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Strong Medicine - About the Authors


Christopher G. Hardy, D.O., MPH, CSCS

Dr. Chris HardyDr. Chris Hardy is emerging as a leader in public health, merging his expertise in nutrition, strength and conditioning, and in clinical and preventive medicine into a comprehensive approach to treat chronic disease.

Dr. Hardy has a diverse background, including 13 years active military service in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He is a previous graduate of the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center and Underwater Construction Basic Course, going on to serve as a military deep sea diver. He left the military the first time after four years of service to start his higher education.

Dr. Hardy is a graduate of Old Dominion University, earning a bachelor of science in biochemistry. He went on to medical school at WVSOM in Lewisburg WV, graduating as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

After medical school and internship, Dr. Hardy re-entered the military as a Navy physician, serving aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) as medical officer and joining the ship on deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He then served another operational tour as a medical officer before attending Johns Hopkins University for medical specialty training.

Dr. Hardy completed his specialty training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where he served as Chief Resident, also earning a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in toxicology.

Dr. Hardy is Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine under the American College of Preventive Medicine. He has also completed formal training in medical acupuncture and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA. He is currently enrolled in the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Chris lives in Everett Washington and is passionate about guitars, mountain biking, and health and wellness. He is still active as a trainer and gives nutrition lectures around the local community. He is married to his talented wife Carrie, a former biochemist and current student in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University. His daughter Anna is a graduate student in Geophysics at Virginia Tech University.

Marty Gallagher

Marty GallagherMarty Gallagher has been involved in high-level athletics for over 50 years. He captured his first national title and set his first national records as a 17-year old teenage Olympic weightlifter in 1967. In May of 2013 he set his most recent national records as a 64-year old powerlifter. He won the 1992 IPF world masters powerlifting title and has taken silver and bronze medals in world championships. He is a six-time national champion masters powerlifter.

As a coach he guided Team USA to the IPF world team title in 1991 and coached Black’s gym to five national powerlifting team titles. He was mentored by the 1st world powerlifting champion Hugh "Huge" Cassidy and Gallagher in turn mentored hall-of-fame powerlifting world dominator "Captain" Kirk Karwoski. Gallagher competition coached Ed "King" Coan, the world’s greatest powerlifter, along with iron immortals Doug Furnas, Lamar Gant and Mark Chaillet. Marty works with the military elite spec ops fighters (in this country and abroad) along with governmental special units within various agencies.

As a writer Gallagher is widely read and considered one of the finest writers operating within the health, nutrition, bodybuilding, strength and athletic training genre. He has had over 1,000 articles published since 1978, including 232 weekly ‘ask the expert’ fitness columns for the Washington and 89 articles published during a ten year relationship with Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazine. Gallagher’s biographic on Ed Coan was called, "the greatest powerlifting book ever written," by the late Joe Weider. Rock star Henry Rollins called the Coan book, "Awesome!" Dr. Jeff Everson described Gallagher’s Magnus opus, The Purposeful Primitive "A literary masterpiece." Gallagher lives in rural Pennsylvania.