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Nutrition Nutrition

Tips on healthy eating, recipes and helpful info about your food.

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Get the latest fitness and health news and see why it matters to you.

Inspiration Inspiration

Read about inspiring weight loss journeys and people striving to achieve their fitness goals.

Equipment Equipment

Read reviews, plus see how you can best use your equipment to reach your goals.

Exercising Exercising

Click here for various workouts, fitness tips and motivation.

Perspectives Perspectives

Here we explore a variety of fitness topics and sort out the good from the bad information.

Latest Blog Posts

Nutrition 101 with Kathleen — 5 tips to get started

Today, a break from my recent “How to use X” series to focus on (drum roll please…) nutrition! Why? After over 15 years in the fitness field, I know one thing for certain: Unless you have impeccable genetics and are in your prime, training alone will not ensure you reach your fitness goals! Here and in the next blog I will outline 10 simple tips for healthy, nutritious eating.


Four Must Do Exercises …. Regardless of the equipment you use!

Recently I have been writing a series of “How to use X” blogs where I break down how to use various pieces of equipment from free weights to the treadmill to the Bosu to the kettlebell. I know what you are thinking: “Are there exercises that I should always do, regardless of the piece of equipment I am using?”

Excellent question! The answer is, “Yeppers peppers. 100%!" There are 4 types of exercises that I consider non-negotiables: squats, balance exercises, multi-directional motions, and intervals.

Kathleen’s 7-Day Fat-Blasting Plan

Recently I have been writing a “How to use X” series of blogs. I have covered everything from how to use equipment such as the foam roller and the bike and how to set-up a home gym.

Today we discuss the “how to–ness” of enacting that knowledge to achieve your fitness goals — specifically your fat and weight loss goals.

Curate YOUR perfect home gym — on any budget and for any goal!

So far my “How to use X” series has focussed on how to use various pieces of fitness equipment — from the treadmill to free weights.

Today … drum roll please … the “how to” of creating YOUR perfect home gym!

Notice the emphasis on the word your!

​“Hack” your way into a healthy September!

The summer is coming to an end (small tear). Real life is about to begin again and, let’s be honest, times of transition can be challenging, especially when it comes to “staying on the health horse”!

If you find yourself thinking “transitioning back to reality is stressful and busy; I will get back on my horse in September,” tell yourself two things...

Healthy "on-the-go" snack ideas from Health & Wellness peeps

Life is so busy. We are all juggling 101 things and although we have the best of intentions when it comes to our health and making smart choices, sometimes stress, exhaustion, or the chaos of life gets the better of us. We often want to make better choices but we might not know what they are, or just need some fresh inspiration & idea.

I know I have my go-to options for a healthy snack or lunch if I am running around the city. I thought I would not only share my favourite options but ask a few friends who are personal trainers, nutrition coaches, and work in the health & wellness sphere to share their go-to’s as well.

Regardless of where you live (or if you are traveling) on the West or East Coast or in Canada or the US, you have a full list of options that you can go to.

​The Kettlebell — Or in Kathleen Speak, the “Killer Bell”!!

So far in this “How to use X” series I have covered everything from cardio staples, such as the bike and the treadmill, to strength staples, such as dumbbells.

Today … the kettlebell!

​Get a full workout using a Bosu Ball

Don’t be fooled by the Bosu’s bright blue squishy dome-like exterior; it is not a children’s bouncy toy or a ginormous whoopee cushion! The Bosu is a multi-faceted, medium-sized piece of exercise equipment; incorporate it into your cardio warm-up, use it to spice up traditional weight exercises such as squats or lunges, or use it to breathe new life into your core routine.

​Your home gym — a killer “all-in-one” home gym workout!

So far in my “How to use X” series I have tackled everything from how to use the treadmill to how to use cables.

I have — until now — shied away from a column on the “all-in-one gym.” Why?

​The Versatility of Cable Machines

Recently I have been writing a series of “How to use X’ blogs, covering how to use everything from cardio machines such as the elliptical and the treadmill, to free weights, to small pieces such as the stability ball and foam roller. I even broke down how to properly warm-up and cool-down. By now you are all glorified exercise mavens — or at least on your way there!

What have we not talked about thus far? Larger pieces of workout equipment such as cable machines or full home gym equipment. Today we fill the void.