CATALYST BLOG

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 their fitness....

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....

The New Radical

What makes you different?   I was first attracted to CrossFit because it was counterculture. After 12 years in the fitness industry, I was tired of the myths, quasi-science and flat-out lies. I wanted to be a coach, not a mythbuster. CrossFit was a new voice in the...

The Catalyst Mission

After 13 years as a gym owner, my mission has changed.   When I opened Catalyst in 2005, my mission was simple: feed my family.   As we evolved, my mission was adopted by a team, and became more complex. We wanted to introduce real fitness to the Sault. We wanted to...

Barbell Bettys

Fitness depends on strength. Strength requires more than lip service: pumping a 12-lb bar up and down a thousand times won’t make you strong. Peel away the lycra and bass track, and most “classes” for women have no value. That’s a strong statement, but we are making...

Silver Belles at Catalyst Fitness

“Life requires movement.” ~ Aristotle Whether chasing grandchildren to help out busy children, providing care to ailing loved ones, maintaining meaningful employment or training for that lifelong goal of running a timed race, women over 60 are demanding more of...

Bucket List Bike Group

Bucket List Time! If you've ever wanted to complete a 70-100 km bike ride but dont know where to start - consider this step one! On September 15, ARCH will host its Bucket List 100km ride on St. Joseph Island. Catalyst will have a team, and WE WANT YOU ON IT. Coach...

Founder | Farmer | Tinker | Thief Summer Camp!

You've NEVER experienced a day camp like this before! Exercise, tinker crafts, cultivating food and preparing meals--AND building a mock business! AMAZING. Here's how Founder | Farmer | Tinker | Thief camp works: 9am-10:30am: FOUNDER activities: kids create their own...

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.)...