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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.

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

Strengthen Your Neck and Get Better Posture

I know, the head and neck are not the most glamorous body parts to train. Getting nice legs or a toned tummy is often what motivates people to work out. But I attended a lecture that reinforced how the placement of the head and neck is an important, though often ignored, element of posture.
02/06/2013 12:04 EST

How I Learned to Take My Own Advice

I wanted to talk about my 20-year struggle to floss because part of my mantra as a trainer is "Stop thinking you have to be perfect. No one is perfect so banish 'perfection' from your vocabulary." We are often too paralyzed to make health changes because we think there is no way we can succeed.
01/26/2013 11:27 EST

Six Ways to Keep Your Exercise Resolution

I am not a fan of quick-fix diet and exercise programs because they don't set you up for long-term success. There is no such thing as a "miracle" diet. Here are tips on how to make long-term, sustainable lifestyle changes.
01/08/2013 08:22 EST

Are You Worried About Being a "Real" Runner?

we all have the capability of creating a negative internal dialogue. Of saying we are not a "real" runner, cyclist, swimmer or gym member. If we let ourselves, we will always define what is "real" as something we are not currently are capable of.
12/26/2012 12:42 EST

Why You Shouldn't Weigh Yourself Daily

I am not a fan of including daily weigh-ins in a weight loss regime. Daily weigh-ins are emblematic of many of the things I find frustrating with the fitness industry. We are all more then a number, how we feel day to day should not depend on the reading on the scale. I suggest that if you want to weigh-in regularly, the most frequently you should do it is weekly.
12/05/2012 07:33 EST

Getting Off the Couch and in Workout Mode

Someone once told me that the hardest steps to take in life are from the sofa to the front door. So, if you would typically rather veg in front of the TV instead of exercising, know that you are not alone. Know that once you start exercising, it is easier to continue. Try these tricks to get you motivated.
11/12/2012 12:19 EST

How to Find Your Inner Athlete

I know that becoming more athletic was part of how I managed to grow out of the unhealthy, unfit and unhappy teenage version of myself. I see this same pattern in many of my clients. The ones who have managed to make long-term lifestyle changes have all, in one way or another, found their "inner athlete." Here are some tips to finding your inner athlete.
10/25/2012 12:17 EDT
Chronicle Books

An Ex-Vegetarian's Take on Healthy Diets

I decided to become a vegetarian when I was 11. Two months ago I decided to eat meat again. Believe me: I did not make this decision lightly. The reason that I ultimately decided to make the switch was a belief that it was time to re-evaluate the decision of the 11-year-old version of me. Many people used to assume that as a vegetarian I was healthier. People fall into the trap of believing that cutting out one particular food group will make them successful in their quest to lose weight and/or get healthier, but that's simply not true.
10/02/2012 12:12 EDT
Dylan Armajani

Don't Run to Get in Shape, Get in Shape to Run

Through helping people, including myself, rehab numerous often avoidable running injuries, I have learned better. You have to be strong to run injury-free. Running is hard on the body. Experience has taught me the wisdom of the words -- don't use running as a way to get in shape: get in shape to run.
09/16/2012 12:13 EDT

Take A Vacation From Work, Not From Your Work-Out

When I told my co-workers I was excited to work out during my vacation, I was met with shock! But a break from work doesn't need to mean a break from exercise. Understanding workouts as an obligation or as drudgery just sets one up for failure both during our daily lives, and on vacation. We should all "re-frame" how we understand workouts during our everyday life.
08/28/2012 12:00 EDT

Don't Get Caught Up in How You Look -- Just Exercise!

A central aspect of my fitness philosophy -- one that I try to instill in my clients, my readers and myself -- is that the purpose of exercise should not be just to look fit. I hate the fact that people are judged on their appearance. for many the fear of going to the gym and being looked at with a critical gaze can sap any will to exercise. What is worse is that often individuals internalize this critical gaze: we all become our own worst critic.
08/04/2012 01:41 EDT