CATALYST BLOG

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 them build...

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...

What I Tell MY Kids About Fitness

Nothing at all. Your kids are going to copy you, not listen to you. I invite them to participate: "Wanna ride our bikes to the lighthouse?" I link them with active friends. "Think Stone will be on your soccer team this year?" I celebrate their activity, not the...

How To Be A Pro Exerciser

Wait: you don't want to be a pro exerciser. You don't want to go to the CrossFit Games. Me neither. Read on... I spent most of last week cain Madison, meeting with other gym owners and some of the new higher-ups at CrossFit HQ. Between meetings and meals, I managed to...