Atmosphere & Coaching

"I liked the idea of a small gym after going to much bigger gyms for many years. The gym has exceeded my expectations as it caters to people like me who want to be fit and not necessarily "bulk up".

The atmosphere is very nice and it is not full of machines but instead uses different and innovative things and ways of being fit. Also very nice to see some serious athletes working hard so they can be good at their sport." - Dave Parry

"We recently received the greatest compliment from our 25 year old granddaughter, “You guys rock, I want to train with you, such awesomeness, go Nana and Papa”!

Since last May 2017, my husband and I have been guided and encouraged to make ourselves flexible and faster while becoming “strong seniors” through our private training sessions with Adam B., rising to his weekly challenges with 5 others from our dragon boat community. Our additional Friday small class training led by Dan S. is equally as compelling a reason to embrace the personal benefits and the personal growth we have both experienced, and in a non-judgmental way, from these trainers. We are also very proud our success has allowed us to be such good role models for the second generation “group of 9” in our family!

Colin B’s training has allowed us a different challenge. While working on our flexibility and fascial movement through his ever smiling, cheerful encouragement, we have learned to move our aging bodies in a calm, quiet, relaxed yet purposeful manner. Every yin has a yang.

These three young men are the best...........each taking every effort to tailor our sessions to all of our needs, are respectful of our inabilities and our’s eldercare at its finest!

Both of us, at 80 and 75 years old, had never made exercize a priority but now, the gym definitely “comes first”, taking precedence over anything else in our lives while continuing to motivate us to be our very best selves

Catalyst’s holistic environment is second to none, and the woman making the milieu so appealing is Vicky D., who has encouraged us and worked with us since we approached her last year after FGPC offered this connection to Catalyst. She has tirelessly facilitated the arrangements of our private sessions with Adam and is the first smiling face that we see when we arrive.

The bonus at Catalyst has to be the location.....who can’t be motivated by that view! Secondly, no clanking machines, no smells of sweat, and no hoarding of equipment. Everything is in its place and it is spotlessly clean. 

Thank you to our “three Musketeers”.......both George and I dedicate our respective dragon boat teams’ first 2018 medal to you for helping us to get there!"                  -Jo-Ann and George Zador

“I was 86 years old on January 16, 2015 when I met my Personal Trainer, Colin Bell aged 28. It was a major turning point in my life. Back then I was falling a lot, had almost no balance and was afraid to go out in the wind because it brought me down. My first goal was to stay upright in a 50K wind which was achieved quite quickly once I learned to stand erect. Every day, literally, I saw progress, every month I was doing things I hadn’t done in years. Then I decided I wanted to run so we make a small directional change an now according to Colin I can run. I disagree. It doesn’t feel like running - it is stiff  and forced, but I know that soon I will run smoothly. What will the next goal be? I don’t know yet but I do know with certainty in that I will keep working with Colin as long as he will let me. It has turned me from a vulnerable, timid old woman into a strong and active person of mature years. A totally unexpected plus to all the stretching and moving is that my brain is functioning better. I can now follow a thread from A to B to C and even to D before losing it when before I couldn’t get past B. 

Colin is always encouraging, always cheerful as are all the people in the gym. He pushes me, but never beyond my capabilities. He and his girlfriend Tanjya then took me shopping so I would be properly clothed for the gym. In the fall the 3 of us are did a 7K walk in good time even though I kept insisting I couldn’t walk so far. I will never be able to thank Colin enough for what he has achieved with me. I thank him heartily, for being my friend and giving me back my life.” - Barbara

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"Coming from a competitive athletics background, I was already very experienced in the gym, but I knew my training was missing something.  I had hit plateau's in all my major lifts and wasn't progressing as an athlete, despite regimented training and diet plans.  Working with Colin has helped fix muscle imbalances and range of motion issues that were prohibiting me from improving.  He took me back to the basics and helped build up weaknesses to help me overcome my plateaus and I'm stronger now than when I was a competitive collegiate athlete.  He has a great training style, and athletes at every level would benefit from working with him." - Andrea Pleven


Strength Academy

"I'm super happy with how things are going. Every day I dread a workout but I come out of it feeling alive and great. In some ways, that death feeling after a workout gives me life and even though I can't tell between swear or tears, I leave those doors feeling happy and fulfilled. Alex has been monumental in helping! I am getting stronger, I am happier and her enthusiasm is nothing but amazing. I will be registering again for the next round!" - Kevin Ram

"Firstly, as an "older" woman I was a bit nervous about starting the class.  But, when I met Dan for my first session, he understood exactly what my goals were and made me feel very comfortable.  The last eight weeks have been fantastic.  All of the classes are well organized and small enough to feel like you have your own personal trainer.  Dan is an outstanding coach.  He is very precise, organized, patient and pays attention to each and everyone of his trainees. He modifies the workouts to accommodate everyone's skill levels, but challenges them as well.  He gives great instruction and tips.  The group is really nice as well and very supportive.

I could go on forever about how great all of you are. Thanks for everything and I'm really looking forward to my session." - Seso Bains

STRENGTH ACADEMY II Results! Great work, Sheena!

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Dryland Training

"Over the past six years, the Fairway Gorge Paddling Club's (FGPC) Gorge Outrigger crew has gone from a new team with a handful of members to an annual contender in Canada’s outrigger canoe racing scene. While the team does a lot of on-water training, one area where Gorge Outrigger’s coaches felt improvement could be made was in functional strength and fitness, and that’s where Catalyst has really taken our paddling to the next level. Starting in the winter of 2014, and continuing still, FGPC and Gorge Outrigger teamed up with Catalyst to develop and deliver a strength training program for paddlers. Some  on-water training time in the winter was replaced with gym time, and the 2015 racing year was the first with the new training model. Gorge Outrigger crews went faster than ever, winning men's and women's championships in two different age categories. Not only did the paddlers come into the summer stronger and fitter, the gym sessions turned out to be an unexpected team-building opportunity as everyone supported each other through the tough workouts to push harder and achieve greater gains.

The training programs and technical expertise of the Catalyst trainers were exceptional, and their personal approach during sessions created an atmosphere of support and growth that brought people from all types of weight training backgrounds (in some cases none) to competent, confident Olympic lifting and functional fitness.

The sessions for Gorge Outrigger were so popular the FGPC partnership with Catalyst has expanded and there are now strength sessions for other programs and yoga classes for paddlers open to all FGPC members. We’re looking forward to growing this partnership to help people meet their paddling and fitness goals." James Hill

"I started the winter dryland training program once a week to compliment my outrigger training through the winter of 2016/17 and am now hooked! Our trainer Alex is amazing! She not only motivates me to be the best I can be but she encourages me to reach for higher goals! I feel like a stronger person and paddler and it's all because of her! She focuses our exercises on the big muscle groups that will help our paddling the most, but also targets building strength more generally. Catalyst is a gorgeous little gym with big attitude - it's got everything you'd need: it's clean, no waiting, cool classes, great trainers, warm staff and I have to say every time I walk in here, I feel at home (which is odd, as I'm not really a gym person!). I would encourage everyone who is looking to improve their overall strength and paddling power to consider dryland training! I love it so much I've joined Alex's other classes!" - Rachel Demott

"Alex is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable trainer. Our team regularly trains in dragon boat or outrigger canoe and, thanks to Alex, our fitness and strength have greatly improved both in the gym and on the water. Her classes are a lot of fun, and she challenges our group each and every time." - Marcus Kreiger, Fairway Gorge Paddling Club coach

Great trainers keep you focused on your goals and encourage you to succeed. Over the past five months that I have gone once a week, they have helped me increase my strength by 40%. Incredible! Thanks to everyone at Catalyst. See you soon” - Kent Gorrie