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.
The Gravity machine is like a cousin to the Pilates Reformer. Like the Reformer, the Gravity machine consists of a moving platform (which you can kneel on or lie on face up, sideways or face down) sandwiched between a foot plate and a vertical tower. The tower has pulleys and bars attached. Unlike the Reformer, the Gravity platform can be placed at different angles – anywhere from almost parallel to the ground to almost vertical.
On October 15th I had the pleasure of doing my very first book signing at @IndigoEatonCtr. WHAT a success – we SOLD OUT of books!! Thank you to Dundurn for creating such an awesome book, and to everyone who stopped in. Special thank you to @quesadaburritos for the yummy food and the awesome prizes. Looking forward to my next signing!! @dundurnpress #findingyourfit“
For the next 11 weeks my awesome publisher Dundurn Press is releasing one “do anywhere” exercise a week. Take a look at this week’s exercise It is not easy…..but it is convenient and simple. All you need is a towel! With these type of exercises it is easy to make movement a “non-negotiable” so that you can FIND YOUR FIT!
On October 13th I officially launched my book Finding Your Fit at the RCYC in downtown Toronto. What an amazing event. Thank you to all my friends, family, clients and readers who attended, and to my fantastic publisher Dundurn. Lastly, a special thank you to Flaman Fitness and Quesada Burritos for the terrific prizes.
I am really proud of this Huffington Post blog. Why? It is a #TalkToMe blog which means I included mini videos (which is HUGE because I am technological stupid) AND because with my mom’s help I got to tackle an important subject. I have the best mom ever She is so smart… watch the videos to find out more! READ MORE
I love that trying a kettlebell class is part of my job and that I have a friend who is willing to sweat through a workout with me! Thank you Bang fitness for having us, and thank you Em for being such a good sport and testing out the class with me READ MORE
Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainers Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit book
THE FIRST REVIEW IS IN
Exciting news - the first review of my book is out! I am really a lucky duck to work with Flaman Fitness (Official Company Page) - they really are the BEST, most supportive company ever :-) This post has made me even more excited for the book launch at The Royal Canadian Yacht Club - Commodores' Room on October 13th!!
The Globe and Mail I love that trying a kettlebell class is part of my job and that I have a friend who is willing to sweat through a workout with me! Thank you Bang fitness for having us, and thank you Em for being such a good sport and testing out the class with me :-) READ MORE
Tennis requires dynamic motion – something many of our bodies are starving for. When we do move it tends to be in linear and repetitive ways (think walking, cycling, or the elliptical). The cumulative effect is a body that is stiff and somewhat robotic. READ MORE
Working toward a more ideal posture is important for everyone, but it is particularly important for anyone who is currently or has ever been pregnant; ideal posture decreases the frequency and intensity of back and pelvic pain, prolapses and incontinence, while simultaneously increasing ease and quality of movement and breath. READ MORE
Swimming is also a great way to stay in shape at the cottage! After you swim do a strength workout on the dock. Try squats, lunges or planks! READ MOREI love my job - I get to try fun fitness classes and studios and then write about it for The Globe and Mail. I am one lucky duck! Thank you to my best friend Emily, my wonderful friend and client Kate, and my mom for their help with this column!! READ MOREFrom one cyclist to another cyclist….a few helpful fitness tips!
Nothing improves my mood more than a long bike ride in the country, so I say this next part with reservations (and sadness). Cycling has its dark side – possibly the most significant being that it can wreak havoc on your posture. READ MOREThe Globe and Mail
Save your knees with these simple yet effective exercises! :-) Three exercises that can help prevent and improve activity-related knee pain. WATCH NOWThe Globe and Mail
My biggest piece of advice for anyone who wants to start running is “just start” – lace up your running shoes and go. The hardest part of any exercise program – especially running – is getting started. When I first started to run, each step was torture. Now running is my bliss.READ MORE Huffington Post I am really proud of this Huffington Post blog. Why? It is a #TalkToMe blog which means I included mini videos (which is HUGE because I am technological stupid) AND because with my mom's help I got to tackle an important subject. I have the best mom ever :-) She is so smart… watch the videos to find out more! READ MORE
Number 2 - the "5 by 5 rule" - totally changed my life! I am currently obsessed with "5 by 5ing" everything READ MORE
The million dollar question is "how do you not only get healthy, but then stay that way"? I attempt to answer that question in this Huffington Post blog. If you find the info useful check out my upcoming book Finding Your Fit
Looking for a new strategy for health success? Look no further - this is it!
We all know (for the most part) what is healthy. The answers are obvious -- most healthy choices are not complicated. The problem is, when it comes to our own health, knowing and doing are two very different things. READ MORE
Excited to post my most recent Huffington Post blog — I had originally wanted to call it "eat this…not that". Read it to learn 10 SIMPLE substitutions that will make a HUGE difference to your health!
Own your health choices! We are all busy — being "too busy" seems to be the new normal. Become conscious of what you prioritize and why - replace "I am too busy" with "I chose to prioritize." READ MOREFlaman Fitness This photo was taken 2 years ago at a Pilates studio (SLT) in NY. 100% true!! :-) Don't kick yourself for being inactive when you get home from the cottage - workout in the lake and on the dock! READ MORE
Read Kathleen's October newsletter today! Filled with health tips, exercises and an excerpt her book!