CLIENT STORIES

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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The New Girl

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...

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The New Kid’s Story: 3-Month Checkup

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...

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