For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide
For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at...

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm,...

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

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For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm, who joined for very different reasons but continue to ride for surprisingly similar ones.  

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life
Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on...

We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a...

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

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Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a regular yogi at the Adelaide Club, and a member since 1987!

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance
Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance...

Our Director of Pilates & Yoga, Sandi Simoes, shares her insight on smaller...

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

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Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Our Director of Pilates & Yoga, Sandi Simoes, shares her insight on smaller muscles - and why you shouldn't neglect them in your workouts.

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game
Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

Fall in Love with Squash, the...

We sat down with Neil, a dedicated squash player and a member of the

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

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Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

We sat down with Neil, a dedicated squash player and a member of the Adelaide Club for nearly four decades, to hear more about his love of the game of squash.

Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength
Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

Five Reasons a Director of M&A...

We spent time with our longstanding member, Enrique, a Director of M&A...

Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

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Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

We spent time with our longstanding member, Enrique, a Director of M&A Integrations at one of Toronto’s leading banks, to discuss how he balances his professional ambitions and personal time in pursuit of his fitness goals.

Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018
Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

Why Strength Lab may be your new...

Our Group Exercise Director, Lauren Neal, answers all your questions about the...

Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

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Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

Our Group Exercise Director, Lauren Neal, answers all your questions about the Adelaide Club's new Strength Lab classes.

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

Meg Sharp shares all the methods you can use to stay motivated and crush your fitness...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

Meg Sharp shares all the methods you can use to stay motivated and crush your fitness goals.

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!
Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Resolve to be fit, once and for...

Check out our top 10 ways to be successful with your New Year's...

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Health & Wellness

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Check out our top 10 ways to be successful with your New Year's resolutions.

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!
The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym:...

Come and check out our newly-equipped STRENGTH Gym at The Adelaide...

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

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The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

Come and check out our newly-equipped STRENGTH Gym at The Adelaide Club. Everything from kettle bells, sleds, and turf to get you in the best shape of your life.

How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips
How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

How to avoid the holiday weight...

Our Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Dena Ryde, shares her how-tos on...

How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

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How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

Our Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Dena Ryde, shares her how-tos on keeping your fitness goals on track for the holiday season.

Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program
Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

Bring out your inner athlete with...

As of December 4th, we're introducing our new A-Ride program, featuring three...

Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

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Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

As of December 4th, we're introducing our new A-Ride program, featuring three exciting classes made for you to get your ride on.

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

This week's instalment from our Director of Personal Training, Meg...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

This week's instalment from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp!

Fall Fitness at the Club
Fall Fitness at the Club

Fall Fitness at the Club

Even though the seasons are changing, fitness still remains a constant at the...

Fall Fitness at the Club

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Fall Fitness at the Club

Even though the seasons are changing, fitness still remains a constant at the Club. Group Fitness continues to be a popular choice amongst both men and women.

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez
Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach...

We would like to introduce our latest addition to the TAC team, Roman...

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

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Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

We would like to introduce our latest addition to the TAC team, Roman Ramirez!

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

Introducing a new column from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp. Tune in...

5 Minutes with Meg

Health & Wellness

5 Minutes with Meg

Introducing a new column from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp. Tune in regularly for more!

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)
Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant...

Darcy Wefers, a loyal employee at The Cambridge Group of Clubs' Head Office, and...

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)

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Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)

Darcy Wefers, a loyal employee at The Cambridge Group of Clubs' Head Office, and her husband, Tom, complete a full Ironman in Mont Tremblant. Hear their story!

Club member weight-loss success story!
Club member weight-loss success story!

Club member weight-loss success...

Today we are celebrating the success of one of our members who is down more that...

Club member weight-loss success story!

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Club member weight-loss success story!

Today we are celebrating the success of one of our members who is down more that fifty pounds in five months!

Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!
Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!

Brian Malone Conquers Mount...

One of Toronto Athletic Club’s awesome cycle instructors, Brian Malone,...

Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!

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Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!

One of Toronto Athletic Club’s awesome cycle instructors, Brian Malone, went to France to compete in the GFNY Mount Ventoux!

Attention all golfers!
Attention all golfers!

Attention all golfers!

If you haven’t yet made the pilgrimage to experience golf in Atlantic...

Attention all golfers!

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Attention all golfers!

If you haven’t yet made the pilgrimage to experience golf in Atlantic Canada, what are you waiting for?

Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson
Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

There’s a new face at Adelaide Club! Everyone give a big Adelaide welcome to...

Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

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Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

There’s a new face at Adelaide Club! Everyone give a big Adelaide welcome to Klara Hakansson.

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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