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Celebrate Your Love of Fitness at the Grand Opening of Catalyst’s Newest Location

Celebrate Your Love of Fitness at the Grand Opening of Catalyst’s Newest Location

February 14, 2020

The game-changing seventh location of Catalyst Fitness is officially open! Join us Friday February 14th through Sunday the 16th for a weekend of fun, prizes, and fitness to celebrate our new milestone and see firsthand everything our new Maple Road club has to offer.

Bring a friend or come by yourself to meet other workout enthusiasts who are eager to advance in their fitness journeys. All members and guests who attend will be entered to win one of our three grand prize packages—valued at over $300!

Get in a workout that will make your heart race!

For our grand opening weekend, we’re taking your workout to the next level. Expect our FitLAB, Mind & Body, cycle, and group fitness classes to be turned up a notch—including some fun mashup classes on Saturday the 15th! Your favorite Catalyst Les Mills and Freestyle instructors have teamed up to create a group class experience you’ve never had before.

Check out our full schedule of events and group class details below.

Compete in daily fitness challenges and check out local vendors.

Show us what you’ve got and test your limits in one of our daily fitness challenges! Compete to win one of our prize packs and ultimate bragging rights. All challenge finishers will receive Catalyst swag, and the top three finishers will walk away with one of our premier gift baskets:

We’ll also be welcoming some local fitness market favorites and pop-ups—like Eat Rite, Squeeze, Tony Walker merch, and more—to give you the chance to add something new to your fitness arsenal. Oh, and don’t forget the live DJs who will be there to pump you up for your workout and make you feel like you’re at a real party!

Head over to the Maple Road Catalyst Valentine’s Day weekend to join us for all the exciting events we have planned for our Grand Opening!

Continue working toward your fitness goals with that New Year’s momentum and have some fun at the same time. Check out our full schedule of events below and get ready to sweat Buffalo.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Opening Event Schedule:

Friday

9:00 am—1:00 pm: Fit Market Vendors

10:00 am—4:00 pm: Day 1 Fitness Challenge - 5-minute Air Squat

11:00 am—1:00 pm: Live Radio Remote from Kiss 98.5

Saturday

10:00 am—2:00 pm: Tony Walker Pop-Up Shop - Make your own customized Champion sweatshirt with original Catalyst Fitness logo designs.

10:00 am—4:00 pm: Day 2 Fitness Challenge

12:00 pm—2:00 pm: Live Radio Remote with Bentley from 103.3 The Edge

2:00 pm—6:00 pm: Live Music with DJ Lil Gabby

Sunday

12:00 am—4:00 pm: Live Music with DJ Dovey

12:00 pm—4:00 pm: Day 3 Fitness Challenge - Row – Lunge – Push

Grand Opening Group Schedule:

Friday

Shred Ignite | 6:00 - 6:45 am - Dawn

Shape | 8:30 - 9:30 am - Ellen

fitLAB | 9:00 - 10:00 am - Chris

BodyFlow | 9:00 - 10:00 am - Beverly

Cycling | 9:30 - 10:30 am Ellen

Zumba | 10:00 - 11:00 am - Nettie

SilverSneakers | 11:00 - 12:00 pm - Beth

Cycling | 5:30 - 6:30 pm - Jen S

Saturday

Cycling | 7:30 - 8:15 am - Cathy

Hope Chest | 8:15 - 9:30 am - Dawn

Sprint | 8:30 - 9:00 am - Mike & Andy

fitLAB | 8:30 - 9:30 am - Alex

Cycling | 9:15 - 10:15 am - Marilou & Rheannin

Throwdown Combat | 9:30 - 10:45 am - Ellen & Michelle B

Yoga | 9:30 - 10:45 am - Roslyn

fitLAB | 9:45 - 10:45 am - Alex & MariLou

Shred BodyPump | 10:45 - 1200 pm - Ellen & Mike

Cycling Unedited | 12:00 - 1:00 pm - Heather WARNING: class play list is explicit.  

Zumba | 12:00 - 1:30 pm - Edwin, Nettie, Raylin and Holly

Raw Cuts Kickboxing - 2:00 - 3:00 pm - Robbie

Sunday

BodyFlow | 8:00 - 9:00 am - Kara

BodyPump CXWorx | 8:30 - 9:45 am - Christine & Lindsey

Shape | 9:00 - 10:00 am - Sandy

fitLAB | 9:00 - 10:00 am - Cathy

Cycling | 9:15 - 10:00 am - Ellen

BodyCombat BodyStep | 10:00 - 11:15 am - Carly & Linda

Cycling | 10:15 - 11:00 am - Arissa & Stacia

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Continued: 20 Fit Tips for 2020

January 27, 2020

#11: Work for Intensity, Not Time


Some of the hardest workouts I've done are because I was lacking time. The notion that you have to work out for 60 to almost 90 minutes isn't accurate or realistic, especially when you live a busy life. Structure your time and crank up the intensity of your workout to fit that crazy schedule. Be excited that you found the time to sweat!

Action Step: Try fitting in some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)to your workout routine. The big bursts of movements paired with shorter rest times give you some major return on time and (sweat) investment!



#12: Explore Intermittent Fasting



Without getting too technical, intermittent fasting (IF) is a routine where you limit your window of food consumption to a specific range of time or hours of the day and fast the rest. IF helps controls calorie intake, falls in line where we already fast during our sleep, and is pretty easy to do with minimal effort. Anything that make being fit easier in 2020…sign me up!

Action Step: Just try one day of having an 8-hour controlled window to eat and a 16-hour period to fast, not including water, tea, or other no-calorie drinks. See how you feel and how easy it was. Then do it again the next day. Then the next. And check it out…you've become someone that fasts intermittently :D



#13: Raise the Incline of the Treadmill



Who doesn't enjoy a nice jog on the treadmill? But it's 2020 now, so it's time to mix it up and get a little more out of your treadmill workout. You likely play around with that speed adjustment button on the treadmill quite a bit, but seldom look to the incline adjustment buttons.

Raising the incline of the treadmill at low speeds will crank up your heart rate surprisingly fast and target muscle in your hamstrings, glutes, and calves that might need a little extra love in your workout.

Action Step: After warming up at 0% set the incline to 15% or even explore 20%, keeping your speeds anywhere from 2.0-3.5mph for 5 minutes. Head up, shoulder drive back to front, hips slightly over ankles, and step with a short stride. Watch the fire light up in your legs, your heart rate quicken, and the sweat start to pour.



#14: Sparkling Water is All the Rage



In the last couple of years, sparking/carbonated water has hit the market in some fun and funky ways that make it more "hip" than ever to stay hydrated. The great thing is that this does make drinking water more fun and filling! With a wide range of flavors from lime to blackberry citrus, your taste buds stay engaged and the carbonation creates the feeling of being full—which can help stave off hunger (see Fit Tip #12).

Action Step: Nothing too complicated here. Head to your local grocery store, hit up the water aisle, see what flavor speaks out to you, and head to the cash register. The End!



#15: Row, Row, Row Your Boat



Well technically your ergometer, but you get the point. The rowing machine is very commonly overlooked, under-utilized, and incorrectly used piece of fitness gold! Rowing engages 85% of the muscles in your body and is a great blend of cardio and strength work when done properly.

What you'll want to avoid on the rowing machine is the "Fly and Die" approach, which is hopping on and pulling the handle uncontrollably until you're out of breath. You wouldn't do this on a treadmill or spin bike, so take the time to learn the basic aspects of rowing for an amazing addition to your workout routine in 2020.

Action Step: Here's the beginners guide to rowing: Drive with the legs FIRST, leaning the body back to a "1 o'clock" position. Finish with the arms LAST and the handlebar at the top of the sternum. Repeat this motion in the opposite sequence on the way back, extending the arms FIRST, hinging the body at an "11 o'clock" position, and bending the knees. The sequence should always be legs, body, arms, then, arms, body, legs.



#16: Don't Overdo Your Protein Intake



A widely held belief is that to build more muscle, we need more protein. This is true, but only to a certain point. Proteins are the building blocks for muscle, so you'll definitely want to make sure you have a few good protein options for after your workout. These options often come in the form of dietary supplements, which are completely fine, as there are a lot of reputable companies that offer quality products.

The body, however, is a smart machine. In terms of protein, this means that your body will simply absorb what it needs for muscle recovery and gain, and then basically send the rest to the toilet.

Action Step: So, how much protein are you supposed to consume then?? Without getting too numbers-obsessed and with the understanding that everyone's body is different, a good ballpark would be to multiply your current weight by 90%. That number is the rough amount of grams of protein you'll want to take in. (Ex. 238lbs x 0.9 = 214.2g)



#17: Go Digital with Your Workouts



Just as we went from VHS and DVDs to Redbox and Netflix in how we view entertainment, the tools we have for engaging in fitness have also evolved in 2020. With at-home options like Daily Burn, Peloton, and Mirror, it's easier than ever to get a group workout experience in your own living room, on your own time!

Fitness on-demand is a great way to get in a quality workout without having to think too hard. All you have to do is press play and get moving to whatever your selected workout is.

Action Step: Most of these platforms offer a free trial to experience their offerings. Take the time to research online and view a couple "trailers" of workouts that they have for preview. Once you find something that interests you, dive in and experience the benefits of having your trainer right in your pocket as you press play, rock out with your headphones on and work up a sweat in the comfort of your own home!



#18: Food Delivered to Your Door



I'll admit I am not the best cook—but I can follow directions! With so many options available to bring a week's worth of meals to your door (a la Blue Apron or Hello Fresh), it's easier than ever to meal prep and stick to your nutrition plan. Packed with all the fresh ingredients you need (…and ones you didn’t know you needed) some of the most delicious healthy dinners become easy and even fun to make!

Action Step: Explore the websites of meal delivery companies and compare to what you normally shop for at the grocery store. If you're not seeing a big difference in costs or you think the convenience alone would be worth the price, then this is a great route to go. Plus, most companies will offer a few of your first meals for free, so there's no risk involved in giving it a try!



#19: Hire a Personal Trainer



This seems like a luxury right? A person who designs my workouts to fit my goals, holds me accountable, makes fitness fun, and all I have to do is show up? What you might not know is that a personal trainer is not as much of a luxury as you might think!

If you really are committed to making 2020 your fittest year yet, then hiring a pro is one of the most logical (and effective) steps you can take. There are realtors to sell your house, mechanics to fix your car, and fitness professionals to ensure your health and wellness goals are met. Trust me, we spend an ungodly amount of time with our noses in personal training books and movement science articles, so we are ready to take care of you and get you to your goals!

Action Steps: Inquire about personal training at your local gym. Ask questions about how a fitness professional can come up with a personalized plan of action and if they're willing to give you a sample of what they're offering (like the complimentary personal training sessions available at Catalyst). Finding the right personal trainer is about creating a positive, meaningful relationship between both parties so that they're ready to take action and crush goals together!



#20: Find Joy in What You Are Doing!



At the end of the day, go with whatever type of fitness makes you happy! You're more likely to stick to a healthy lifestyle if you're engaging in a routine that you enjoy.

Haven’t found that workout that really gives you all the feels? That's okay—explore, explore, explore! In 2020, there are so many options out there for fitness goers of all walks of life, you're bound to find an ideal sweat to help you get fit.

Action Step: You're already doing it by reading this, so go make 2020 your fittest year to date!

Dane Robinson-BS, PES, NASM-CPT

UB Bulls 2008 MAC Champion Alumi

Lululemon Ambassador
Instructor : Presenter : Coach
443.831.0855 (cell)
TODD DURKIN MASTERMIND FITNESS PRO

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