TGIF: The Weekend Starts Tomorrow
TGIF: The Weekend Starts Tomorrow

TGIF: The Weekend Starts Tomorrow

TGIF! The weekend starts tomorrow. Plan a few things to look forward to. How about a...

TGIF: The Weekend Starts Tomorrow

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TGIF: The Weekend Starts Tomorrow

TGIF! The weekend starts tomorrow. Plan a few things to look forward to. How about a feel good project? The boys and I are making a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies and dropping them off at friends' houses around the neighbourhood. Spoil yourself and those you love with something decadent. Bubble bath? Expensive bottle of wine? Purchase an awesome movie through Cineplex? Have an over the top dinner - candles and all.

It's Thursday...Already?!?
It's Thursday...Already?!?

It's Thursday...Already?!?

It’s Thursday already?  It’s APRIL already? Despite the sort of...

It's Thursday...Already?!?

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It's Thursday...Already?!?

It’s Thursday already?  It’s APRIL already? Despite the sort of (?) slower pace, the days are still flying by at alarming speed. On the days when I don’t specifically set aside time to exercise/move it isn’t happening. A dedicated window in the morning with a specific task works best for me. I recommend you find what works for you. Schedule it in. And make it happen. Daily. You can be flexible on the start and finish time – for example plan to do your mobility and stability workout from 9:00 - 9:45am. If you end up only having time to do 20 minutes, so be it. Just GET IT IN!

April Fool's Day Feels Different this Year...
April Fool's Day Feels Different this Year...

April Fool's Day Feels Different...

It's HUMP day... April Fool's Day... Definitely a day to have a bit of fun!

April Fool's Day Feels Different this Year...

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April Fool's Day Feels Different this Year...

It's HUMP day... April Fool's Day... Definitely a day to have a bit of fun!

Celebrate the Little Things
Celebrate the Little Things

Celebrate the Little Things

How are you holding up? Are you prioritizing your self-care? Have you made time to...

Celebrate the Little Things

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Celebrate the Little Things

How are you holding up? Are you prioritizing your self-care? Have you made time to regularly connect with friends and loved ones? I challenge you to do something for yourself today - even if it's just taking a few minutes to meditate, 10 minutes to get a circuit in, or spending some quiet time in the kitchen preparing dinner. It's a start.

Chase Away the Monday Blues
Chase Away the Monday Blues

Chase Away the Monday Blues

Happy Monday everyone. I have reams of thoughtful, interesting, and motivating content...

Chase Away the Monday Blues

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Chase Away the Monday Blues

Happy Monday everyone. I have reams of thoughtful, interesting, and motivating content for today and the days ahead. First off, I would be remiss in not posting an apology in relation to Saturday's workout...

Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest
Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

While the TAC Sport Medicine Clinic is temporarily closed due to the public health...

Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

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Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

While the TAC Sport Medicine Clinic is temporarily closed due to the public health concern surrounding COVID-19, we want to regularly reach out to all of you with our Healthy View Blog. These articles will feature current, relevant topics helping you to stay healthy and engaged over the next few weeks.

Cheers to the Weekend!
Cheers to the Weekend!

Cheers to the Weekend!

It IS the weekend. Schedules are really helpful these days. But not so much today....

Cheers to the Weekend!

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Cheers to the Weekend!

It IS the weekend. Schedules are really helpful these days. But not so much today. Today, make sure it FEELS like the weekend. Indulge a little. Play a lot. Take a break from the serious news and dive into some positive media. Curl up and watch a movie or read a book in the middle of the day... And...if you feel the need to be productive, surprise and delight someone you love. Write a love letter... start a dance party in the kitchen... make breakfast in bed... give a foot massage...

It's Been a Week...
It's Been a Week...

It's Been a Week...

We've just completed week one of this Series. And I so hope some of you are finding...

It's Been a Week...

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It's Been a Week...

We've just completed week one of this Series. And I so hope some of you are finding the content helpful and inspiring. For me, I am loving creating and collating these posts. I REALLY miss coming into the Clubs and am so missing the opportunity to physically connect with all of you. This is helping me feel like we can still make at least a small positive difference in a few lives. So, I'm extremely grateful for this space.

This One's For You
This One's For You

This One's For You

Have you noticed an increase in runners out on the roads in your neighbourhood? Maybe...

This One's For You

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This One's For You

Have you noticed an increase in runners out on the roads in your neighbourhood? Maybe it's because of Club closures across the city. Maybe it's just the start of the spring weather. Whatever the reason, if you're an avid runner, cyclist, stepmiller, or power walker, today's workout is for you!

Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom
Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom

Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom

We know you've had to make a lot of adjustments in the last couple of weeks. You...

Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom

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Sharing Some Wednesday Wisdom

We know you've had to make a lot of adjustments in the last couple of weeks. You may now be working from home. Your stress and anxiety levels might be keeping you awake. You might be struggling with isolation and social distancing. Just take a breath. In. Out. And read on for some health, wellness, and fitness tips to help you structure your day. We're all in this together.

Today is Your Day
Today is Your Day

Today is Your Day

For many of us, we're into our second week of isolation. That means more time at...

Today is Your Day

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Today is Your Day

For many of us, we're into our second week of isolation. That means more time at home with the family, increased stress, and maybe even fewer workouts. There is no better time to shake those bad habits and get yourself back on track.

Much Needed Monday Motivation
Much Needed Monday Motivation

Much Needed Monday Motivation

Soup. Chock-a-block full of goodness and surprises. You never know what's going to...

Much Needed Monday Motivation

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Much Needed Monday Motivation

Soup. Chock-a-block full of goodness and surprises. You never know what's going to end up on your spoon! So, dig in...

Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up
Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up

Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up

Our schedules are really all over the place right now. Did you wake up this morning...

Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up

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Your Saturday Morning Wake-Up

Our schedules are really all over the place right now. Did you wake up this morning wondering what day of the week it even is? We did! And that's why we want to help you keep your routine going, even on a Saturday morning.

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

'Cause soup is good food. Healthy, comforting...a gentle hug from the inside out....

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

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

'Cause soup is good food. Healthy, comforting...a gentle hug from the inside out. With all this social distancing, who couldn't use a good hug?!? Please tune in every day as we share our inspirations for food, movements, practices, and thoughts to keep you positive, healthy, and connected in the days ahead.

Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians 55 and Up
Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians 55 and Up

Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians...

Ali El-Mokadem – one of our personal trainers at the Toronto Athletic Club...

Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians 55 and Up

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Diet & Exercise Tips for Canadians 55 and Up

Ali El-Mokadem – one of our personal trainers at the Toronto Athletic Club – recently gave us some excellent exercise and nutrition tips targeted towards our Members in the 55+ age bracket, helping them to live a healthier lifestyle in retirement.  

5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's Edition
5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's Edition

5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's...

Since 1910, the 8th of March has been considered globally by many as a day to celebrate...

5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's Edition

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5x5 Minutes with Meg: Women's Edition

Since 1910, the 8th of March has been considered globally by many as a day to celebrate women. International Women's Day Organization 2020 is supporting a number of important and laudable missions including highlighting and applauding important gains that are being made, celebrating women's achievements and accomplishments, and taking a stance to call out and raise awareness about inequality. They also encourage everyone to "do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women".

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.

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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