CATALYST BLOG

The REAL Path To Success

  Friends, this is what the path to success looks like (extend to infinity.) You're going to make progress. Then you're going to backtrack ALMOST to zero again. Then you'll make a bit more progress, and then you'll backtrack ALMOST to the point you were last time....

The Intramural Open Cometh!

The CrossFit Open is a worldwide CrossFit competition. We do it every year. It’s fun. At Catalyst, we do the CrossFit Open a bit differently. This is the Catalyst Intramural Open: First, we’ll select four Captains from among the Catalyst members. Then we’ll draft...

Why We Make Bad Decisions

We live in the free market. That means an abundance of choice.   It also means we often choose the wrong thing: we choose cookies over broccoli, parties over sleep, cute shoes over snow boots. Especially on Friday nights, we choose "comfort foods" and Netflix.   We...

The Power of Intramural Play

On your first day at CASS, you're drafted into one of four "Houses". Long before Hogwarts made it cool, CASS was doing intramural games and sports. Students don't have a choice; they're sorted into homerooms by team (I was a Panther), where they're visited by a rep...

My Fifth Christmas Wish For You: Smile When You’re Rowing

The rowing machine is a head-to-toe lesson in technique. If your arms bend too early on the pull, they'll get tired too soon. If you bend your knees too deeply on the catch, your legs will get tired too soon. If you bend too much at the thoracic spine, your traps will...

Miranda And Jamie Take Over The Gym!

I opened Catalyst with the mission to make people fit. But I keep Catalyst to make people happy. Yes, we make people very fit. And we do it in a supportive, safe environment. After all, I'm not a high school jock, so I know what it takes to get into a gym when you're...

My Christmas Wish for YOU #5: Stay Out Of The Well

Why did grandma break her hip? Did she fall on the ice and break her bone--or did she break her bone, and that made her fall? The most regrettable reason we send seniors to a nursing home? They can't take themselves to the toilet. We lose muscle strength as we age....

My Fourth Christmas Wish for YOU: Control Your Blood Sugar

We are more self-aware than at any time in history. With our attention diverted from the necessities of life (readers of this blog won't wonder where they'll sleep tonight, or how they'll get food today) we turn inward. We spend more time thinking about our feelings...

My Third Christmas Wish for YOU: Count Scores, not Sins

One of my favorite stories from Dale Carnegie is about Dale Hoover, a famous test pilot and frequent performer at air shows. After an air show in San Diego, Hoover was flying home to Los Angeles when both engines quit in the plane he was flying. His extreme skill...

My Second Christmas Wish for YOU: Serve To Be Happy

I like philosophy, but I'm a practical guy. I don't want to hear about the nuances of a happy life. I want a step-by-step. Here's what I've figured out so far. First, Maslow's Hierarchy shows us the steps to fulfillment (Maslow called it "self-actualization"). Now,...

My First Christmas Wish For YOU: Consistent, Imperfect Action

Over the next 12 days, I'm going to write you a different kind of love letter: not my typical "do this exercise to lose weight", but instead some hard lessons learned on the road to happiness. These are actionable suggestions wrapped in stories from my life. If I...

SUPERMEET 2017

On Saturday at Catalyst, we'll celebrate an annual tradition by asking the question: how much can you lift? The SUPERMEET is a two-hour liftoff in which you total your best Snatch, Clean and Jerk, Strict Press, Back Squat, Deadlift and Strict Weighted Pullup for a...