Cheryl's Transformation: Member Spotlight
Cheryl's Transformation: Member Spotlight

Cheryl's Transformation: Member...

Cheryl realized she was ready to make a change in her life. She started with her diet...

Cheryl's Transformation: Member Spotlight

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Cheryl's Transformation: Member Spotlight

Cheryl realized she was ready to make a change in her life. She started with her diet and then knew it was time to add fitness back into the plan. After training with Mike for 6 months, Cheryl has lost an additional 34 lbs and has seen an 11% reduction in her body fat! 

5 Minutes with Meg: No Better Time to be Grateful
5 Minutes with Meg: No Better Time to be Grateful

5 Minutes with Meg: No Better Time...

I’ve been thinking a lot about…

… being grateful. I...

5 Minutes with Meg: No Better Time to be Grateful

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5 Minutes with Meg: No Better Time to be Grateful

I’ve been thinking a lot about…

… being grateful. I know. Pretty cliché this time of year. But gratitude is such a powerful, positive emotion, I just couldn’t help myself.

7 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving: Building a Healthier Plate
7 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving: Building a Healthier Plate

7 Tips for a Happy, Healthy...

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season – a season when we tend to eat...

7 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving: Building a Healthier Plate

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7 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving: Building a Healthier Plate

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season – a season when we tend to eat excessively. I mean, who can blame us? But, this year is going to be different, and here’s why…we’ve got the top SEVEN tips to help you with portion control that will, ultimately, help to stave off the holiday bulge.

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.

RE: LUXE Behind the Wheel of 2017's BMW 750LI xDrive Sedan

RE: LUXE Behind the Wheel of 2017's BMW 750LI xDrive Sedan
Posted: Jan 12, 2017
Over 500 kilometers of driving is in most cases the green light for tedium, but not this time out.

Our road trip story was a direct run eastward along the 401 to Old Montreal, to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Our luxury car was the 2017 BMW 750Li xDrive Sedan.

Driving east through Oshawa, then Cobourg, up through Kingston and on through the Ontario-Quebec border was the easy part. Where things started to get dicey was that long stretch of two-lane highway as you come up on Cornwall, then the straight line to Montreal. That’s where the BMW really earned its money.

After spending a year on business in Mexico, we were searching for cold and snow. And that’s what we found. The storm hit after Cornwall, and soon drivers were gearing down to 70-80 km/h, dodging snowplows, some drivers testing that thin line between speed and stupidity.

The 750i is built for long-range luxury. Everything built into the driver’s compartment makes that the focus. It is also clearly built for safety. 

A favourite feature for me, with these cars, continues to be the Heads-Up Display, which helps with driver concentration, by displaying a full range of information on the windshield right in your field of view. As the snow picked up, I reached for the console on the armrest. The BMW Touch Command Tablet features a 7-inch screen and lets the driver and passenger control functions like seat adjustment, infotainment, navigation, communication, and interior lighting and air conditioning. I clicked on the Intelligent Safety setting to ensure Frontal Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Blind Spot Detection were activated.

(The Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system – 10-channel amplifier, with an output of 1,400 watts and 16 speakers -- gives you an exceptionally rich sound experience, making the longer drives more palatable, to say the least.) 

As I have mentioned in the past, technology enables these cars to practically drive themselves, but will never fully go there. The driving experience is too exciting - having both hands on the wheel of an elite level luxury ride like this, is what you look for. But it sure is nice to know the car has your back during long drives.

Our drive was spirited by the powerful V8, TwinPower Turbo, 445 hp engine and all-wheel drive – the latest version of the intelligent system that controls power split between the front and rear wheels, maximizing traction and stability, as well as handling dynamics on the corners.

Our ultimate destination? The W Montreal hotel, in Square Victoria, just up the road from Rue Saint-Paul, which takes you into the heart of beautiful, picturesque Old Montreal. If you’ve never stayed at a W, we highly recommend it, since we’ve also stayed at each of the W’s in NYC in the past. The rooms are sleek, lush and modern, great food, especially the breakfast buffet, in Être Avec Toi  (Ê.A.T.) Restaurant (cool feature: the restaurant’s art program featuring murals, paintings, sculptures by a variety of artists from Montreal’s culture scene), communal lounge area off the main check-in where you can sit, read from a wide selection of books, have a drink and people watch -- all in what used to be the Banque du Canada building.

(A big FYI here: Always be wary of leaving your credit card exposed – upon check-in you are required to leave a credit card number. I woke up New Year’s Day to find over $950 in charges on my credit card – charges I didn’t make. I was only made aware because of an app on my phone that alerts me to all charges run through on the card. Imagine finding this when the statement comes in month-end, then trying to sort that out? A bartender at the W had run through two charges billed to my room number. Meanwhile I wasn’t even in the building, but instead enjoying dinner at Dolcetto & Co. on Rue Saint-Paul - great food and atmosphere - around the corner. All the Mimosas in the world won’t dull that rude awakening! After a slow start, W management cleared up the mess, the money was credited back to the card, and they treated us to a free breakfast).

The trip was bookended with breakfast at Marché De La Villette, also on Rue Saint-Paul, an old-world classic featuring sliced meats, cheeses and other French bistro classics – we were among the first to walk in for breakfast and seemingly within minutes the place was jammed. It didn’t take long to figure out why – everything was absolutely delicious: fantastic coffee, tasty omelettes and freshly baked baquette…

On the highway back to Toronto, I thought to myself: when you get to this level of luxury, the features of the car among different makes and models are almost indistinguishable. The deciding factor comes down to how the car makes you feel. After three days of driving to Old Montreal, and back again, even with the long stretches of highway driving, I was feeling ready for another trip in this car.

Price for the press fleet 2017 BMW 750Li xDrive Sedan vehicle I tested: $151,500, which included this optional equipment: M Sport Package (M Sport Exhaust System and M Sport Package in here), Executive Lounge Tier 2 (Executive Lounge Seating, Rear Entertainment System and Heat Comfort Package in here), and Executive Package (Climate Comfort Laminated Glass and Windscreen, Panorama Sunroof, Side Sunshades, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio in here), Driver Assistance Package (Headlight Washers – handy on this drive – and Park Assistant in here).  

W images courtesy ivanhoecambridge.com and wmontrealhotel.com

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