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.

Dietary and supplemental nutrition
Dietary and supplemental nutrition

Dietary and supplemental nutrition

If you’ve stepped foot into a health food store, or even the pharmacy or...

Dietary and supplemental nutrition

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Dietary and supplemental nutrition

If you’ve stepped foot into a health food store, or even the pharmacy or grocery store, you’ve likely been faced with endlessly available supplements, ranging from multivitamins to meal replacements. Are they necessary? Which are effective? How do you choose and what do you need?

Unlock your power and avoid injury by training stability and mobility
Unlock your power and avoid injury by training stability and mobility

Unlock your power and avoid injury...

Take the time to look at each joint in the body you will notice they alternate...

Unlock your power and avoid injury by training stability and mobility

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Unlock your power and avoid injury by training stability and mobility

Take the time to look at each joint in the body you will notice they alternate between the need for mobility and the need for stability.

Summer Breeze: Top summer fashion trends for him and her
Summer Breeze: Top summer fashion trends for him and her

Summer Breeze: Top summer fashion...

The top four trends sweeping the summer season for both men and women.

Summer Breeze: Top summer fashion trends for him and her

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Summer Breeze: Top summer fashion trends for him and her

The top four trends sweeping the summer season for both men and women.

3TO6TEAM Annual Regent Park Gala
3TO6TEAM Annual Regent Park Gala

3TO6TEAM Annual Regent Park Gala

Read about the 3TO6TEAM's Annual Regent Park Gala fundraiser in support of...

3TO6TEAM Annual Regent Park Gala

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3TO6TEAM Annual Regent Park Gala

Read about the 3TO6TEAM's Annual Regent Park Gala fundraiser in support of athletic programming in Regent Park.

Morning yoga at TD Centre!
Morning yoga at TD Centre!

Morning yoga at TD Centre!

Join the TDC for weekly morning yoga thanks to Cadillac Fairview!

Morning yoga at TD Centre!

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Morning yoga at TD Centre!

Join the TDC for weekly morning yoga thanks to Cadillac Fairview!

Toronto-based photographer Yuri Dojc's exclusive exhibit in Brazil
Toronto-based photographer Yuri Dojc's exclusive exhibit in Brazil

Toronto-based photographer Yuri...

Toronto-based photographer Yuri Dojc, whose series called “Last...

Toronto-based photographer Yuri Dojc's exclusive exhibit in Brazil

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Toronto-based photographer Yuri Dojc's exclusive exhibit in Brazil

Toronto-based photographer Yuri Dojc, whose series called “Last Folio”, was recently exhibited at the National Museum of Brazil.

Rogers Cup 2017
Rogers Cup 2017

Rogers Cup 2017

The best in women’s tennis returns to Toronto this summer, as Rogers Cup...

Rogers Cup 2017

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Rogers Cup 2017

The best in women’s tennis returns to Toronto this summer, as Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is set to take over Aviva Centre for another action-packed tournament. One of the most prestigious tennis events in the world, Rogers Cup is not only home to outstanding tennis, but also world-class dining, entertainment, activities, and shopping. 

Luxury Driving: The 2017 BMW M550i
Luxury Driving: The 2017 BMW M550i

Luxury Driving: The 2017 BMW M550i

With respect to the Lord Commander: luxury cars are about how they make...

Luxury Driving: The 2017 BMW M550i

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Luxury Driving: The 2017 BMW M550i

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

Then there are BMW cars.

 

Adelaide Club Instructor Spotlight: Janice Kessler
Adelaide Club Instructor Spotlight: Janice Kessler

Adelaide Club Instructor Spotlight:...

Janice Kessler has been practicing yoga for many years first seeing the benefits...

Adelaide Club Instructor Spotlight: Janice Kessler

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Adelaide Club Instructor Spotlight: Janice Kessler

Janice Kessler has been practicing yoga for many years first seeing the benefits on herself. While not limited to working with just men, the majority of her client base is male. She often finds men are a little bit less flexible. By increasing their core strength, alignment, and flexibility, her clients have gone on to meet their fitness goals. She believes what she teaches in the studio should apply to everyday life.

Is Your Skin Summer Ready?
Is Your Skin Summer Ready?

Is Your Skin Summer Ready?

The human skin is the first defense between internal tissues and organs. ...

Is Your Skin Summer Ready?

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Is Your Skin Summer Ready?

The human skin is the first defense between internal tissues and organs.  Each day our biggest organ tirelessly fights back against free radicals generated by UV and environmental stress. Protecting your skin daily is essential to long term skin health. Using the appropriate skin care products and applying a daily broad spectrum sunscreen is our first line of defense.

TAC Sport Medicine Clinic's Janette Yee intros Pregnancy & Recovery Program
TAC Sport Medicine Clinic's Janette Yee intros Pregnancy & Recovery Program

TAC Sport Medicine Clinic's Janette...

Janette's Pregnancy & Recovery Program is designed to address the...

TAC Sport Medicine Clinic's Janette Yee intros Pregnancy & Recovery Program

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TAC Sport Medicine Clinic's Janette Yee intros Pregnancy & Recovery Program

Janette's Pregnancy & Recovery Program is designed to address the physical changes that moms experience during and after pregnancy. Think of her as your family's prenatal and postpartum rehab specialist, available in your home, over video conferencing, or in a clinical setting at Toronto Athletic Club's Sport Medicine Clinic.

Stratus Awarded Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence 2 Years In A Row!
Stratus Awarded Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence 2 Years In A Row!

Stratus Awarded Trip Advisor's...

We're thrilled to announce that Stratus Restaurant has once again been...

Stratus Awarded Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence 2 Years In A Row!

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Stratus Awarded Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence 2 Years In A Row!

We're thrilled to announce that Stratus Restaurant has once again been selected for the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, reflecting consistently great reviews earned on TripAdvisor. The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. 

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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