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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.
- 1 Ironman (Ironwoman)
- 7 half-Ironman (also called 70.3)
- 10 Marathons
- Half-Marathons – too many to count!
This week in addition to my regular weekly columns for The Globe and Mail I answered a “Canada Q&A”. Readers send in their questions via text, email, video or tweets and the appropriate journalist answers.
Zami Salaria in Toronto asks, “Is CrossFit a good way to stay fit for a person who likes intense workouts? Is it appropriate for folks in their 30s and what alternative (same intensity) exercise regimen would you recommend?” Kathleen Trotter, Globe Health‘s fitness expert, says she has been to CrossFit a handful of times, mostly when traveling. “I like that regardless of where I am I will get an intense workout that includes multi-joint strength exercises like squats.” But she says CrossFit is absolutely not for every body:
Is it for you? As I’ve written before, CrossFit is not for you if you are currently injured, or prone to injury. During my first class I did advanced exercises like deadlifts. If done with bad form and / or a bad back, advanced lifts can cause serious injuries. READ MORE
One thing that I love about my job is that it is never boring. There is always a new way to mix things up, a new way to “torture” my clients, a new way to make training fun! Some of you may find this position ludicrous. Typically training is thought of as tedious, if not down right boring!
My mission today is to share with you some of my favourite “fun” workout ideas, and to say that “the world is your fitness oyster — you don’t ever need to be bored!.” READ MORE
The question: My mom has asked for “fitness stuff” for Christmas. She wants to work out at home. Are there inexpensive yet effective pieces of exercise equipment I can buy her?
The answer: You can absolutely get your mom a great gift without spending a ton of money. Inexpensive fitness basics like the foam roller, dumbbells, stability balls, resistance bands and skipping ropes are a great base for any gym. When it comes to adopting a healthy lifestyle, the key is consistency, not cost. READ MORE
Looking for an easy core workout? No fancy equipment is needed – just you and a pillow.
1. Lie on your right side with the pillow folded up under your waist and your right knee bent on the floor.
2. Lift your left leg, keeping it straight and your foot flexed. Cross your right arm over your chest so you can’t hold the floor for balance. Then place your left hand behind your head and use your core to lift your body slightly off the pillow. READ MORE