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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: ) ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - 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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  • Catalyst Co-Founders Joe Boffi & Jason Kapnick on the "A Few Good Physios" Podcast!

    Joe and I recently had a great time on the "A Few Good Physios" podcast, and I think it's some of the most engaging and informative content we've ever produced. Lee and Eric, the hosts of the podcast, are two of the absolute best and smartest clinicians in New York City. Here's a brief overview of some of the things we discussed. Check it out on Youtube below, or click here to download on itunes . 4:54: "Give a man a fish vs. teach a man to wish" - the role of empowerment in our fitness philosophy 8:23: Using the FMS authentically vs. just as a sales tool 16:00: Overly restrictive physical therapists & how to handle those restrictions in a fitness setting 25:24: Master of the ....

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  • Better Recovery = Better Results. 19 Quick Ideas to help you recover from training

    February is recovery month at Catalyst. We believe that recovery is the single most overlooked aspect when it comes to fitness, especially in the fast-paced and high energy environment of New York City. When we ask our team how we can better help our Semi-Private Training and Personal Training clients, their first answer is always "recovery." This article will share 19 quick tips on recovery, in no specific order. My hope is that you can use these tips to spark new habits, or use these ideas to implement better recovery strategies into your routine. Of course, the main pillars of recovery will always be NUTRITION, SLEEP, STRESS-MANAGEMENT, AND APPROPRIATE TRAINING. These three pillars ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - A Catalyst for Female Fighters

    A Catalyst for Female Fighters

    The following was originally posted on pari . Our friend Pari Aryfar is a journalist, photographer, story-teller, and combat sports enthusiast based in NYC. Pari has covered everything from GLORY Kickboxing to Lion Fight Promotions, as well as local events such as Friday Night Fights, Warriors Cup, and New York Fight Exchange, and tournaments such as TBAs and USMTO. We're honored to be included on her blog. Check out pari for fantastic kickboxing photos as well as some very engaging and interesting written articles Nestled in the heart of New York City, Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. is a skip between Times Square and Grand Central. The fitness center offers a variety ....

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  • To Cut or Not To Cut: Part 3

    By: Joe Boffi The new ACL in my knee has passed the 6-month mark of its existence. If you just read that sentence and don’t know the story of my ACL, you can Click Here to start from the beginning. But to give everyone a short recap, the story begins around 4 years ago when a traumatic sports injury caused my ACL to tear. I lived with it torn for many years while kickboxing, doing jiujitsu, weightlifting, and any other activity I wanted. During that time, I did extensive movement therapy on my knee to avoid surgery. Finally, at the end of 2017 I was experiencing constant arthritis, a nagging softball sized baker’s cyst, and periodic bouts of instability. I had ....

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  • June in Review - Our Top 3 Wellness & Medical Articles from Social Media

    If you aren't following our Facebook Page , you're missing out on some great fitness, wellness, lifestyle, medical, and injury rehab content! Originally curated by international lecturer, industry thought-leader, and Catalyst Co-Founder Dr. Kathy Dooley, here are the top 3 Wellness & Medical Articles from our Facebook page. June 30th:
    Shed those shoes: Being barefoot benefits brain development and more! It drove my mother crazy when I went barefoot as a kid. Still does – because I’m in stockinged feet in the fall and winter and barefoot the rest of the time! I can’t stand the confinement of shoes. And I’ve long been an advocate for children to go ....

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  • What to do when you can no longer hold a deadlift with a "regular" double-overhand grip.

    Hi guys, this week's post is short but very important, and addresses a very common question among beginner to intermediate level deadlifters. What do I do when I can no longer hold the bar with a "regular" double-overhand grip. First, what do I mean by regular grip? I mean a simple, two hands holding the bar grip. The palms face the lifter, and all four fingers are wrapped around the bar, with the thumb then on top of the fingers. As one progresses in the deadlift, at some point the weights simply become too heavy to hold. With both hands facing the same direction, the barbell has a tendency to roll towards the fingertips, thus breaking the grip. Eventually, the weights will reach a ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - From Powerlifting to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: 7 Things I’ve learned about Strength, Conditioning, and Athletic Performance

    From Powerlifting to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: 7 Things I’ve learned about Strength, Conditioning, and Athletic Performance

    In June 2015, after three years of successful Elite-level competition and over 20+lbs of weight gain, I competed in my final powerlifting meet. Despite finishing with a 660lb deadlift, I felt overweight, unathletic, and unhealthy. Over the last two and half years, my fitness and athletic pursuits have been focused primarily on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (“BJJ”), a grappling-based martial art with roots in judo, traditional Japanese jiu-jitsu, and wrestling. BJJ renewed my passion for health, fitness, and movement, and I’m glad to say that I’ve greatly improved my health, body composition, and athleticism. Training for BJJ differs substantially from training for ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - Pinched Nerve: Do You Have One? -GUEST POST-

    Pinched Nerve: Do You Have One? -GUEST POST-

    For those of you who don't know me, my name is Jake Altman. I treat patients out of Catalyst a couple of days week and I am excited to share some of my experience and knowledge with you! One of the most common ailments I treat patients for are “pinched nerves”. But what exactly is a pinched nerve, and why do they happen? Let’s find out! Generally, a pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons, thereby effecting it’s function. A pinched nerve can occur at a number of different locations throughout the body. Just as the real estate saying goes, “location, location, ....

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