CATALYST BLOG

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

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?

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

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....

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 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...

Barbell Bettys

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 grandkids to help out busy children, providing care to ailing loved ones, maintaining careers or training for that lifelong goal of running a timed race, women over 50 are demanding more of themselves than ever...