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Kathleen Trotter

Personal Trainer

Kathleen Trotter (MSc, CSN) has been working in the health field since 2002. Kathleen identifies as a personal trainer, a wellness writer, author of Finding Your Fit, a nutritionist, a life coach, a The Globe and Mail contributor, and an overall health enthusiast.

Kathleen has published articles for magazines such as Chatelaine, Canadian Running, Glow, Alive and Today's Parent, Healthy Directions, Impact Magazine, and Sharp.

Kathleen makes regular TV and media appearances on Breakfast Television and Rogers, and has been a guest on TV, radio, and podcasts including ABC News 7, CHCH, CTVNews, The John Oakley Show, Radio Canada , Steele and Drex , 40+ Fitness Podcast, KOGO, Naturally Savvy with Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis, The Other F Word, and Wellness Force. Currently Kathleen works as an ambassador for Flaman Fitness.

Past media partnerships include Sears, Canada Beef, and Quesada. Kathleen’s clients range from athletes of all ages to individuals living with Parkinson's and osteoporosis. 

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You Can Have a Healthy Vacation and Have Fun at the Same Time

Too many times people return from vacation having had a great time, but also being down on themselves due to letting unhealthy habits dominate. People tend to overeat, drink more, and skip their work outs. It sucks to get away only to return feeling worse physically and emotionally than when you left! My friend Em and I are living proof that you can go on a vacation that is both healthy AND fun!
11/07/2014 12:46 EST
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It's Not Just What You Eat, But Why and How

Most diets and nutrition regimes primarily focus on WHAT you should eat and/or HOW much you should eat. Foods gets categorized as "good" and "bad," which often fosters a negative relationship with food, and can lead people to use the rules of the system to justify less than optimal nutritional choices.
10/24/2014 12:36 EDT
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There's a Right and a Wrong Way to Do a Cleanse

Thinking rationally, I know that the feeling of control that a cleanse offers is fleeting, even false, but I wanted to feel like I was closing the door on old (less than ideal) habits, and opening the door to new (more ideal) habits. I wanted a clean slate.
08/26/2014 12:48 EDT
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5 Crucial Fitness Tips I Wish I'd Known When I Was Younger

Every year, I don't run or bike for roughly a month. Transitioning back into in-season training initially seems impossible. I used to feel so frustrated and overwhelmed by how hard this transition was. Now I remind myself that after about two weeks working out, sleeping, eating well and getting regular massages, I will feel normal again.
07/17/2014 12:26 EDT
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Want to Stay Active? Get Out of Body Debt

It is no wonder that so many of us consistently feel slightly stiff, achy or tight. We all have used up our "body credit" and gone into "debt." When you push your body, and you don't recover at an appropriate rate, you go into "body debt." Debt causes you to grow increasingly stiff, sore, achy, tired, cranky and generally run down.
05/12/2014 12:31 EDT
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Of Course You're Busy, But Are You Really Too Busy to Work Out?

I know that we all need to go to work, pay the rent, grocery shop, sleep and negotiate the demands of life. If you are not a fitness professional, whose job it is to be fit, training can't (and shouldn't) always take first priority. That said, I think what the quote highlights is how people sometimes use "lack of time" as a dismissive catch all for abandoning their health goals.
03/31/2014 08:55 EDT
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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