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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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  • 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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