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.

Losing is important.
Losing is important.

Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s...

Losing is important.

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Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s not to say there isn’t something to be said for approaching your game as if you are going to win. However, you are defining winning at any given moment. A winning mentality is accompanied by hope, determination, confidence, and is, in some cases, self-fulfilling.

The Woods.
The Woods.

The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed...

The Woods.

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The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed for a powerful, fully committed swing which sends the ball on a long, glamourous trajectory.

Summer Weather is Here...
Summer Weather is Here...

Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the...

Summer Weather is Here...

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Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the longer we stay in isolation but we can do this together. Some days can be dedicated to staying in and baking, while others can be all about getting outside and moving – it’s all about balance.

Fore the Love of it
Fore the Love of it

Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d...

Fore the Love of it

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Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d been sneaking onto the cart paths for some of my runs and bike rides with the boys and WOW! The spaces are glorious. That said, I have many loved ones who love to golf. So ultimately, I can be happy. 

Taste of Spring
Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve...

Taste of Spring

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Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve experienced phenomenal weather and slowly but surely the city is re-opening. But, for many of us, we’re still spending far more time at home than we would like.

Positive energy is contagious...
Positive energy is contagious...

Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today:...

Positive energy is contagious...

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Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today: I’m going to revisit Hell Week. After 3 days without sleep, the SEALs paddle down to the Mud Flats. They enter the swampy patch of terrain and the mud essentially swallows them until only their heads are visible.

On Being Thankful
On Being Thankful

On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The...

On Being Thankful

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On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The value it brings, not just to others but really to one’s self… Find something, anything, and be thankful for it. If it is a person in your life, let them know."

Sound Body & Strong Mind
Sound Body & Strong Mind

Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work...

Sound Body & Strong Mind

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Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work ethic. Low to moderate exercise can act as moving meditation. It calms the mind, increases patience, and boosts your ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions. Really intense exercise creates a razor-sharp mind. It purges stress hormones, boosts confidence, and makes everything else seem easy.

Make your bed every morning...
Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed...

Make your bed every morning...

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Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed perfectly, is she able to load a gun, map an exit strategy, watch your back? Start your day with integrity. Do the simple things right. Take care of the details. Caring about the little things demonstrates you are committed to the process, committed to excellence, and, in fact, care a lot about the bigger things. Nothing of significance stands the test of time without a sound beginning and carefully built foundation.

Sunshine is on the way
Sunshine is on the way

Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope...

Sunshine is on the way

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Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.

Bring What You Have.
Bring What You Have.

Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work...

Bring What You Have.

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Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 bizarre, unconventional days. Who better to look to for guidance and inspiration than the unusually courageous, resourceful individuals trained to thrive during unconventional warfare: SEALs.

Crowns and Coronas
Crowns and Coronas

Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of...

Crowns and Coronas

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Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also know that people who perceive that have a greater sense of control and are better able to live in the present. A sense of lack of control can be pervasive. And there is so much we cannot control these days.

The Long Weekend
The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one...

The Long Weekend

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The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one another. But I said this last weekend and I will say it again: Make. Your. Weekend. A. Weekend. Completely clean up your home office and shut it down. Don’t you dare treat Monday as a way to get caught up on work or home schooling for your kids.

The Destination or the Journey?
The Destination or the Journey?

The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement:...

The Destination or the Journey?

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The Destination or the Journey?

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.

Taking Risks
Taking Risks

Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put...

Taking Risks

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Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put your head down and commit your best effort, you will grow, learn, and become more resilient and confident. All this irrespective of whether or not you achieve “success”. The skills you acquire help you approach other risks in more effective ways and increase your chances of being successful in the future. This is the stuff that heroes and leaders are made of.

Intrinsic Motivation
Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that...

Intrinsic Motivation

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Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that just feels good. We are intrinsically motivated to do something because the work or process itself is rewarding, interesting, enjoyable. We’re more likely to repeat an activity, form a habit if it feels good, it’s fun, and it’s what you want to do. That’s what intrinsic motivation is all about: ensuring what you are doing fosters a sense of fulfillment, competence, and autonomy. Science would tell us, people who are intrinsically motivated to exercise are far more likely to make exercise a life long habit. Good to know.

The GYROTONIC Method: How could it help you?

Posted: Apr 15, 2019

Have you hit a wall with your workouts? Are you struggling to rehab a lingering injury? Do you simply want a new exercise to add to your regular routine? It might be time for you to integrate a new form of movement – one that will improve your range of motion, strength, and balance. Enter, the Gyrotonic method.

The Gyrotonic Method, as defined by the Gyrotonic website, “is an original and unique movement method that addresses the entire person, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and improving strength, and movement efficiency.” The Gyrotonic Method can be practiced in either group or private classes, under the instruction of a qualified Gyrotonic trainer.

Does GYROTONIC® have something to do with delicious, pita-wrapped Mediterranean cuisine served with a gin cocktail?

Sorry. No!

Who is it for?

The Gyrotonic method offers a vast range of benefits to individuals with different needs:

  • Office workers, who are hunched over a computer all day
  • Those dealing with chronic joint, back, and muscle pain
  • Anyone in need of postural correction
  • Athletes – from weekend warriors to elite athletes – looking to achieve their optimal performance
  • People who are rehabbing an injury
  • Those who want better balance
  • Everyone!

Furthermore, since breath patterns and the movement of energy are dominant features, this method provides valuable tools for those dealing with stress, hypertension, and insufficiencies in oxygenation as a result of shallow breathing.

Is it hard?

Yes! And, if we’re being honest, rather frustrating too.

You’re likely used to classical movement and conventional exercise. The Gyrotonic method turns that on its head, encouraging the body to move along a complex and ethereal network and matrix in the body called fascia, with the exercises being performed through spherical awareness – meaning you understand the circularity of the movement. Every movement pattern is performed rhythmically and melodically without jerks and clenches, and are free of turbulence and interruption.

Your first few sessions will result in a definite waking up of your coordination, as you acknowledge just how disconnected from your body you have become. But with each session, you will learn how to bring all of your physical attributes back “on line,” becoming wholly aware of your body and improving your disciplined control.

Can GYROTONIC® help with my tight stiff muscles and joints?

The patented and trademarked Gyrotonic Expansion System emphasizes multiple joint articulations, as well as mobilizing, loosening, and strengthening the surrounding ligaments and their attachments. Imagine gently working a long rusty chain until each and every link in the chain is free to move independently. Not only does each local joint in the chain become free, but the entire chain finds its true and intended expression of space and mobility.

Movement is taught to be executed from the centre outward to the peripheries. So, by mobilizing the spine, that energetic information cascades outward through the shoulders, neck, head, and sky… AND the arms, pelvis, hips, thighs, knees, ankles, and floor. 

Note that Gyrotonic Therapeutic Applications are offered by specially educated instructors trained for specific issues such as Shoulder Girdle problems, Pelvic Lumbar Problems, and Scoliosis, among others.

What about my back, hip, and shoulder problems?

With Gyrotonic, special attention is dedicated to increasing the functional capacity of the spine on all possible planes of movement: arching, curling, twisting/rotation, undulating gently (like shaking out a bed sheet), or circling the ribs (as if you were showing off your hula-hoop talents). By increasing your spine’s range of movement in all dimensions, a healthy consequence emerges: balanced symmetry comes into being; and nothing is pulling or collapsing too far forward, back, left, or right. The back begins to behave as a nicely stacked series of bones and tissues, without compression.

Note that Gyrotonic Therapeutic Applications are offered by specially educated instructors trained for specific issues such as Shoulder Girdle problems, Pelvic Lumbar problems, and Scoliosis, among others.

There’s GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. What’s the difference?

A Gyrotonic session is conducted as a 1-on-1 private session, usually running for one hour. It is served by a series of specially designed exercise equipment which were built around the human body. Movements are encouraged and guided by direct, yet gentle, hands-on cues from the instructor.

A Gyrokinesis session, on the other hand, is performed as a group-based scenario without the use of the specially designed equipment and the individual, guiding, hands-on attention. The work is done incorporating the use of stools/chairs and mats, as well as exercises done in the standing position.

However, the heart and intention of Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic are the same: each exercise being synchronized with a corresponding breathing pattern; mobilizing the spine and all joints while releasing, lengthening, and strengthening the musculature and tendons; and learning how to move on fascial networks, opening up energetic pathways.

Why should I do GYROTONIC® training?

All sport activities and personal fitness regimes demand strength, flexibility, coordination, range of motion, and a consciousness of breath. The same demands are just as relevant for day-to-day existence: be it an office worker behind a desk, an aging senior, or a developing youth. We have lost essential connections to our body and the understanding as to how our bodies function. Gyrotonic training specializes in offering assistance and solutions to these issues.

The reality is, there is no one that wouldn’t find their health and wellness improved by integrating the Gyrotonic method into their workouts, from our youngest members to our oldest, to the weekend warriors, elite athletes, and regular office workers. It’s time for you to experience how much stronger you and your body can be.

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Markham Garth, Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis Instructor, Adelaide Club

markham@adelaideclub.com

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