Liam is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and personal trainer based in Dunedin, New Zealand. He was born and raised in Alaska and enjoyed the snowboarding, hunting, and fishing that his hometown had to offer.
Leaving small-town Alaska to study abroad, Liam studied physiotherapy at the University of Otago in Dunedin. Dunedin’s wide range of surf breaks has kept him there ever since.
Liam’s experience with health and fitness started with a range of childhood sports including swimming, basketball, and wrestling. His first venture into strength training happened as a teenager when he was given a set of P90-X DVDs and some dumbbells.
At University, home workouts progressed into various styles of gym-based training, including bodybuilding, power-lifting, and Olympic weightlifting. At University, Liam worked part-time in the gym as a personal trainer, coaching individuals, and leading group fitness classes.
In his physiotherapy lectures, he learned anatomy, physiology, and clinical skills. He found that the disciplines of personal training and physiotherapy complement each other, and has been practicing a hybrid of the two ever since. Liam now works with a variety of clients, ranging from members of the university rugby team to residents of local rest homes.
With experience, he realized that most people with musculoskeletal pain display similar biomechanical and behavioral patterns. They tend to respond well to physiotherapy exercises that improve their biomechanics if they are taught in an engaging way (the forte of a personal trainer).
In an attempt to reach more people than just his daily caseload, Liam designed a mobile app that promotes education and self-management of musculoskeletal health, called Phyx. He currently works part-time with clients in the clinic and gym and spends the rest of the workweek creating content for the Phyx app, blog, and website.
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