Know the Man, Know the Gym

An Interview with Galley Creative

When you first see the  Colosseum Gym owner and certified trainer, Tim Gallagher, you think, ‘no nonsense/tough as nails’.  And he is.  In addition, he’s a great businessman and boss, supportive of his trainers and clients, as well as community service oriented, and a remarkably patient and gifted trainer.  As an injury ridden senior, getting stronger, I know this first hand.

More than any gym I’ve ever been in, this gym is clean, supportive, serious, and safe, for absolutely everyone, no matter your experience or fitness level.  It’s also a place of inclusiveness supporting the strongest competitor or the brand new- to- fitness client.  And everything that happens here is a reflection of the owner.  The military-like discipline, structure and respect you feel at the gym, comes from Tim’s own philosophy.  From 1981-1993 Tim was a Chief Warrant Officer 3, maintenance test pilot for UH60 Black Hawks. After the Army he earned his personal training certificate and began working at the Colosseum.  With a business partner he purchased the gym in 2003, bought out his partner in 2010, and the gym has not stopped growing since.

With both FMS and Personal Training certifications and the demands of running an expanding business, Tim still finds time to train clients for general fitness.  He loves working with someone who has neither trained nor understands that they can be stronger.  Whether it’s the client unable to open heavy doors who one day opens a mall door on her own, or the mom who can now put her child’s cereal box away on a top shelf, or a senior rehab-ing from multiple injuries, Tim is challenged by someone with no history of training who can now complete a whole body workout several times per week.  Knowing he can help a client develop a plan to lessen or remove weaknesses and make the body stronger is what drives him.

Several elements of his personal training process ensure a committed client’s success.  First is  his thorough assessment of range of motion including an FMS assessment.  He listens.  Second, after designing a program for the client, during every workout he watches the client/checking constantly to be sure the client is working to potential but safely.  Third, he works as a team member with others participating in the client’s wellness- PTs to doctors.  The result for every client is an enjoyable journey to better health.

And, under Tim’s leadership, the gym is an incredibly vital community unto itself.  Everyone who works at the Colosseum is at  minimum  a Certified Personal Trainer, and many of the trainers have additional specialties and certifications as can be seen by the wide variety of workouts going on at any given time in the main gym, the FMS center and the Arena. Teams coached by experts, train, enter, and win competitions in Strongman, Powerlifting, Bodybuilding and Olympic Lifting. And among the gym’s sponsorships and community service events throughout the year are Special Olympics State Qualifiers, 5051 Scott Wheeler Foundation Fundraiser, Maryland’s Strongest Man or Woman, Fireman Candidate Physical Training [CPAT], as well as support of Wounded Wear and the Howard County Community Connections Program.  The breadth of programs and success all lead back to the one in charge, though the unassuming tough guy would never suggest that himself.

For more information on the gym, its trainers and programs, visit or call 410-740-2339. Whatever your fitness goals, the Colosseum is the place to realize them.

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