Brian Scudamore: WTF?! (Willing to Fail)
Brian Scudamore: WTF?! (Willing to Fail)

Brian Scudamore: WTF?! (Willing to...

Brian Scudamore is the founder and CEO of O2E Brands, the parent company of...

Brian Scudamore: WTF?! (Willing to Fail)

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Brian Scudamore: WTF?! (Willing to Fail)

Brian Scudamore is the founder and CEO of O2E Brands, the parent company of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine - and the next speaker to be featured at The Cambridge Club's Speaker Series on Wednesday, February 27th. 

5 Minutes with Meg: Your Heart
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5 Minutes with Meg: Your Heart

I've been thinking a lot about...your heart.

The muscle. The sentiment....

5 Minutes with Meg: Your Heart

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5 Minutes with Meg: Your Heart

I've been thinking a lot about...your heart.

The muscle. The sentiment. And how high intensity interval training positively impacts both. Many love to lift... many love to go for long runs... dance like no one's watching... But how often do we ensure we're driving our heart rate up high enough that we can't sustain the pace for longer than 30-90 seconds?

Finally, Canada has a new and improved Food Guide!
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Canada's new food guide - launched on January 22, 2019 - has some big changes. Over...

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Finally, Canada has a new and improved Food Guide!

Canada's new food guide - launched on January 22, 2019 - has some big changes. Over the years, the food guide has seen minor updates and changes, but this is, by far, the biggest change we have seen since 2007, with the new guide better reflecting today's society.

A Mom's Journey Back to the Gym
A Mom's Journey Back to the Gym

A Mom's Journey Back to the Gym

After having kids, Jessica, an actuary in downtown Toronto, realized, like many other...

A Mom's Journey Back to the Gym

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A Mom's Journey Back to the Gym

After having kids, Jessica, an actuary in downtown Toronto, realized, like many other parents, that she never had "me" time in the evenings and wanted to get back into the gym. So, she returned to the Adelaide Club in 2017, adding midday workouts to her schedule. Originally drawn to the Club because of its stellar downtown location, she has stayed because of the Club's wonderful Members, finding a great under and over 30 crowd to connect with.

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We were given all the athletic ability and function we need as an infant, however,...

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We were given all the athletic ability and function we need as an infant, however, through our lifestyle today, our biology has changed for the worse. Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST) can help you to perform better, prevent injury, and reduce pain.

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Mental wellness is integral to overall health. Life is challenging and it's very...

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5 Minutes with Meg: The New Year
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I've been thinking a lot about...

...New Year's...

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5 Minutes with Meg: The New Year

I've been thinking a lot about...

...New Year's Resolutions...

We have an unfriendly term in my industry called "Expectancy Violation". It describes the phenomena of people having expectations about what exercising will do for them, and then those expectations are not realized. The research indicates that this is common: people begin an exercise program with mad hopes and dreams, and when things don't go quite right, they get frustrated, grow despondent, and give up.

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Osteopathy is a gentle, hands-on treatment that helps to reduce pain, improve mobility,...

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What is Osteopathy and How Can it Help You?

Osteopathy is a gentle, hands-on treatment that helps to reduce pain, improve mobility, and stimulates the body's natural ability to heal itself. Cebi highlights what you need to know about this treatment option, as well as the conditions it can help to treat, including: headaches & migraines, joint & muscular pain, sciatica, insomnia, concussions, sport injuries, digestive issues, and more...

Training our Trainers: A Workshop with Dr. Stuart McGill
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This past Saturday, Dr. McGill ran a very special and exclusive Training the Back...

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This past Saturday, Dr. McGill ran a very special and exclusive Training the Back Pained Client: From Pain to Performance workshop with our trainers. This one day course, with a combination of lectures, workshops, and McGill’s signature “no nonsense” approach, was designed to teach our trainers the best way to help our Members who suffer from back pain.

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

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When Winville first came to the Adelaide Club, he was driven by a desire to focus on...

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When Winville first came to the Adelaide Club, he was driven by a desire to focus on his personal fitness, quickly joining the Club’s running group – which he’s been a member of ever since. And his reasons for remaining a member today? They don’t deviate from that original desire much; he’s now focused on staying in shape and maintaining his active lifestyle.

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Setting Your New Year's Resolutions

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I’ve spent the last month asking my clients and class participants if they are making New Year’s resolutions and I was surprised to hear that most aren’t. When I probed to find out why, the most common answer was “They don’t work.  I always fail so why bother?”

A Little Cup of Holiday Cheer
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Celebrate the holidays in style - with a little Holiday Cheer! These reminders can help...

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Celebrate the holidays in style - with a little Holiday Cheer! These reminders can help you to stay healthy throughout the holidays, even when temptation comes knocking.

Meet Rob: 50 Years Old & Running a Marathon a Month
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Rob has always loved to set goals; every year on his birthday he sets a new goal for...

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Meet Rob: 50 Years Old & Running a Marathon a Month

Rob has always loved to set goals; every year on his birthday he sets a new goal for himself and he’s a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. 10 years ago, when he turned 40, Rob entered into a 50-mile race in Haliburton. This race was meant to be a great way to spend his time and would encourage him to continue to exercise as if he were younger – but, little did he know, that was only the beginning.

5 Minutes with Meg: The Holidays
5 Minutes with Meg: The Holidays

5 Minutes with Meg: The Holidays

I've been thinking a lot about...

...the "Most Wonderful Time of the...

5 Minutes with Meg: The Holidays

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5 Minutes with Meg: The Holidays

I've been thinking a lot about...

...the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year..."?!?

It can be the most wonderful time of the year, but, it can also be more hectic, stressful, tough, and lonely for many. So, here are a few, unfinished, imperfect, tinsel covered lifelines I'd like to extend to you. I hope you find a few of them helpful. 

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Do you remember Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree? Turns out we can learn a lot about core activation and stabilization of the lower back from that very cartoon. 

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Feeling Stressed?

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Feeling Stressed?

It's the most wonderful time of the year...but isn't it also the most stressful? And with stress comes aches and pains, heart disease, and depression. Take a step back, before your stress becomes too much to handle, and learn a bit more about your stress and how it can best be managed.

How Can I Burn Fat?
How Can I Burn Fat?

How Can I Burn Fat?

When I teach classes, I often get asked: "how can I burn fat?" or "will...

How Can I Burn Fat?

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How Can I Burn Fat?

When I teach classes, I often get asked: "how can I burn fat?" or "will doing this class help me lose my belly?" Because these are some of the most frequently asked questions I get from our Members, I thought it was time to explore fat burning more in depth.

The TAC's Newest Addition: The Strength Lab
The TAC's Newest Addition: The Strength Lab

The TAC's Newest Addition: The...

After months of planning and construction, we are excited to announce that the Toronto...

The TAC's Newest Addition: The Strength Lab

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The TAC's Newest Addition: The Strength Lab

After months of planning and construction, we are excited to announce that the Toronto Athletic Club’s Strength Lab, the Club’s newest space, is now open to Members. But before you step into the space, let us answer some of the questions we’ve already heard from Members!

A Night of Promise
A Night of Promise

A Night of Promise

As we celebrate World Diabetes Day, we wanted to highlight the great work that the...

A Night of Promise

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A Night of Promise

As we celebrate World Diabetes Day, we wanted to highlight the great work that the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is doing and explain why we're so proud to support the JDRF and  their continued mission to better the lives of those living with type 1 diabetes.

5 Minutes with Meg: The New Year

Posted: Jan 28, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about…

…New Year’s Resolutions…

 

So, it’s almost 4 weeks since we celebrated the New Year. Am I too late to weigh in on resolutions? For some of you, my timing might be just perfect.

We have an unfriendly term in my industry called “Expectancy Violation”. It’s a nasty creature basically describing the phenomena of people having expectations about what exercising will do for them, and then those expectations are not realized. The research indicates that this is extremely common: people begin an exercise program with mad hopes and dreams, and when things don’t go quite right, they get frustrated, grow despondent, and give up.

Not you of course. But it happens. To other people.

The research also indicates that given the negative repercussions of this cycle, the most important thing to do is lower expectations. (I think I might own a coffee mug with something along those lines)

That might work for other people. But not you.

High expectations = mad hopes and dreams. It makes going to the gym purposeful and fun. People with mad hopes and dreams are optimistic, have loads of positive energy and draw on all sorts of resources to keep their dreams alive. This isn’t just helpful. This is great. This is the stuff that makes life worth living. 

So, don’t moderate your outcome expectations, not yet anyways.

What if (and yes this happens to be MY opinion) it’s not the outcome expectations that are the problem? What if we don’t need to moderate your dreams? All we need to do is alter your expectations of the journey.

It is true that people often set lofty goals.

It’s even more true, however, that they underestimate what it’s going to take to get there. 

So what do people underestimate?

  • TYPE OF EXERCISE: Exercise is complex. There are so many different ways of exercising: Aerobic, anaerobic, free weights, squash… even every one of our group classes is different! Make sure the activities you are doing are the right ones to support your goals. Looking to increase bone density, for example? Lift!
  • EFFORT: Certain results (speed, strength, sometimes weight loss) require exercise bouts that are TOUGH. Do you have the strength foundation to be able to sustain those efforts without getting injured? Do you have the mental fortitude to push as hard as required? 
  • FREQUENCY: Certain results require almost daily activity, others require serious bouts of rest or active recovery. Make certain you’re slotting your workouts into your schedule appropriately. 
  • TIME: Whatever you’re working on, it’s not going to happen overnight. Heavy lifting can’t be part of your program until you build a proper mechanical foundation, and that takes at least 4 weeks. Sustainable weight loss occurs at an average pace of 1.5lbs per week. 
    • Be patient
    • Embrace more than one goal: That is if one of your goals is going to take more than month, set some other goals that you can realize more immediately. Stress relief or mental acuity are two of my favourites, I typically feel better and think better after an aerobic workout, so those are always goals I have. 
    • Measurable action goals are helpful: Move at least 10 minutes a day, 5 days of the week. Or get to gym 3 days a week: Lift twice, play squash once. And the more specific your action goals are, the better:

So keep those awesome goals. Layer in a few more. Examine the strategies, commitment, energy, abilities – technical and otherwise – and time you’re going to need to get where you want to go. Let us help you anywhere and everywhere we can. Success is just a few specific, patient steps away.

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

msharp@cambridgegroupofclubs.com

 

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