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  • Buyer's guide and recommendations for home kettlebells

    by Jason Kapnick As we get ready to finish our first week of "social distancing" one of the most common topics I'm getting questions about is buying kettlebells for you home. So let's get it into it, Q&A style! Q:If I can only buy one size kettlebell, which size should I buy?
    A general guideline would be to buy a kettlebell that you can do both swings and turkish get-ups with. It will probably be a little light for swings, and on the medium to heavy side of your TGU work weights. Q:
    What about buying two kettlebells?
    The most important thing about buying two kettlebells is that they be somewhat far apart from each other in weight! There's no point in owning both a 14kg and 16kg ....

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  • Your Problem is Not Your Real Problem - A Better Way to Troubleshoot Challenges

    Your Problem is Not Your Real Problem - A Better Way to Troubleshoot Challenges

    When it comes to health, fitness, business, or life, do you have a step-by-step way to solve problems? One tool that I'm fond of is called "The 5 Why's." It comes from the Toyota lean manufacturing world. The next time you're faced with a problem, ask the question "Why?" 5 times, each time getting a little deeper. For example, if there was a stoppage on the line at a manufacturing plant, Toyota might ask:
    Why did the robot stop welding? The circuit has overloaded, causing a fuse to blow
    Why was the circuit overloaded? There was insufficient lubrication on the bearings
    Why was there insufficient lubrication on the bearings? The oil pump is not circulating
    Why is the oil pump not ....

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  • 5 Signs You Need to Take a Break

    5 Signs You Need to Take a Break

    by Pari Aryafar You made this big fitness goal, and for the first time in a long time, you’re crushing it. You’re going to sessions consistently, killing it at the gym during your training, seeing results, and feeling like you’re on Cloud 9. You go, Glen Coco! Then… after some time of ripping through weights or smashing your workouts, a wave of fatigue and soreness hits. Where did this come from? How did this happen? What does this mean for your training now? The easiest way to explain overtraining isn’t so much “training too often” as much as it is “training a lot, without enough rest in-between”. Instead of thinking ....

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  • Member Spotlight: Adam F.

    🎊Meet Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. member, Adam F.!🎊 A man of many talents, including singing and playing the cello, Adam has been with the Catalyst team for the last couple of years. His life has benefitted for the better, whether it’s to hold a cello bow or a kettlebell. “I was recommended to come to Catalyst after doing some rehab for a shoulder injury. They’ve helped my shoulder become a lot more stable, especially since I am a cellist and need to be able to use it to play. Being here has gotten rid of practically all of the naggy aches and pains that have come with my profession, as well as the issues that come with getting older. Since being ....

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  • Member Spotlight: Alex R.

    Member Spotlight: Alex R.

    🎊Meet Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. member, Alex!🎊 A successful psychotherapist in Manhattan and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for nearly a decade, he’s been a part of the Catalyst team for the last two years and has seen so many improvements in his training - both on and off the mats. “My life before Catalyst mostly was subsumed with a fear of injury. I worried about getting hurt because I was getting hurt on the mat. Now, I approach movement and the sense of movement so differently. My body has muscle armor which is a beautiful thing, but instead of it making me more crazy on the mat it's continued to foster a sense of mindfulness in my movement that has made my Jiu ....

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  • PODCAST Episode 08: Our 6 Favorite Kettlebell Workouts (early release)

    Our Six Favorite Kettlebell Workouts Kettlebells are great for quick, low-equipment workouts that blast fat, get you strong, and build iron lungs. Whether you're on a specialized training program and are looking for some variety, or you need some ideas on how to use your new kettlebell, check this one out! We go into further detail on how to use these workouts and how to modify them if necessary.
    Long Cycle Clean & Jerk EMOMs: Pick a heavy kettlebell and do 3-5 reps (one side each minute) of long cycle clean and jerk for 10-12 minutes
    "The Furnace": Break the TGU into 5-6 parts. Do each part left and right, then an interval of swings, an interval of goblet squats, next part of ....

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  • PODCAST EPISODE 05: Intermittent Fasting

    Topics covered:
    What is intermittent fasting?
    Our experiences with intermittent fasting, benefits we've experienced
    Is it okay to workout while fasted? Training considerations.
    Bulletproof coffee
    Changing your relationship to food
    Is intermittent fasting good for weight loss? Fat loss vs. caloric intake.
    Different intermittent fasting protocols. How to get started.
    IF's relationship to mindfulness practice
    Can IF be used for muscle gain? Getting strong while fasted.
    Strength training, brazilian jiu jitsu, while fasted
    Irritability and "hanger" while fasted
    How to get started ....

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