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Globe & Mail: Stealth Workout: The Stair-Down

 Stealth Workout: The Stair-Down Firstly, take the stairs – always! When going down a flight, stop at the bottom and try this quick and easy leg workout. 1. Face away from the stairs, with your left toes on the lowest step. Both feet should face forward. 2. Take a big step forward with your right foot and bend both knees deeply. Make sure your right knee doesn’t bend further forward than your right foot. 3. Use your right bum muscle to push yourself to a standing position. 4. As you stand, lift your left foot off the step and balance on your right leg for five seconds. Repeat five to 10 times, then switch sides. Read More

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Globe & Mail: Should you buy a Fitbit? A trainer’s opinion

Should you buy a Fitbit? A trainer’s opinion The question: I am thinking of investing in something like a Fitbit or Jawbone. Are they worth the purchase?

The answer: Well, they are by no means a necessary investment, but depending on your personality and individual circumstances, fitness gadgets might provide you with the added incentive you need to successfully adopt a healthier lifestyle. Read More

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Globe & Mail Stealth Workout: Get Grounded

 Stealth Workout: Get Grounded Can you keep your foot flat? Then you’ll master this lower-body exercise in no time.

1. Stand up, putting most of your weight on your right foot. 2. Engage your right bum muscle. Make sure your weight is equally distributed over the balls of your big toe and little toe and your heel. Imagine those three points forming a triangle of support. Then lift your arch. 3. Hold your form as you lift your toes off the ground. Repeat 10 times. Then switch legs. Need a harder challenge? Try lifting your other foot off the ground at the same time. Read More

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Why going (really) slowly during exercise is actually good for you

Why going (really) slowly during exercise is actually good for you The question: My trainer makes me do things like pause at the bottom of an exercise and go really slowly. Why?

The answer: Your question made me smile (possibly a little mischievously). I also “torture” clients (in a friendly way of course) by making them go slowly or pause during certain movements. Read More

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Don’t Run for Endurance, Endure to Run

Don't Run for Endurance, Endure to RunExperience has taught me the wisdom of the words — don’t just do cardio (such as running) to get in shape. Get in shape to run! In addition to helping you get in shape in the short-term, lifting weights will help to ensure that you will be able to do your favourite cardio actives, such as running, for the rest of your life! Read More

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Latest Newsletter – July 2014

newsletterThe July Newsletter is available! Check it out for The Plank Challenge and Four tried and true summer “beat the heat” training tips! Read the Newsletter

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5 Crucial Fitness Tips I Wish I’d Known When I Was Younger

HuffpostI’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 to at least a preliminary list. Since I don’t know anyone named Doc and I don’t have a flying Delorean to allow me to communicate directly with the younger Kathleen, I figure the next best thing is to share my insights with all of you. Read More

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Globe & Mail: How to exercise in the heat (and keep your cool)

Link to VideoIt’s hot out there: Trainer Kathleen Trotter shows you how to exercise properly in the heat of summer. Watch the Video
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Globe & Mail Stealth Workout: Rollup

 Stealth Workout: Rollup Lying down? In bed, on the couch or even at the beach, here’s how to take advantage of your horizontal time to work your core. Read More

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Globe & Mail Stealth Workout: Hold Onto Your Seat

 Stealth Workout: Hold Onto Your Seat Sitting much? It can be a pain in the neck, but this quick stretch offers some instant relief. Hold the side of a chair tightly with your right hand. Bend your left ear toward your left shoulder while using your right hand’s grip as resistance. Hold for 30 seconds. Remember to breathe. Continue holding the chair as you turn your eyes slightly to look toward your right armpit. Hold for another 10 seconds. Switch and repeat on the opposite side. Read More

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