Category Archives: Strength

Fitness routine croutique

Celeste Headlee, author of We Need to Talk, shares her tips on how we can all have conversations that matter. And Kathleen Trotter, our fitness contributor, critiques the fitness routine of host Keith McArthur [27:23] LISTEN NOW

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More on getting in shape to hit the slopes

Kathleen provides tips on how to prepare for ski and snowboard season. Get ready for some major fun!!! WATCH NOW!

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Get in shape to hit the slopes

Ski and snowboard season is fast approaching and it’s time to get in shape! Kathleen Trotter demonstrates how to avoid injuries and enjoy your first day on the hill by training your body for the sport. WATCH NOW

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Perfect the pull-up

I have a confession to make. I am not very good at pull-ups. Now, as my mother taught me growing up, “realistic expectations are the key to happiness.” Thus, I am not upset that I suck at pull-ups; why would … Continue reading

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My Instruction Manual Podcast

Keith McArthur is a dad, writer, husband, publisher, kidney transplant recipient, brother, friend, ex-journalist, ex-PR guy, ex-business executive, learning to become happier, healthier and more productive. He Is launching “The Instruction Manual” podcast October 30. I am a regular contributor … Continue reading

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3 new tricep exercises

Every new client itemizes their goals. First on most people’s list — irrespective of age and gender – is some variation on “improved triceps” (the back of the arm). Some people want “stronger triceps.” Others ask for “toned triceps.” Others … Continue reading

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8 tips to stay healthy at the cottage

1. DON’T FALL DOWN THE ALL-OR-NOTHING RABBIT HOLE! Don’t let one unhealthy choice instigate a parade of unhealthy choices — don’t let your unhealthy choices “snowball.” Just because you opted for fries rather than salad, don’t automatically abandon your health … Continue reading

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The “Piggyback Method” of Fitness

Whether you tag on some lunges while playing with your pup in the park or calf raises while doing the dishes — Kathleen provides examples of easy ways to fit in your workouts. WATCH NOW

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“Piggyback” fitness on to your daily routine

Life is hectic. It can be hard to fit in time for fitness, especially in the fall. Kathleen Trotter is back with some tips and tricks to help you “piggyback” your workouts. WATCH NOW

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The 10 most annoying things people do at the gym, according to experts

Thanks @MarilisaRacco for another fun interview! Love being included in your articles!! Between work, home life and plain old laziness, making time for the gym can seem like enough of an annoyance in the average person’s life. But compound that … Continue reading

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My current favourite core workout

I thrive workout-wise by constantly trying new “fun” workouts. I am somewhat “workout fickle,” but I am okay with that because variety keeps me interested. As … READ MORE

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60 Day Fitness Challenge

Looking to get in shape but don’t know where to start? Looking to add some excitement to your regular fitness regime? Want to win some prizes at the same time? If you answered yes to any of these questions READ … Continue reading

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The Globe and Mail: Sweat Test: Aerial yoga is a fun and novel workout, but it has the potential for injury

These Toronto aerial-yoga joints mix things up with body-suspending ‘silks,’ but it will only be fun if you survive injury-free. READ MORE

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The Killer Cottage Workout Plan

Don’t lose your momentum! You can have a fabulous FUN workout even when you are at the cottage! WATCH NOW

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Killer Cottage Workout Plan

I ALWAYS have fun with Derick, BUT this segment really “took the cake” 🙂 I have no idea how we will ever top it……SUCH FUN!!! WATCH NOW

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The Globe and Mail: Making land-based training a friend to water-based athletes

Mastering a sport – the formation of athletic flow – requires practice. The brain needs to adapt to specific motions, environments and skills inherent to the activity. READ NOW

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Can you target ‘problem areas’ with your workout?

Thanks Marilisa Racco for another fun interview! Doing a bunch of crunches or planks won’t give you six-pack abs unless you have no body fat to begin with. To change a body part, you need to do three things: strength … Continue reading

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Workout in a suitcase / Pack a “gym to go”

Kathleen talks about all the fun ways you can stay fit while on vacation. Remember it’s easier to keep up than catch up!  WATCH NOW

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Workout in a suitcase: Pack a “gym to go”

Going on vacation? Traveling for work? Going camping? Visiting relatives? There’s no excuse to skip your workout. Pack a “gym to go” in your suitcase to find “solutions not excuses.” WATCH NOW

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A 77-year-old former nun has set a record for powerlifting — now she wants to beat it

Weight training is beneficial on so many levels, from improving your posture to combatting osteoporosis and keeping functionally fit. Another fun interview with @MarilisaRacco! READ MORE

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