CATALYST BLOG

Level Method, Lat Pulldowns, and Learning New Stuff

Friends, I've never been one for dogma. I'm not great at following trends in fitness, because most "fitness advice" you read has no merit. Pills, "toning and sculpting", and almost all supplements are garbage. We adopted CrossFit--the most effective fitness program in...

Adventure, Fitness and Writing Your Own Story

The first blog post I ever wrote--back in 2005--was called "It's all about the story." It's out there somewhere if you search for it. My premise was that we do this hard work in the gym to allow the pursuit of adventure OUTSIDE the gym. On your deathbed, you might not...

What’s On Your Note?

On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked and flown into The Pentagon. All 64 passengers--including six hijackers--were killed. Another 125 people in the building were killed with them. The victims' bodies are memorialized at the Pentagon...

Why Real Gyms Don’t Look Like Gyms

I opened Catalyst in 2005 on $15,000.   One of my partners had $15,000 left on a line of credit. He said, "It's all yours." I felt like I won the lottery.   Now, $15k isn't much to start a gym. Most gyms cost at least 100x that much (that's one-point-five MILLION.)...

The New Girl, Part 3

This is the first blog post from a newer female client at Catalyst. We'll call her "Mary" (not her real name), and she's the wife of Jim, who's story has been published here. Mary and Jim have been at Catalyst for a few months, but when I asked for their story, she...

The New Girl, Part Two

This is the first blog post from a newer female client at Catalyst. We'll call her "Mary" (not her real name), and she's the wife of Jim, who's story has been published here. Mary and Jim have been at Catalyst for a few months, but when I asked for their story, she...

The New Kid’s Story: 2 Months In

I got swept up in workouts and my job and forgot to write for a week. My wife's work has already started to ramp up, so she's doing her workouts at different times than I am, usually. When her work schedule got nuts before tax season in the past, we were like ships in...

The New Kid’s Story: Part 7

Starting a new path in life is really, really hard. This is the story of someone looking to start getting healthier and live longer, as they told it to me. “Jim” is a pseudonym, and he doesn’t like the internet, or writing, or even talking about himself. But this is...

The New Kid’s Story: Part 6

Starting a new path in life is really, really hard. This is the story of someone looking to start getting healthier and live longer, as they told it to me. “Jim” is a pseudonym, and he doesn’t like the internet, or writing, or even talking about himself. But this is...

The New Kid’s Story, Part Five

Starting a new path in life is really, really hard. This is the story of someone looking to start getting healthier and live longer, as they told it to me. “Jim” is a pseudonym, and he doesn’t like the internet, or writing, or even talking about himself. But this is...

The New Kid’s Story, Part Four

Starting a new path in life is really, really hard. This is the story of someone looking to start getting healthier and live longer, as they told it to me. “Jim” is a pseudonym, and he doesn’t like the internet, or writing, or even talking about himself. But this is...

The New Kid’s Story, Part 3

Starting a new path in life is really, really hard. This is the story of someone looking to start getting healthier and live longer, as they told it to me. “Jim” is a pseudonym, and he doesn’t like the internet, or writing, or even talking about himself. But this is...