Get Ready for Father's Day
Get Ready for Father's Day

Get Ready for Father's Day

This weekend we’re celebrating the most important men in our lives – our...

Get Ready for Father's Day

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Get Ready for Father's Day

This weekend we’re celebrating the most important men in our lives – our dads, grandfathers, husbands, sons, partners, uncles, friends… If you’re planning a backyard barbecue, we’ve got some spectacular recipes for appetizers, salads, drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and more…everything you need to make your party a smashing success!

Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.
Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.

Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.

The Gratitude Game. Neil Pasricha is an expert on happiness, and “Rose, Rose,...

Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.

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Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.

The Gratitude Game. Neil Pasricha is an expert on happiness, and “Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud” is one of his hacks. Whether you’ve heard of it before or not - now might be the perfect time to brush off this simple game and give it a whirl.

Summer Trip?
Summer Trip?

Summer Trip?

Likely not this year. But that doesn’t mean you can skip your week off. In fact,...

Summer Trip?

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Summer Trip?

Likely not this year. But that doesn’t mean you can skip your week off. In fact, if at all possible, you mustn’t. Summer holidays, like weekends serve a few specific, vital purposes. The wants and needs differ from person to person, but we all benefit from an occasional, healthy dose of a few - or a lot - of the following: Rest, recovery, escape, play, sleep, fiction, family-time, me-time, down time, outdoor time, slower pace, faster pace, different pace, more exercise, sex, less exercise, more beer, no beer, no news…

Transition
Transition

Transition

We’re in the midst of transitioning from Spring to Summer. The earth is filled...

Transition

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Transition

We’re in the midst of transitioning from Spring to Summer. The earth is filled with growth and promise: there are glorious flowers peeking through the soil and nutrient dense fruits and vegetables simmering just below the surface.

The Lion and The Unicorn
The Lion and The Unicorn

The Lion and The Unicorn

More than four-hundred years ago, a single sovereign came to rule two kingdoms. Each...

The Lion and The Unicorn

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The Lion and The Unicorn

More than four-hundred years ago, a single sovereign came to rule two kingdoms. Each possessed its own coat of arms: one depicting two lions, the other two unicorns. Unification of the lands resulted in the creation of one single coats of arms, with one beast on either side.

Virtual Pride
Virtual Pride

Virtual Pride

When something exists virtually, we mean it is essentially the same. The same in...

Virtual Pride

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Virtual Pride

When something exists virtually, we mean it is essentially the same. The same in essence. When something exists in essence, it is simpler, while the fundamental, important parts remains in tact. Pride will be celebrated virtually this year. As with many things – Personal Training certainly – nothing can replace the energy, power, and impact of person-to-person contact. But still, we can keep the integrity of some of the essential things that Pride Month tries to accomplish.

Your Life Matters
Your Life Matters

Your Life Matters

My Exercise Fundamentals have borne these titles: Movement Matters. Mindfulness...

Your Life Matters

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Your Life Matters

My Exercise Fundamentals have borne these titles: Movement Matters. Mindfulness Matters. Intensity Matters. “To matter” means to be of importance, significance, of great consequence. My titles are deliberate. My own attempt to make you the reader, you the exerciser sit up and take notice. 

Acceptance
Acceptance

Acceptance

People don’t typically ask to be celebrated for their differences. They ask to be...

Acceptance

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Acceptance

People don’t typically ask to be celebrated for their differences. They ask to be accepted. Presumably accepting others begins with accepting ourselves. We need to know our whole self. To accept our whole self. As the foundation for embracing and being our whole self. Love is a basic human right. And so, therefore, is love of yourself. 

Different Differences
Different Differences

Different Differences

There is a lot of literature out there on the power of being different. The importance...

Different Differences

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Different Differences

There is a lot of literature out there on the power of being different. The importance of honouring your uniqueness. Of being strong and courageous and holding true to your different-ness because this will open doors, build new bridges, change the world.

Pride.
Pride.

Pride.

This month is Pride Month. And I would like to “lean in”. I am afraid to do...

Pride.

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Pride.

This month is Pride Month. And I would like to “lean in”. I am afraid to do so. Fear is a strong emotion. A strong word. I don’t use it lightly. I am more afraid of silence.

Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes
Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes

Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer...

What a beautiful start to the weekend! Our team has been spending some extra time in...

Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes

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Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes

What a beautiful start to the weekend! Our team has been spending some extra time in the garden and whipping up our favourite summer treats to help beat the heat. Spoil yourself, your family, and your friends with these delicious recipes all summer long.

Creative. Determined. Inspired.
Creative. Determined. Inspired.

Creative. Determined. Inspired.

That’s you. No virus is going to hold you back from taking charge of what you can...

Creative. Determined. Inspired.

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Creative. Determined. Inspired.

That’s you. No virus is going to hold you back from taking charge of what you can control: your strength, your health, your fitness, yourself. Today, June 6th, 2020, is National Health and Fitness Day. And today, we want to celebrate you.

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses
Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Sometimes weaknesses are a direct reflection of our strengths. We are tenacious yet...

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

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Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Sometimes weaknesses are a direct reflection of our strengths. We are tenacious yet stubborn. We are patient and careful, but prone to overthinking, overanalyzing to the point of paralysis. We are sensitive, dogged, or committed in ways that are admirable, but can be frustrating, overwhelming.

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking
Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For...

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

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Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For others, it makes us far too uncomfortable, insecure, nervous. Still, others, don’t necessarily enjoy risk taking per se, but do it anyways: They understand – usually from experience – that incredible innovation, transformational change, unprecedented achievement typically requires assuming a certain degree of risk. They know that risk can lead to failure. They know that failure – in the right hands – cultivates humility, curiosity, and can be a phenomenal learning experience. 

Adversity & Opportunity
Adversity & Opportunity

Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a...

Adversity & Opportunity

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Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a moment there seems to be so little you can do. As indeed there is. And that can be the magic of it. We know that too many options, too much choice can be debilitating. It can leave you questioning your judgement to the point that no matter what you decide, you remain a little anxious that you could have chosen better. 

Adversity & Survival
Adversity & Survival

Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons...

Adversity & Survival

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Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons we’ve survived for as long as we have. When bombarded with an onslaught of incredible physical demands, the human body ultimately responds by increasing energy efficiency, building lean tissue, and increasing neuro-muscular mechanism so we are stronger and more powerful, and improves our capacity to resist fatigue and handle stress.

Adversity
Adversity

Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or -...

Adversity

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Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or - often - an intricate combination of all three. Adversity creates real pain and can be accompanied by fear, anguish, and despondency. It can also incite anger and spur furious, violent action.

The Art of Putting
The Art of Putting

The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly...

The Art of Putting

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The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly important. But I imagine being a good putter is far more important than having a good putter. Being a great putter can be the difference between winning and losing. And while you might think you need to spend hundreds on a new putter… it’s likely more valuable to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide what you can improve in yourself first.

Don't Stop Believing
Don't Stop Believing

Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of...

Don't Stop Believing

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Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of survivors, champions… the people who make it happen… when everyone else said it was impossible. Hope – even unfounded – keeps a fragile spirit alive. Hope when it’s founded? That’s a beast to be reckoned with. A belief that is founded is based on facts: historical or scientific evidence that the future hoped for is not only probable, it’s inevitable.

Getting out of trouble
Getting out of trouble

Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the...

Getting out of trouble

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Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the highest loft. Designed for chips, pitches, and playing out of sand bunkers. Designed – in other words – to get you out of trouble after you’ve made a less than optimal shot.

The Destination or the Journey?

Posted: May 14, 2020

"Soup of the Day"...just got serious!

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement: Attainment of an ultimate outcome, level of success, or mastery. A process on the other hand is the organization and execution of different strategies, actions, and habits in order to attain said goal.

If I remove the goal but still have the process in place, what are my odds of being successful? Assuming the process is appropriate (well thought out, adhered to with effort, and effectively supported) I’d say the odds are excellent.

If I keep the goal but remove the process?

Now I might be in trouble.

I’m not saying trash the goal. Goals ARE really important. A person with an awesome goal has hope. And hopeful people are amazingly resourceful and powerful. But the goal is only step one. And sometimes it helps to put it aside for a bit. While you focus on the process. 

Here are a few thoughts about processes:

  • They keep you present focused. I’m not going to bother elaborating on that one. There are just so many benefits to being in the present.
  • Processes are golden. Every athlete at the Olympics hopes to win a gold medal. And they are all so remarkably talented, hard working, and prepared. The ones who win medals have typically implemented enough careful tweaks in their training regimes to ensure constant, adjustments, and improvements. Of course, all great athletes tweak and adjust. But often Olympic medalists do this better than most.
  • Goals are fleeting. The activities and strategies you use during the process can stay with you for a lifetime. Think about running a marathon. I use that one because my ultimate goal is to run one during my 50th year. That’s just around the corner, and I’m starting to think it’s not going to be possible. But because I can put my goal on a shelf, and have become more invested in the challenges and benefits inherent in the process, I still run regularly. And that keeps me fit, strong, and happy.
  • Processes are typically about changing and creating new habits. If all we focus on is the ultimate goal, the changes we think we need to make may be unrealistic and unsustainable. Whether we like it or not we’re hardwired to choose the path of least resistance and gravitate towards habits that feel (and taste!) good. If we try to change too much too soon, we might set ourselves up for failure. Focusing on the process permits smaller, sustainable changes. So that over weeks and months we become healthier, stronger, more resilient, calmer, more focused, more confident. And in a much better position to gain ground on that ultimate goal.

Last thought: Crazy things happen that can completely disrupt life as you know it. (Right?!!). When you’re more committed to the process and less to the outcome, it is easier to pivot. To be flexible, creative, take a deep breath and carry on. So, what if the progress and improvements are taking a different path? So, what if the ultimate goal has to change? You’re still you, doing awesome things, making yourself and the world a little bit better. One moment at a time.

Inspiration of the Day

“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.” - James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Classes of the Day

It’s Friday! And that means we’re back with another double dose of classes for you to enjoy.

MuscleFIT with Kim

This morning, get started with a full body workout that focuses on maintaining and strengthening all your major muscle groups. It will challenge your endurance, power, and strength for overall performance of functional movement.

Recommended equipment: water bottles or medium-sized weights and a small towel

Join Kim at 8:30am (for 35 minutes) from the comfort of your living room.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 897 6448 2779
Password: 112281

Hatha Yoga with Shara

Your lunchtime plans just got a whole lot better! Join today’s Hatha Yoga class where you’ll learn the foundations of a good yoga practice. Postures are taught with attention to detail and proper body alignment.

Join Shara at 12:00pm (for 30 minutes) from your living room.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 849 1615 0571
Password: 792801

For more information about our virtual classes, please reach out to Lauren.

Trainer Moves of the Day

Paul Hudson, GM and Personal Trainer at the Cambridge Club has put together another wicked full body workout for you to crush. Each of the three sections is designed as a circuit. So, move through A1, A2, A3, A4, rest 60 seconds, then run through the 4 exercises again. Then move onto circuit B. Paul has Rx’d 4 sets of everything. Modify as time and energy permits. And if you’re really tight for time today, rock 2-3 sets of circuit A after your first morning meeting. Hit circuit B before your coffee break. And fly through circuit C before lunch. 

A1) Reverse Lunge 4 x 10 (Each Leg)

 

A2) Banded Side Lateral Step 4 x 15 (Each Direction)

 

A3) Shoulder Taps 4 x 20 (10 Each Side)

 

A4) World’s Greatest Stretch 4 x 6 (3 Per Side)

 

Rest: 60 Seconds

 

B1) KB Swing 4 x 15

 

B2) Mountain Climber 4 x 30

 

B3) Prone Swimmer from Floor 4 x 15

 

B4) Prone Bear Position Hold 4 x 30 Seconds

 

Rest: 60 Seconds

 

C1) Burpee Up Down 4 x 6

 

C2) Lateral Plyometric Skater Lunge 4 x 10 (10 Each Leg)

 

C3) Standing KB March 4 x 30 Seconds

 

No Rest Until Series is completed

For any questions about today's workout, you can connect with Paul directly here.

Naturopathic Wisdom of the Day

Sleep!

Moira Kwok, our Naturopathic Doctor at the Adelaide Health Clinic, is concerned you might not be getting enough sleep!

With everything going on lately, have you noticed that you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Are you also noticing that you’re feeling less and less refreshed the next morning?

The first thing to do is to ensure that you have a good sleep routine. Good sleep hygiene is also important by making your bedroom a nice a relaxing environment that's dark and quiet. Minimizing your screen time before bed is key to help promote sleepiness. Blue light interferes with our ability to produce melatonin, which reduces the quality and quantity of sleep that we get. There are also many other things that an ND can look into to help you get a better night’s sleep.

If you have any questions about this or other naturopathic remedies, you can connect directly with Moira here.

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