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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

Kathleen’s 5 Tips to Survive the Holidays

book-headshotSure, it might be unrealistic to try and lose weight during the holidays, BUT gaining unwanted pounds is not inevitable!! It is possible to maintain a relatively healthier lifestyle and socialize — it just takes some mindfulness, preparation, and creativity. You have to take the time to actively “set yourself up for health success.” Adopting a healthier lifestyle isn’t a passive process. If you don’t take the time to set yourself up for success, you might as well be setting yourself up for failure. READ MORE

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Issues Today Radio – Finding Your Fit

Many people find the idea of getting fit daunting. Listen to Kathleen give tips on how to make your own fitness goals and easily fit exercise into your busy schedule.
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“Do anywhere” exercise of the week: Week six!

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KOGO AM – Finding Your Fit

Listen in as I talk about how to get off the couch and out the front door, office and piggy back strategies and working with your own health entourage. Thank you KOGO AM and host Ted Garcia.

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A standing desk could help with your posture

kathleentreadmillI am not a fan of pushing particular products, and I absolutely do not believe that any one product is a miracle solution for better health. Standing desks are not the panacea for perfect posture or health; using one doesn’t make it okay to work for long periods without a break, and it is not going to automatically ensure you lose weight, improve mobility, and improve your posture. But, a standing desk could be one helpful piece of your overall “health puzzle.” This is especially true if you combine a standing desk with the goal of generally sitting less and moving more. READ MORE

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“Do anywhere” exercise of the week: Week five!

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November Newsletter

My November Newsletter is out! I’ve included some great tips, articles and awesome an fall recipe for Chocolate Banana Granola READ MORE

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A few of my favourite things — The November edition

My November Huffington Post “Favourite Things” themed blog is out. The only thing I forgot to mention was how much I LOVE the countdown to Christmas….I am especially loving the Starbucks X-Mas cups :-) Counting down to Christmas is 100% one of my favourite parts of November!!! READ MORE

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Featured review of ‘Finding Your Fit’

It is so nice to read great reviews of my book. Here’s one from a reader on Amazon:


This is a wonderful guide and impetus to begin physical conditioning. An even better credential than the author’s Master’s degree is her RCP (Reformed Couch Potato). She understands the obstacles we ourselves create to avoid better conditioning and has worked out a variety of ways to get over them. Instead of any cookie-cutter approach she emphasizes the individual, the personal, encouraging us to start with what we are/have and to develop our own advances in direction, technique and range. We can find the “fitness” that “fits” us. This makes advance seem possible. Her chapters are like a good workout — each providing a variety of short and complimentary “reps.” She writes in a charming personal voice, so reading her is like having her at our sweaty elbow, encouraging and guiding. And how smart is she? When she puts us on the mat she has us “lying” instead of “laying.” She’s the first trainer I’ve had that didn’t have me wincing on that. For such relief much thanks.

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“Do anywhere” exercise of the week: Week four!

Another amazing Dundurn video! Check it out and remember these exercises were designed to do ANYWHERE!

WATCH NOW!!

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Holiday Survival Guide: 7 ways to enjoy the holidays without sacrificing your health

We all know the benefits of working out and eating well, but when it comes to our health, knowing and doing — especially during holiday party season — are two very different things!

The good news is, you don’t have to hibernate and sacrifice your social lives to make healthy choices! It is possible to maintain your pre-holiday health and socialize — it just takes some mindfulness, preparation, and creativity. You have to take the time to actively “set yourself up for holiday health success.” Maintaining a healthier lifestyle isn’t a passive process. If you don’t take the time to set yourself up for success, you might as well be setting yourself up for failure.

Always have a plan…and then a back-up plan. READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Four tips for helping a loved one make healthier choices

I am really proud of my recent Health Advisor column.

One of my favourite quotes had to be cut for space….originally the column included the following – “As Dr. Fordyce, a seminal thinker in cognitive behavioural theory, pain management and movement re-education said, “Education is to behaviour change as spaghetti is to brick.” One doesn’t have anything to do with the other. We all know the benefits of working out and eating well. You can lecture your loved one on the benefits of making a health change, but until they are ready to change, logical information just won’t stick”. READ MORE

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