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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - Coach, Trainer, or Entertainer

    Coach, Trainer, or Entertainer

    Fitness has reached worldwide popularity. The need for classes, personal training, and of course my favorite - semi-private training has exploded with fitness' rise in popularity. Many people and businesses have stepped up to fill this need. This is a great thing, but buyers beware! Not all fitness professionals are created equal. I believe there are three major categories of fitness professional: Coach, Trainer, and Entertainer. Entertainer:
    An entertainer is the person who is usually a great athlete themselves and can do really flashy stuff. They base your workouts on the things that they can do, or that look cool, and not what you need. The uninformed may see this person doing ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - Buteyko Breathing - What is it, How does it work, and how can I try it?

    Buteyko Breathing - What is it, How does it work, and how can I try it?

    Jason Kapnick, Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. Co-Founder Buteyko breathing promises amazing drug-free relief of asthma, allergies, and many other sinus issues. But does it deliver on its promises? Read on to find out! I had heard about this somewhat obscure Russian breathing methodology from some of the smartest people in the fitness and orthopaedic rehab industries (including SFG's Brett Jones, PRI's Mike Cantrell, and our own Dr. Kathy Dooley), but had never explored this method until recently. While the material itself can seem esoteric and inaccessible at first, my personal results were nothing short of amazing, and so I want to share a little info in the hopes that others can benefit. I've ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - To Cut or Not to Cut: Part 2

    To Cut or Not to Cut: Part 2

    Welcome back to the story of my ACL surgery and recovery. If you missed Part 1 and want to learn about how I decided to have ACL reconstruction just Click Here . For everyone else, continue reading to learn more about my post-op experiences and the recovery process. My surgery was complete and getting home was an adventure. After several hours of cracking jokes to the occupied beds around me, jokes such as describing how my car is basically the little red car emoji in your iPhone, and how subsequently I probably won’t fit anywhere in the car with my knee locked in extension, I was finally on my way home. Still being a little high on anesthesia, and whatever pain meds they had me ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - A Healthier Relationship with our Smart Phones

    A Healthier Relationship with our Smart Phones

    In the last decade, the day-to-day activities of our life have changed perhaps more than any other decade in all of human history. A mere ten or fifteen years ago, if we were waiting on line at the bank for example, we stood there without much distraction, idly observing our environment. Today, if we were to be stuck on that same line without our smartphones, even a 15-minute wait would seem arduous to many. Look at the photo below. The top half of the image features a throng of people waiting for the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005. The single cell phone in the bottom right corner is a harbinger of things to come—by 2013, at the announcement of Pope Francis, nearly ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - To Cut or Not to Cut: A story about my ACL

    To Cut or Not to Cut: A story about my ACL

    Part 1: My physical and mental experiences
    By: Joe Boffi Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. Co-Founder
    “To cut or not to cut?” This question was on repeat in my head for several years. I suffered an ACL injury in 2013, and despite many hours of quality rehab, my knee pain continued to recur, so I began to look at surgery as my next course of action. ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction has become more and more common. Even though this surgery is common, it may not always be necessary or successful. The hardest part for me, was deciding whether surgery was the right choice. Just like when starting a business, “knowing my why” helped in the decision-making ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - What’s so special about kettlebells anyway?

    What’s so special about kettlebells anyway?

    Seven (Dogma-free) reasons why kettlebell training will help you reach your fitness goals At Catalyst, we use a variety of equipment and modalities to help our members reach their fitness goals: barbells, TRX, Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, bodyweight movements, Functional Movement Systems; the list goes on and on. Yet, there’s just one piece of fitness equipment in our logo – the kettlebell. Why is this? What’s so special about a kettlebell anyway? Truth be told, there’s nothing magical about a “cannonball with a handle.” Though some devotees might have us believe otherwise (the kettlebell has attracted more dogma and cult mentality than any ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - Happiness - 7 Easy Ways to Improve Your Happiness

    Happiness - 7 Easy Ways to Improve Your Happiness

    Health and Happiness – Our health is often thought to contribute to our happiness. But the relationship also works in reverse: being ‘happy’ tends to make us healthier as well. Research and experience have shown that there are several concrete steps we can take to live a happier and healthier life. “Happiness” is a concept that’s tough to define, and I’m not saying that you need to be experiencing the emotion of happiness 100% of the time. Quite the opposite – experiencing varied emotions and mental states is important for a meaningful and fulfilling life. There is no secret to endless happiness, nor should there be, and what it ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - How to Stick to your Workout Routine: 9 Tips that Have Helped Me Stay Accountable

    How to Stick to your Workout Routine: 9 Tips that Have Helped Me Stay Accountable

    Most everyone knows that consistency is prerequisite for fitness results. Even the most amazing workout in the world won’t have much effect if only done sporadically. But knowing the importance of consistency and staying consistent are two very different things. Indeed, “staying consistent” is probably the most common challenge that keeps people from reaching their fitness goals. Below is an assortment of strategies, ideas, and “quick tips” that have helped me to stay consistent with my workouts for over 15 years.
    Start with “Why”—
    clearly defining your goals, and more importantly, WHY they are important to you, is a step that most ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - Why We (almost) Never Test 1-Rep Maxes—and What to Do Instead

    Why We (almost) Never Test 1-Rep Maxes—and What to Do Instead

    A frequent question lifters ask is “When should I test my maxes?” My answer is “Probably never.” In this blog post we’ll outline why we almost never test maxes at Catalyst, and how to measure your progress instead. In case you’re unfamiliar, “testing a 1RM” involves trying to lift as much weight as you possibly can, for just 1 repetition. Usually the athlete will work up to their best lift over the course of several attempts. The idea is that since you’re only lifting the weight for a single rep, this is the maximum amount of weight you can handle for that lift. Some lifters, strength coaches, and even personal trainers will use the ....

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  • Small Group Fitness in New York - Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. - Considerations for Wrist Health (Part 1 of 2)

    Considerations for Wrist Health (Part 1 of 2)

    The Carpal Bones (Wrist Bones)
    Nearly every person who lifts weights, practices yoga, trains martial arts, or types at a computer has suffered from wrist pain. Misalignment of the carpal bones and ligaments leads to a decrease in optimal performance in our professions and athletic endeavors. The connection of our vitally important hands to arms has actually eight small carpal bones in two rows. Ligaments connect the bones, and a number of muscles have attachments on the hand itself and extend in between the hand and the forearm. The key to optimizing the function of our wrists and hands is proper alignment starting with the axial skeleton, ribcage, clavicles, shoulder girdle, ....

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