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The Catalyst Gym

An on-campus training and wellness space built for the Catalyst Community.

Functional training space for all fitness levels

Functional training space for all fitness levels

Free instructor-led PT classes every week

Free instructor-led PT classes every week

Onsite changing and shower facilities

Onsite changing and shower facilities

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What's included at the Catalyst Gym

  • 3 bay racks and 6 barbells for lifting (3 x 15kg barbells + 3 x 20kg barbells)
  • Agility turfed area for group classes and sled push/pull

  • 2 wall mounted pull up bars with suspension training systems (TRX) attached

  • Multiple machines including ski, Peloton with membership access, assault runner treadmills, assault (air) bike, plus bike and rower
  • Full kettlebell range from 6kg – 24kg + full dumbbell set from 2.5kg – 32kg

  • Dual adjustable pulley machine with attachments, plus plyo boxes, resistance bands, and yoga mats

Meet your coach

As a member of the Catalyst Gym, you can access instructor-led fitness classes every Tuesday and Thursday completely free of charge. Led by Coach Aisling, these classes cover:


  • 4.30pm – 5.15pm: Strength & conditioning
  • 5.30pm – 6.15pm: Cardio & core


  • 4.30pm – 5.15pm: Strength
  • 5.30pm – 6.15pm: Strength & conditioning

From cardio and strength training to conditioning and core, there’s something for everyone, regardless of your fitness level.

Instructor-led fitness classes

  • Strength & conditioning 4.30pm Tuesday + 5.30pm Thursday
    This class is focused on more functional training where we focus on full-body training through strength, power, agility, and fitness. You will have a mixture of strength training where we will focus on movement quality, we use barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells to build strength. We also get the heart rate up high with some interval training using cardio machines, sled pushes, light weighted movements, or bodyweight movements.
  • Cardio and Core 5.30pm Tuesday
    This class is more endurance-based, we aim to keep the heart rate high for a longer period of time to improve fitness and stamina we do through cardio machines, sled pushes, and bodyweight movements. Followed by some core strengthening exercises.
  • Strength class 4.30pm Thursday
    This class is to build strength in the full body, we will focus on compound movements where we are aiming to work more than one muscle group such as different varieties of the squat, deadlift, press, lunge + more. This class will be a mix of weights using barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells along with bodyweight movements.


Curated by Coach Aisling.

  • Week 1

    20min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes)

    1: 500m row

    2: 21 air squats (or goblet with dumbbell or kettlebell)

    3: 15 dumbbell snatches

    4: 9 burpees

    Top tips:

    • Choose a moderate weight on the squats and dumbbell snatches that you can move well at and won’t slow you down.

    • Beginner-level stay with bodyweight squats and light dumbbells.

    • The goal is to get 4 rounds+.

  • Week 2
    24min EMOM (Working every minute on the minute)

    Minute 1: 12/9 calories on the bike

    Minute 2: 20 walking lunges (bodyweight)

    Minute 3: 150m run

    Minute 4: 10-15 press ups

    Minute 5: 4 sled pushes 40/20kg

    Minute 6: rest

    EMOM workouts are an acronym for every minute on the minute. A form of interval training, the goal of this workout is to complete a certain number of reps of a particular exercise within 60 seconds and use whatever time is left in that minute to rest.
    Bike calories: 12 or 9 calories subject to your fitness level
    Scale press-ups onto knees if needed
    Sled should either have 2x20kg plates or 1x20kg subject to your fitness level
  • Week 3
    5 rounds as quickly as you can:

    • 300m run

    • 21 kettlebell swings

    • 15 sit-ups

    The aim of this workout is to find a steady pace and hold it. Use a weight on the kettlebell that you can hold onto for the 21 reps so it shouldn’t feel too heavy.
  • Week 4

    Round 1:

    500m row or ski

    21 box jumps or step-ups

    21 push press (using barbell or DBs)

    Round 2:

    500m row or ski

    15 box jumps or step-ups

    15 push press

    Round 3:

    500m row or ski

    9 box jumps or step-ups

    9 push press

    This workout is for time. We want to start off steady to control the heart rate and push the pace more towards the end to finish as fast as possible. The target time should be sub 15 minutes. Try to use a light weight on the push press.

Everything you need to know about the Catalyst Gym

  • Opening times

    Weekdays: 6am – 9pm

    Weekends: 8am – 6pm

    The gym is not available for individual workouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4.30pm – 6.30pm.

  • Catalyst Gym pricing

    • An individual membership is £20 per month.

    • Corporate memberships for businesses are available – please email gosia.karbowiak@wearecatalyst.org to find out more.

  • How do I join the Catalyst Gym?

    Register via this link.

  • What happens after I register?

    Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be able to book an induction session with Coach Aisling.

    Please note, this induction is mandatory and you will not be able to access the Catalyst Gym until you have completed the induction.

  • What does the gym induction entail?
    Whether you are an experienced gym user or a newcomer, the induction is for everyone. It’s not just a tour around the gym; you will get to use the equipment so you feel comfortable on them and are using the machines safely and correctly. You will also learn how to move properly on some bodyweight and resistance-based movements such as a squat, deadlift, press, and lunge. The gym induction is designed to help you move better to avoid injuries and help you feel comfortable in the gym.
  • What are the instructor-led fitness classes?
    The strength and conditioning classes are great for anyone who loves a mix of strength and cardio as you have a little bit of everything in the class. The cardio class is great for anyone who just loves to sweat and burn calories but also extremely good for building fitness. The strength class is to build muscle but also to see what your body can actually do. The classes are all led by our Coach Aisling who will welcome you into each class and make sure that each person is moving safely and using the correct weight for them but will also help push you out of your comfort zone. 
  • What time are the instructor-led classes?


    4.30pm – 5.15pm: Strength & conditioning
    5.30pm – 6.15pm: Pure Conditioning


    4.30pm – 5.15pm: Strength & core
    5.30pm – 6.15pm: Strength & conditioning

    Please note, classes must be booked in advance and the gym is not available for individual workouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4.30pm – 6.30pm.

  • Who can access the instructor-led fitness classes?

    All Catalyst Gym members have access to the instructor-led fitness classes free of charge.

    The gym classes are for everyone, whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced gym goer they are designed so that each individual gets the most out of their session and pushes them to their abilities.

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