Catalyst GO! Newsletter – January 2009

This month’s edition of the GO! Newsletter is sponsored by Velorution. In case you missed it, Andre Riopel’s interview was wild: great insight into Andre’s philosophy on life, training, and the bike, and some acrobatic hijinks by the man himself!


Happy New Year! 2009 is going to be your best year ever: you’ll be happier, healthier, and have more time to reflect on the abundance that we all enjoy in life.

Catalyst is doing our part. We’re adding some pretty great groups in January: Catalyst Kids, a new Baseball Conditioning Group, another Corporate Workout Group (thanks, Janet!) and expanding our Flat-Out Boot Camp group and Cycling Group.

We’re also rolling out our new online tracking system (in Beta as I write this, but the final version will be ready for the world in January!) Mike and I are working on a fitness rating and tracking system which will greatly streamline the experience clients have with their personal trainers. You’ll have greater access to your own information, be able to watch your progress more accurately (and quicker!) and have more fun with the whole process. You’ll see the results of your workouts more quickly, and notice positive changes all the time. Very exciting stuff.

We’re also expanding our intake/assessment procedure in 2009. Right now, a new client has a battery of tests performed over an hour or so, including: aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, strength, dynamic flexibility, posture, and body composition. We do it for free. And we’re adding even more to it. Standing on a scale and getting pinched just doesn’t cut it anymore, not with all the research out there.

Our first Virtualmeet was a success, and so we’re planning two more: a Push/Pull Meet January 23, and an Olympic lifting meet February 7. Push/Pull means max bench press and deadlift; Olympic lifting refers to Clean and Jerk and Snatch. Lots of fun, international judging, and PRs all over the place.

Another local high school is scheduled to visit January 9. They have great coaching, and some real firebreathers (I’m told,) but they’ll have to go a long way to top CASS’ visit!

Our online exercise demo library has been revived after our system crash. Over the holidays, Mike, Tiff, Ty and I will be updating the videos to give better step-by-step instructions (and bring our haircuts up to date.)

Highlights from December that you may have missed: Jim Liguori‘s interview. Andre Riopel‘s enlightening chat. Mike Watson’s insight into training for downhill skiers, and our feature on one of our favourite exercises: The Squat.

Yes, 2009 is going to be your best year ever. What’s going to make it so? Doing the same thing, and hoping for the best? Wishing that something good would happen TO you? Bad news: ain’t gonna happen. You’re not going to win the lottery. You’re not going to accidentally improve. Improvement takes effort and knowledge. You’re going to need help. Hope we see you in 2009.