Tyler's Tips for Preparing for an Upcoming Marathon
Tyler's Tips for Preparing for an Upcoming Marathon

Tyler's Tips for Preparing for an...

It’s that time of year again. The snow is finally behind us – we hope!...

Tyler's Tips for Preparing for an Upcoming Marathon

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Tyler's Tips for Preparing for an Upcoming Marathon

It’s that time of year again. The snow is finally behind us – we hope! – and we’re getting ready to take our workouts back outside. And, for the Cambridge Club’s squash professional Tyler Hamilton, it’s not a moment too soon, as he begins the final stages of his preparation for April’s Boston Marathon.

Molecular You: What you need to know about the Sport Medicine Clinic's new program
Molecular You: What you need to know about the Sport Medicine Clinic's new program

Molecular You: What you need to...

What if we set our goals based on the scientific evidence of our body’s needs?...

Molecular You: What you need to know about the Sport Medicine Clinic's new program

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Molecular You: What you need to know about the Sport Medicine Clinic's new program

What if we set our goals based on the scientific evidence of our body’s needs? What if we checked our biochemistry to see what was out of whack and needed fixing first? Wouldn’t there be more incentive to stick to our goals if we knew that we could improve our performance, address a nutritional deficiency, or mitigate specific risks?

Superior Smoothie Options are Closer than you Think...
Superior Smoothie Options are Closer than you Think...

Superior Smoothie Options are...

At the beginning of February, the Adelaide Club launched their brand-new smoothie menu....

Superior Smoothie Options are Closer than you Think...

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Superior Smoothie Options are Closer than you Think...

At the beginning of February, the Adelaide Club launched their brand-new smoothie menu. Featuring 5 nutrient dense smoothies that make it convenient for Members to maximize their workout efforts, the HUB’s new menu was designed to fuel happy and healthy Club Members. By elevating the smoothie menu, the HUB now supports the nutritional demands of the Adelaide Club’s Members, enriching their experience at the Club.

Migraines, Headaches, & Concussions: How Cranial Osteopathy Can Help
Migraines, Headaches, & Concussions: How Cranial Osteopathy Can Help

Migraines, Headaches, &...

Cranial osteopathy is a subtle treatment using a very light touch to "listen"...

Migraines, Headaches, & Concussions: How Cranial Osteopathy Can Help

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Migraines, Headaches, & Concussions: How Cranial Osteopathy Can Help

Cranial osteopathy is a subtle treatment using a very light touch to "listen" to the messages communicated by the body, pinpointing areas of dysfunction and restriction which, in turn, contribute to compromised functioning of the body. This treatment can benefit those suffering from: headaches, migraines, concussions, stress, anxiety, and depression, among others.

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
5 Minutes with Meg: Your Heart

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!
Finally, Canada has a new and improved Food Guide!

Finally, Canada has a new and...

Canada's new food guide - launched on January 22, 2019 - has some big changes. Over...

Finally, Canada has a new and improved Food Guide!

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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.

What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?
What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?

What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?

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

What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?

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What is Fascial Stretch Therapy?

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.

The Time is Now...Bell Let's Talk
The Time is Now...Bell Let's Talk

The Time is Now...Bell Let's Talk

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

The Time is Now...Bell Let's Talk

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The Time is Now...Bell Let's Talk

Mental wellness is integral to overall health. Life is challenging and it's very normal to experience changes to mental wellness throughout one's life as a result of a variety of factors, including environmental stressors, genetics, and lifestyle, among others.

5 Minutes with Meg: The New Year
5 Minutes with Meg: The New Year

5 Minutes with Meg: The New Year

I've been thinking a lot about...

...New Year's...

5 Minutes with Meg: The New Year

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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.

What is Osteopathy and How Can it Help You?
What is Osteopathy and How Can it Help You?

What is Osteopathy and How Can it...

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

What is Osteopathy and How Can it Help You?

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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
Training our Trainers: A Workshop with Dr. Stuart McGill

Training our Trainers: A Workshop...

This past Saturday, Dr. McGill ran a very special and exclusive Training the Back...

Training our Trainers: A Workshop with Dr. Stuart McGill

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Training our Trainers: A Workshop with Dr. Stuart McGill

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.

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!

Celebrating the Adelaide's Community with Winville
Celebrating the Adelaide's Community with Winville

Celebrating the Adelaide's...

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

Celebrating the Adelaide's Community with Winville

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Celebrating the Adelaide's Community with Winville

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.

Setting Your New Year's Resolutions
Setting Your New Year's Resolutions

Setting Your New Year's Resolutions

I’ve spent the last month asking my clients and class participants if they are...

Setting Your New Year's Resolutions

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Setting Your New Year's Resolutions

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
A Little Cup of Holiday Cheer

A Little Cup of Holiday Cheer

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

A Little Cup of Holiday Cheer

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A Little Cup of Holiday Cheer

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

Meet Rob: 50 Years Old & Running a...

Rob has always loved to set goals; every year on his birthday he sets a new goal for...

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

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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. 

What we can Learn from Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree...
What we can Learn from Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree...

What we can Learn from Charlie...

Do you remember Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree? Turns out we can learn a lot about...

What we can Learn from Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree...

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What we can Learn from Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree...

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. 

What we can Learn from Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree...

What we can Learn from Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree...
Posted: Dec 6, 2018

Written by: Lori Kirwan, PhD in Exercise Physiology

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What can Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree teach us about core activation and stabilization of the lower back?

 

Teaching clients how to activate their core can sometimes be a big challenge for trainers and fitness instructors. The reason I think it’s so difficult, is that there isn’t a lot of visible movement to doing core activation and since many of us have an easier time learning when we’re able to see a movement, we struggle with understanding this activation.

Core activation happens deep inside the abdomen and pelvic floor; it can be such a subtle manoeuvre that we can’t really see anything happen at all. For trainers and instructors to teach this activation, we rely more on how it feels, which can be really difficult to describe.

I like using the Charlie Brown Christmas tree to try and teach core activation. You see how the tree droops over? Linus takes his blanket and wraps it around the tree’s lower trunk, thus helping the tree to stand up taller and offering it more support.  

 

 

We all have our own “blanket” inside of our body. The transversus abdominis muscle (TVA) is a deep muscle layer of the front and side abdominal wall. When this muscle is activated, it acts as a support belt or corset around the waist, just like the blanket around the Christmas tree!

The function of the transversus abdominis is to stabilize the lower back and pelvis, both at rest and before movement of the arms and/or legs occur. Our ability to activate, strengthen, and train this muscle, is important so we can prevent the wear and tear of the joints in our lower back and pelvis. 

If you’re looking to improve your core, Lori teaches core conditioning classes at the Adelaide Club on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Fridays at 6:30am and also integrates a lot of core activation into her yoga classes on Monday (at 12:00pm) and Thursday (at 1:15pm). She also teaches a Power Pump class at the Toronto Athletic Club on Tuesdays (12:45pm) which incorporates core intervals. To learn more about how to activate, train, and strengthen your core muscles come to Lori’s classes or email me.

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Lori Kirwan, PhD in Exercise Physiology

Group Exercise Instructor & Personal Trainer, Adelaide Club & Toronto Athletic Club

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