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Kathleen Trotter

Personal Trainer

Kathleen has been a a personal trainer and pilates equipment specialist for over fifteen years. Kathleen writes regular columns for the Globe and Mail, has published articles for magazines such asChatelaine, Canadian Running, Glow, Alive and Today's Parent, and is the author of the upcoming book Finding Your Fit. Her client's range from athletes of all ages to individuals living with parkinson's and osteoporosis. Kathleen spends her free time running marathons and competing in Ironman triathlons. Kathleen has a masters from The University of Toronto and is currently finishing her degree from The Canadian School Of Natural Nutrition.

If the Couch Is Winning Out Over Exercise, Consider This

Have you ever planned to workout before work, only to snooze your alarm? Or, bailed on an evening training session last minute? I know that I have. But about six months ago I decided this cycle of "skipping and then feeling annoyed" was ridiculous.
11/28/2013 12:03 EST

Ladies, You Can Strength Train Without Getting "Bulky"

Don't be afraid to strength train! Pretty much daily one of my clients tells me that "I want to strength train and tone up, but I don't want to get too strong, or too bulky." But it is almost impossibly for women to "get big" unless they really try -- it is just not in our genetics.
11/02/2013 12:22 EDT

Banish "Perfection" From Your Workout Vocabulary

Stop trying to find the "perfect" week to start exercising, or assuming that every workout has to unfold perfectly as planned. If you can't make your spin class, or do your entire gym routine, don't abandon ship altogether.
10/14/2013 10:52 EDT

You Want to Be Healthier? Make it Non-Negotiable

Recently, a number of people commented that they envied my "discipline" and "dedication to my health." The comments caught me slightly off guard -- to be honest I don't really consider myself particularly disciplined. I responded that most of my choices don't seem like choices -- I have structured my life so that I make them fairly unconsciously. The way I live my life no longer seems particularly special, it is just the way I live my life.
09/24/2013 12:20 EDT

8 Fun Fitness Facts

One of my favorite annual events is the Can-Fit-Pro fitness conference and trade show. I hang out with friends, attend heath related lectures, and buy new fitness gadgets. A fitness instructor's heaven! Every year I think "fitness enthusiasts would want to know this stuff!" So, I decided to compile a list of the top "fit facts" I learned and share the secrets with you. Enjoy!
09/09/2013 12:20 EDT

Don't Blame Genetics For Your Body

In my last blog, among other things, I problematized the "30 Day squat challenge." In retrospect, although I stand behind my arguments, I wish instead of simply being critical, I had argued the same points by quoting a writer's work that I admire. I would rather try to live my life acknowledging both the positives and negatives of any situation, theory, or decision.
08/19/2013 05:22 EDT

Why the 30-Day Squat Challenge Won't Work For You

One of the most important things to remember when you are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle is that your age, gender, activity level, nutritional habits, genetics, and fitness and health history will affect how you respond to exercise. No two individuals react to an exercise regime in the same way -- everyone's fitness and health journey will be unique.
07/29/2013 08:08 EDT

Want to Get Healthy? Think Positive

Who wants to feel constrained as well as deprived of what they love? My advice, flip your mindset, try and find the positive! Instead of "I can't eat cake," think "how great it is that I can eat these delicious berries?" Instead of, "I don't want to go for a run" think, "how great it is that I can run."
07/01/2013 10:35 EDT

Find Fitness Success by Getting a Health Buddy

One method of setting yourself up for success is to find a health buddy to help you stay motivated and accountable. I suggest to my clients that they get a gym buddy, an accountability buddy, and/or a nutrition buddy. Plus, a gym buddy can make working out more fun.
06/18/2013 12:09 EDT

Being Mindful While You Exercise Will Get You Results

Many people just go through the motions when they work out because they don't realize how important it is to be conscious of the muscles they are recruiting, but as my client Amanda discovered, when you concentrate and become mindful of your movements, the quality of the exercise you are doing improves.
05/29/2013 05:32 EDT
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How to Be More Active Outside the Gym

Going to the gym and doing other forms of institutional exercise doesn't adequately address the reality that most of us live a primarily sedentary existence. Desk jobs are a necessary evil, but complete inactivity throughout the day doesn't have to follow.
05/21/2013 12:33 EDT

Build a Home Gym With 5 Easy Pieces

Even with minimal equipment, a home gym is a great way to set yourself up for success. It ensures you can always do something because it decreases the structural obstacles that keep you from working out. And don't worry. You can put together a really decent gym without spending a ton of money!
05/05/2013 11:15 EDT

Exercise Doesn't Always Mean Weight Loss and That's OK

In big bold type on the cover of Health magazine is the statement, "Lose 12 pounds this month. Fast! Safe! For good!" News flash -- it is not healthy for everyone to lose 12 pounds of weight. Obviously, I strongly believe everyone should exercise, but exercise should not be synonymous with weight loss.
04/23/2013 12:12 EDT

Four Fun and Effective Interval Training Workouts

My favorite Interval workouts! (With this many exclamation points, how could anyone not be having a good time?) To avoid getting bored, try mixing up the machine you use. Lastly, don't forget to have fun! The world is your interval-fitness oyster!
04/09/2013 08:11 EDT

Slow Down Before Starting the "Fast Diet"

I like that the "Fast Diet" can make weight loss seem within the realm of possibility, but my appreciation ends there. Adopting a healthier lifestyle and losing weight takes work, as well as a long term approach. Healthy living is a marathon, not a sprint.
03/31/2013 11:35 EDT

How I'm Making Every Workout an Adventure

About a week ago I decided I needed to try something new to help get myself out of my fitness rut. I went to a boxing class. It did the trick. It put a giant smile on my face. After the class I felt energized and accomplished (as I always do post workout). More importantly, I had fun.
02/28/2013 07:57 EST