Faisal Alam

Owner, Coach

Faisal Alam is the Owner of Catalyst Performance Training. Faisal has a deep passion for helping people reach their full potential both physically and mentally. Having worked with an extremely diverse population ranging from elite level athletes all the way to the person who has never done a structured strength training program in their life. It doesn't matter where you are on the spectrum as long as you have the desire to improve yourself. Faisal possesses the unique ability to combine his experience in both academics and athletics/training to create highly effective programs for optimal health and performance for clients from wide-ranging backgrounds.  With a passion for the human body/movement and education, Faisal strives to empower his clients with the knowledge and skills they need to continue to improve throughout their lives. 


Education & Certifications



  • Bachelor of Science, Biology. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

  • Sports Performance Coach from USA Weightlifting  (USAW)

  • Certified Physical Preparation Specialist (CPPS) from DeFrancos Training Systems

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)  

  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

  • Athletes Performance Mentorships (Phase I & II)


Ryan Maciel

Dietitian, Coach

Ryan is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Precision Nutrition Level 2 Coach (Pn2). Ryan graduated from the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Simmons College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ryan went on to complete his dietetic internship through the University of New Haven and interned for Precision Nutrition, the world’s largest online private nutrition coaching company.


During his 9 years as Lead Nutrition and Fitness Coach at the Commonwealth Sports Club in Boston, he assisted clients with making meaningful changes in their lives through habit-based coaching. Ryan practices client-centered coaching and uniquely tailors his coaching program to you and give you the necessary support and guidance needed for success.   

Ryan is truly passionate about health and fitness. Ryan has volunteered as a head coach with American Scores Boston, led nutrition seminars at the YMCA of Greater Boston, taught adults about how to shop for healthy low-cost foods through Cooking Matters Nutrition, and developed and instructed nutrition classes for preschool and elementary children at Head Start. Ryan is dedicated to improving people’s health and well-being. 

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science & International Relations. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA) 

  • Precision Nutrition Level 2 Coach (Pn2)

Markus Risch


Markus is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) who graduated from the University of New Hampshire and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology: Exercise Science. While at UNH, Markus also completed his minor in nutrition. 


Markus has been in the fitness industry for 7 years working with a variety of clients. His experience ranges from middle school to seniors or the everyday injury rehab to serious strength goals. 


Markus is an energetic coach and loves to pass on on his passion for fitness.  He has previously spent two years coaching a high school MBIL (Mass Bay Independent League) cross country team, interned with athletes at Rehab 3 Center for Athletes in NH, and has built his foundation at multiple fitness facilities across New England. 


His favorite part of coaching is helping clients work towards their goals and educating them through creative and exciting program design. He is very passionate about helping people come back from injuries stronger than they were before. 


Education and Certification:

  • Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology: Exercise Science.  University of New Hampshire 

  • Minor in Nutrition 

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA) 

Danny Borrero


Before starting out in the performance and fitness industry, Danny worked as a certified athletic trainer serving several Boston area schools with their athletic programs and sports teams. Primary responsibilities Danny had as an athletic trainer was emergency care and coverage for practices and games, rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries, and educating student-athletes on health and wellness activities. 


With a passion for movement and the weight room, Danny spent 10-months as an intern at world-renowned Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning and Cressey Sports Performance. Whether it was the average person or a professional athlete, these facilities provided functional activities and sound programming for all types of clients no matter their training background. 


Danny truly believes that quality movement and strength training will lead to a more resilient and healthy body. He uses his experience and skills as an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach to help achieve the client’s goals and educate them on how and why exercise is important. The biggest thing he wants his clients and athletes to know is that they do not have to go through their performance and health journey alone and that he is there to assist them in any way he can. 


Education and Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Bridgewater State University

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS) from National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA) 

  • Certified Functional Strength Coach(CFSC)

  • Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer in Massachusetts(ATC/LAT)

  • Internships at Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning and Cressey Sports Performance

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