Category Archives: Strength

The Globe and Mail: Ditch this outdated upper-body exercise in 2017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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Global Montreal – Posture 101

Want to improve your posture? Work to improve your balance!! Curious why? Watch my interview with Laura (@La_Casella) on Global Montreal from February 1st. We had such fun – Laura is awesome!! (and her sweater matches the table….amazing:-)) WATCH NOW!

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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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Searching for motivation? Try having some fitness fun

As most of you know…..I LOVE trying fun fitness class!! In honour of my current trip to NY in my most recent Huffington Post blog I outline a few of my favourite workout classes and studios 🙂 Need some motivation? … Continue reading

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A few of my favourite things — The November edition

My November Huffington Post “Favourite Things” themed blog is out. The only thing I forgot to mention was how much I LOVE the countdown to Christmas….I am especially loving the Starbucks X-Mas cups 🙂 Counting down to Christmas is 100% … Continue reading

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“Do anywhere” exercise of the week: Week four!

Another amazing Dundurn video! Check it out and remember these exercises were designed to do ANYWHERE!

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Everyone needs to strengthen their bum

Does your workout need some direction? Are you bored? Try strengthening you bum! I have been a trainer for over thirteen years, and the majority of people I meet do not have strong glutes (bum muscles). Honestly, weak glutes are … Continue reading

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“Do anywhere” exercise of the week: Week three!

Dundurn Press has posted yet another awesome fitness video! Main take-away being – you don’t have to go to the gym to work your core! You can literally findyourfit ANYWHERE!! No excuses 🙂

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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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Fall into these perfect autumn exercises

Number 2 – the “5 by 5 rule” – totally changed my life! I am currently obsessed with “5 by 5ing” everything READ MORE

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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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A kettle what?

Kettlebells may have an odd name and look kind of funny – sort of like a cannonball with a handle – but used correctly they can actually be very useful (and fun). Spice up your workout with a few kettlebell … Continue reading

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Kathleen approved “do anywhere” workouts – The cottage edition!

This photo was taken 2 years ago at a Pilates studio (SLT) in NY. 100% true!! 🙂 Don’t kick yourself for being inactive when you get home from the cottage – workout in the lake and on the dock! READ … Continue reading

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More Kathleen approved “do anywhere” workouts!

This is part two of my “do anywhere” workout series! The main take-away from part one is – “don’t use the pull of relaxing on a dock, traveling, or drinking on a patio as an excuse to become a sloth! … Continue reading

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