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A Little about Me

KT-Fullshot-2011-21 My name is Kathleen Trotter. I am a personal Trainer, Globe and Mail columnist, pilates equipment specialist, Huffington Post blogger and fitness writer. I am located in downtown Toronto. My services include personal training, personalized programs, group seminars and fitness writing. Visit my Fitness Training page to learn more. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to the left and keep up to date with fitness news, recipes and more. Feel free to contact me for information! My most recent articles are listed below.

My Accomplishments

  • 1 Ironman (Ironwoman)
  • 7 half-Ironman (also called 70.3)
  • 10 Marathons
  • Half-Marathons – too many to count!

Latest News

The August newsletter is here!

newsletterMy August Newsletter is out! Try my “Cottage Fun” workout, listen to the podcast of the month and try an awesome low carb – high protein zucchini loaf recipe from Penny KR of PKR Health.  READ NOW!

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Can you target ‘problem areas’ with your workout?

Thanks Marilisa Racco for another fun interview!
Doing a bunch of crunches or planks won’t give you six-pack abs unless you have no body fat to begin with. To change a body part, you need to do three things: strength train, interval train, and most importantly, change your nutrition. LEARN MORE

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8 steps to stay healthy on your next flight

Flying is hard on the body; the food is usually fairly nutritionally vapid, the air quality leaves much to be desired, and sitting in the downright uncomfortable chairs is almost unbearable. I am almost six feet tall — when I fly I feel like I am squished in a suitcase the entire time.

Plus, traveling disrupts healthy habits — which, for most of us, are hard to form and oh so easy to break. READ MORE

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What to know before you go vegetarian or vegan

I have a bugaboo about the concept of the “perfect diet.” There is no one “perfect” diet; everyone’s ideal eating “mix” will be unique to their needs, goals, and genetics.

Hence this blog series. My goal is to present pros and cons of different eating regimens so that you can parse out the appropriate elements for YOU. (Missed part one? Read it here). READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail—Sweat Test: Martial arts-based workouts require investing your time and body

If becoming a sweaty mess by kneeing, punching and kicking (barefoot) is your idea of a good time, there are innumerable martial arts-based workouts to try. READ MORE

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This is how long you’ll need to work out to burn off your sweet summer treats

Thanks Marilisa Racco for another fun interview 🙂

“We often think of calories in and calories out for weight management, but that’s dangerous,” says Kathleen Trotter, Toronto-based fitness expert and author of Finding Your Fit. “The action that food plays on the body is more complex than that. Preservatives and sugar are harder for the liver to process, and that affects your insulin levels and cortisol.”

But the last thing Trotter wants to do is discourage people from working out. READ NOW

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The ideal diet is one that works for you

PART ONE: what is your ideal diet

The unfortunate truth is that there is no one “perfect” diet. There is no single diet that works for every person; rather elements of different protocols might resonate with different people.

I am not saying YOUR ideal eating “mix” doesn’t exist, but rather that there are pros and cons to every nutrition regimen. The trick is to create a plan that works for you — one that is individualized to your genetics, age, gender, health history, goals, and life realities. READ MORE

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Workout in a suitcase / Pack a “gym to go”

Kathleen talks about all the fun ways you can stay fit while on vacation. Remember it’s easier to keep up than catch up!  WATCH NOW

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Workout in a suitcase: Pack a “gym to go”

Going on vacation? Traveling for work? Going camping? Visiting relatives? There’s no excuse to skip your workout. Pack a “gym to go” in your suitcase to find “solutions not excuses.” WATCH NOW

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A 77-year-old former nun has set a record for powerlifting — now she wants to beat it

Weight training is beneficial on so many levels, from improving your posture to combatting osteoporosis and keeping functionally fit.

Another fun interview with @MarilisaRacco! READ MORE

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Globe and Mail: Sweat Test – Outdoor boot camps are fun, but may not be the ideal workout

If training outside sounds appealing, you are in luck – outdoor boot camps are a summer staple. Watch for flyers around your neighbourhood or Google events in local parks.

I ran, jumped, squatted and – of course – worked up a sweat during two hour-long boot camps. READ MORE

 

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How to train for you favourite summer sport

Check out my article in QC magazine  about how to train for your favourite summer sport. READ NOW

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Why the salad is queen of the ‘unhealthy healthy foods’

Last year I wrote a blog post on what I call “unhealthy healthy foods”.

The main take-away was that we need to become aware of sneaky foods that seem healthy but that end up stealthily sabotaging progress. Actually cutting out sweets and fried food is hard work, but knowing they need to be eliminated (or at least reduced) is usually a no-brainer. The less obvious culprits — what I call “unhealthy health foods” — READ MORE

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The July Newsletter is here!

newsletterMy July Newsletter is out! Check out some great summer training tips, news on my Toronto library talks, exercise of the month and an awesome low carb – high protein muffin recipe from Penny KR of PKR Health.  READ NOW!

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Finding Your Fit Library Series

Fort York 
July 12 7-8 pm
Staff contact: Wendy Banks; Fiona O’Connor
Fiona O’Connor <foconnor@torontopubliclibrary.ca>,
Wendy Banks <wbanks@torontopubliclibrary.ca>,

Runnymede
Wed. July 26, 7-8 pm
Staff contact: Brenda Livingston
Brenda Livingston <blivingston@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Woodside Square
Wed. Sept. 27, 7-8 pm
Staff contact: Mary Massoud; Ann MacKenzie; Shehnaz Awan
Mary Massoud <mmassoud@torontopubliclibrary.ca>,
Ann MacKenzie <amackenzie@torontopubliclibrary.ca>,
Shehnaz Awan <sawan@torontopubliclibrary.ca>,

Humber Bay
Wednesday October 4, 7-8 pm
Staff contact: Betty Cameron
Betty Cameron <bcameron@torontopubliclibrary.ca>

Highland Creek
Wednesday November 1, 1-2pm
Staff contact: Anesha Ramnarine
Anesha Ramnarine <aramnarine@torontopubliclibrary.ca>

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Experts share how you can keep moving with a busy schedule

I am honoured to have been included in this……what an inspirational group of fitness professionals! 🙂 The main take-away being “Make daily motion a “non negotiable”! We are all busy…but we are never too busy to MOVE” 🙂 READ MORE

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What is fitness without a little fun? Happy Canada Day!!!

Goofing around with Kathleen!


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