Ally Buchan

As far as I can remember I was in gymnastics. I moved away for a few years and when I first moved back to the Sault, I could not wait to sign up for a gymnastics program. I have always been involved with one thing or another and always needed to keep busy. I signed up for a few gymnastic programs but they all seemed to end the same way with me completing the programs in a very short amount of time and with the coaches saying that I was to advanced for their programming. The only other thing that they could offer me was to go competitive, but because of other circumstances I was unable to go competitive and I came to the realization that I could no longer do gymnastics and I would have to find something else to concentrate on. Little did I know at that time that it would be Catalyst CrossFit.
Soon after a family friend told me about Catalyst, I was unsure about it at first but it sounded interesting and thought that I would give it a try. Once there, I enjoyed the workouts as they were challenging and it gave me something new to focus on. I grew to love it and now I could not see myself doing anything else.
At Catalyst everyone is always so inviting and welcoming, I have made many friends and Catalyst quickly became my second home. Chris, Charity and the rest of the coaches have helped me strive, set and reach goals and through my progressions I have hit many personal bests.
As a result of Catalyst I have become a stronger person, not only physically but mentally as well. I continue to train three times a week to improve my skills and to prepare for whatever competition may be coming up, as I look forward to the competitions throughout the year. I push myself during the workouts and it is very rewarding when I reach a goal or obtain a new personal best.
Now, three and a half years later, and at 15 years old, I find myself at the gym 6 out of the 7 days of the week, as I am now not only part of the Varsity Sport program, I also work there. Through my dedication and the constant encouragement from the coaches and other athletes I am where I am today. I recently placed 3rd at the Catalyst Games and enjoy working on my Bar Muscle ups.
I am so glad that I made the choice to give Catalyst CrossFit a try. I would not change it for anything.
Click here to see Ally’s first ring muscle-up!