Take Your Golf Game to the Next Level in the Offseason
Take Your Golf Game to the Next Level in the Offseason

Take Your Golf Game to the Next...

Now that fall is upon us, let's face it - the golf season is winding down. Insert...

Take Your Golf Game to the Next Level in the Offseason

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Take Your Golf Game to the Next Level in the Offseason

Now that fall is upon us, let's face it - the golf season is winding down. Insert sad face. For some, that would mean putting the clubs away until spring and spending your winter dreaming about the course; instead, you can use this fall and winter to assess, train smart, and strengthen your body-swing connection.

5 Minutes with Meg: Feeling Overwhelmed? Me Too!
5 Minutes with Meg: Feeling Overwhelmed? Me Too!

5 Minutes with Meg: Feeling...

I’ve been thinking a lot about …

…being...

5 Minutes with Meg: Feeling Overwhelmed? Me Too!

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5 Minutes with Meg: Feeling Overwhelmed? Me Too!

I’ve been thinking a lot about …

…being overwhelmed.  Lots of starts and restarts happening around us right now.  All that change is awesome.  It’s crucial for growth, ongoing engagement, stimulation, and, ultimately, a happy fulfilled life.  And it can be crushingly overwhelming sometimes.

Member Spotlight: Michael
Member Spotlight: Michael

Member Spotlight: Michael

Most clients come to a session with their personal trainer ready to work, but very few...

Member Spotlight: Michael

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Member Spotlight: Michael

Most clients come to a session with their personal trainer ready to work, but very few come as prepared as Michael! Beginning in 2006, Michael has joined me at the Toronto Athletic Club three times a week for training; and we’ve been consistently working together ever since.

What it Takes to be an Ironman...
What it Takes to be an Ironman...

What it Takes to be an Ironman...

On August 19th, 2018, just under 3000 eager athletes, including 581 first...

What it Takes to be an Ironman...

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What it Takes to be an Ironman...

On August 19th, 2018, just under 3000 eager athletes, including 581 first timers, ages 18-80, raced in the 6th Annual Ironman Mont Tremblant. I was included in these athletes, along with our members Darcy and Tom Wefers and Louise Engelmann.

Self-Care Strategies for Stress Reduction & Wellness
Self-Care Strategies for Stress Reduction & Wellness

Self-Care Strategies for Stress...

Did you know that August is Wellness Month? While we near the end of the month, we...

Self-Care Strategies for Stress Reduction & Wellness

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Self-Care Strategies for Stress Reduction & Wellness

Did you know that August is Wellness Month? While we near the end of the month, we wanted to share a few strategies that you can (and should) incorporate into your daily life to reduce your stress and improve your overall well-being all year long! 

Helpful Tips for a Better Night's Sleep
Helpful Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

Helpful Tips for a Better Night's...

Jumy Kim, the Adelaide Health Club's Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture...

Helpful Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

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Helpful Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

Jumy Kim, the Adelaide Health Club's Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Specialist, explains how poor sleep is one of the most common concerns in her practice and gives some helpful tips for a better night's rest.

Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee Yet?
Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee Yet?

Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee...

It may sounds strange but it’s actually pretty darn tasty. So what is Bulletproof...

Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee Yet?

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Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee Yet?

It may sounds strange but it’s actually pretty darn tasty. So what is Bulletproof coffee anyway?

Good Vs. Bad Sugars
Good Vs. Bad Sugars

Good Vs. Bad Sugars

Everyone “knows” that sugar is bad for you — but are there...

Good Vs. Bad Sugars

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Good Vs. Bad Sugars

Everyone “knows” that sugar is bad for you — but are there “good” vs “bad” sugars?


First things first, there is a big difference between added sugars in boxed/bagged/packaged foods such as candy, pop, cookies, etc vs natural sugars in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

How To Strengthen Your Core Without Harming Your Lower Back
How To Strengthen Your Core Without Harming Your Lower Back

How To Strengthen Your Core Without...

You are doing sit-ups and crunches to build that six-pack, but your back gets sore. So...

How To Strengthen Your Core Without Harming Your Lower Back

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How To Strengthen Your Core Without Harming Your Lower Back

You are doing sit-ups and crunches to build that six-pack, but your back gets sore. So how are you going to build those washboard abs without hurting your back?

How Alcohol Consumption is Related to Fat Loss
How Alcohol Consumption is Related to Fat Loss

How Alcohol Consumption is Related...

There seems to be this notion among the average gym goers that it is okay to drink...

How Alcohol Consumption is Related to Fat Loss

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How Alcohol Consumption is Related to Fat Loss

There seems to be this notion among the average gym goers that it is okay to drink certain alcoholic beverages, because they contain zero calories. Vodka and soda is the go-to that I always hear about. 

Effects of Alcohol on Building Muscle
Effects of Alcohol on Building Muscle

Effects of Alcohol on Building...

Let's just jump straight to it! If you want to build muscle, which is a tough task...

Effects of Alcohol on Building Muscle

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Effects of Alcohol on Building Muscle

Let's just jump straight to it! If you want to build muscle, which is a tough task on it's own, you definitely want to stay away from alcohol consumption.
 
Alcohol will take away from muscle building for a variety of reasons. Here are a few points on why alcohol consumption is a bad idea when attempting to build muscle:

Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?
Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?

Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?

Gluten (a protein) can be found in wheat, barley and rye.

With so many...

Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?

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Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?

Gluten (a protein) can be found in wheat, barley and rye.

With so many processed foods on the market today, it can also be found hiding in salad dressings, condiments, deli meats and even candy. This makes giving up gluten a bit more tricky, and why should we do that in the first place?

Exercise and the Aging Brain
Exercise and the Aging Brain

Exercise and the Aging Brain

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. In an effort to spread awareness...

Exercise and the Aging Brain

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Exercise and the Aging Brain

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. In an effort to spread awareness about brain health, we are here to talk about Exercise and the aging brain.

9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine
9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine

9 Unexpected Things That Happen...

When our schedules become busy and stress levels raise, we tend to skip our workouts...

9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine

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9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine

When our schedules become busy and stress levels raise, we tend to skip our workouts and let our busy lifestyles get the best of us. We’ve all been there, and that’s ok.

Here are 9 reasons why your workout should be a priority during those busy, stressful times:

Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for You?
Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for You?

Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for...

Vanessa Foucher, Adelaide Clinics Physiotherapist talks to us about cracking your back,...

Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for You?

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Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for You?

Vanessa Foucher, Adelaide Clinics Physiotherapist talks to us about cracking your back, and the effects it may have. 

Adelaide Club Member Competes in First Ironman
Adelaide Club Member Competes in First Ironman

Adelaide Club Member Competes in...

Stephen Hamer, a 12 year member of the Adelaide Club, just completed his first...

Adelaide Club Member Competes in First Ironman

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Adelaide Club Member Competes in First Ironman

Stephen Hamer, a 12 year member of the Adelaide Club, just completed his first Ironman!

We had an opportunity to spend some time with him; to find out his motivation for competing and to better understand what goes into accomplishing such an incredible feat.

5 Natural Ways to Control Blood Pressure - Without Medication
5 Natural Ways to Control Blood Pressure - Without Medication

5 Natural Ways to Control Blood...

May is National High Blood Pressure Month.

Stop by The HUB on May 25th...

5 Natural Ways to Control Blood Pressure - Without Medication

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5 Natural Ways to Control Blood Pressure - Without Medication

May is National High Blood Pressure Month.

Stop by The HUB on May 25th between 11:45am-1:00pm to have your blood pressure reading done before your workout.

Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad
Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad

Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad

Carol-Ann, a trainer of 25+ years with the Cambridge Group of Clubs, is currently...

Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad

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Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad

Carol-Ann, a trainer of 25+ years with the Cambridge Group of Clubs, is currently taking her Healthy Culinary Art Certificate at George Brown College. She is learning excellent recipes to assist with performance, living a healthy lifestyle and ensuring she is getting the right nutrients in her diet. 

Below is a nutritious, healthy and refreshing spring salad recipe. Give it a try, let us know what you think! 

Dos and Don’ts to purchasing Organics
Dos and Don’ts to purchasing Organics

Dos and Don’ts to purchasing...

You’ve now heard about the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, so how do you move...

Dos and Don’ts to purchasing Organics

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Dos and Don’ts to purchasing Organics

You’ve now heard about the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, so how do you move forward with purchasing organic items for your family?

We’ve compiled a list of dos and don’ts for you, including what to look out for and where to buy organics.

The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These Produce Items
The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These Produce Items

The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These...

Have you heard about the dirty dozen? If not, we are here to help! 
Last...

The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These Produce Items

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The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These Produce Items

Have you heard about the dirty dozen? If not, we are here to help! 
Last week Environmental Working Group released their 2018 list of the fruits and vegetables most contaminated by pesticides. 

Read about the produce items you should avoid.

Clearing the Air to Avoid Illness

Clearing the Air to Avoid Illness
Posted: May 3, 2017

The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo recently looked at the impact of Toronto-based Surgically Clear Air Inc. units on sports teams.  Cambridge Group of Clubs is proud to have the Canadian company's units in our fitness clubs for Members to enjoy.  Read the full article from the Boston Globe below:

The Red Sox are the sickest team in baseball. According to research done by Surgically Clean Air Inc. of Toronto, the Sox have led the major leagues in days missed by sickness since 2011 with 85 (and that doesn’t count 2017) at a cost of more than $3.9 million, or about $45,882 per game lost because of sickness. The data was obtained through the Pro Sports Transactions website, which keeps track of transactions involving published illnesses.

The Red Sox have suffered greatly from a stomach ailment since midway through spring training, although some of the victims have recently returned to work. Hanley Ramirez, Brock Holt, Robbie Ross Jr., Mookie Betts, Joe Kelly, and Mitch Moreland all have been affected. Obviously, this data isn’t complete. There are times when a player might be sick and the team doesn’t announce it. So there could be more instances than those recorded. The Red Sox’ opponents Wednesday night, the Baltimore Orioles, are one of the teams that installed the Surgically Clean Air system in their Camden Yards clubhouse three years ago. “We felt we had to try something,” said general manager Dan Duquette. “In our sport you have a lot of guys in close quarters in the clubhouse, in the showers, on the airplanes, and germs spread. You get one guy with something, next thing you know two or three guys have it. So, has it worked? I guess you have to measure it by days missed because of illnesses, and while I haven’t studied all the data, it seems as though there’s been an improvement in that area on our team.”

Even though manager Buck Showalter said this week that the Orioles don’t publicize their sicknesses (though if a player misses a game because of one, it’s made public), Baltimore is a pretty healthy team.

According to Rob Ruznisky, Surgically Clean Air, when the Orioles decided to buy in they had lost 26 days to illness. Over the next three years, they lost 10 games total. The Red Sox lost 10 games in 2016 alone. The Blue Jays became a client in 2012. In the five years previous, sickness had cost the Jays $704,000. Over the last five years that number has been reduced to $107,000. The Oakland Athletics are also using it. The A’s always are finding ways to maximize their players staying on the field given their small market status and the air system apparently has worked. The NBA’s Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks are using it, as are the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, and Vancouver Canucks.

Ruznisky says a 2,000 square foot clubhouse can be covered by a $7,000 unit. That’s the price of socks for a month for some teams. When Hanley Ramirez misses a game because of illness, that’s $140,000 in salary missing that day from the lineup.

The air units have been installed in mostly hospitals and dental offices, but once Ruznisky started getting into sports, he was amazed by how little the topic of air quality had been broached. “Most teams hadn’t even thought about it,” he said. “If it saves one player from missing a day on the field or on the ice or on the court the unit pays for itself tenfold.”

The Red Sox already have been decimated by illness. Ruznisky has no idea how it started or how it spread. “Obviously we can’t prevent a player going home and catching something from his child,” he said. “But we can help the spread of it once the player comes back into the clubhouse.”

So, what’s the reason for the high rate of illness among the Red Sox? Could it be Fenway Park and the fact that it’s the oldest facility in baseball and perhaps the air quality isn’t as good as some of the newer ballparks?

Of course, the symptoms started in Fort Myers, where JetBlue Park is a relatively new facility. But the condition did escalate once the team returned to Boston for the season opening series against the Pirates.

According to Ruznisky, the air system “destroys the airborne viruses. A cough can travel 100 feet, and that’s why we’re in hospitals and dental offices. Sports teams weren’t even tracking this. We’re helping prevent it. We can help prevent it from spreading. A lot of guys go down at the same chunk of time.

If we break down the airborne viruses, the chances it’s going to be passed on is reduced tremendously. If a flu shot reduces the chances of getting the flu by 40 percent and we can reduce it another 20 percent by adding our machines, then I think that’s worth it.”

“One of the trainers I deal with said, ‘If I don‘t get this machine I’m not doing everything I can to help my players.’ The Raptors’ trainer made everybody in the starting lineup buy one for their homes. The Raptors had the lowest number of illnesses the last two seasons.”

Ruznisky said his company also is making a unit on wheels that can be used on team charters, another place where germs can spread rapidly.

The Red Sox recently put an air purifier in the middle of their clubhouse, one that had been sitting in a trainer’s room for a couple of years unused, but it’s unlikely to kill viruses.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said the organization doesn’t have plans to install a new air system in their clubhouse, “but we’re going to look into it.”


 

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