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Finding Your Fit Series My first talk in the series is coming up July 12 in Fort York! In the area? Why not join in? Fort York July 12 7-8 pm Staff contact: Wendy Banks; Fiona O'Connor CLICK ONE OF THE LINKS BELOW TO REGISTER NOW! Fiona O'Connor Wendy Banks
Featured review-AMAZON.CA Finding Your Fit is informative, practical advice on how to improve your fitness & health. It is written in an easy to read style providing plenty of examples and options for a variety of lifestyles and personalities. I love Kathleen's many references to her own experiences as it gives the reader confidence that better health is possible. The layout makes it easy to refer to specific sections and the size of the book is perfect for carrying it with you or curling up with.
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Great ways to FIND YOUR FIT at work!
Can't get to the gym? That is NOT an excuse to be a sloth - you can FIND YOUR FIT at your DESK! :-) Learn how in my CTV Morning Live interview!! Thanks Courtney for being such a welcoming host! WATCH NOW!!
Rethinking the jolly jumper
Personal trainer Kathleen Trotter joins Global’s Laura Casella to talk about the Jolly Jumper, and how too much use could affect a child’s motor skills. WATCH NOW
Top 5 spring fitness trends
Getting to the gym isn’t always easy. You have to find a workout that’s interesting and challenging, but something you don’t despise. Here's some spring fitness trends you’ll want to try. WATCH NOW
4 Mistakes Sabotaging Your Fitness Progress
It really SUCKS to work hard.....AND still not reach your fitness goals!! Watch my BT Montreal interview to learn how you might be sabotaging your health success!! Thanks Derick Fage for the fun - always a BLAST!!
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The Globe and Mail: Effective stretching is key to your workout success
Too often, individuals are given the advice, “Don’t forget to stretch” – as if stretching is both a monolithic category of movement and uniformly positive. Both assumptions are overly simplistic and potentially dangerous. READ NOW
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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 some iteration of the tradition. Even studios that don’t offer traditional classes usually offer combo classes, such as “yogalates,” or incorporate Pilates-inspired exercises ... READ MORE
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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 and steer you in a better direction WATCH NOW
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This summer, get in shape before getting back in the game
With the warmer weather, we are tempted to jump back into summer ball sports – basketball, soccer, softball etc. It’s great to get back outside, but too often we dive in with inappropriate vigour and intensity. We dangerously base what we expect of our bodies on an outdated – or even superhuman – image of ourselves. READ NOW
HUFFINGTON POST BLOG ‘FAVOURITE THINGS’ SPRING EDITION
It is that time again ... "favourite things" time! In February 2016 I compiled my first "favourite things" blog -- a list of current favourite exercises, nutrition tips, recipes, and health mantras. I am now obsessed with these lists; stockpiling beloved mantras and exercises to share is such a pocket of joy. This edition includes two of my favourite fascial stretches, my mantras of the month, and tips on how to use exercise to boost your immune health. READ MORE
Stop trying to find the "perfect" health plan. Develop a realistic roadmap tailored to fit your lifestyle realities.
4 ways to avoid golf injuries
The sunshine — and thus golf season — has FINALLY arrived! There is nothing better for one’s mood than doing a beloved form of exercise in the sun; the combo offers a double dose of mood-boosting hormones. Plus, doing something you love is always energizing, motivating, and fun.
The only all-too-common possible negative of the season? Golf-induced injuries! The good news is that injuries are not inevitable; you just need to follow the tips below to stay injury free! READ MORE
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Movement is a non-negotiable
I always enjoy talking about my book Finding Your Fit....but I particularly enjoyed this interview. Kelly was such a joy to chat with! Being interviewed was an honour and a pleasure! :-) LISTEN NOW
Weekend with Jim Brickman: Finding Your Fitness Personality
Why do you go to the gym? Is it a place where you can be social, or an escape from the busy world outside? Whatever the reason, the easiest way to fit fitness into your day is to piggyback it into your daily routine. Listen now and get some tips on how YOU can find your fitness personality!
The Art of Wellness
Tony Mark is such a pleasure to spend an hour with!! We get along like a house on fire!! Photo on left is from our recent interview. Photo on bottom right from a few years ago. Tony looks the same.....I used to look like such a baby!!! LOL LISTEN NOW!
- What a fun week of media- this was a favourite segment! @BTMontreal Loved using @DerickFage as a wall! https://t.co/VJwgInG8rs
- #Happyhour complete 😀 A #workout is such a geat way to start a rainy sunday!! Love the "saw" #plank. Don't have a... https://t.co/DuyjtFj6NX
- An improved link for my @rogersottawa22 interview with @dylanblackradio :-) #RogersTV Dundurn Press... https://t.co/ON49pGlPEK
- TOTALLY love this screenshot!! Thanks Dalyn Miller Public Relations :-) That segment was SUCH fun - I loved being... https://t.co/f9un4qAa3Y
- I had such fun yesterday goofing around with Dylan Black on Rogers Ottawa - I got to throw a medicine ball at... https://t.co/gdQpVHqYoc
- This summer, get in shape before getting back in the game
- The Globe and Mail: Effective stretching is key to your workout success
- The Globe and Mail: Sweat Test: Aquafit may be a low-impact exercise, but it’s far from relaxed
- The Globe and Mail: Sweat Test: Pilates a great workout for your mind and body
- The Globe and Mail: Ditch this outdated upper-body exercise in 2017
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The summer weather has arrived – yeah! Since sunshine makes everything seem more manageable – including being active – now is the perfect time to participate in your favorite sport and / or try something NEW! READ NOW!
“Hacks” are basically innovative ways to motivate or trick yourself into exercising — a fun way of reframing the classic concept of “exercise motivation.” We all need motivation to exercise. I love moving and I still often need a gentle … Continue reading
My book Finding Your Fit is available in stores October 1st – I feel like I am counting down till x-mas!! In this article I share a few of the main take-aways from the book. If you find them useful … Continue reading
Almost everyone I know (including myself) needs to work on their posture; we all sit way too much, and it is almost impossible to sit for long periods without becoming slightly rounded forward. READ MORE
Last year I tried a fairly lengthy (and pricey) “cleanse.” Why? Partly for research, and partly because I was seeking a sense of control. Thinking rationally, I know that the feeling of control that a cleanse offers is fleeting, even … Continue reading
Stay injury free and motivated this summer. Make exercise a habit and train for life! Remember that setbacks will happen, so be prepared and don’t let them derail your progress. Don’t aim for perfection, instead aim to persevere! READ MORE
I’m “only” 31, so it may be premature to already have a list to tell my younger self. But, I have been a trainer for almost 12 years, and working out seriously for 16, so I feel I am entitled … Continue reading
Make this cycling season the best yet. Spring brings a new season for urban cycling. Enjoy the benefits by following these 6 tips to become a stronger, leaner and injury free cyclist READ MORE
Have you ever planned to workout before work, only to snooze your alarm? Or, bailed on an evening training session last minute? I know that I have. Even the most motivated exerciser will occasionally lose the internal “will I or … Continue reading
Losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle takes such continuous mindfulness and dedication that it just plain sucks to work so hard, to give it your “all” and still not reach your goal. Believe me, I get it! If you … Continue reading
I know that we all need to go to work, pay the rent, grocery shop, sleep and negotiate the demands of life. If you are not a fitness professional, whose job it is to be fit, training can’t (and shouldn’t) … Continue reading
Even though it is 2014, and many of the gender stereotypes surrounding women being active have been broken, unfortunately many women still tend to have an ambiguous relationship with pure strength training. As a (partially reformed) endurance junkie, I speak … Continue reading
Too many of us frame health and wellness around deprivation – becoming healthier ends up being about the cake you can’t eat and the social activity (like drinking) you have to cut out. No wonder so many people don’t sticks … Continue reading
I am very honoured that Healthy Directions Magazine gave me a new nickname – “K”. I will have to get all my friends to call me “K” from now on 🙂 Kathleen Trotter offers this “minutes” kettlebell, full-body, work-out to … Continue reading
Have you set a goal to lose some weight, maybe shed ten pounds for the summer? If so, my advice is, be wary of promises along the lines of, “You can lose 12 pounds this month. Safely and for good!” … Continue reading
Pain in the neck? Too much screen time could be causing forward head syndrome. Okay, I know, the head and neck are not the most glamorous body parts to train. Getting nice legs or a toned tummy is often what motivates … Continue reading
Sure, you can get a great workout at a gym, but the reality is, for most of us, spending an hour at the gym, plus traveling there and back is not a realistic long-term health solution. It is too much … Continue reading
Improved health doesn’t “just happen.” Everyone needs to find ways to set themselves up for health and fitness success. The more ways, the better! One method of ‘setting yourself up for success’ is to find a health buddy to help you stay … Continue reading
Say hello to spring with these “FUN” interval workouts! The world is your interval-fitness oyster! Spring is in the air (yay)! It is the perfect time to use interval training to mix up your workouts and bust through a fitness … Continue reading
Adopting a healthier lifestyle can be transformative, but with all the fitness information available, it can also be overwhelming. That is why I have devised a list of 8 important “fun fitness facts”. Everyone who exercises – from the newbie … Continue reading