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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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  • Pain Science and Fitness Training –How We use Language and Coaching to Help Personal Training Clients Move Past Pain and into Fitness

    Pain Science and Fitness Training –How We use Language and Coaching to Help Personal Training Clients Move Past Pain and into Fitness

    At Catalyst, we have a unique expertise in working with clients who have had injuries or are currently in the process of rehabbing injuries, both in our Personal Training and our Semi-Private Training programs. Why are we so successful in this arena? One element is of course technical expertise and experience—our coaches are knowledgeable in the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of movement, and can coach and teach exercises uncommonly well. We’re smart about programming, exercise selection, and load management. But beyond that, we’re also extremely deliberate in what we say (and don’t say!) to clients, and how we coach clients who have had injuries. This ....

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  • PODCAST EPISODE 04: Strength Training for Recreational BJJ and Other Sports w/ Special Guest Alex

    PODCAST EPISODE 04: Strength Training for Recreational BJJ and Other Sports w/ Special Guest Alex

    On this episode of the Catalyst SPORT podcast, we sat down with one of our members, Alex Rascovar to talk about strength training for the brazilian jiu-jitsu hobbyist. In his late 30s weighing around 140lbs, Alex found himself as the "skinny guy" at BJJ and was concerned about injury risk. He started lifting weights, and has since gained nearly 25lbs and feels stronger and more confident on the mats. We talk about how to start a training routine, how a serious hobbyist should think about strength & conditioning for BJJ, myths about fitness for jiu jitsu, and more. ....

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  • Introduction to the Steel Mace (Mace Bell or Gada) : The First 3 Moves to Learn

    Introduction to the Steel Mace (Mace Bell or Gada) : The First 3 Moves to Learn

    The steel mace (mace bell or gada) has been used by Hindu warriors for over 2,000 years, and has recently found new popularity in the fitness world for its benefits in strengthening and stabilizing the shoulders, back, core, hips, and grip. Even though the mace can be intimidating due to its aggressive looking nature, getting started with the mace is pretty easy. With these 3 movements you’ll be able to start on the road to mastering the mace. ....

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  • Catalyst Member Spotlight: Power Pair Edition!

    Catalyst Member Spotlight: Power Pair Edition!

    1. How did you find Catalyst? Which one of you came to Catalyst first, and how did you get your partner involved? Tara – I was introduced to Jason by Jacqueline Gradish, a fantastic coach I trained with in Toronto for about a decade. I started training at Catalyst at the beginning of 2015 and finally convinced Chris to join me in August 2016. Chris – I let Tara have a 2 year head start, just to be fair. 2. What results have you experienced since training at Catalyst? Tara – I’m the strongest I’ve ever been and I continue to make gains 4 years in. I’m also pain and injury free. Chris – I too am the strongest I’ve ever been and continue to ....

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