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Ownership Change at Tidal Burlington

Congratulations to Joe Tolles who has officially stepped into a full ownership role at Tidal Burlington, which will move forward under a new brand come the new year!

Tidal Danforth’s Michael Bandler Selected as a Recipient of Toronto Sport Hall of Honour!

Tidal Danforth’s Michael Bandler Selected as a Recipient of Toronto Sport Hall of Honour! Michael Bandler, a member of our Tidal Danforth location, has been selected as one of this year’s recipients of the Toronto Sport Hall of Honor in the Special Olympics Athlete of the Year category! The program recognizes those who have made […]

Tidal Programming – 2019 Year-End Cycle

We are very excited to be releasing this first Tidal Programming Blog post! At the start of each cycle, you can look forward to a run-down of the upcoming cycle’s goals, tests, and key workouts.

Ownership Change at Tidal York Mills

We have some big announcements coming out of Tidal and wanted to be the first to share the news! Let’s start off by saying congratulations to Thom Wendelboe, who has stepped into a full ownership role at Tidal York Mills. Thom is taking his gym in a new direction, under a new brand – Breaker […]

Tidal Showdown Cancelation

A few logistics issues have come up and we feel at this time, we wouldn’t be able to run the quality event that we would like. It is our absolute favourite competition of the year, but do feel strongly that we do not want to run something if not all pieces align to make it as awesome as we expect for our participants.

The Gymnastics Course (Nov 30 – Dec 1)

This interactive two-day course covers basic, intermediate and advanced gymnastics movements in a lecture setting, with practical application following as participants and coaches perform all presented movements. Skills are repeated until the student has an understanding of how to learn, spot and teach all movements safely to athletes of any level; gymnastics programming is also discussed.

Labour Day Long Weekend Hours

The last long weekend of summer is here! Make sure to check your gym’s hour modifications and don’t forget to sign up in ZenPlanner if you plan on joining us for a workout.

Enjoy your weekend, #tidalnation!

August Long Weekend Hours

Another long weekend is here! Check out Tidal’s long weekend hours and make sure to reserve your spot in ZenPlanner. Otherwise, get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Summer Apparel Pre-Order

Don’t miss out on our 2019 Summer Apparel Pre-Order, ending Sunday, July 14th! Choose from retro and vintage style tanks and t-shirts.

Meet Tidal Member, Tracy!

Most people would be shocked to learn that Tracy recently turned 50! A staple Tidal CrossFit Bronte (Oakville) member, Tracy always shows up with a smile on her face, gives it her all, and inspires others around her. Hear her story…

Lemon Dill Grilled Salmon

Looking for some healthier grill options this summer? Try this tasty Dill Salmon recipe and pair it with some grilled veggies like asparagus or peppers.

Recipe: Spinach & Mandarin Pasta

This nutrition and hearty salad is perfect for days when you want a little more substance with your greens. Consider pairing it with your favourite protein.

Summer Kids Fitness Program at Tidal CrossFit Danforth

NEW Summer Kids Fitness Program at Tidal Danforth. It doesn’t matter whether your child is a competitive athlete or completely new to the world of fitness – all of Tidal’s workouts have options to suit each athlete’s needs. Our facility is a judgment-free zone where participants learn to support each other.

Easter 2019 Long Weekend Hours

Classes will be modified at Tidal CrossFit locations for the Easter long weekend. Please sign up for classes in advance via ZenPlanner. Enjoy your weekend!

Marcy’s Success Story

Marcy from Tidal CrossFit Danforth recently completed the Tidal Nutrition 6-week challenge, paired with ongoing dedicated to CrossFit classes, and is down 9lbs and 12.8 inches. Congrats, Marcy!

CrossFit Weightlifting Level 1 & 2 Courses

Tidal York Mills (B-1919 Leslie St., Toronto, ON) is hosting two upcoming CrossFit Weightlifting courses. The Level 1 course will be May 25 & 26, and the Level 2 course will be June 22 & 23.

Mike’s Transformation with Tidal CrossFit Bronte

Mike has been a member at Tidal CrossFit Bronte in Oakville, ON since 2017. We want to take a moment to celebrate him – his hard work and dedication to self-improvement has been inspiring to watch!

Podcast: The Tidal Way

Check it out, #TidalNation. With the help of Tidal Burlington Member, Andrew Lewin, we are excited to introduce The Tidal Way, a podcast for members to learn more about the “why’ behind what Tidal does and stay connected with what’s going on within the communities.

Speaker Series: Mindset for the Open

Join Coach Mary Beth on Saturday, February 23 for a special MEMBER ONLY speaker series: Mindset for Succeeding in the Open

Family Day Hours

Family Day is coming up on Monday, February 18th, which means our class schedules have been modified to ensure both you and our Coaches can enjoy your day with loved ones.

Tidal CrossFit Winter Apparel Pre-Order

Rep #TidalNation with PRIDE!

Tidal’s winter apparel pre-order is on now! Select your Tidal Pride Zip-Up in Charcoal-Black Tri-Blend or Grey Tri-Blend and/or T-Shirt in Black or Cranberry. Make sure to order before Thursday, January 31st!

Open Programming – What to Expect

One of the draws of the Open, at least for me anyways, is the fact that it is a test of the “unknown and the unknowable”. Not even your Coaches know the workout before it is announced on Thursday night. While the mysterious nature of the Open workouts is an exhilarating highlight of the competition, it throws a monkey wrench in our weekly workout planning. Fortunately, over the years we have developed a specific template to guide our programming during the five weeks of the Open.

York Mills Holiday Hours

Make sure to review our holiday hours and sign up for classes in advance. If you can’t make it, make sure to cancel so that someone else can grab your spot.

Burlington Holiday Hours

Make sure to check out Burlington’s holiday hours and sign up for classes in advance!

truLOCAL Interview

Check out our recent interview with truLOCAL, a local meat delivery service that provides top quality, grass-fed products right to your door step!

Danforth Holiday Details

Check out what’s happening for the holidays at Tidal CrossFit Danforth in Toronto.
From parties and fundraisers, to modifications to the holiday schedule…

Bronte Holiday Details

Check out what’s happening for the holidays at Tidal CrossFit Bronte in Oakville.
From parties and fundraisers, to modifications to the holiday schedule…

York Mills Holiday Helpers Fundraiser

It’s the season of giving, Tidal Nation! We are very excited to say that this year we are sponsoring three local families. Our goal is to provide the essentials (and hopefully a bit more) so that each of these families has a special holiday filled with love and laughter.

Halloween Costume Contest

Wear a costume to any of Tidal’s classes this Wednesday for Halloween! We’re looking for not only creative posts but awesome costumes as well. Grab a photo or video of you at the gym in costume – wodding, with friends, whatever you want – and post online. Don’t forget to tag @tidalcrossfit.

7th Annual Battle of the Boxes

Tidal’s Annual Battle of the Boxes brings our four locations together to battle head to head for the DiMarino Cup… and of course, ultimate bragging rights! Don’t miss this opportunity to support your team and show the other locations just what you’re made of. (Really though, let’s just have some fun!)

This competition is designed for ALL levels, from beginners to competitive athletes, with scoring opportunities for everyone. It will include two workouts and a lift. Scaling options will be provided.

July 2018

Congratulations to Tidal’s July 2018 Featured Athletes from all of our locations: Bronte, Danforth, Burlington and York Mills. Keep up the amazing work!

Introducing the Level Method

We are very excited to bring the Level Method to Tidal. The Level Method is a system of testing and tracking that will integrate with our current programming and help you get the most out of your workouts.

The Level Method is a collection of 15 tests that assess overall fitness and provides a tangible metric to track the development of our general physical preparedness (GPP). Each test corresponds to a mode in which our bodies use energy to produce power – an energy system. By asking us to complete a variety of familiar workouts and exercises, the Level Method allows us to have a better understanding of our strengths and weaknesses letting us to focus on our shortcomings and rapidly improve our GPP.

June 2018

Congratulations to Tidal’s June 2018 Featured Athletes from all of our locations: Bronte, Danforth, Burlington and York Mills.
Keep up the amazing work!

Canada Day Long Weekend Hours

Canada Day Long Weekend Hours
Please make sure to review your location’s schedule below and remember to reserve your spot in ZenPlanner as classes get busy! 

Staying Fit in Summer

Summer is always a busy time of the year. With social events vacations, and the kids out of school, finding time to focus on your health can be daunting. And the plethora of food and drinks accompanying patio season only serve to make matters more dire.

Lucky for you, there is always a way to get a workout in if you’re willing to commit to it! Check out Coach MaryBeth’s tips for staying active this summer.

Myles Ahead Fundraiser

We invite you to join the Tidal community on June 24 for a very important workout, ‘Myles Ahead’.

Just last month, the Tidal CrossFit Danforth community lost a special member of its Youth Program, Myles Kulperger at the age of 13. This event is a fundraiser in support of Myles’ family’s not-for-profit organization, which will help families understand and navigate the gaps currently existing in the youth mental health system.

May 2018

Congratulations to our May 2018 Tidal Featured Athletes. These athletes have worked hard to deserve this recognition, in the forms of PRs, positive attitudes, leading by example and more!

Cottage Cheese Pancakes Recipe

Looking for a new breakfast idea?

These Cottage Cheese Pancakes are a great option that your whole family will love. Paired with some fruit, honey or sugar-free syrup, you still get the sweetness you crave from regular pancakes.

Returning from Injury

In life there are risks that we take everyday and sometimes those risks result in injury. As an athlete, injuries are important to acknowledge when training. Why? So that pain and damage don’t get worse! It can be tricky to navigate how to proceed after you know that some element of your body feels off. Your CrossFit affiliate can continue to be the place for you to go when recovering from injury, but keep in mind that this situation requires communication with your Coaches and patience with yourself.

Tidal Nation is Going to Mexico!

Tidal Nation is going to Mexico!
Yep, you heard us right!
September 2019 we will be going on a one-week all-inclusive vacation with CrossFit, surfing, excursions and plenty of fun.

Spring Tank Pre-Order

Tidal’s Spring Tank Top Pre-Order is on now! Pre-order ends Friday, May 4 @ 8PM
Available styles: Men’s, Women’s, Kids (T-shirt)

Featured Athletes April 2018

Congratulations to our April 2018 Tidal Featured Athletes. These athletes have worked hard to deserve this recognition, in the forms of PRs, positive attitudes, leading by example and more!

5Star Whey Protein Pre-Order

April Pre-Order for 5Star 4Mula Whey Protein!

Looking for the best whey protein blend to add or maintain lean muscle? 5STAR WHEY PROTEIN blend of Whey protein and isolate whey protein will help your body recover faster and stronger from any workout. Each scoop of 5STAR WHEY PROTEIN contains 25 grams of protein and a low quantity of carbs.

WOD for Humboldt Broncos

…So I would like to ask you, Tidal Nation, to help these families by donating to https://ca.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos.  We will be hosting a workout on Saturday, April 14 written by Burlington Business Leader, Joe Tolles, a guy who has ridden more buses then I have, to show how thankful we are that we have each other and to honour the individuals that lost their lives that night.  

Handstand Foundations Workshops

Want to move like a gymnast? Join Strongnastics Coach Jenn Lymburner for a 90-minute gymnastics workshop focused on handstands! Perfect for athletes of ALL levels, this workshop will introduce important mobility, strength and technique drills to get you comfortable upside down. Although focused on the foundations of balancing (beginner/intermediate), the session will touch on drills for handstand push ups and walking as well.

The 2018 Open Season is Done. Now What?

Well, the dust has settled, and the 2018 Crossfit Open is over! Congrats – whether it was your first or your eighth year participating, you definitely have things to be proud of. Maybe you pushed yourself harder than ever. Perhaps you felt extra fired up and motivated to get to the gym, what with the exciting socials, camaraderie of Friday Night Lights, or leader-boarding (yes, it’s a verb). Maybe you uncovered a weakness, or skill you want to add to your capacity. Let’s talk about these experiences, because if we can bring the best of ourselves from the Open into the gym year-round, some pretty amazing changes can happen.

Nutrition Challenge (April 2018)

Kick start your nutrition with Tidal’s 4-week Nutrition Challenge running from April 23 to May 20. Start and end with biometrics testing to properly track your success. Plus, get weekly meal plans, ongoing Coaching support, exclusive app access, and more!

Fitness & Pregnancy Workshop

StrongHer Fitness is coming to Tidal York Mills on April 21s. This workshop, we will cover a variety of topics as they pertain to exercise during pregnancy including:

– The current Canadian exercise and pregnancy  research and guidelines
– Frequency, intensity, duration and type of exercise  that are appropriate for the pregnant athlete
– And more.


As we tackle the next five weeks as a community, we want to find out what pushed you to sign up for the Open this year. Every person has a different reason and motivation, and it’s a really neat opportunity for the Tidal community to see what that is (if you’re comfortable sharing, of course)! It might even provide some motivation for next year for individuals not quite ready to join in the fun this season.

The Fearless Warrior’s Mindset

You can’t teach a mindset in the way you can teach someone how to fix their squat or to pull a clean properly. But it can be built. And it is not necessarily a fact that you either have it or you don’t. Mindset is a skill just like any other. Some people seem to be born with a certain mindset the same as some seem to be born with a gift for gymnastics. But both can be taught. And in the same vein both are perishable. For someone wanting to up their mental game first you need to really look at yourself and be honest about your performance. Did you break up those wall balls because you truly failed, or was it more that you were tired and uncomfortable?

Workout Posting: Every Day vs. Weekly?

Starting this past week we have switched to a new logging and programming platform, SugarWod. We have received a lot of great feedback about the app itself, and we feel very positive about its functionality and look being a big step up from TrainHeroic. However, the most common questions and concerns we’ve received have been around the change from weekly posting to nightly, so I wanted to explain the logic behind this decision.

CrossFit Gymnastics Course

This interactive two-day (Nov 4 & 5) course covers basic, intermediate and advanced gymnastics movements in a lecture setting, with practical application following as participants and coaches perform all presented movements. Skills are repeated until the student has an understanding of how to learn, spot and teach all movements safely to athletes of any level. Gymnastics programming is also discussed…

Get Ready for the Open (Workshop)

Join Tidal Owner, Jeff Larsh, for a 90-minute workshop designed to get you feeling confident going into each and every workout of this year’s CrossFit Games Open. Regardless of whether you’re in it to just have some fun, crush some personal goals, or make it to Regionals, there is something for everyone to take away. 

Christmas & New Years Holiday Hours

Can you believe 2017 is almost over? We can’t! What an unbelievable year its been for #TidalNation. We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for everyone. 

With the Christmas and New Years holidays approaching, we wanted to make sure you have the updated schedules for your Tidal location. As with all holiday classes, space fills up quickly, so please make sure to book your spot in Zen Planner (and to cancel if you can’t make it.)

Tidal Programming: Part 2

A typical day of Tidal programming consists of multiple parts: a general warm up, mobility, prep, and a combination of strength, skill, and conditioning. These components work together to ensure you get the most out of your class by providing coaches the opportunity to assess your movement mechanics, help you work on your consistency, and motivate you through your workout.

Notice of Closure: Tidal North

It is with a heavy heart that we write to inform you of the upcoming closure of Tidal CrossFit North.

We care deeply for the vibrant community at Tidal North, and it is not possible to express in just a few words our gratitude for your continued support these last two years. We are incredibly thankful for the contributions of both our staff and dedicated members since we opened our doors. Unfortunately, as business owners, we have been forced to make the difficult decision to end business operations effective Monday, November 20th.

Tidal Holiday Gift Ideas!

Give the gift of health and fitness this holiday season… or just treat yourself! This special pre-order is running until Nov 27th with orders delivered to your preferred Tidal location by mid-December.

Choose from a Tidal t-shirt (first 10 orders receive a free tidal toque!) or surprise a loved one with a Foundations Gift card (receive a FREE t-shirt with your order).

Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Don’t know what to cook for “Meatless Monday”? Try this Black Bean Burrito Bowl! Packing 19g of protein, 17g of fibre and under 600kcal/serving makes this Tex Mex inspired dish a real winner!

Tidal’s Programming – Part 1

We tend to get a lot of questions on programming, especially from experienced CrossFitters. CrossFit is unique in the sense that there is no set model or standard for the product offered. Instead, individual CrossFit affiliates are encouraged to find their own style and, while CrossFit offers a plethora of resources on workout design and implementation, each gym has their own expression of CrossFit programming. While Tidal’s interpretation of CrossFit’s methodology isn’t unique, it may differ from other facilities.

Tidal’s 7th Anniversary Gala

The Annual Tidal Gala is a chance for Tidal Nation to come together to have some fun and celebrate the incredible gym that has brought us all together and changed many of our lives. We invite members (and their spouses) of all four locations, plus friends and family of the Tidal community to join in on what is bound to be an awesome and entertaining evening.

Curry Recipe

Nutrition Director, Abigal, shares her favourite curry recipe.
Give it a go and let us know how you enjoyed it!

Tips to Avoid Overindulging this Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I’m sure something we are all preparing for is the oh so familiar food-coma that follows the gluttony that comes with a traditional Thanksgiving feast. However, there are a few ways in which this guilt-induced indulgence can be managed without feeling as though you are missing out on any of the fun!

First tip, and debatably the most important, would be…

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

Fall is officially here! The Thanksgiving long weekend is coming up, and we want to make sure you have the updated schedules for your Tidal location. All locations are running regular weekend hours, with Monday, October 9 as the only modified class hours. As with all long weekend classes, space fills up quickly, so please make sure to book your spot in Zen Planner (and to cancel if you can’t make it.)

Pre-Order: Canadian Hoodie

We want to make sure that you can rep Tidal CrossFit AND stay warm this winter! The Oh Canada! Hoodie comes in XS to 2XL. Full sizing details can be found online (see instructions below). Make sure to order by Sunday, October 1st at 5:00pm EST.

Labour Day Long Weekend Hours

The last long weekend of summer is upon us, #tidalnation. But don’t be sad… come out for a long weekend WOD with your friends and send summer 2017 off in style! As with all long weekend classes, space fills up quickly, so please make sure to book your spot in Zen Planner (and to cancel if you can’t make it.)

2017 Battle of the Boxes

Tidal’s Battle of the Boxes returns on Saturday, September 16th. Our annual inter-gym competition now has four incredible teams battling for the DiMarino Cup and ultimate bragging rights…. so who will take home the title this year?!

(P.s North took the title last year)

August Long Weekend Hours

Another summer long weekend is upon us (Fingers crossed for some beautiful weather)!

Please check out Tidal’s class schedules for your location. Don’t forget to reserve your spot in advance, as classes fill up fast*.

Nutrition Testimonial: MaryBeth

What would you say to someone who was thinking of making a lifestyle change and seeking nutrition coaching?

“I would say that we all need coaching at times. Working with a nutritionist, if nothing else, will make you more aware of how you impact your own successes. I have learned a lot, and become more successful in many facets of my life as a result of working with a nutritionist which go beyond aesthetics or changes in the number on the scale.”

Canada Day Hours

Please make sure to review your gym’s schedule below for the July 1st weekend holiday hours. Don’t forget to sign up for your classes in ZenPlanner to reserve your spot… they will fill up fast!

Tidal Summer Sports Series

Join us for three Tidal Summer Sports Days around the Tidal communities this Summer.

We spend so much time in the gym, that we want to take our fitness and put it to the test with some activities that don’t involve barbells and rigs. Plus, it’s really just an awesome chance to hang out with the Tidal community, have some BBQ or food, drinks and enjoy the company.

Scaling ISN’T a Dirty Word

A dirty word to most. In my experience merely uttering the “s” word garners reactions akin to much more nefarious phrases. As soon as the hard sc is out of my mouth I see scrunched up faces, snarled noses, and contempt filled eye rolls.

Competition: What is it good for?

We see it every year. Athletes all lined up in their colourful new Reebok gear, abs for days, quads that look like a tumor is growing from their knees. They have perseverance, focus, heart… all laid out on the line. It’s just the athlete, the equipment, and the years of hard dedicated training.

But what you don’t think about is that these athletes didn’t get there by waiting for the moment they hit “x” snatch, or got a muscle up, or perfected their handstand walk. Instead, they have been continuously putting their humility on the line for the chance that they come out on top of the podium, or die trying.

Celebrate the Completion of the CrossFit Open!

We are so proud of everyone who has tackled the Open and hope that you’re proud of yourselves as well. Regardless of whether you PR’d or tried something new, pushing yourself to step outside of your comfort zone to compete in the Open is an achievement in itself.

The 2017 Open at Tidal T-Shirt Order

Read this for instructions on how to make sure you get your Open TShirt. It’s the second best part of doing the Open – next to the celebratory party!

Participate in a CrossFit Research Study!

One of our own, Ben Sylvester from Tidal York Mills, is a researcher at the University of Toronto and he’s conducting a study about motivation and well-being in CrossFit.

Are you ready for the 2017 CrossFit Open?

The Tidal Open Test is three (and only three) workouts written in the Open style. You can expect a repeat workout from years past and maybe an interesting twist on one of your favourite classics.

Private Coaching Sale

Tidal CrossFit is offering a special ONE WEEK ONLY SALE on our 5-session Private Coaching packages (available at all four locations). Don’t just make a “New Year’s resolution” to get fit, make a LIFETIME resolution to stay active and to better your health for the future you.

Class Reservation Policy

We are implementing a new sign up / sign in policy, effective January 2, 2017 across all Tidal locations. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please speak with your Gym Manager.