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UPLIFT Trainer James Flaherty

James Flaherty

Biomechanics Specialist  /  1-on-1 Trainer

I grew up playing a lot of sports in Queens, NY. My main interests were snowboarding, competitive handball and competitive soccer. Being physically active has always been a passion of mine.

I received my degree in athletic training from SUNY Stony Brook and was able to work as both an athletic trainer on the sidelines of sports teams, but also in a physical therapy outpatient clinic for 9 years.

It was after my move to South Carolina that I decided to pursue a different career in health and fitness, and became a personal trainer. I pursued further education and combined that with my experience, I decided to dedicate myself to Functional Patterns, a training methodology that focuses on Biomechanics. 
I now coach my clients as a certified Human Biomechanics Specialist at UPLIFT.

By training the body relative to human evolution, you can stretch, strengthen, improve performance, and help prevent injury all at the same time. Humans physically evolved from four main movements; standing, walking, running & throwing. By respecting these movements during training, your life, health, and fitness will all be improved tremendously.



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Biomechanics FAQ’s

What are Biomechanics?

Biomechanics involves the study of mechanics within an organism. This approach to exercise and movement focuses on optimizing your body’s alignment to improve performance, prevent injuries, and enhance overall fitness.

Why are Biomechanics important in fitness training?

Biomechanics is crucial because it helps you understand how your body moves and functions. By applying these principles in your training, you can reduce the risk of injuries, improve exercise effectiveness, and achieve better results in terms of strength, flexibility, and overall fitness.

Who can benefit from Biomechanics fitness training?

Anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can benefit from this style of training. It is particularly valuable for people with chronic pain, athletes, people recovering from injuries, individuals looking to improve their form, and those who want to prevent future injuries during their workouts.

Can Biomechanics help with pain or injuries?

Yes, one of the primary benefits of training Biomechanics is its ability to address and alleviate pain and injuries. Trainers can identify movement patterns or imbalances that may contribute to pain and design exercises to correct these issues.

Biomechanics specialist holding a tablet displaying an image of a clients imbalances.

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