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. 

What we can Learn from Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree...
What we can Learn from Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree...

What we can Learn from Charlie...

Do you remember Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree? Turns out we can learn a lot about...

What we can Learn from Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree...

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What we can Learn from Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree...

Do you remember Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree? Turns out we can learn a lot about core activation and stabilization of the lower back from that very cartoon. 

Feeling Stressed?
Feeling Stressed?

Feeling Stressed?

It's the most wonderful time of the year...but isn't it also the most...

Feeling Stressed?

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Feeling Stressed?

It's the most wonderful time of the year...but isn't it also the most stressful? And with stress comes aches and pains, heart disease, and depression. Take a step back, before your stress becomes too much to handle, and learn a bit more about your stress and how it can best be managed.

How Can I Burn Fat?
How Can I Burn Fat?

How Can I Burn Fat?

When I teach classes, I often get asked: "how can I burn fat?" or "will...

How Can I Burn Fat?

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How Can I Burn Fat?

When I teach classes, I often get asked: "how can I burn fat?" or "will doing this class help me lose my belly?" Because these are some of the most frequently asked questions I get from our Members, I thought it was time to explore fat burning more in depth.

The TAC's Newest Addition: The Strength Lab
The TAC's Newest Addition: The Strength Lab

The TAC's Newest Addition: The...

After months of planning and construction, we are excited to announce that the Toronto...

The TAC's Newest Addition: The Strength Lab

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The TAC's Newest Addition: The Strength Lab

After months of planning and construction, we are excited to announce that the Toronto Athletic Club’s Strength Lab, the Club’s newest space, is now open to Members. But before you step into the space, let us answer some of the questions we’ve already heard from Members!

A Night of Promise
A Night of Promise

A Night of Promise

As we celebrate World Diabetes Day, we wanted to highlight the great work that the...

A Night of Promise

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A Night of Promise

As we celebrate World Diabetes Day, we wanted to highlight the great work that the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is doing and explain why we're so proud to support the JDRF and  their continued mission to better the lives of those living with type 1 diabetes.

A Celebration 40 Years in the Making: The Adelaide Club Turns 40
A Celebration 40 Years in the Making: The Adelaide Club Turns 40

A Celebration 40 Years in the...

Over the past 40 years, the Adelaide Club has seen many changes. From the Club’s...

A Celebration 40 Years in the Making: The Adelaide Club Turns 40

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A Celebration 40 Years in the Making: The Adelaide Club Turns 40

Over the past 40 years, the Adelaide Club has seen many changes. From the Club’s overall look and feel to the offerings, nothing is as it once was, and yet, at the very core, it remains the same. Take a moment to look back on the past incredible 40 years as the Club readies to celebrate it's 40th Anniversary this week.

5 Minutes with Meg: Time to Talk about Weight Loss
5 Minutes with Meg: Time to Talk about Weight Loss

5 Minutes with Meg: Time to Talk...

I've been thinking a lot about...weight loss. I don't want to think about it in...

5 Minutes with Meg: Time to Talk about Weight Loss

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5 Minutes with Meg: Time to Talk about Weight Loss

I've been thinking a lot about...weight loss. I don't want to think about it in January. I want to think about, and talk about, it NOW. Read on to find 5 truths about weight loss you may not know. PLUS an incredibly scrumptious Quinoa Sundae recipe!

From the Corporate Office to NBA Court
From the Corporate Office to NBA Court

From the Corporate Office to NBA...

Massage therapy has significant positive effects in improving overall health and...

From the Corporate Office to NBA Court

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From the Corporate Office to NBA Court

Massage therapy has significant positive effects in improving overall health and wellness of athletes and individuals alike. Regular massage therapy improves circulation, which promotes healing - as it brings rich blood supply to damaged, stiff, and tense muscles.

First Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection
First Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection

First Stop on Your Tour through the...

When you think of Toronto, what do you think of? Are there iconic landmarks,...

First Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection

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First Stop on Your Tour through the Adelaide Club's Toronto Collection

When you think of Toronto, what do you think of? Are there iconic landmarks, unforgettable moments, and unmistakable monuments that immediately jump out to you? The team at the Adelaide Club believes there absolutely are! So, they've created their Toronto Collection to highlight their favourite images that best represent the city they call home.

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 clich√© 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.

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance
Posted: Jan 26, 2018

In the fitness industry, there's a huge emphasis on building the bigger muscles (glutes, quads, chest, etc.) and there's a misconception that if you’re not feeling the burn, then you’re not working yourself hard enough.

Often when this happens, you may be strengthening those bigger muscles, but leaving your smaller muscles ignored and weakened by comparison. You don’t want to neglect those important smaller muscles! While bigger muscles are important for strength and aesthetics, your smaller muscles are important for movement and functionality. This is one of the major focuses of Pilates. Strong smaller muscles help prevent injury in the knee joints, shoulders, lower back, and the like.

These smaller muscles, also known as intrinsic muscles, are located deeper in the body and work to stabilize your joints and keep you upright during movements. This includes your feet, ankles, hips, and shoulders. If your body is your temple, then your intrinsic muscles are the support beams. The stronger we can keep these joints, the stronger our overall body and movements are.

Creating a larger focus on the intrinsic muscles while strengthening the larger muscles have major long term effects such as:

  • Better balance and stability
  • Efficient use of muscles
  • Helps build muscle
  • Safer movements
  • Increase athletic performance

In Pilates, not only do you tone and lengthen the larger muscles, but you also strengthen the intrinsic muscles, which creates a balanced muscle system in the body. A lot of the movements you find in Pilates are controlled and the smaller movements are more important than the bigger movements.

The beautiful thing about Pilates is not where the movement is coming from, but what is working to allow the movement to happen. In short, Pilates elongates, increases flexibility, supports joint mobility while strengthening the intrinsic muscles.

At the Toronto Athletic Club, our Pilates instructors are certified to carefully craft their practice to each client. We put the focus on strengthening and toning all muscles (including those often neglected smaller muscles). Take a moment to revisit your fitness routine and incorporate methods to compliment your bigger muscles - Pilates can be the perfect way of putting the balance back in your fitness. If you have any inquiries regarding Pilates, reach out to Sandi Simoes at ssimoes@torontoathleticclub.com.

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