Performance Enhancement Specialization: The Cambridge Club's New Training Program
Performance Enhancement Specialization: The Cambridge Club's New Training Program

Performance Enhancement...

Are you looking to improve your strength, power, speed, agility, and quickness? At the...

Performance Enhancement Specialization: The Cambridge Club's New Training Program

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Performance Enhancement Specialization: The Cambridge Club's New Training Program

Are you looking to improve your strength, power, speed, agility, and quickness? At the Cambridge Club, Sharlton, a Performance Enhancement Specialist, has created a new program based on the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model that is designed to do just this.

Learning the Power of Community with Nat & Tina
Learning the Power of Community with Nat & Tina

Learning the Power of Community...

A new year means new ads in the PATH around the Adelaide Club. If you've recently...

Learning the Power of Community with Nat & Tina

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Learning the Power of Community with Nat & Tina

A new year means new ads in the PATH around the Adelaide Club. If you've recently gone underground to travel to and from the Club, we're guessing you've seen our new marketing pieces featuring members Nat & Tina! Both Nat and Tina are staples around the Club, often being found working out in the STRENGTH Gym, taking advantage of the Club's amenities, and challenging themselves with their friends in Strength Lab.

5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day...

I've been thinking a lot about...Valentine's Day. With Valentine's Day just...

5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Valentine's Day Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...Valentine's Day. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I find myself, similar to last year, thinking a lot about the heart. And again, like last year, both the biological and the emotional heart. Those who know me, know I'm a huge proponent of high intensity training (HIIT) - in both the weight bearing and cardiovascular arenas.

Supporting Immune Health - Cold & Flu Prevention
Supporting Immune Health - Cold & Flu Prevention

Supporting Immune Health - Cold &...

Cold and flu season is upon us; during this time of year, we are exposed to more germs...

Supporting Immune Health - Cold & Flu Prevention

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Supporting Immune Health - Cold & Flu Prevention

Cold and flu season is upon us; during this time of year, we are exposed to more germs as we huddle indoors to escape the cold. The immune system is also challenged by lower temperatures, lack of sunlight, and stress following the holidays. Read on to get Dr. Cugliari's top recommendations to support your immune system this winter.

Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's Personal Experience
Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's Personal Experience

Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's...

This past year, Dan Milewski - a trainer at the Adelaide Club - shared with us a...

Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's Personal Experience

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Bell Let's Talk Day: One Trainer's Personal Experience

This past year, Dan Milewski - a trainer at the Adelaide Club - shared with us a profoundly powerful and heart wrenching story about the loss of his father. Dan was willing to let us share the story with all of our Members and we thought there would be no better time than Bell Let's Talk Day.

Second Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection
Second Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection

Second Stop on Your Tour through...

Last year, we took you on your first tour of the Adelaide Club's Toronto...

Second Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection

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Second Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection

Last year, we took you on your first tour of the Adelaide Club's Toronto Photography Collection, and now we're back for round 2! We've curated so many phenomenal photos, pieces of art, and more, we just have to keep showing them off. This stop features 5 more pieces highlighting memorable moments and iconic landmarks that help to define Toronto.

Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest Member of the Year
Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest Member of the Year

Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest...

Members of the Cambridge Club get ready! It’s time to step up your fitness and...

Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest Member of the Year

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Become the Cambridge Club's Fittest Member of the Year

Members of the Cambridge Club get ready! It’s time to step up your fitness and join the Club’s first ever Fittest Member of the Year Competition – a great way to challenge your fellow Members and show off your progress this year.

The Spice of Life: Your Guide to What's Happening in the Club Restaurants
The Spice of Life: Your Guide to What's Happening in the Club Restaurants

The Spice of Life: Your Guide to...

2019 was an incredible year for the Cambridge Group of Clubs, especially when you look...

The Spice of Life: Your Guide to What's Happening in the Club Restaurants

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The Spice of Life: Your Guide to What's Happening in the Club Restaurants

2019 was an incredible year for the Cambridge Group of Clubs, especially when you look at our three phenomenal restaurants: the HUB Kitchen & Bar, the Oak Room, and Stratus Restaurant. So we're taking you inside with our inaugural edition of our Spice of Life blog...

Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet? There's Still Time...
Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet? There's Still Time...

Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet?...

This is the year I'm going to stick to my New Year's Resolution! Does that...

Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet? There's Still Time...

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Haven't Set Your Resolutions Yet? There's Still Time...

This is the year I'm going to stick to my New Year's Resolution! Does that sound familiar? Do you set new goals every year (maybe even reusing the same goals you set last year) only to see January come and go with the same old habits still in place? Don't get discouraged. You are definitely not alone - in fact - you're probably part of the majority!

5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition

I’ve been thinking a lot about…the magic of wishes. Is there anything...

5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Wishes Edition

I’ve been thinking a lot about…the magic of wishes. Is there anything incredible you are wishing for this holiday season? Walt Disney said it beautifully: “When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who are, anything your heart desires will come to you.” But really? I’ve got to tell you, that hasn’t been my experience.

Vance Cooper: The Cambridge Club's Gentleman of the Year
Vance Cooper: The Cambridge Club's Gentleman of the Year

Vance Cooper: The Cambridge Club's...

This year, for the first time ever, the Cambridge Club crowned Vance Cooper...

Vance Cooper: The Cambridge Club's Gentleman of the Year

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Vance Cooper: The Cambridge Club's Gentleman of the Year

This year, for the first time ever, the Cambridge Club crowned Vance Cooper "Cambridge Club Gentleman of the Year" - an accolade bestowed upon a Member that best exemplifies what the Cambridge Club is all about. For those of you who don't know Vance, adn for those of you who want to learn a bit more about the man behind our phenomenal Vancestock Unplugged events, we sat down with Vance to chat about his experience at the Cambridge, being named Gentleman of the Year, and the reason he began Vancestock. 

Managing Stress over the Holidays
Managing Stress over the Holidays

Managing Stress over the Holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be a very stressful...

Managing Stress over the Holidays

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Managing Stress over the Holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be a very stressful time. There is a lot going on, from family obligations to cocktail parties and work events, plus the regular day-to-day operations of life; it can be a lot! If you want to make the most out of this time of year, enjoy and be present, try these mindfulness strategies to reduce stress and bring a calm and attentive approach to your holiday this year.

My Experience at the Ironman World Championship
My Experience at the Ironman World Championship

My Experience at the Ironman World...

Paul has been a Member at the Toronto Athletic Club for over 15 years, and he decided...

My Experience at the Ironman World Championship

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My Experience at the Ironman World Championship

Paul has been a Member at the Toronto Athletic Club for over 15 years, and he decided to take up triathlon in 2011 – 8 years ago, at the age of 53 – without knowing how to swim. He worked hard in the pool with lessons and our triathlon group. He always said he would never do a full Ironman. Then, in the summer of 2018, he approached me asking what is involved in training for a full Ironman. We came up with a plan for him to qualify for Kona at Ironman Florida in the fall of 2018.

Game Ready: What Is It and Why You Should Give it a Try
Game Ready: What Is It and Why You Should Give it a Try

Game Ready: What Is It and Why You...

Sustaining an injury is bad. Having that injury linger (and keep you away from your...

Game Ready: What Is It and Why You Should Give it a Try

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Game Ready: What Is It and Why You Should Give it a Try

Sustaining an injury is bad. Having that injury linger (and keep you away from your regular workout and routine) is worse. When your injury just won't heal or when you're recovering from surgery, you should book an appointment with our Clinics. At the Cambridge Clinic and Sport Medicine Clinic, we offer Game Ready - a multi-modality therapy system used for recovery - which just might be the therapy you need.

Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director
Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director

Get to Know Garth, our Membership...

You’ve seen him around the Club. Right now, you can even spot him gracing the...

Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director

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Get to Know Garth, our Membership Director

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.

5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

Remembrance Day may encourage each of us to remember different things: that numerous...

5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

Remembrance Day may encourage each of us to remember different things: that numerous Canadians have performed selfless acts of bravery with the goal of making our country and the world a better place, that a poppy can represent hope in times of despair, and that sometimes nature is able to persevere in the face of humanity's propensity to engage in destructive behaviours.

In November, we Support Movember
In November, we Support Movember

In November, we Support Movember

This November, the Cambridge Club has partnered with Beau's in support of their...

In November, we Support Movember

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In November, we Support Movember

This November, the Cambridge Club has partnered with Beau's in support of their #Beaus4Mos campaign with the Cambridge Club's General Manager, Paul Hudson, pledging to grow a 'mo in support of men's health. We're sure you know what Movember is and probably even have a few colleagues or friends participating this year - maybe you're even growing your own 'mo - but do you know what Movember really does and why it's so important?

Healthy Breakfast Choices
Healthy Breakfast Choices

Healthy Breakfast Choices

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" ... We know you've...

Healthy Breakfast Choices

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Healthy Breakfast Choices

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" ... We know you've heard this before, but how often do you actually think about it? How many days have you found yourself running late and considered skipping breakfast? If it's happened, even just once, you need to remember just how important breakfast is!

Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved
Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved

Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge:...

You’ve probably seen the creatives already on the digital screens at the Club,...

Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved

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Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved

You’ve probably seen the creatives already on the digital screens at the Club, but this November, we’re bringing back the Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge – an event that we last held in 2017. This incredible fitness challenge pits teams of trainers from all three of our Clubs and Members against each other, all while raising money for phenomenal charities that support youth in the GTA.

New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition
New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition

New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash...

In recent years, we've been asked many times about the usefulness of historic...

New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition

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New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition

In recent years, we've been asked many times about the usefulness of historic warm-up methods for sports performance. While the general principles surrounding the need to warm-up remain valid, new methods have been introduced. A well structured sports specific warm-up should be implemented to serve the following purposes: Mental Readiness, Physical Readiness, Injury Prevention, and Performance Enhancement.

You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know

Posted: May 7, 2019

The muscles of the pelvic floor, how they function, and their importance seems to be all over the media lately. The fitness and wellness industry loves to latch onto some part of the body or some dietary fad, and make everything we do centre around that one thing until the next hot, marketable trend appears on the scene.

As fitness professionals, this gets frustrating for us and confusing for the clients we work with. Splitting the body up into various focal points and ignoring the bigger picture isn’t always the way to go. We can’t latch onto trends and neglect the holistic physiological system that we live in.

In the case of the hype about the pelvic floor, however, the extra attention was definitely needed. We need to know how it functions, how we can improve its function, and why its important to include pelvic floor awareness in regular exercise.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor consists of nerves, fascia, and three layers of muscles. These muscles connect front to back, from pubic bone to tailbone, and side-to-side from one sitz bone to another. Their architectural design creates a bowl or hammock at the bottom of the trunk for five specific functions:

  • Support: Provides support for abdominal and pelvic organs
  • Sphincteric: Continence for bowel and bladder
  • Sexual: Orgasms and erections
  • Stability: Strength and coordination for low back, pelvis, and hip
  • Sump pump: Pumps blood and lymph back to the heart

For fitness professionals and practitioners, studying and learning more about the anatomy and function of this part of the body gives us some powerful tools to help our clients. Removing taboos and being able to openly talk about the muscles of our ‘private parts’, as some may refer to them, will only help us to grow and learn more about the incredible bodies we live in.

Before we explore how we can help to improve the function of your pelvic muscles, it’s important to first understand the basics about these muscles and what exactly they do.

The pelvic floor muscles basics

  • Span the bottom of the pelvis
  • Play a significant role in childbirth - helping for the safe and effective movement and control of the baby as it descends the birth canal
  • Help maintain optimal intra-abdominal pressure
  • Control the release of urine and feces:
    • Pulling up to tighten sphincters of the anus, urethra, and vagina - which allows us to delay for convenience
    • Relaxing to allow us to get rid of it
    • When they can’t optimally contract or release – and this is often due to lack of neural drive or activation – we struggle with incontinence (both urinary and fecal)
  • Affect sexual function:
    • For men, contributing to control of ejaculation
    • For women, contributing to orgasm and arousal sensation – the ability to control contractions can enhance sexual experience

There are numerous exercises that are indicated to help strengthen the pelvic floor. Exercises such as a dying bug and supine hip bridges are often effective and typically won’t exacerbate conditions such as Diastasis Recti, also known as abdominal separation.

Since the first and most vital part of working on your pelvic floor involves getting the right muscles to fire in the right way, we’ve created programs at both the Adelaide Club and Toronto Athletic Club to help you.

Adelaide Club

At the Adelaide Club, we have carefully developed a 4-week progressive workshop. The pelvic floor muscles are deep and often hard to connect to. Simply performing movements doesn’t always do the trick. Understanding how these muscles work, appropriate cueing, and the right training to increase neural drive to the tissue, is the best way to begin to train and improve muscle function.

Your focused intention and our expert coaching will help you build a strong neural connection and better awareness of these muscles, so you are able to engage your pelvic floor and improve your daily function. If you are interested in signing up for our 4-week workshop or have any questions, please reach out directly to Pamela.

Toronto Athletic Club

At the Sport Medicine Clinic, we offer pelvic floor physiotherapy, which assesses the integrity of your pelvic floor muscles in relation to your core, low back, hip, or pelvic condition. After a gold standard internal examination, an individualized treatment plan will be crafted that would include home exercise stretching and strengthening programs. Note: Kegels are not for everyone!  

If you would like to schedule for 60-minute assessment or have questions regarding your pelvic floor, please contact Joanne.

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Pamela Fitzgerald, Personal Trainer, Adelaide Club

pfitzgerald@adelaideclub.com

Joanne Ukposidolo, Physiotherapist, Sport Medicine Clinic

joanneu@sportmedicineclinic.com

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