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life force

My name is Stacy Gallagher and I created the website Functional Strength to provide high quality information and advice on how to preserve and prolong your life force.  Functional strength is the strength that gets us through life and daily survival.  Often times we lose this functionality in our sedentary lifestyles.  This loss of functionality has a negative cascading effect to our health and well being.  My goal is to help others regain their lost vitality.

MY STORY

About 25 years ago I met my husband, Marty Gallagher, at the gym.  At that time in my life I decided to embark on a journey of becoming a personal trainer and secured a job working at a local fitness club.  

At that time he was a staff writer for Weider Publications and asked if I would help him in a copy editing capacity.  I accepted his offer and began the fitness education of a lifetime.  What I did not know in our initial encounter was that my future husband was a World Champion powerlifter and a prolific writer on all things fitness.  I travelled with him to the top bodybuilding and powerlifting events and gained a vast array of training knowledge that I utilized in my own competitive bodybuilding goals.  I competed in bodybuilding for about 7 years winning a Ms. Maryland title that qualified me to go to the National level.  This was a formative time for me when I established nutirition and training habits that are my foundation still today.

We were married in 1999 and moved to rural PA.  Marty walked away from his full time job as a COO of a telemarketing firm to become a full time writer when we moved. I continued for three more years to commute from Waynesboro,PA to K Street in D.C. working as an executive for Arthur Anderson as the Administrator of the Partner Financial Planning Program.  Arthur Anderson was responsible for certifying the books for Enron.  When Enron collapsed I found myself without a job and became a home school mom to my learning disabled/hearing impaired daughter.  With both of us home we embarked on a human transformation experiment for three months with a group of obese people.  The goal was to train them no more than 5 cumulative hours a week.  Weight training sessions would be performed 3 times per week utilizing squat, bench press and deadlift with sessions only lasting 30 minutes.  Outdoor walking cardio sessions would be performed 7 times per week with sessions also only lasting 30 minutes.  In addition we taught them how to purchase and cook healthy meals.  The results were amazing! (See below)

  • Ron (Age 48) Start: 241lb, End: 175lb   5’9? – Start: squat 95lb, bench 95lb, deadlift 135lb – End: squat 245lb, bench 225lb, deadlift 400lb
  • Betty (Age 61) Start: 305lb, End: 264lb  5’2? – Start: unable to squat, one incline push up, unable to squat down to deadlift bar – End: squat 205lb, bench 100lb, deadlift 195lb
  • Connie (Age 39) Start: 183lb, End: 148lb  5’3? – Start: squat 75lb, bench 40lb, deadlift 75lb – End: squat 185lb, bench 145lb, deadlift 185lb

This was the proof that the system used by elite lifters could transform average folks safely and effectively.  We began to host fitness camps at our house helping average folks walk through the same journey.  In 2010 Marty began working with the Spec Ops community utilizing the same strength system.  The operators have a limited amount of time to dedicate to progressive resistance so Marty’s minimalistic system was a perfect fit.  

In 2012 I was in a terrible car accident where it was discovered that I had a stage 3 spondylolisthesis.  This is a spinal disorder in which a bone (vertebra) slips forward onto the bone below it.  The spondy was an old injury however it had taken its toll on my posture causing an extreme lordosis (curve in low back).  I Life Force Impedimenthad spent years feeling uncomfortable with my posture and now I understood why.  In the 1990s I had been drawn to zen meditation and yoga in an effort to feel more balanced with my body.  Those efforts helped me to stay functional despite the extreme inbalance but did not fix the imbalance.  I spent a year working with an amazing physical therapist who unlocked my body using Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).  This therapy can help reset the nervous system to improve posture, movement and gait.  Once my body was working in a more balanced way I was able to return to training.  My journey led me to in home personal training with older folks who felt intimidated by a gym environment but were highly motivated.  The suspension trainer CrossCore gave me the ability to give clients a great progressive resistance workout and identify poor posture.

MY GOAL

i want to provide both the tools and education to people truly interested in physical transformation.  When physical capabilities and capacities are improved trainees become more resistant to injury and retain function as they age.  The dilemma is obtaining these important bio-motor attributes without having to devote an inordinate amount of time to obtaining strength and stamina.  

By improving the five bio-motor benchmarks of strength, speed, endurance, agility and flexibility the trainee is made stronger, fitter and more capable, regardless the task.  The goal of this site is to share with trainess tried and proven modes and methods, techniques and tactics and show how to exercise critical thinking as it relates to physical training, nutrition and the subtle psychological aspects of the “transformative process.”

I look forward to being a part of the IBOToolbox community.  Please feel free to contact me at somg@embarqmail.com.  Also check out my site at https://functional-strength.org!

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