RITUALS | Part Three: Keighty Gallagher
Keighty Gallagher is no stranger to early mornings. The founder of Tight Club Athletics divides her time between managing the Chinatown studio, teaching unique workout classes such as 'Booty Luv' and 'Tight Sweat' and is always coming up with fresh ways for her community to get fit. I sat down with Keighty awhile back to learn her rituals and how she manages to stay so positive and motivated throughout the hustle.
Can you describe a typical morning for you?
Every morning is different, but I used to get up at the crack of dawn (literally my alarm was set for 4:20). I hit the snooze button, then either I grab Henry or he grabs me, and I always need that 10 minutes of cuddle time. When the second alarm goes off, I get up, roll over him and jump right into the shower. In the shower, I like to do as much as I can in the hot water: brush my teeth, floss, mouthwash, wash and scrub my face.
No matter how early or how late I get up, the one ritual I always do is put on a bathrobe. I think because I often wear tight clothes, like sports bras and tights, so when I’m still kind of damp and wet, it’s the last thing I want to put on. The bathrobe is kind of an extension of my bed. It’s also something I grew up seeing my mom do every morning, so it makes me feel closer to her.
What other rituals help you to be the most productive?
Thursday is my creative day. I get to sleep in, and Henry and I usually go out for breakfast together. It’s the day where I rarely answer my emails. I teach three classes back to back on Thursday nights, so I use that day to research music for playlists or make fresh new ones for that day. Pretty much you can always find me in the studio between 1 and 4 p.m., experimenting movements, creating new combos and trying to make my workouts super fresh.
Are you a morning or night person?
I’m definitely a morning person. I would way rather get up early to work than stay up late to work. Just like when I was in university and couldn’t do homework at night, I can’t do emails after I leave here. I’ll have all the best intentions to but I can’t.
Are there any habits you’re hoping to change or something new you’re working on?
I really want to start reading again. I’d love to replace my phone with a book. It’s such a good way to turn off your head and get out of the Instagram hole for sure.
I also want to create more intention with my own personal fitness, so I’m trying to get out of the habit of taking a class just to get a work out in. I just started doing some Olympic lifting with my new coach, Jim Deal. My goal is to be able get fast and powerful enough to maybe sneakily jump into a track meet this year. It’s been a long time and I’d love to be able to throw some spikes on, sprint down that runway and jump into some sand again without getting hurt.
Is there an activity or place in the city inspires you the most?
Lately I really like taking work meetings on a bike, I’ve found that some of my best work chats have taken place that way, like with [Tight Club's] director of outdoors, Kat Holmes. We have our best meetings on our bike, ripping around Stanley Park. I get so much inspiration from being active and talking with somebody about plans while being outside and breathing fresh air.
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