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“I dropped 30 lbs in three and half months while increasing my strength every week. Tim gets the best out of me, and Coach Jesse and Jen help with nutritional information and help interpret the test results. I tried to give it six stars but Google has limits, unlike the Catalyst team..”

— C. Brady, Richmond

"This place is awesome! Jesse and Jennifer are great people to work with. I started training with Jesse when I was recovering from an injury that required surgery. He worked with me to get me active without risking further injury. He is an excellent trainer and knows what he is doing! I recently had a body scan to help focus my goals. They also offer VO2max and RMR testing. Whether you are new to fitness, recovering from injury, or a seasoned athlete, you need to visit this place!"

The good folks at Catalyst Fit "get it" If you are willing to put the work in, you will receive results like you've never had before. Tim, Jesse and Jennifer truly care about your progress. The "science" behind what they do and recommend has been vetted and verified. The workout programs are thoughtfully assembled to meet your current level of fitness, while progressing and challenging you to the level you would like to attain. If you want take your fitness and wellness to the next level, Catalyst Fit is first on the list to get the results you are after. It is not inexpensive but how can you place a price on your wellness? The best hings in life typically cost more. You can go the "old gym" route and be surrounded by people talking and posing or you can make the investment in yourself, get after it an hour at a time, a few days a week with a professional trainer and get in the shape of your life. Thais what Tim and I have been doing for the past 7 months...why not come join us !!

"Jennifer with Catalyst FIT has changed my life for the better! Going to a consultation was the best thing that I have done for my health. I was doing high interval training 9 times a week and then doing a longer run one day a week yet I was continuously gaining weight. As I met with Jennifer, she talked to me...and taught me how to become a fat burner. A few more visits and scans later, I am a fat burner, in the best health I have been in for a long time and have lost 24 lbs and 41 inches in just a little over 2 months. As a result, my latest doctor visits proved all excellent numbers...everyone should go see Jennifer at Catalyst FIT!"

"I have been working with Jesse and Jennifer for the last year. It has been a transformation in my fitness. They have worked with me at my speed providing encouragement and information along the way. The first eight months I was just doing just weight training. The last four months I have incorporated the ketogenic eating style, and the combination has been great! Great facilities, great people, great program!"

"I first read about Catalyst Fit in the Richmond Newspaper a year ago. I had a health scare that really rocked me to the core and I decided it was time to change my approach to life.  Like a lot of people I thought "more cardio, that's the secret" but really my whole approach was wrong. I wrote Jennifer and asked if they worked with clients like me, middle aged, overweight males who really wanted to change but did not know where to start. She and Jesse encouraged me to come in and talk. After about an hour of discussing their approach I decided to sign up. Hell, I was heading to an early grave so what did I have to loose? Turns out, plenty. Those nagging 50 dropped off, my knees are still sore but I can bend them and don't wear a brace anymore. Truthfully I feel a whole lot better. I can't say it's been easy, its not supposed to be but I like working out again. Every workout builds on the last one I did. Jesse, Jennifer and Tim do a wonderful job of teaching people the right way to work out."

 "I knew I needed help with my nutrition. Catalyst has a top notch approach and are dedicated to their clients. The one on one attention is different from what I was used to. I had the pleasure of working with Jennifer and Trevor and cannot say enough great things. After 8 weeks I shed those stubborn inches and feel mentally and physically healthy."

"I've lost 15 pounds, and it's the best gym experience I've ever had."

"The new gym concept that Jesse and Jen have put together is simply outstanding. The gym is beautiful in a minimalistic design and it has everything you'll need for body re-composition. Let's face it. Losing fat, building muscle and gaining strength is why most of us go to the gym and the analytical perspective and setup that Jen and Jesse have put together is simply the best that I've seen for accomplishing these goals. And I've looked very hard, personally visiting and working out in half a dozen gyms in the Richmond area. As a man who is obsessed with fitness I honestly think this team rocks."

"I trained with Jesse for years. He helped me transform my life from being unhealthy and overweight to being in the best shape of my life and completing a marathon. Training with Jesse was the best investment I ever made."

Diabetes Reversal Program

  • HbA1c above 6.5 

  • Fasting glucose above 125 mg/dl

  • Plasma glucose (2 hours after 75g glucose load) above 200 mg/dl

  • Clinical diagnosis of type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is wrongly considered an irreversible disease.  The typical long-term standard of care manages increasing insulin resistance with ever-increasing medication, eventually causing failure at a cellular level.  This can present as organ failure, vision loss, and a myriad of other serious problems resulting in a shortened life expectancy.

At it's core, diabetes is usually a problem of chronically elevated sugar in the body.  We use a low-carbohydrate diet combined with exercise and lifestyle strategies designed to optimally allow the body to get back to normal sugar levels and eventually heal.

Additionally, a key marker in diabetes improvement is weight.  Insulin is an anabolic hormone and will cause weight gain on its own, in addition to its role in gluconeogensis (storing glucose as fat in cells).  Lowering insulin levels allows for easier weight loss without the metabolic shutdown that can come from significant caloric restriction.

Why We Use a LC/HF or Ketogenic Diet For Weight Loss

Newly diagnosed T2D clients (typically in the 6.5-7.5% HbA1C range) will usually see a drop to below diabetic levels during the initial 3-month period.

We will work with you and your medical provider to adjust and reduce related medication as appropriate.  We encourage that you confer with your physician before starting any program resulting in a change in diet or physical activity.

Diabetes Prevention Program

  • HbA1c between 5.7 and 6.4

  • Fasting glucose between 100 and 125 mg/dl

  • Plasma glucose (2 hours after 75g glucose load) between 140 and 199 mg/dl

  • Clinically diagnosed gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during a previous pregnancy

  • You qualify as AT RISK through the screening result for type 2 diabetes on the American Diabetes Association Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test (

Catalyst Fit is proud to team with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in offering the Diabetes Prevention Program.  

The DPP is a lifestyle change program proven to delay and even prevent Type 2 diabetes and other significant health problems in at-risk populations.

While anyone is welcome, the DPP is primarily intended for adults with prediabetes. As It is estimated that up to 70% of adults with prediabetes will eventually develop type 2 diabetes, early intervention is key.(1)

As one of the few fitness centers with that also follow CDC DPP guidelines, Catalyst Fit uses a holistic program focusing on improving the body-insulin relationship through nutrition, specific exercise and activity, stress control, and general wellness.

  1. Tabák AG, et al., "Prediabetes: A high-risk state for developing diabetes". Lancet. June 16, 2012.

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