Catalyst Viking Run 2017: All the Excitement of 2016—Plus More!

on Wednesday, 28 June 2017. Posted in Catalyst News

The 2nd annual Catalyst Viking Run is scheduled to commence on September 23, 2017. Designed to test bravery, strength, endurance and “warrior performance skills,” this grueling 5 kilometer trek will once again lead participants through the rugged, obstacle-laden slopes of Woodbury Ski.

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This year, the race promises to be even bigger and more challenging. And while much of  the course will remain the same, there will be some course changes — along with a few new “surprise obstacles” awaiting those who dare to compete.

Bigger, Balanced, Defined Biceps

on Friday, 27 January 2017. Posted in Strength Training Solutions

When it comes to developing an attractive physique, few will debate that a muscular, well toned body is more appealing.  We are all  “genetically wired” to feel more attracted to individuals that exude physical characteristics we associate with being capable, strong, and healthy.  And in the minds of most, noticeable, well defined biceps are synonymous with a high level of refined fitness.

It is no wonder, then, that so many work on improving this quickly noticed area of the anatomy when working out. But while aggressively targeting the biceps in your workouts can lead to impressive results, refining what, how much, and when to work this small muscle group is a key components to achieving safe, desired, fast results.

How to Keep Your “Fitness” Resolutions

on Wednesday, 18 January 2017. Posted in Fitness the "right way"

According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, the seven most popular New Year Resolutions for 2017 were:

#1 Lose weight / eat & be healthier
#2 Life / self improvements
#3 Better financial decisions
#4 Quit smoking
#5 Do more exciting things
#6 Spend more time with family & close friends
#7 Work out more often

The study ALSO revealed that over 50% of all resolutions fail within 6 months. A startling fact attributed to:

• Lack of SUPPORT
• Lack of ACCOUNTABILITY
• Unrealistic or unobtainable GOALS
• Failure to see considerable, lasting CHANGE.

This statistic — and the “top 7 resolutions” list above, confirmed for me why those who join Catalyst STAY with Catalyst: they realize and maintain RESULTS.

Dance-A-Thon 2016: a Small Sample of the Excitement to Come!

on Thursday, 16 June 2016. Posted in Catalyst News

 

For those who braved the ominous (and thankfully incorrect) weather forecasts, the Catalyst 2016 Dance-A-Thon & Cardio Boot Camp provided an exercise experience that many are still smiling about!  Scheduled to start at 6:00PM, the clouds cleared “right on cue,” giving way to a dramatic sunset , and a refreshing breeze that rewarded our “popping & planking” participants and instructors.

I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for making Dance-A-Thon 2016 an exciting, memorable and success.

While attending the event, I was approached by a number on onlookers questioning “what” we were all doing and “why?” Many observers expressed remorse they hadn’t heard about the event sooner, noting “it looks like everyone is having a blast!” They were.

So I thought I would offer some insight into why Catalyst sponsors this and other Special Events.

Circuit Training to Kick-Start Your Fitness Routine

on Tuesday, 03 May 2016. Posted in Fitness the "right way"

Does a busy schedule strictly limit the amount of time you can spend at Catalyst? Are you finding yourself getting bored performing the same fitness routines week after week? Have your performance increases “hit a wall?” Would you like a way to boost overall endurance other than cardio machines or outdoor activities? Circuit training could be the answer for adding workout excitement, boosting performance, and rewarding both body and mind with welcome variety.

What Exactly is Circuit Training?

In a nutshell, circuit training is a series of strategically selected exercises performed one-after-another to provide cardiovascular and muscular-fitness benefits. Typically, a “circuit” consists of about 8 to 10 exercises or activity “stations,” each designed to challenge a different muscle group. When an exercise station is finished (determined by either time spent or repetitions completed), participants quickly advance to the next station and immediately begin a new exercise. The goal is to perform resistance exercises in short bursts, using resistance heavy enough to provide a challenge, but light enough to allow high repetitions. The resistance selected should allow for continual repetitions throughout the time spent at a station.

Exercising to Get to the “Core” of Chronic Back Pain

on Sunday, 03 April 2016. Posted in Fitness the "right way"

IMPORTANT: It is IMPERATIVE that you first consult with a physician prior to exercising if you are experiencing any type of lower back pain

Mankind may have learned to walk upright millions of years ago — but apparently, our spines were late to get the memo! Today, medical studies list lower back pain as the world’s leading cause of mild to crippling disability.

There are hundreds of conditions that can lead to lower back pain. Some, like accident trauma or injury due to sports or excessive activity, may cause discomfort that can only be effectively treated through medical intervention. But for many, mild to severe lower back pain may be associated with lifestyle and movement practices that yield weakened core muscles and poor pelvic health. Culprits can include repeated sitting for extended periods (i.e. a desk job), improper or unbalanced lifting and carrying of objects, and also “movement distortion”—often the result of carrying around excess body weight in the front or tummy area.

Anatomy of an Exceptional Health Club—Part III: Catalyst Members

on Tuesday, 23 February 2016. Posted in Catalyst News

PART THREE IN A THREE-PART SERIES.

The “Soul” of Catalyst Health Club

Welcome to part 3 of “Anatomy of an Exceptional Health Club.” The first two articles in this series shared thoughts of how our facilities are the “body,” and our staff the “heart” of what makes Catalyst a great place to become healthier. However, I think the concept of “saving the best for last” really applies here—because PART 3 recognizes the driving force that has guided Catalyst toward continued improvement and success—the inspirational “soul” of our club: our Catalyst members.

Anatomy of an Exceptional Health Club — Part II: The Catalyst Team

on Monday, 21 December 2015. Posted in Catalyst News

PART TWO IN THREE-PART SERIES.

Catalyst Health & Fitness Trainers of Middlebury and Southbury offer exceptional fitness training

The “Heart” of our Health Club

The first post in this Anatomy of an Exceptional Health Club series defined the Catalyst facilities as the body of our clubs—the supporting framework for all we offer. And while the modern, clean environments that “embody” our clubs are important, it is the Catalyst Team that are at the the “heart” of what makes Catalyst such an exceptional fitness experience.

As we continue celebrating our 5-year anniversary (and grand reopening of Catalyst Middlebury), I think it only appropriate to recognize the important contributions of our skilled and dedicated Personal Trainers, Class Instructors, and Member Support Staff.

Anatomy of an Exceptional Health Club — Part I: Facilities

on Tuesday, 01 December 2015. Posted in Catalyst News

Part one in a three-part series.

Celebrating 2 Important Milestones

The last quarter of 2015 marks two positive milestones for Catalyst Health & Fitness. We’re celebrating our 5-year anniversary—and also celebrating the grand reopening of out newly acquired, renovated and greatly improved Catalyst Middlebury Club!

In looking back at our efforts and progress, it’s rewarding to realize that our growth and success can be attributed NOT to “building yet another work out gym,” but rather, to a planned focus on creating something EXCEPTIONAL. A fitness-minded community of successful, respected members that lead by example through healthier achievements and more rewarding lifestyles. At Catalyst, our members tell us time and again that membership is about more than “just working out…it’s about being part of and sharing in something great!” It is those very accolades from members that inspired this detailed look at what makes Catalyst an exceptional health club experience.

The Fat Loss Formula

on Sunday, 31 May 2015. Posted in Nutrition & Exercise

What is the fastest way to lose fat?

For anyone that has discussed fitness with me or yet any of the Catalyst Health & Fitness professionals for that matter, you’ll likely know that before we answer your question we’ll typically lace it into a few more questions. More specificaly with one.

What’s your goal?

Are you interested in looking your best this coming weekend, as you’ll be wearing a sleeveless dress? Are we prepping for the beach a few months from now or talking about quickly winning a long uphill battle you’ve faced with body weight fluctuation?

Have your pie... and eat it too!

on Sunday, 31 May 2015. Posted in Nutrition & Exercise

Heck, if you can’t finish it all, we’ll help!

Here at Catalyst, we are among the growing but few members of the fitness community that believe in a flexible approach to your traditional “dieting” that allows for permanent lifestyle changes, that are realistic, safe, sustainable, and yield long term results.

You’ve heard it time and time again that you should fight off every food temptation you have ever had that does not coincide with your typical “clean eating” format and with that, usually throw away any and all satisfaction derived from eating.

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