CATALYST BLOG

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...

Meet The Coaches: Miranda Mayhew

Miranda is a ten-year coach, but a lifetime pursuant of fitness. More than that, she's an inspiration. Four kids, three at home, and two under six years old. This morning, she posted: Victory! Stealthily escaped the house without disturbing Thing 1 or Thing 2. 5:30...

Why We Test Ourselves

We are a comparative species. We look at others and think, "He's taller than me," "She's not as smart as I am," or "Her clothes are more expensive than mine." It's a survival instinct. As we roamed across plains in tribes, we cautiously avoided being "the outsider"....

Why We Practice “Bright Spots”

Motivation means desire. The science of motivation is the science of success. That's why I study motivation more than I study exercise technique. After more than 20 years as a coach, I know the selection of exercises is secondary to your desire to perform them. Here's...

Why We’re In This

by Coop Yesterday I had a visitor. He made an offer to buy the gym. It was good. And frankly, I asked myself, "Do I really need to OWN this thing anymore?" As most of you know, I spend my day helping other gym owners around the world. I love it. I also work with an...

The Invention of Self

Who ARE you, really? Don't worry, this isn't a post about searching for meaning or any other Viktor Frankl-type stuff. It's human nature to be dissatisfied with yourself. That's why we're talking about it. CatalystGym is built for exercise, but the Catalyst way is...

Meet The Coaches: Rachel Campbell

Rachel is the head of IgniteGym. A specialist in Early Childhood Education, Rachel is very passionate about helping kids. She's innovative in finding ways to combine exercise with learning: visit the IgniteGym on a Monday, and you'll see kids unpacking their...

Meet The Coaches: Jessica Sally

Jess is a homegrown talent. She started her fitness journey at Catalyst almost a decade ago. Her client story is here; but this is her coaching story. Several years ago, Jess was considering a change in her life: she enjoyed her job but wanted to help people find...