Meet Rob: 50 Years Old & Running a Marathon a Month
Meet Rob: 50 Years Old & Running a Marathon a Month

Meet Rob: 50 Years Old & Running a...

Rob has always loved to set goals; every year on his birthday he sets a new goal for...

Meet Rob: 50 Years Old & Running a Marathon a Month

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Meet Rob: 50 Years Old & Running a Marathon a Month

Rob has always loved to set goals; every year on his birthday he sets a new goal for himself and he’s a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. 10 years ago, when he turned 40, Rob entered into a 50-mile race in Haliburton. This race was meant to be a great way to spend his time and would encourage him to continue to exercise as if he were younger – but, little did he know, that was only the beginning.

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 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! 

Swim, Ride, Run: Inside the Racing Mind of International Triathlete & TAC Trainer

Swim, Ride, Run: Inside the Racing Mind of International Triathlete & TAC Trainer
Posted: Oct 12, 2016

On September 18th I competed in the ITU (International Triathlon Union) World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico.  I qualified to compete for Canada in my age category in the summer of 2015. This was the Olympic distance race and I knew it was going to be one of the biggest challenges I’ve had in the many years I’ve been racing. Nothing could have prepared me for the heat and swimming in the ocean for the first time. Temperatures were as high as 29 degrees and feeling like 35 with high humidity in the morning hours.  Also, no wet suits allowed in the ocean swim. Both scenarios pushed me out of my comfort zone. 


I checked my bike into transition the day before the race and with it came an experience I’ve never had before. My bike was randomly selected to be scanned for a motor inside the frame. I knew then that this was going to be a different race. 
  
One of the difficulties for this race, was that athletes had to be out of transition at 6:30am and my age category was placed as the last wave at 8:17. I had almost 2 hours to sit around in the heat before my race started. 

Too much time for my body to heat up and my mind to spin with worry.  

Just before my wave set out to the swim start, the heat of the day was starting to set in and I just knew there wasn’t going to be any forgiveness.

This swim was my first swim race in an ocean and it came with it’s own set of challenges.  The strong current that morning, had convinced race officials to change the distance from 1500m to 1250m. My race began and as I approached the first buoy and tried to make my turn around it, the ocean current pushed the buoy out. I tried to duck under the corner of it as I had no room in the pack with the other swimmers. And as I did this, the current pushed the buoy again, this time over top of me which kept me trapped under it until finally I was able to grab the rope and push the buoy away. 

That was the closest moment in my life that I felt to drowning.


After I gathered myself I looked for the next buoy and it was in a boat.  The current was so strong that it was pulling the buoys out of place.  So for the rest of the swim, my only thoughts were, "just swim and get out of the water in one piece!"  It felt like forever but I finally got on land and headed towards transition and got on my bike. 
 

I quickly settled in, and with the bike course being 40km, and flat as a pancake, my goal was to finish it in 60 to 61 minutes.  I hit the turn around at just over 30 min which was perfect.  Around the the 30km mark I saw this pack of riders up in front of me.  Being that this was a non draft race, I was a little upset. As I approached them there was no room to pass.  I yelled to get people to move but they wouldn't.  Not 30 seconds later an official comes up behind me and gives everyone a drafting penalty.  

This was my first drafting penalty ever in 16 years of racing.  

I tried explaining that I just caught this group and I tried to pass.  Unfortunately he only spoke Spanish and I realized I wasn't going to win this battle.  After riding behind this group and realizing the official wasn’t going to move them,  I had to play the offensive and move them myself with lots of yelling and a few "F" bombs.  

In this race they have a penalty box 300m from the finish of the bike. I served my 2 min and as quick as I could, I got myself off the bike and into second transition.  I finished the bike in 1:04 with the penalty. As I ran through transition, strategy set in to my mindset. I counted the bikes that were in my age group.  Once my count got to the mid 20's,  I stopped counting and starting swearing.

I quickly got on my running shoes and headed for the run.  I knew my run was my strong point so I was just hoping I can manage the heat. I starting off with a good pace for 3km and I was happy with my pace and heart rate.  I also had already passed 4-5 people in my age category.  In the fourth kilometer my heart rate started to climb with the heat and pace was starting to slow a bit.  So I had to decide to run by the measure of my heart rate or by pace.  I decided to go with pace and that wherever the heart rate goes, I wasn’t going to look at it!!!  


With every kilometer I managed to keep passing people in my age category but given the drafting penalty, I still had no idea what spot I was in.  So I just kept running hard. 

Just as I hit the last kilometer, I was hurting but I kept thinking ‘just 4 more minutes!’ 

Then I saw another guy in my age category so I thought I will run behind him and then beat him on the final sprint. Well I caught him too quickly. So off I go ... ran past him hard and hoping he doesn't respond. Thankfully he didn't.

With about 500 meters to go I saw another person in my age category and the same thing happened. I went by him hard and thankfully he didn't respond.

As I turned onto the final 250 meter blue carpet, I looked back to see if that guy I passed was catching me, but then I realized another competitor 10 meters in front of me was also in my age category. My body ached and with a few "F" bombs in my head, I knew what I had to do.  

With 100 meters left to go, it was going to be a sprint to the finish whether I liked it or not. Once again, I blew past him and thought PLEASE don't respond. As luck would have it, I’m grateful he didn't.  

I can honestly say that I left nothing on the run course and my heart rate can attest.  Looking back at the results I realized I passed 17 people in my age category and had the second fastest run in my age category.

After the race I knew it wasn't my best race but I was happy with the effort I gave.  Going into the race my goal was a Top 20 finish if I had a good race and a top 10/15 if I had a great race.  I finished 17th out of 82 in my age category and I’m sure without  the bike penalty I would have finished close to the Top 10.

I’m proud to say that my result has me ranked as the top Canadian.
 

It was a great experience overall and I loved every moment (ok maybe not the almost drowning part and the drafting penalty I could have done without).

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