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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.
- 1 Ironman (Ironwoman)
- 7 half-Ironman (also called 70.3)
- 10 Marathons
- Half-Marathons – too many to count!
This may come as a surprise, but even though I know stretching is important, I find it hard to make myself do it. After a workout I just want to shower.
My solution: I developed two quick, yet effective stretching routines. In a previous blog (make hyperlink) I outlined my dynamic flexibility routine. Below I have detailed my favourite static stretches. READ MORE
If you do static stretches before you train, STOP! Static stretches downgrade the nervous system and cool the body down. Save them for after your workout.
Instead, use dynamic mobility exercises to warm up your body pre workout. Dynamic mobility exercises “turn on” the nervous system and prime the body for movement.
Dynamic mobility exercises are exercises that stretch muscles by moving dynamically at a joint. READ MORE
My most recent health tip for Quesada Burritos and Tacos is out! Stay fit this holiday season with this efficient, effective and FUN workout!
Pick up The Globe and Mail today and read my column on breathing. Learn how improving your breathing can increase your recovery, decrease muscle pain and improve your fitness! Get excited READ MORE
The first day back on the slopes is often brutal. I know my muscles like to yell “What have you done to me Kathleen?!”
The good news is, you still have time to prep your body–you don’t have to be exhausted and sore for days! READ MORE
Kathleen demonstrates the three mistakes people make when doing tricep exercise. She then shows the correct positions for effective training. WATCH NOW
Personal trainer Kathleen Trotter shows you preventative moves that can protect your feet, knees and hips from injuries related to running. WATCH NOW
Variations on the crunch are often “go to” abdominal exercises. I get the attraction: crunches are convenient and relatively simple. Plus, they provide a good abdominal “burn,” which always feels rewarding! The thing is, they are not overly functional or effective, AND, possibly more important, they are not the best exercise to do if you have lower-than-normal bone density. Basically, the take-home message today is this: Stop relying on crunches to tone your midsection. READ MORE