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.

Losing is important.
Losing is important.

Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s...

Losing is important.

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Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s not to say there isn’t something to be said for approaching your game as if you are going to win. However, you are defining winning at any given moment. A winning mentality is accompanied by hope, determination, confidence, and is, in some cases, self-fulfilling.

The Woods.
The Woods.

The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed...

The Woods.

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The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed for a powerful, fully committed swing which sends the ball on a long, glamourous trajectory.

Summer Weather is Here...
Summer Weather is Here...

Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the...

Summer Weather is Here...

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Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the longer we stay in isolation but we can do this together. Some days can be dedicated to staying in and baking, while others can be all about getting outside and moving – it’s all about balance.

Fore the Love of it
Fore the Love of it

Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d...

Fore the Love of it

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Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d been sneaking onto the cart paths for some of my runs and bike rides with the boys and WOW! The spaces are glorious. That said, I have many loved ones who love to golf. So ultimately, I can be happy. 

Taste of Spring
Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve...

Taste of Spring

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Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve experienced phenomenal weather and slowly but surely the city is re-opening. But, for many of us, we’re still spending far more time at home than we would like.

Positive energy is contagious...
Positive energy is contagious...

Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today:...

Positive energy is contagious...

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Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today: I’m going to revisit Hell Week. After 3 days without sleep, the SEALs paddle down to the Mud Flats. They enter the swampy patch of terrain and the mud essentially swallows them until only their heads are visible.

On Being Thankful
On Being Thankful

On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The...

On Being Thankful

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On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The value it brings, not just to others but really to one’s self… Find something, anything, and be thankful for it. If it is a person in your life, let them know."

Sound Body & Strong Mind
Sound Body & Strong Mind

Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work...

Sound Body & Strong Mind

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Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work ethic. Low to moderate exercise can act as moving meditation. It calms the mind, increases patience, and boosts your ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions. Really intense exercise creates a razor-sharp mind. It purges stress hormones, boosts confidence, and makes everything else seem easy.

Make your bed every morning...
Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed...

Make your bed every morning...

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Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed perfectly, is she able to load a gun, map an exit strategy, watch your back? Start your day with integrity. Do the simple things right. Take care of the details. Caring about the little things demonstrates you are committed to the process, committed to excellence, and, in fact, care a lot about the bigger things. Nothing of significance stands the test of time without a sound beginning and carefully built foundation.

Sunshine is on the way
Sunshine is on the way

Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope...

Sunshine is on the way

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Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.

Bring What You Have.
Bring What You Have.

Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work...

Bring What You Have.

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Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 bizarre, unconventional days. Who better to look to for guidance and inspiration than the unusually courageous, resourceful individuals trained to thrive during unconventional warfare: SEALs.

Crowns and Coronas
Crowns and Coronas

Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of...

Crowns and Coronas

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Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also know that people who perceive that have a greater sense of control and are better able to live in the present. A sense of lack of control can be pervasive. And there is so much we cannot control these days.

The Long Weekend
The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one...

The Long Weekend

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The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one another. But I said this last weekend and I will say it again: Make. Your. Weekend. A. Weekend. Completely clean up your home office and shut it down. Don’t you dare treat Monday as a way to get caught up on work or home schooling for your kids.

The Destination or the Journey?
The Destination or the Journey?

The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement:...

The Destination or the Journey?

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The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement: Attainment of an ultimate outcome, level of success, or mastery. A process on the other hand is the organization and execution of different strategies, actions, and habits in order to attain said goal.

Taking Risks
Taking Risks

Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put...

Taking Risks

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Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put your head down and commit your best effort, you will grow, learn, and become more resilient and confident. All this irrespective of whether or not you achieve “success”. The skills you acquire help you approach other risks in more effective ways and increase your chances of being successful in the future. This is the stuff that heroes and leaders are made of.

Intrinsic Motivation
Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that...

Intrinsic Motivation

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Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that just feels good. We are intrinsically motivated to do something because the work or process itself is rewarding, interesting, enjoyable. We’re more likely to repeat an activity, form a habit if it feels good, it’s fun, and it’s what you want to do. That’s what intrinsic motivation is all about: ensuring what you are doing fosters a sense of fulfillment, competence, and autonomy. Science would tell us, people who are intrinsically motivated to exercise are far more likely to make exercise a life long habit. Good to know.

The Cook and the Baker
The Cook and the Baker

The Cook and the Baker

Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they...

The Cook and the Baker

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The Cook and the Baker

Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they are quite different, and I do in the end prefer one over the other.

It's Been a Week...

Posted: Mar 26, 2020

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

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.

All of today's content has been contributed by our amazing Personal Trainers.

Motivation of the Day

"Stop downgrading your dreams and start upgrading your mindset! If people aren't laughing at your dreams, you're not dreaming big enough." - Penny Phang, Personal Trainer, Adelaide Club

Workout of the Day

Blair Larsen - a trainer at the Adelaide Club - is unbelievably fit. He's also one of the smartest and most well-rounded fitness professionals I've ever met. He fully embraces the importance of a great workout that is quick and easy to do. And uses solid scientific principles to ensure these workouts get results.

Blair acknowledges that there are SO many factors to consider when training. But today he wants to share his top 3 secrets to keep things simple and really effective.

  1. Intensity: PUSH yourself.
  2. Variability: Adapt to suit your fitness and energy level.
  3. Execution: Great form is KEY!

Intensity:

Most people miss the mark in this aspect of training but it can make the world of difference. There is a preconceived notion that 3 sets of 10 reps is the golden rule and the effort needed to improve muscle tone, size, strength, really any and all types of muscle gain. But what that arbitrary standard is too much for John Big and not enough for Mrs. Universe? Maybe John just wants to feel awake and mobile, whereas Mrs. Universe needs that pump so she doesn't lose the gains she's made so far.

Let's consider intensity on a continuum that varies for each individual: For any of us, if the effort seems too "light" then it's likely we're just going through the motions. There won't typically be nearly enough stimulus then to create any positive stimulation or change. If the effort feels "moderate" then it could help us wake the body up, is likely the kind of workout we could do almost daily, and maintain our current gains. If you push to your maximal ability (to "failure" or high levels of fatigue), then you're on the road to making some serious gains. Remember the recovery in this case is as important as the workout itself. So, rest or engage in "active recovery" the next day.

Can you do this in your own home? Absolutely. (You KNOW Blair and his girls are!).

Are you up for Blair's challenge? Here it is: Pick your exercise - push-ups, squats, plank, calf raises... It really can be any exercises that you can perform with great form.

Now choose your variation: Push-ups from knees, toes, feet elevated, clapping push-ups, one arm... You see where I am going here. Let's choose push-ups for this example.

Next, do a few reps (2 - 5) to warm up those muscles and joints and shake it out.

WAKE UP Intensity:

So, you have been working for an hour in your home office and are getting tired and sore. It's a perfect time to stop and take a little "wake up" break. You chose a manageable number of reps for you (2, 6, 10, 15,...), that is not to failure, but you can definitely complete with some effort. You will feel like you've accomplished something.

PERFORMANCE Intensity:

It's Game Time: Set your mind to it that you are going to push through that uncomfortable burning feeling to the point that you can't do another rep. Then ask yourself - after this breath: "Can I do another?" Then go for it until, literally, you get stuck. That is past fatigue and right into failure. Great job!! You are well on your way to progression towards your goals.

Now ask yourself, can you do another set like that? With a different exercise? Then do it!

SAMPLE WORKOUT:

(depending on the number of sets you choose to do, this could take 10 minutes or longer)

  1. Push-Ups
  2. Body Weight Squats (to a low chair)
  3. Side Plank
  4. Heel (Calf) Raises
  5. Hip Lifts

Let us know how it goes! What series of exercises did YOU choose for your workout?

TWO Bites of the Day:

Bite ONE comes with a few sides of sage advice:

Lori Kirwan - a trainer and instructor at the Adelaide Club & TAC - reminds us all that this is a GREAT opportunity to really tune up our nutrition!

This note is directly from Lori:

Hopefully now you have time to cook if you're working from home. Get rid of any crappy food in your cupboards and fridge so you won't be tempted. Throw it away!!!

Here is my favourite soup recipe.

Roasted Onion and Pepper Soup

Roast onions and peppers with olive oil and pepper in the oven.

Turn on the slow pot and add vegetable broth and tomato sauce. Check ingredients - try for no sugar or weird ingredients.

Add the roasted vegetables to the pot and add chili powder and cayenne pepper. Make sure you remove all the pepper seeds.

Cook for a few hours on low.

Blend and eat!!

If any of you need help with this, let me know. Click here to connect directly with Lori.

Bite TWO comes from Peter Sheldrick

Enjoy a quick, delicious Moroccan inspired dish tonight! This Lamb Chops with Smoky Aubergine Salad recipe pairs perfectly with a bottle of red!!

Check out this spectacular recipe here.

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Do you have a "Something of the Day" you'd like us to share? Email Meg.

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