Meet your Coach: Lacey Gasaway


Hello Fighters, you already know and love this beautiful free spirit. We wanted to give you a little more insight on who she is and what she stands for, meet Coach Lacey:

PEWC: Tell us a little bit about yourself?

LG: My name is Lacey Gasaway and I am 25 years old. I live in a house in Roeland Park, Kansas with my boyfriend Taylor and our two rescue dogs. Goku is a 4 year old Cane Corso Mastiff, and Gaia is a 3 year old German Shepherd. My hobbies include playing my steel tongue drum, doing yoga or pilates in my home studio, meditating with my singing bowls, rock climbing, and exploring in nature with my dog Gaia. I love crystals, handmade jewelry, farmers markets, art galleries and dancing at concerts. I’ve got a house full of plants and love learning about natural healing remedies and holistic medicine. My all time favorite thing to do is travel. Meeting people from other cultures around the world and making human connections is a passion of mine. The world is incredible, expansive and colorful and I plan to explore every single inch of it before I’m gone!

PEWC: For fun, if you could be an animal, what animal and why?

LG:That’s a tough one! I think I’d be a wolf because they are surrounded by and cared for by their pack. They work together and protect each other. This is something that I love about having dogs and seeing how protective and caring they can be for their owners. We should all learn something from them! We all need a pack.

PEWC: What is your motto in life?

LG: I really love the book The Four Agreements, and find these phrases to be helpful guides in any situation! When you truly live by these four agreements you can never be disappointed with any outcome or hurdle that life throws at you.

  1. Be impeccable with your word.

  2. Don’t take anything personally.

  3. Don’t make assumptions.

  4. Always do your best.

PEWC: Who would you say is your hero and why?

LG: My dad Kent. He is the strongest person I know and he inspires me daily. When we found out he had Parkinson’s I was not upset or worried about him because I knew he would fight it and would never give up. He works harder than anyone I know and has a drive I do not understand, but admire more than anything. He is endlessly kind, open-hearted, giving, intelligent and gives the best hugs! He doesn’t sweat the small stuff and lives every day to the fullest. He makes every person he meets feel special and cared for. That’s something I hope to learn from him. His laugh is also hilarious and infectious, so I challenge you to make him laugh next time you see him! He’s also a human calculator who has terrible dad jokes.

PEWC: Why did you choose to specialize in working with the PD community?

LG: The last question I answered can tell you that! Of course I began working with the Parkinson’s community to work with my dad and help him with his diagnosis. But it has become so much more than that. These people are my family and I am inspired and driven to learn more so I can help them fight this uncomfortable, painful disease. They are stronger than any other group I’ve worked with and work harder too. They are very forgiving and help me become a better instructor. I do not feel like I have to show off or be the “strongest” or most fit person to teach them. They are truly fighting their disease and are not here just to lose weight and look good. It’s different working with this group than any other fitness facility out there. I get back just as much as I give working with people who have Parkinson’s. They make us as instructors feel like we are truly making a difference and helping them. This pushes and inspires me to keep learning and creating new ways to help them feel better in their bodies.

PEWC: Can you tell me of a memorable moment during your training sessions with your client/clients here at the PEWC?

LG: Wow there are so many!

I guess I’ll mention one from my dance class. There is a part of the class where we each go across the floor individually and move our body in sync with the music. I tell the class to feel the music through their body and let their body move in any way that feels good to them. One of our participants, Chris has some issues with falling and is usually very careful with his movements. But this day he opened up in a way I had not seen before. He moved with fluidity and grace as if nothing was wrong. You could see the music coming out of him and his smile was infectious. Another participant in the class, Victoria, noticed this along with me. She began to cry and I did too. We were both just so moved by his dancing and that was a really beautiful moment to share with someone else.

There are moments like this daily with this group and this is why I love this job so much!

PEWC: What would you want people to know about the Fighters?

LG: They do not need your pity, nor do they want it. They are the exact same person they were before they got this disease. They are humans who miss the way their bodies use to move, and they crave human interaction and connection. They fight harder and hit harder than anyone I’ve ever worked with and they are PROUD of it! This disease sucks… A LOT. They get stiff, move slower, talk slower, and feel out of it sometimes and it frustrates the hell out of them. They have good days, off days and anything in between and that’s just part of this disease. Every single person has a different version of Parkinson’s than the person next to them and that’s completely normal. They just want to be treated like the person they were before this diagnosis and it can be very frustrating when people treat them otherwise. Sometimes they take a fall, and that’s normal. We all fall down sometimes, but they get back up and keep moving! They are stubborn, hopeful and overly honest. They do not sugarcoat anything and we are better off from it! These wonderful humans inspire me daily and keep me honest and humble. We can all learn something from this group!

Thank you so much Lacey, we appreciate getting to know more about you and are thankful to have you as part of our AMAZING Coaching Team.