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

Health & Wellness

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

Health & Wellness

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.

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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