CATALYST BLOG

What IS Powerlifting?

Press, Squat, Deadlift. These three exercises form the foundation of optimal fitness--and health. Pushing something away from your body; sitting and standing; and picking up a heavy object are three life skills that you'll always need. Powerlifting is the practice of...

Why Women Should Lift (Heavy) Weights

Women NEED to lift weights. I've been writing about it since 2002, and popular media is finally behind the idea. But not the little 5lbs dumbbells: women need to lift BIG weights to see a difference in their strength, muscle tone, and life expectancy. Here's why it's...

How To Be Happy

Many people go all day without a single happy thought.   After recognizing--and fixing--this habit in myself, I became determined to share it with others.   Since most of my daily conversations are with other business owners, I spend a lot of time helping...

Catalyst Games 2017: Event Announcement!

In case you missed it, the first event of the 2017 Catalyst Games was announced last night! The announcement took place on a local roller rink I like to call "The Cooperdome", and was made by my 13-year-old daughter, Avery. There's a video on Instagram. But here it...

Catalyst Games 2017: Event Revealed!

I'm not saying this is going to be the FIRST event... or the LAST event... but it's gonna be AN event. You know we're at Searchmont. And you probably know there's a hill there. The "HILL EVENT" is: "MOUNTAIN MURPH" 100 PRONE RING PULLUPS RUN UP THE MOUNTAIN 200...

Specialty Groups at Catalyst, 2017/2018

After a massive planning meeting, the Catalyst Coaching Team has released our 2017/2018 training calendar! You can see the whole calendar here: http://catalystgym.com/2018events/ Some highlights: Inclusivity - members get a special rate on specialty programs like...

Who Are You In The Gym?

I used to think I had to be the best athlete in the gym. (That sure didn't last long!) In the early days of Catalyst, I loved introducing people to rope climbs and double-unders and gymnastics rings, because those are cool "tricks" we do. Growing up a willing...

Why We’re A Coaching Business

Do cheaper gym memberships make people more fit? Data shows they don't. In fact, possession of a gym membership has almost zero correlation to your fitness. Access to fitness equipment clearly doesn't improve fitness (just ask your towel-rack treadmill in the...

Should EVERY Workout Be Hard?

Every workout should stimulate an adaptation. If you're a runner, you want your workouts to make you faster. If you're a lifter, every workout should make you a little bit stronger. If you're overweight, your workouts should build your metabolic engine and trigger fat...

From Motivation to Momentum: Why The Second Day Is Harder

Yesterday, I wrote you a letter about motivation. More than a dozen of you wrote BACK. Thank you for pouring your guts out - I read every one, and I'm waiting for an answer today, too. In the meantime, here's the truth about motivation: Day Two is harder. On the first...

Actually, You’re ALREADY Motivated.

Don't worry: you're not suffering from a lack of motivation. You WANT to be active, I'm sure. Your reasons are your own. And so are your distractions. You WANT to exercise...but you also want other things. Your motivation isn't missing; it's just being spent on other...

Addition By Subtraction

A few years ago, I visited a remote village in Kenya and stayed for over a week. I was there to write about the Kenyan people and their needs. I was supposed to write some sort of novel plea for help, and link that need to my friends (other gym owners). Then we'd buy...