Category Archives: Globe & Mail

The Globe and Mail: Sweat Test: Pilates a great workout for your mind and body

Do you want to de-stress and improve your balance, core strength, functional fitness and mobility? Pilates might be for you. A review of a Pilates mat class is long overdue; it is hard to find a facility that doesn’t offer … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Ditch this outdated upper-body exercise in 2017

Just because an exercise is an “oldie” does not automatically mean it is a “goodie” 🙂 The new year is commonly a time of renewed – if often briefly – dedication to fitness. The gym floor becomes inundated with members … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: A key fitness component often overlooked: balance

A well-rounded fitness routine typically includes three main pillars: cardio (walking, biking, etc.), strength (using machines, dumbbells, bands, etc.) and flexibility (stretching, yoga, etc.) Balance should be considered the fourth pillar – a “non-negotiable” component of every regimen.  READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Hot yoga has health benefits, but it’s not for everyone

Hot Yoga is NOT my “exercise bliss”….but maybe it is yours?? If you want to improve your flexibility and can tolerate heat – and you’re not pregnant and don’t have high blood pressure, a heart condition, osteoporosis or a disc issue … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: CrossFit is intense, competitive, demanding and not for every ‘body’

Boredom is the kiss of death when it comes to exercise! Need some fitness motivation? Try a new workout 🙂 Maybe CrossFit is your exercise bliss! Yay for fitness fun!! READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Going away for the holidays doesn’t have to mean missing your workout

Being away from home and not having equipment is not a reason – at least not a good one – to skip your workout. An effective training session is always possible. You just need motivation and a strategically packed suitcase. … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: A gear guide for exercising at home

For long-term health success you need to find a workout that is both convenient and enjoyable (or at least palatable) so that you will do it consistently. 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 … Continue reading

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Globe and Mail: SWEAT TEST—Intense, frenetic Lagree classes: ‘Fast results’ or fast injuries?

A big “thank you” to my dad and sister for sweating through a Lagree fitness class with me! Loved that I got to workout, research a column, AND have awesome family time! Win / Win? Win !! READ MORE

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Globe and Mail: Gravity machine mixes weight training and Pilates for full-body workout

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 … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Kettlebell-only workouts offer intense full-body challenge

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 … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Five reasons to never do crunches again

Ditch crunches..try some planks instead!! Loved filming this recent series of videos in my studio!! Crunches are a staple of abdominal workouts, but do the results match the reputation? Personal trainer Kathleen Trotter is here to dispel the crunches myth … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Three exercises to strengthen your feet

Don’t forget to strengthen your feet. They need to be strong and adaptive enough to support your entire body READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Pregnant? It may be time to correct your posture

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, … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Looking for a full body workout? TRX classes are the latest craze

I 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 … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: How to mitigate the negative effects of cycling on your body

From 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 … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Turns out sleeping can help you shed those extra pounds

If you are eating healthy and exercising meticulously, yet still struggling to lose weight, lack of sleep may be your missing link. That’s because when you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces more ghrelin, the “hunger hormone.” READ MORE

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The Globe and Mail: Challenge your body in every direction with tennis

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 … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Barre classes a great workout, but won’t give you a dancer’s lean body

I love my job – I get to try fun fitness classes and then write about the experience for The Globe and Mail. What could be better? A special thank you to my mom and lifetime friend Emily for helping … Continue reading

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New Globe and Mail Bio!

I just got word that The Globe and Mail is officially changing my bio to include information about my new book Finding Your Fit 🙂 This is all starting to feel so real!! New bio will read – Kathleen Trotter … Continue reading

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