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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. 


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

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
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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
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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