CATALYST BLOG

Mindful Eating

One of the key concepts Karly at Fuel Up Nutrition teaches is Mindfulness. You don't need more willpower. What you really need is a heightened awareness of how you talk to yourself. (can't see the video? Click here to watch it on YouTube. It's only two minutes long.-...

The No-Diet Diet

Karly's Fuel Up Nutrition (FUN) Challenge is underway, and she's already getting some interesting feedback. The first is: "I feel weird that I'm not on a 'diet' anymore." And: "I can't believe I feel guilty when I have a bit of sugar. Are you sure it's okay?" In this...

The Pareto Plan

20% of your work creates 80% of your results. Also known as "The Law of the Vital Few", the Pareto Principle applies to economics (20% of the world's population, including you, hold 80% of the world's wealth), math (see Pareto Distribution), pea pods and fitness. Why...

Exercise Is The Easy Part

Bad news: CrossFit isn't hard.   Just kidding: CrossFit is hard. In fact, it's just hard ENOUGH.   But CrossFit is so successful because it makes exercising simple. You know what time to show up; you're told exactly what to do to get optimal benefit for your...

What To Feed Your Kid Before The Game

Like many parents in the Sault, I'll spend most of the weekend in a hockey rink.   I volunteer to coach both an Atom team and a girls' Bantam team. My job isn't to be a hockey tactician: it's to help the kids love the sport, and perform to their top level of...

Annie’s Story: The Better You Get, The Harder She Is

After we bench press today, we're going to do a little workout called "Annie".   Annie is: 50 Double-Unders / 50 Situps 40 Double-Unders / 40 Situps 30 Double-Unders / 30 Situps 20 Double-Unders / 20 Situps 10 Double-Unders / 10 Situps ...for time.   It's a...

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...