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.

Getting out of trouble

Posted: May 27, 2020

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

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.

There are moments when the person you love is upset. It might not have anything to do with you. Still, it helps to approach the situation with care. Acknowledge and accept where they are, how they are feeling at that moment. You can’t make them change anymore than you can kick your golf ball to a more favourable spot. Ask if there’s an approach you can take to make things better. As the loft from the wedge would kick your ball up high, allow your mind, and creativity to soar… is there something unexpected you can do to cheer them up, make them smile or laugh, and show them how much you care. 

If you are at fault, take a deep breath. Be honest. Take responsibility. Apologize and mean it.

Inspiration of the Day

“Golf is about how well you accept, respond to, and score with your misses much more so than it is a game of your perfect shots.” – Dr. Bob Rotella, Sports Psychologist

Classes of the Day

Today is going to be a great day because we’ve got THREE classes for you to join!

Mobility & Stability with Adriana

Join Adriana for your morning pick-me-up! This class will focus on moving through a full range of motion and develop your full body control, flexibility, and usable range.

Recommended equipment: yoga block or pillow

Join Adriana at 7:30am (45 minutes) from your own living room.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 812 2541 6617
Password: 013104

Cycling with James

Get an amazing cardiovascular workout on an indoor bike. The class will simulate an outdoor ride, including a mix of intervals and hills.

Recommended equipment: bike trainer

Join James at 11:00am (45 minutes) from your own living room.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 862 7308 7908
Password: 263088

Rip it Up with Gavin

This class will challenge you to your max! Come out and perform the prescribed workout for the day. This class utilizes all your skills, from coordination to endurance and strength. No equipment necessary, you’ll just need your body weight!

Join Gavin at 12:00pm (35 minutes) from your own living room.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 842 2984 9491
Password: 510345

To learn more about our virtual classes, please reach out to Lauren directly.

Trainer Moves of the Day

If you’re missing a great workout with loads of awesome cuing, guidance, and motivation support, today’s Trainer Moves are just the thing you need. Lori Kirwan, Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor at the Adelaide Club, takes her client through a tough full body workout using minimal equipment and lots of effort. If you have a couple of milk jugs you can fill, that would be great!

 

For questions about Lori’s workout, you can connect directly with her here.

Martha's Sip of the Day

From Martha Wright, Executive Chef, Stratus Restaurant

During this time of staying at home, it’s easy to fall into “vacation” mode: sleeping in, not eating healthy (or at regular intervals), and maybe even enjoying a few more cocktails than usual. It can quickly become part of the new normal. Let’s face it, beer and wine are way more fun than water. While looking for non-alcoholic options in the stores, there is an overabundance of products that contain an unhealthy amount of sugar. Coke being the obvious example with roughly 3.25 tablespoons of sugar in a single can. I like to make shrubs (drinking vinegars) to add to bubbly water. Shrubs have origins dating back to 17th century England where vinegar was used as an alternative to citrus juices in the preservation of berries and other fruits for the off-season. They are a great way to inject life into plain bubbly water, and you can control the amount and type of sugar.

They are so simple to make, it’s basically fruit, even vegetables, macerated with sugar (I like things more tart, so I use very little), and vinegar. You can do either a cold or hot method to make the infusion. Hot being faster, but I use the cold method as I feel it keeps the fruit or vegetable “alive”. Most often I use raw apple cider vinegar for added health benefits. Don’t be afraid to get super creative with combinations, adding different herbs and spices, even switching up the type of vinegar. I have a strawberry, balsamic, black pepper shrub in my fridge from 2015. It is amazing to try it over the years to see how it has changed in depth and complexity, like an aged wine. I always have at least 2-3 flavours either working or ready to go in my fridge.

Here is a rough recipe for a rhubarb and mint shrub that I just bottled. There is so much information and recipes, on the internet, but I find they often call for way too much sugar, so I always go by feeling and intuition.

Rhubarb Shrub:

  • 3 cups thinly sliced rhubarb
  • 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Raw Apple cider vinegar

Combine the fruit, sugar, and mint in a 1L mason jar (wide mouth ones work best), and muddle it well. The sugar will draw out the juice from the rhubarb. Let it sit on the counter for a day, continuing to muddle to really extract as much juice from the rhubarb. It should shrink to about the halfway mark in the jar. Now just top it up with your vinegar (roughly 500ml), and let it sit out for a few more days (don’t worry, it won’t spoil). Shake it up every once in a while. Next step is to strain it through a fine strainer. You can press on the solids to get every last drop, you will get a higher yield, but your finished shrub may be a bit cloudy.

Next step is to add it to some bubbly water, roughly 1 oz shrub to 8 oz water. Be careful, it can really foam up if you combine them too quickly, like pouring a beer incorrectly. And get creative with flavour combinations as the seasons change. With the onset of summer, the possibilities are endless.

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