Stacy Gallagher has been involved in the fitness world for over 25 years. About 25 years ago she met Marty Gallagher at the gym while working as a personal trainer. At that time Marty was a staff writer for Weider Publications and asked for help from her in a copy editing capacity. Accepting his offer began the fitness education of a lifetime. She traveled with him to the top bodybuilding and powerlifting events and gained a vast array of training knowledge that she utilized in her own competitive bodybuilding goals. She competed in bodybuilding for about 7 years winning a Ms. Maryland title that qualified her to compete at the National level. This was a formative time for her when she established nutrition and training habits that are her foundation still today.
In the 1990s she was drawn to zen meditation and yoga in an effort to feel more balanced with her mind and body. She was introduced to meditation through the book – “Zen Mind, Beginner Mind.” It opened her to the idea of using my breath to control my state-of-mind. She spent 30-45 minutes, 6 days a week sitting on a zabuton (meditation cushion) and zafu (meditation pillow) for about 4 years. This was the beginning of the awareness that breath control was the key to relieving her mind of its perpetual overthinking state. She studied yoga and taught at the local YMCA helping average folks work on their flexibility.
In 2012 she was in a terrible car accident where it was discovered that she had a grade 3 spondylolisthesis. Her yogic journey had helped her to stay functional despite the extreme postural imbalance but did not fix the imbalance. After the diagnosis she spent a year working with an amazing physical therapist who unlocked her body using Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS). This therapy can help reset the nervous system improving control of posture, movement and gait.
Once her body was working in a more balanced way she was able to return to training using CrossCore Hardcore protocols instead of barbells and dumbbells. CrossCore is an innovative suspension training tool that allowed her to very incrementally increase her payload and slowly retrain her body and posture.
Her unusual journey led her to in home personal training with older folks who feel intimidated by a gym environment but are highly motivated. The CrossCore tool gave her the ability to give clients a great progressive resistance workout utilizing Marty Gallagher's Purposeful Primitive training strategies. She uses the squat, push and pull as a functional movement screen by identifying poor posture within each compound multi-joint movement.