ABOUT CaTALYST FITNESS
An Idea Is Born Through Heartbreak
Co-owner Nick Murtha didn’t expect to lose his step father at the age of 15. It was a heartbreaking surprise! To say that Tim was Nick’s role model would be an understatement. In 2001 Tim had a fall at work and injured his back. Over the course of the next three years Nick’s stepfather went from being a man who could move mountains to a man who could barely move himself. Tim was pumped through the medical model like a number and not a person. He was pushed to several doctors and surgeons with no one being able to identify why Tim was in excruciating pain. It turned out that during the surgery Tim had on his back, the surgeon forgot to tighten the bolts to the cage they put around Tim’s spine. By the time Nick’s family and Tim’s team of doctors found this out, it was too late. Tim had already developed a severe dependance on pain killers and on December 20th, 2004 he passed away of what was a suspected drug overdose. Nick remembers being hurt, angry, sad and heartbroken.
To help Nick break through what was arguably the roughest portion of his young life, his mother Valerie got him a gym membership to a local health club. Nick would go for hours each day lifting weights, playing basketball and swimming, but the most important thing he gained was his confidence and a sense of purpose. Nick made the decision at the young age of 16 that he would make sharing the gift of health and wellness, with as many people as possible, his life’s mission. Nick felt first-hand what exercise and eating healthy did for his body and mind. Most importantly, he never wanted another family to have to go through what his family went through.
The Bond Is Created
During a routine training in Miami, Nick and Anthony meet for the first time. They established an instant connection and bond. They shared the belief that motivation, accountability and difficult conversations were and are the key to making lasting change with people. Nick and Anthony wanted to change the way fitness was done, they were tired of seeing people they cared about join large box gyms and other “personal training facilities” where their friends would rent equipment and never use the memberships. They got fed up watching people they cared about not build the healthy body they wanted for themselves. They knew that they needed to create a community where people worked on their minds while working on their bodies.
They identified that most fitness programs focus on short term results that beat peoples bodies down and make consistency over the long haul difficult. Nick and Anthony do not believe in fads or quick fixes. They believe in sustainability and building off of continual progress. They will not work with people unless they have a deep understanding of the ‘why’ behind their desires to improve themselves. They believe that they have no business working with people unless they have a detailed understanding of how their body moves and functions. Nick and Anthony understand that peoples needs and abilities are unique and they have designed their entire business model to meet them. Their promise is to help others identify what they want to accomplish and then help them develop a detailed plan that makes sense for their specific needs and challenges. They don’t just help solve a short term problem or create a one-time improvement. Catalyst fitness is about paying the gift of health and wellness forward. Nick and Anthony realize that if they can create change with the people that come to their facilities, that change will carry over into future generations which will have an impact on the way health care and fitness are represented all over the world.
The Idea Becomes Reality
In February of 2017, Nicks grandfather passed away in Pennsylvania. At this time he was working for a consulting company within the fitness industry. He was making great money and worked with amazing people but the sudden loss of his grandfather made him question if he was doing what he was put here to do. After an hour and twenty minute call with Anthony who was checking up on Nick after the funeral, to see if he was ok, Nick and Anthony decided that it wasn’t money, fame or status that they were seeking from life. They wanted to be a Catalyst for other peoples growth and development.
Nick and Anthony believed that they were put here to make the world a better place for others and they created a business model that was designed around what people needed in order to sustainably achieve, over the long haul, their health and fitness-related goals. They decided to eliminate all of the minutia and get right to the heart of what causes people to fail.