5 Minutes with Meg: Surprises
5 Minutes with Meg: Surprises

5 Minutes with Meg: Surprises

I've been thinking a lot about...the power of the unexpected. We spend - I think -...

5 Minutes with Meg: Surprises

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5 Minutes with Meg: Surprises

I've been thinking a lot about...the power of the unexpected. We spend - I think - too much time focused on the future and not enough time engaged in the journey. There's lots of evidence to suggest living more of your life in the moment leads to a richer, healthier, more fulfilled life. But I digress.

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. 

Luxury Driving: The 2017 BMW M550i

Luxury Driving: The 2017 BMW M550i
Posted: Jul 4, 2017

With respect to the Lord Commander: luxury cars are about how they make you feel, yes.

Then there are BMW cars.

I am talking about those new Infiniti commercials, where actor Kit Harington (otherwise known as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones), blows around a corner behind the wheel of a Q60 sports coupe. No idea where he was driving to.

Our drive in the 2017 BMW M550i xDrive was a summer-time trek north on Highway 400 to Muskoka, for lunch at Rocky Crest Golf Resort. From there we headed east on Highway 169, to ClubLink’s Sherwood Inn, then through Bala, down to Gravenhurst and back to Highway 11, past Orillia, which took us back to the 400 south to Toronto. Any CGOC club member who has been to the Muskoka region during the summer knows there are no words that encapsulate the natural beauty of the area.

The BMW driving experience also is like no other. At first, the M550i seems a little unassuming when you walk out and see it. Then you press the button and start it.

This is the first M Performance version of the business sedan, putting it first in line in the 5 Series lineup. It all starts with power – that of course makes highway drives like the 400 that much more enjoyable. The M Series cars have steadily been getting better and faster – this one is quicker than the current generation M5. When the next generation comes out in November it will blow this one out of the water.

The M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology engine is all you need: 456 hp and 480 lb-ft torque, V8, with the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive with rear-wheel bias and M Performance chassis. Power as well as agility, we should add.

The debate involving driver assistance packages versus totally autonomous driving rages on. The M550i features a wide variety of driver assistance systems, like steering intervention, that pulls the car back, and blind spot detection. These are all great features for drivers that enjoy driving. This is a lot of car, after all.

However, even a company that markets the driving experience over everything else is having to yield to market pressures and is starting the process of introducing a self-driving car option. Harald Krüger, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG, said this at the AGM last May: “Don’t be surprised if you see a BMW driving alongside you and the driver doesn’t have their hands on the wheel!" Kruger says they are concentrating their expertise in this field at BMW’s new Research and Development Centre for Autonomous Driving near Munich. The company wants to be at the forefront of autonomous driving.

Personally, I will weep the day they introduce it – probably sometime in 2021. Two summers ago for us the driving experience was behind the wheel of the BMW M6 – a week-long drive to NYC and Boston, where long highway driving didn’t feel like a marathon. The charisma factor of that car was like nothing I had ever experienced – like the time 20 or so blue collar New York types walked over individually or part of a small group when we stopped on a side street in Lower Manhattan to take a quick picture of the car, all to admire it and ask questions about it. The BMW M550i got its fair share of looks and nods and thumbs-up signs from passersby this time out as well.

Looks, brains and brawn. These cars are meant to be driven. Frankly, if you’d rather read the sports pages while some computer drives a car for you, maybe you should take a train instead.

You just feel good. You feel empowered. This is what luxury car driving is supposed to feel like.

I have said this many times: When parsing cars at this luxury level, it is tough to find points of differentiation. All of them in this class – Cadillac CTS, Infiniti Q70, Audi A6, Mercedes E-Class – offer the same premiums when talking about luxury touchpoints.

Things like the M Sport exhaust system, producing that distinct BMW M roar when you start up the car, and the unmistakable sport lines of the car’s exterior (as well as the cool M rear spoiler on the truck lid, part of a design that optimizes aerodynamics helping to guide the car), puts the BMW M550i, and others in the M Series, a step above.

JUST THE FACTS

  • Fastest 5 Series to date: 0-100 km/h in 4 seconds

  • M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology engine delivers 455 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque

  • M specially tuned chassis delivering even sharper steering responses

  • MSRP for the model I drove, with advanced driver assistance extras like Steering and Lane Control, Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assistant, and Premium Package add-ons like Ventilated Seats, Seat Massage Function, Satellite Radio and BMW ConnectedDrive Services Professional: $89,650

 

Article by Mark Keast, RE:LUXE Magazine. Follow Regarding Luxury on Instagram for more luxury lifestyle content.

 

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