CATALYST BLOG

Why Do The Workouts Seem Different Now?

CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movement performed at high intensity. "Constantly varied" makes it fun and balanced. But that doesn't mean random, and it doesn't mean our workouts aren't focused. Clients in our ID program have their workouts created...

Why Diets Don’t Work

You can't lose weight without controlling your nutrition. If you're trying to lose fat by joining a gym--but not changing what you eat--it won't work. Not even Catalyst workouts, which are the best in Sault Ste. Marie. But the problem is that diets don't work. And...

Setting Yourself Up For Success

We don't rise to the level of our challenges; we fall to the level of our preparation."Commitment devices" set us up for long-term success, using our bodies and brains in the way they've evolved to be used.We're wired to save energy. For thousands of...

How To Make Huge Changes In Your Life

...start by making tiny changes in your life, one at a time. In 2003, Sir Dave Brailsford took over the British Cycling Team. He wasn't a professional coach, and he'd only been an amateur cyclist. Instead of trying to rebuild the perennially weak cycling team from...

What “Metabolism” Means (And How To Fix Yours)

This might be the only thing you read about "metabolism" that isn't trying to sell you something. Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns energy. Your body uses calories for energy, like your car uses gas for energy. You need calories to power your body's...

Why We’re A CrossFit Gym

I founded Catalyst in 2005. In 2007, I found CrossFit. I didn't immediately fall in love with CrossFit. In fact, I set out to prove that it wouldn't work. But CrossFit proved me wrong: it's fun, it's different every day, and it's made me dozens of friends. Now,...

Who Is Catalyst For?

Catalyst is not your high school. And we're not like other gyms, either. We don't like drama, cliques or judgment. I had a pretty good time in high school. I was a nerd. Luckily, some friends invited me into the weight room, encouraged my pathetic lifting, and kept me...

Who are the Bettys?

Who are the Bettys? Catalyst Barbell Bettys are REAL moms, sisters, counsellors, ECEs and CEOs who live busy, demanding lives. The Bettys have been seeing AMAZING results in the initial 6 week course that introduced powerlifting, and showed the Bettys how strong they...

The Tax You’re REALLY Paying

In Canada, we enjoy universal healthcare. Well, maybe "enjoy" is the wrong word. We have it, and we use it. And, of course, we pay for it. We justify the constant ratcheting-up of our tax burden to pay for rising healthcare costs. That tax is on our wallets. We also...

Catalyst Renegades

  It's 4:00 pm on Friday. You hurry home, eager to hear about how everyone's day went, only to be greeted by an abandoned backpack in the front entrance. You call out to announce your arrival and get no response. Following the sounds of digital applause, you find...

How I Learned To Lean Into Stress and Embrace Fear

  The first post I ever published on any Catalyst site was called, "It's All About The Story."   My point--and one of the enduring goals of Catalyst--was that OUR gym will give you a life worth repeating; that we want our members to go and DO stuff with...

What Are You Willing To Accept?

One of Robin's greatest phrases is: "It's not your fault, but it IS your responsibility." I've heard her say it many times to her staff, to our kids--and to me. Today, we're going to talk about responsibility and duty. Your birth was the start of The Great Handoff....