Is Shockwave Therapy Right for You?
Is Shockwave Therapy Right for You?

Is Shockwave Therapy Right for You?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for those suffering from...

Is Shockwave Therapy Right for You?

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Is Shockwave Therapy Right for You?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for those suffering from many joint and tendon disorders. Everyone with soft tissue injuries can benefit from shockwave therapy.

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.

Posted: Feb 16, 2017

CEP CSEP Personal Trainer & Certified Exercise Physiologist

Carol-Ann has always worked to stay fit; through sport when she was younger and now by biking, weight training, indoor climbing and hiking.  She gravitates to her passion of helping clients to reduce pain, increase mobility and strengthen their bodies through exercise.  Her goals it to ensure everyday activities are done with ease and she always ensure you work hard yet have fun!

Carol-Ann has vast experience with hip and knee replacement as well as working with the ageing population.  She embodies her motto of laugh often and feed your body well, and definitely inspires her clients to do the same!

Education

Carol-Ann began her career in fitness at George Brown college and graduated from the Fitness and Lifestyle management program.  She quickly became a Certified Exercise Physiologist Canadian Society of Exercise physiology and has continued to take courses, stay up to date on the current research and has countless certifications.  She is truly an example of when you take care of your body, through nourishing it with the right fuel and incorporating movement and resistance training you can take on anything! 

Testamonials

“Carol-Ann is a passionate, professional and caring trainer. My sessions are individualized and targeted to accommodate my needs which is crucial as I have a serious back issue. She is focused on client health-not just the hour you are there with her, but a holistic, overall interest in your well-being. Carol-Ann is dedicated to her clients I very much appreciate her dedication and have benefited significantly from her training.”
- Morag MacGougan

“I had the pleasure of working with Carol-Ann Cook, who was my personal trainer, for five and one-half years following knee-replacement surgery and subsequently hip replacement surgery. My recovery has been virtually complete to the extent that I can now walk the golf course normally and pain free.  Carol-Ann is very intuitive and understands that we all have limits which we can’t exceed. She is fun to work with and has an infectious laugh. She is a very experienced senior trainer who is always thinking of her client’s needs.  I recommend Carol-Ann to anyone who needs a personal trainer but also to any organization which may be interested in employing her.”
- Douglas Davis

 

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FST Level I, FLMP, CEP, MES Personal Trainer and Triathlon Coach

James has been in the fitness industry for over 24 years.  Since graduating from the Fitness and Lifestyle Management Program at George Brown College in 1995, he has worked as an Endurance Coach, Personal Trainer, head coach of the TAC triathlon team and Spinning Instructor.  James also has extensive coaching experience with guiding his athletes to Ironman World Championships, Olympic Distance Triathlon World Championships, qualifying for Boston Marathon, to completing their first triathlon.   Currently James enjoys competing in triathlons, which have included 2016 Triathlon World Championships (top Canadian in Age Group), Ironman© Canada 2004 and Ironman® USA – Lake Placid 2005.  He loves fitness but, more importantly, enjoys the challenge of helping people achieve their goals.

Education & Certifications

Fitness & Lifestyle Management, Geroge Brown College

Certified Exercise Physiologist

NCCP Triathlon Level 1

Fascial Stretch Therapist, Level 1

Spinning Certified

NCCP Soccer Level 3

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Posted: Feb 16, 2017

BPhE, ISSA, DND PTS Personal Trainer

Throughout Warren’s life he participated in various sports: Track & Field, Hockey, Basketball and Football. His involvement in athletics wasn’t just for fun… he wanted to be the absolute best. Years of intense commitment, dedication and elite coaching helped develop the kick ass mentality he possesses and use to push clients to reach their peak potential.

Warren started his love for training at Acadia University as part of the SMILE program (Sensory Motor Instructor Leadership Education – educating mentally and physically challenged children). Combining a relentless thirst for challenges, a competitive background in sport and the disciplinary experience of being a member of the Canadian Armed Forces… Personal Training was his fate!!!

Warren takes pride in being known as the “Drill Sargent, Ball Buster” and sometime just, “Mean!” If you’re looking to make a difference and want to reach your fitness goals, you will want to meet him soon for your first training consultation.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education (Kinesiology) – Acadia University (Majoring in exercise Physiology)

Physical Education - Individuals with Special Needs

Twist Conditioning Sport Specialist

ISSA – International Sports Science Association

Soccer Fitness Trainer – National Strength and Conditioning Association

Schwinn Spin Certification

Keizer Power pacing cycling certification

Can Fit Pro (Canadian Fitness Professionals) Personal Training Specialist

CPR & AED Certified

Testamonials

“Warren Scott is a trainer who thinks outside the box.  He creates specialized programs that get me ready for outdoor adventures, like mountain climbing. And along the way he helped me drop thirty pounds too. Warren’s workouts can be real killers. Some days I think that I must be nuts to train with him. But I keep coming back every week now for four years.”
- Larry Crozier

"I have been working with Warren for over 10 years now and I am extremely happy with the vast knowledge and experience in his training methods he incorporate into my workouts. Warren’s workouts are never the same! He takes the time to really customize the workouts to whatever I’m training for – be it a Marathon, Ironman Triathlon or just to lose weight.  Over the years Warren has helped me tremendously with my fitness and strength to rehab a rotator cuff injury. Warren’s positive approach to training has been nothing short of awesome for me.”
- Kate Lloyd, Event Director, IntriKate Events

"Warren designed both keel boat racing and skiff sailing sports specific programs for me. The programs combine conditioning, agility, balance and flexibility.  When I sail at winter regattas the ongoing training allows me to step on the boat in the same shape as at the end of the summer.  Warren very quickly understands what the sport requires and designs fun and interesting exercises which directly improve my performance."
- Christina Medland, Senior Consultant, Meridian Compensation Partners

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Posted: Feb 16, 2017

BPHE; RTS; FMS Personal Trainer

Paul developed a passion for athletics early in life focusing on basketball, volleyball and baseball. He then took this passion to his studies and completed a Bachelor of Physical Health and Education at the University of Toronto.  This is when Paul’s career in fitness took shape!

Training at the TAC allows for Paul to live the active lifestyle that he values and craves and share it with his clients. For Paul, movement is life; Life is movement and he is anything but a one-dimensional trainer. Since his BPHE, he has continued his knowledge and studied Pilates, trains in Swimming, Boxing and enjoys the physical challenges presented when in the great outdoors.  

Paul is attuned to assessing his client's exact needs and uses his versatility and creativity to make his training effective and fun. From sport-specific training-based programs or vigorous strength-endurance training to organic/functional movement, Paul’s training will ensure gains in his client's total body strength and fitness. Paul’s clients experience an unforgettable training session every time that leaves them feeling invigorated and ready to tackle their busy work schedule/lives.

Education/Credentials

University of Toronto - Bachelor of Physical Health and Education

Resistance Training Specialist Level 1 & 2 

Functional Movement Specialist 

Medical Exercise Specialist 

National Coaching Certification Program Level 1 & 2

Equinox Pilates Institute Mat Certification 

Testimonials

"Paul always keeps my workouts new and challenging. I never get bored. When I express concerns about a certain aspect of training I would like to improve, he listens and adjusts my workouts accordingly. Thank you Paul!"

"Since training with Paul I feel like my best self. Not only are my workouts challenging, but also mentally stimulating. Paul is professional, creative, and gets results with his positive and passionate attitude."

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Posted: Feb 16, 2017

CSCS, MES, RTS 123, FMS Personal Trainer & Fitness Nutrition Specialist

Meet Mike Savage, footy fanatic and all-round fitness & performance enthusiast. 

Mike was born in the UK.  He kick-started his career playing soccer for Leicester City Football Club’s Youth Academy.  Later, he decided to devote his leadership qualities and passion to help others achieve their goals within the fitness and athletic industry.

He graduated from Loughborough College (a leading sports institute in the UK) in Sports & Exercise Sciences, before continuing his education at the same institute to gain a Personal Training qualification.

In 2007, Mike relocated to Toronto.  Since then he has worked as a Personal Trainer/Fitness Coach.  Mike has attained many recognized certifications within the industry.  His areas of expertise include fitness & sports performance, weight-loss and lean tissue development, kettle-bell power training, and so much more.  He continues to see his clients flourish and reach incredible goals and accomplishments through his guidance and support.

In 2011, Mike along with two of his clients travelled to Virginia Beach – USA to complete the Navy Seal 24-hour challenge.  In 2012, Mike was awarded MVP for the Elite Ontario Soccer League whilst playing soccer for Ulster Thistle Football Club.

Since June 2016 he has been working with numerous Canadian squash professionals to develop their off-court strength, speed, and power.  Amongst the young professionals that Mike works with is 2017 National Canadian champion ‘Nick Sachvie’.

Certifications & Education

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Performance Specialist (EXOS – formerly Athletes Performance)

Advanced Kettlebell Training (DTS)

Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

Fitness Nutrition Specialist (ISSA)

Resistance Training Specialist (RTS 1-2-3)

Medical Exercise Specialist (MES)

Testimonials

"I have worked with Mike for several years now. Over that time my sessions have changed from supplementing my squash (and other sports) fitness to enabling improved recovery and maintenance for a series of “possibly age related” wear and tear challenges (hips & shoulders). Mike has been very attentive to adjusting my sessions through this multi-year journey to improve mobility, strength and quality of life. He is knowledgeable, prepared and focused and delivers each session in an attentive but fun manner."
- Roy Fraser

“As a client in his sixties, my primary motivation for having strength training sessions with Mike is to promote my general health and fitness. My regular strength & stability program with Mike helps me to maintain an active lifestyle which includes hiking, skiing and travel to challenging places.  Mike is very knowledgeable and focuses on the most effective exercise techniques, while at the same time modifying any movements to work within my capabilities. I am delighted to have Mike as my personal trainer.”
- Colin Lipson

“Mike is extremely professional. He runs the group and individual sessions with us squash professionals with ease and he is very organized and creative in his approach to our improvement. I have been working with him on increasing my power and speed and have felt the results from our hard work translate onto the court. I feel li

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