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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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  • Video: Fixing one of the most important (and most overlooked) steps of the Turkish Get-Up

    Today's tip is an absolutely crucial part of the Turkish Get-Up, and in our experience it is the step that is most frequently performed incorrectly. Check out the video below, and let us know in the comments if you have any questions! (Need a refresh on how to do the TGU step-by-step? Check out this classic Catalyst blog post: https://catalystsportnyc.com/blog/51028/Step-By-Step-Guide-to-the-Turkish-Get-Up-Semi-Private-Training-in-NYC ) ....

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  • When to Use Lifting Straps

    When to Use Lifting Straps

    Lifting straps, which wrap around the barbell and attach to the lifter’s wrist, thereby reducing the amount of grip strength required, are a controversial topic. At commercial gyms, you’ll see folks using straps for everything from deadlifts, to rows, to pull-ups, to even bicep curls. Many personal trainers and strength coaches take the opposite approach, and recommend that lifters NEVER use lifting straps. “If you can’t hold it, you shouldn’t be lifting it” they say, and point to the myriad benefits of a strong grip. While this line of thinking is on the right track, it goes a little too far. Indeed, lifting straps can be a very useful tool in the ....

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