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.

5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude...

Consistent with a year ago, I've been thinking a lot about...the power of...

5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

Consistent with a year ago, I've been thinking a lot about...the power of gratitude. Many scientific studies suggest gratitude can reduce stress, improve sleep, make you happier, and even increase your motivation to exercise. As practicing gratitude purportedly also increases your energy and ability to overcome challenges, one could even surmise that gratitude will help you get awesome results from your exercise, as you'll tend to work harder and longer... Do you need more reasons to be grateful?!

Pilates: Is it right for me?
Pilates: Is it right for me?

Pilates: Is it right for me?

For some reason, Pilates is often seen as a class you should "avoid if you...

Pilates: Is it right for me?

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Pilates: Is it right for me?

For some reason, Pilates is often seen as a class you should "avoid if you don't know what you're doing" - but we couldn't disagree with this more. Sure, the first time you enter one of our Pilates studios, it can be intimidating. There are reformers - which you may not have ever seen before - and exercises that we guarantee you've never heard of before (I mean...what IS "The Hundred"?!?)

The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your Day
The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your Day

The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your...

Are you sitting down right now? What if I told you that you could burn up to 8-10 times...

The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your Day

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The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your Day

Are you sitting down right now? What if I told you that you could burn up to 8-10 times more energy than sitting with 1 easy exercise? And what if I told you that you could do this without needing any extra training or special equipment? The best part of all is that you can actually add this in ON THE WAY to and from the Club.

5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...stress and exercise. Exercise makes people feel...

5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...stress and exercise. Exercise makes people feel better. Among other things, it experientially and physiologically lowers our stress levels. Peculiar thing about exercise: most of us know it's good for us. And many of us exercise less than we plan to/would like to/feel we should.

Do you know what your body is made of?
Do you know what your body is made of?

Do you know what your body is made...

Has anyone ever asked you about your body composition? Maybe you heard it from a doctor...

Do you know what your body is made of?

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Do you know what your body is made of?

Has anyone ever asked you about your body composition? Maybe you heard it from a doctor at a recent physical, maybe your personal trainer mentioned it during your latest workout, maybe you read the term in a recent article about getting fit for fall. But do you know what it really means? Have you ever asked yourself: What exactly is body composition?

Fall Back into Your Routine
Fall Back into Your Routine

Fall Back into Your Routine

Is it really that time of year again? Where did the summer go? The kids have gone back...

Fall Back into Your Routine

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Fall Back into Your Routine

Is it really that time of year again? Where did the summer go? The kids have gone back to school, the CNE has come and gone, and we're all trying to squeeze in the last few days of holidays before officially getting back into our routine. And while I have to admit that I've let my daily routine slide somewhat this summer, it's now time for us to switch gears and get focused again.

Journey Back to the World Cup: Injury Recovery
Journey Back to the World Cup: Injury Recovery

Journey Back to the World Cup:...

In September 2017, Meagan Brown joined Canadian National Alpine Skier, Ali...

Journey Back to the World Cup: Injury Recovery

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Journey Back to the World Cup: Injury Recovery

In September 2017, Meagan Brown joined Canadian National Alpine Skier, Ali Nullmeyer's team, traveling with Team Nullmeyer on the World Cup Circuit. Unfortunately, Ali's season came to an abrupt end when she suffered a season ending injury just four weeks into her training. After a long offseason of recovery, Team Nullmeyer decided to begin their quest to compete at the World Cup again in October 2018.

Understanding Athletic Therapy with Kaitlyn Swartz
Understanding Athletic Therapy with Kaitlyn Swartz

Understanding Athletic Therapy with...

Earlier this year, the Adelaide Spa added Kaitlyn Swartz to their team. Kaitlyn is a...

Understanding Athletic Therapy with Kaitlyn Swartz

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Understanding Athletic Therapy with Kaitlyn Swartz

Earlier this year, the Adelaide Spa added Kaitlyn Swartz to their team. Kaitlyn is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and Certified Athletic Therapist - the first athletic therapist to join the Spa. She focuses on a holistic approach to finding and treating the root cause of her clients' conditions and pain, and not just temporarily reducing the signs and symptoms associated with their pain and condition.

5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...tempo. In the 5 minutes we have today, let me...

5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...tempo. In the 5 minutes we have today, let me focus on how tempo affects our ability to perform better during sport and physical activity. Runners and cyclists, this beat's for you!

What is Fascia?
What is Fascia?

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a term used to identify a large fabric of connective tissue that surrounds...

What is Fascia?

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What is Fascia?

Fascia is a term used to identify a large fabric of connective tissue that surrounds all muscle, ligaments, and bone. It is made up of collagen, elastin, and a liquid component called ground substance. This gives structure to our muscle; each and every muscle cell in our body is connected to the other by fascia. Our muscle is essentially nothing more than tissue in a Myofascial "sack".

The Truth Behind the Theragun & How We're Using it...
The Truth Behind the Theragun & How We're Using it...

The Truth Behind the Theragun & How...

Over the last few months, the interest in the Theragun has exploded, in large part due...

The Truth Behind the Theragun & How We're Using it...

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The Truth Behind the Theragun & How We're Using it...

Over the last few months, the interest in the Theragun has exploded, in large part due to slow motion videos of athletes using the tool on Instagarm, and its appearance at large sporting events like this year's MLB Home Run Derby. At the Toronto Athletic Club, Barclay and Chris Broadhurst, the Sport Medicine Clinic's Director, are once again at the leading edge, having already brought the Theragun to the TAC, introducing it to our personal trainers, the team at the Clinic, and our Members.

What it Feels Like to be Part of History...
What it Feels Like to be Part of History...

What it Feels Like to be Part of...

A little over a month ago, the Toronto Raptors brought basketball fans across Toronto...

What it Feels Like to be Part of History...

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What it Feels Like to be Part of History...

A little over a month ago, the Toronto Raptors brought basketball fans across Toronto and all of Canada to their feet, winning their first ever NBA Championship and bringing the Larry O'Brien trophy home. In the weeks since, we've continued to bask in the glow of being Champions - with very few days passing without seeing Raptors and Championship apparel around the city. And while we think we had a prime seat to witness history, our view was nothing like that of the Sport Medicine Clinic's Zahra Hashwani.

Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?
Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

Is it Time for a Biomechanical...

Two of the clinicians at the Sport Medicine Clinic, Andrea Lilley (Athletic Therapist)...

Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

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Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

Two of the clinicians at the Sport Medicine Clinic, Andrea Lilley (Athletic Therapist) and Briana Bradstreet (Physiotherapist), are now offering biomechanical running assessments. Biomechanical running assessments are for runners of all levels: from novice, to marathon runners and triathletes. During a recent course, they learned: how to assess running biomechanics, how to properly assess and treat injuries when they occur, and how to know when a runner should consider changing their shoes to those with less support using the minimalist shoe index.

Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation
Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

Stay Fit this Summer While on...

Ah summer - patios, sun, fun, and, of course, VACATION!!!! Just because you have some...

Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

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Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

Ah summer - patios, sun, fun, and, of course, VACATION!!!! Just because you have some time off doesn't mean you should throw your workout routine out the window. You don't want all your hard work over the last few months to be compromised just because you may not have a gym or the right equipment available to you.

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

I've been thinking a lot lately about...the power of positive thinking. There is no...

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

I've been thinking a lot lately about...the power of positive thinking. There is no perfect, no 100%, no "I have to" or "should" in exercise and diet. There are lots of choices. Some of them will support your fitness and health goals and some won't. But, at the end of the day, the important thing is that you keep making the positive choices that shift the needle in the right direction.

John Frederick & the Boston Marathon
John Frederick & the Boston Marathon

John Frederick & the Boston...

Earlier this year, John Frederick, a member at the Cambridge Club, became the first...

John Frederick & the Boston Marathon

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John Frederick & the Boston Marathon

Earlier this year, John Frederick, a member at the Cambridge Club, became the first Canadian to run 34 consecutive Boston Marathons. He completed his 34th running of the event in 5:09:32 this April. Frederick says he started running marathons because he didn't have as much time to play squash, which had previously been his main sport.

Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day
Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day

Why I'm Celebrating International...

I believe yoga deserves a day of recognition because of what it has brought to my own...

Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day

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Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day

I believe yoga deserves a day of recognition because of what it has brought to my own life. Yoga not only helps with flexibility, but it also teaches breathing, core activation, and strength and stability all at once.

A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction
A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction

A Drugless Alternative for...

It is estimated that more than 50% of women experience some degree of pain with their...

A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction

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A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction

It is estimated that more than 50% of women experience some degree of pain with their period. The pain ranges from tolerable cramping to excruciating pain requiring the use of over-the-counter drugs such as Advil, Ibuprofen, and Naproxen. Symptoms are often accompanied by headaches, diarrhea/constipation, nausea, and fatigue, just to name a few.

Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path
Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path

Karen's Journey & Taking the...

When Karen Malone moved to Canada from Ireland in 1989, she had a high school diploma....

Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path

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Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path

When Karen Malone moved to Canada from Ireland in 1989, she had a high school diploma. But the CFO of the Cambridge Group of Clubs also had grit, determination, and a desire to learn. She continued adding to her education and experience (and her exercise routine) to get her to where she is today. Here's what she learned.

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

Posted: Jul 2, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about…

…the power of positive thinking.

 

The Metro Morning Money Columnist brought up something yesterday morning that really gave me pause.  For years there’s been lots of hype around the $5 Latte Factor and how powerful/real it is or isn’t in terms of turning people’s finances around. But what she spoke about, which I have never considered, is the shame associated with it.

Full disclosure:  Aliona at The HUB knows exactly how I take my Americano Misto and she draws a milky, cinnamon spiked heart on it every morning. So, I do spend over $20 a week on frothy, espresso beverages. (No shame ever by the way. I refer to it as a hug inside my belly. It makes me happy. I also bring my lunch every day. That’s an important piece of this conversation too.)

The real challenge, the Money Columnist contended, with buying a complicated coffee or avocado toast is not the $5 withdrawal from your bank account, but rather the shame people feel when they buy it.  That people end up feeling they are terrible with finances, and this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  There are multiple, complex reasons why people are not as financially healthy or strong as they would like to be, and feeling shame, guilt, and helpless isn’t helpful at all.

Where did my brain go?  Here: Could it be the same with EXERCISE and DIET?! Most definitely.

There is no perfect, no 100%, no “I have to” or “should” in exercise and diet. There are lots of choices. Some of them will support your fitness and health goals and some won’t. But, at the end of the day, the important thing is that you keep making the positive choices that shift the needle in the right direction. Do you feel guilty because you missed a workout, only fit in 20 minutes, drank a bottle of wine, or indulged in too much blue cheese and ribs? We are human. (Side note: people who indulge and cheat once in a while often know how to have fun). 

Life is short and long. Is it important to be healthy and strong? Absolutely. Is it important to be hedonistic? Indulgent? Lazy? Decadent? Hell yeah! 

Keep looking for balance. Keep pushing or tapping that needle in the right direction.

Feeling horrible about yourself and your choices doesn’t help. Decide what’s really important, what’s realistic, and how you can make small and big choices to support that. Some days will be better than others.

It’s taken me literally years, with most of the changes happening in the past 10, but I’ve managed to move my needle to a pretty good place. I’ll share a few of the choices and strategies I’ve managed to implement and keep:

Alcohol:

  • I drink only red wine. And only 2-3 nights a week.

The body’s ability to rest, repair and burn fat is grossly impaired when there is booze in your system. And having only one option in and of itself cuts back on overall consumption.

Exercise:

  • I try to “earn my shower” every day. Even if it means only 12 minutes of activity.
  • I schedule my workouts in. Even on the weekends. No second latte until I get my run in. Even if it’s 15 minutes instead of an hour.
  • I bike to work 4 days a week and run to work one. Its 4 kilometers. And every km counts.
  • I lift weights twice a week. Sometimes the second session is only 12 minutes, but it counts. I strive for (and schedule) 2 hours, and almost never hit that. It’s not an activity I’ve ever loved (yes: a personal trainer just said that) but I recognize it’s vital for my long term vitality, metabolism, posture, and it supports faster, stronger, injury free running and cycling.
  • I have a trainer. My trainer ensures I get results and helps me avoid injury. He makes me work harder than I would on my own, which in turn means I’m able to maintain muscle mass when the majority of my peers are losing it. He ensures my form, focus, and execution are dead on, even when I’m tired.

Diet:

  • I always eat food that tastes good to me.
  • I eat loads of vegetables.
  • I drink only water, espresso, and full fat milk during the week. The only beverage added on the weekends is the wine!
  • I eat breakfast at home and bring my lunch every day.
  • I do a big grocery shop every Sunday and dedicate 60-90 minutes to food prep every Sunday as well.
  • I eat whatever I want starting Friday night, up until, and including, Sunday brunch. I relish and enjoy every single bite.

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Meg Sharp, MSc., B.Ed.Kin, FST Executive Director of Personal Training CGoC

msharp@cambridgegroupofclubs.com

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