CATALYST BLOG

Sylvia Cormier: One Year In

The first time I set foot into Catalyst was years ago.  A friend of mine had tried it out and she loved it and felt I would enjoy it too.  At the time there was a CrossFit lite class, no weights.  I was glad there were no weights because I had never worked out before...

Talyn Tait: Varsity and Beyond

I joined Catalyst Gym six years ago* because I was looking for a fun and challenging way to stay fit, increase my strength and endurance, and compete in a healthy, positive, and motivating environment.   Catalyst in Sault Ste. Marie has been the most enjoyable extra...

Ron Miskiw: Two Years In

I was tired of trying to get into shape by myself.  Nothing seemed to work for me and I wasn’t seeing the results.  I then saw on Facebook some pics of friends who went to Catalyst and thought they all looked in great shape and that’s what I wanted to look like.  So I...

Tammy Beilhartz: The Other Beilhartz

3.5 years ago, my husband Chris and I wanted to try an activity to help us “get fit”. After seeing some Facebook posts we thought- what would it hurt? Well, it hurt my legs, my shoulders, my arms, my butt and basically any other part on my body that moved, BUT it hurt...

Burpees Outbreak Wins the Open!

The 2017 Catalyst Intramural Open championship goes to Burpees Outbreak! Thanks primarily to a solid attendance record and good drafting, captain Rileigh rallied her troops for every event...and won most of them. Ben's Pistols made it close, especially with a solid...

Couch To 5k: Learn to run, or get faster!

Want to run your first 5k this year? Just want to go outside and find some sun? This is for you. The biggest hurdle to running for most people (other than hurdlers!) is the fear of pain. Running is great exercise: do it right, and you'll love it. Do it wrong, and it...

Jeannine Madore: Finding the Fun

I joined Catalyst with my friend Cristina in the summer of 2016. We were both attending a local gym and doing the same workouts over and over again. She suggested we should try CrossFit for a change in our routine. I was very nervous when I first attended but that...

Rileigh Presgrave: Fighting the Weakness with Strength

I joined Catalyst in March 2016 during the worst period of my life. In October 2015, two weeks after my second wedding anniversary, my husband left. I woke up one day in my normal life and hours later everything crashed around me. For months I had no explanation, my...

Adrianne Purificati: A New Focus

I feel like 100% the Catalyst family found me and it found me when I needed it the most!! I have always been a firm believer in everything happens for a reason but in 2013 I had gone thru the most difficult time in my life when I lost my dad. I couldn’t help but...

Sarah P.: My Story

I’ve had various forays into fitness over the years but nothing ever stuck until I started coming to Catalyst. I also didn’t stay in one place very long to set up a good fitness routine. When I was 18 I moved to Ottawa for university, from there I lived in the United...

Eliza Shand: Guaranteed Win

I have been around catalyst long enough to be titled a Veteran. This will be my 6th Open and, for two years now, one of the few times in life that I have been referred to as a “master”. Although I am perhaps not at my quickest or strongest this year, it is definitely...

Open Prep 2017

You've been wined and dined by Ben, Rileigh, Adrianne and Kubis. They've promised sweet t-shirts, bribed you with promises of food (cough, Lisa, cough). You've chosen a team, signed up on https://games.crossfit.com/, selected CrossFit Catalyst as your affiliate and...