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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.

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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:

Globe & Mail: Stealth Workout: The Stair-Down

 Stealth Workout: The Stair-Down Firstly, take the stairs – always! When going down a flight, stop at the bottom and try this quick and easy leg workout. 1. Face away from the stairs, with your left toes on the lowest step. Both feet should face forward. 2. Take a big step forward with your right foot and bend both knees deeply. Make sure your right knee doesn’t bend further forward than your right foot. 3. Use your right bum muscle to push yourself to a standing position. 4. As you stand, lift your left foot off the step and balance on your right leg for five seconds. Repeat five to 10 times, then switch sides. Read More

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Globe & Mail: Should you buy a Fitbit? A trainer’s opinion

Should you buy a Fitbit? A trainer’s opinion The question: I am thinking of investing in something like a Fitbit or Jawbone. Are they worth the purchase?

The answer: Well, they are by no means a necessary investment, but depending on your personality and individual circumstances, fitness gadgets might provide you with the added incentive you need to successfully adopt a healthier lifestyle. Read More

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Globe & Mail Stealth Workout: Get Grounded

 Stealth Workout: Get Grounded Can you keep your foot flat? Then you’ll master this lower-body exercise in no time.

1. Stand up, putting most of your weight on your right foot. 2. Engage your right bum muscle. Make sure your weight is equally distributed over the balls of your big toe and little toe and your heel. Imagine those three points forming a triangle of support. Then lift your arch. 3. Hold your form as you lift your toes off the ground. Repeat 10 times. Then switch legs. Need a harder challenge? Try lifting your other foot off the ground at the same time. Read More

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Why going (really) slowly during exercise is actually good for you

Why going (really) slowly during exercise is actually good for you The question: My trainer makes me do things like pause at the bottom of an exercise and go really slowly. Why?

The answer: Your question made me smile (possibly a little mischievously). I also “torture” clients (in a friendly way of course) by making them go slowly or pause during certain movements. Read More

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Don’t Run for Endurance, Endure to Run

Don't Run for Endurance, Endure to RunExperience has taught me the wisdom of the words — don’t just do cardio (such as running) to get in shape. Get in shape to run! In addition to helping you get in shape in the short-term, lifting weights will help to ensure that you will be able to do your favourite cardio actives, such as running, for the rest of your life! Read More

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