Hello, World!

I am posting my first blog entry today!  To start, I'll recap some recent events since starting Catalyze Fitness.

First off, I'm very excited to be working with a great crew of trainers and athletes at Oakland Fitness Company (OFC).  I am partnering with OFC and will be training clients and teaching classes at this new local gym in north Oakland.  A special shout out goes to Mike Beatrice, owner of OFC, for the positive energy, guidance, and tireless encouragement he's been giving both clients and the training team.  Thanks, Mike!

Proud to be doing work at OFC!

 Working on TRX squats with my client.

Working on TRX squats with my client.

 Mike & the class enjoying the sunshine.

Mike & the class enjoying the sunshine.

Also, I am planning a free community workout with the good folks at Sports Basement in Berkeley.  This new location, on 2727 Milvia Street, opened in November 2014 and boasts over 70,000+ square feet of retail space - it is sporting goods heaven!   After attending a few of their evening fun runs, I connected with their events manager and Sports Basement has officially invited Catalyze Fitness and OFC to host a FREE weekend workout in early March!  Stay tuned, more details are coming soon.

Sports Basement does a fantastic job of offering classes to their local community.  These events are FREE to the public, so get out there and check them out.  It's a great way to way to meet new people while getting a workout.

 Me with the Sports Basement fun run crew.

Me with the Sports Basement fun run crew.

Thoughts-on-Training

I'm programming more resistance band and mobility work in warm-ups.  My clients have been using bands to do a series of ankle, knee, and hip mobility before tackling the main workout.  The goal here is to engage and loosen the lower kinetic chain.  Clients are finding this especially useful for high rep leg days and it's a great exercise for anyone working on strengthening the gluteus medius.

 Mika hitting the bands.

Mika hitting the bands.