guy to continue to improve my level of fitness.

I’d also have to say that the HUB’s lounge is one of my favourite spaces. I’ve been to a lot of other gyms and clubs in the city and around the world, and can confidently say that I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a very unique spot for our Members to relax, work, and hangout.  We’ve had some spectacular parties in the space.

Now seems like the right time for me to ask about the three words that you think best describe the Adelaide Club.

Fun – sure, folks often times use that word loosely, but the FUN here is REAL!

Innovative – we’re forever introducing new things to the Club and changing what we do.

Community – I’ve said it before, but I can’t leave it out because a community really is who we are.

We couldn’t agree more! Alright, last question, what would be your recommendations for a new Member at – or someone who is considering joining – the Adelaide Club?

Be open to experiencing things that you originally never thought you would. When I show a prospective member through the Club, I always ask about the fitness activities the individual has done previously. Usually I get the answer of “I’ve always only done weight training OR I only want to do group classes” – which are both terrific, I love them too…BUT one can also complement “weight training and classes” with many other fitness activities. At that point, I let them know that we’ll explore the areas that offer the things they mentioned, but that I’m also going to give them an insight into a myriad of other options we have available at the Club.

To get the best out of fitness and “Club Life”, one should consider cross-training; do different things so your body doesn’t get used to doing the same movement. We are lucky because we have such a wide variety of group fitness classes here at the Adelaide – I mean, we have 120+ classes, who else offers that?!  - five studios and four gym spaces.

We know you’ve known Garth for years, but now we hope you know him just a little bit better. He’s an absolutely essential member of our team; we couldn’t ask for a better person to act as our welcoming committee. If you’re interested in learning more about the Adelaide Club, booking a tour, or referring a friend to the Club, please reach out to Garth directly.

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