Jim Gallagher MS, CSCS is an experienced leader with more than three decades of professional experience in the Medical and Commercial Fitness and Wellness industries. He is the former Director of Business Development for the Medical Fitness Association. His work for the Medical Fitness Association included preparing Medical Fitness Centers for certification, assisting vendors, scheduling educational presentation for webinars, regional meetings and the annual conference and developed rising stars in Medical Fitness. He served on the MFA Board for six years and has operated several Medical Fitness Facilities including the Healthplex Sports Club in Springfield, PA for nine years. Jim holds Master’s degrees in Exercise Physiology and Special Education. Jim has been a cardiac rehab specialist, exercise specialist, personal trainer, fitness director, wellness coordinator, director and COO in his career in both the medical fitness and commercial fitness industries.
Jim has been married for 32 years to his wife, Marianne. They have one son, a wonderful daughter-in-law and a beautiful grandaughter, Rosalind Marie.
In 2013 John published the most comprehensive book/manual for operating a fitness center:
The Dos and Don’ts for Fitness Center Operations.
He is currently a Clinic Advisor for the American Running and Fitness Association (ARFA) and is an Advisor to the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT). John has authored over 250 internationally published articles for the likes of Muscle & Fitness, Workout, Muscle Mag International, Powerlifting USA, and Planet Muscle, and is involved in public speaking on topics relating to health, fitness, sports training, bodybuilding, powerlifting, rehabilitation, nutrition, and exercise. He wrote Strength Training for Performance Driving and co-authored the book with NASCAR driver Mark Martin. He ghost-wrote The Nutrition Bible, and assisted in writing The Sports Medicine Bible, both published in Japan.
John earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. He then owned and operated Club Nautilus, a successful fitness center in Horseheads, NY for nearly ten years. Believing that fitness centers would become more medical in nature, John worked as an Exercise Physiologist for a local medical center then became Exercise Physiologist and Marketing Manager for a local physical therapy center to better understand medical operations.
Soon after, John was hired by HealthPlex Associates (a fitness center consulting company) to open HealthWorks Wellness and Fitness Center, a medical fitness center. He later became General Manager for that center. Four years later he was hired as a consultant to set up entire operations and presales for Island Health & Fitness, another medical fitness center where he became General Manager upon the center’s opening. Both centers experienced profitability within two years with the latter center profiting over $1,000,000 in a four year period.
With over 25 years’ experience in the fitness business, John has acted as a consultant for several other health clubs and fitness centers including Club 47, Yorkville, Ill; Hanford Gym, Owego, NY; New York Sport and Fitness, Elmira, NY; and Diamond Gym, Horseheads, NY. John has also set up wellness programs for Elmira Free Academy and Southside High School Staff, Elmira, NY; Corning and Elmira, NY Fire Departments; and Cargill Salt, Watkins Glen, NY. In addition, John acted as the Director of Physical Training for the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy, Corning, NY.
John holds certifications in Master of Fitness Sciences, Specialist in Sports Conditioning and Certified Fitness Trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA).