Lori Frederic, known as The Movement Ninja, focuses on protecting physical workers from injury and pain through movement mechanics and badassery. Lori aims to raise the importance of posture and movement work in high hazard industries. Founder of Balance Biomechanics this EHS professional set out to improve the well-being of workers and inspire personal responsibility. Lori has a strong passion for teaching, maintaining expertise in manual therapies, and human movement. Speaking on both regional and national level. She is truly enthusiastic to inspire the “old and stubborn” along with the “young and bulletproof” in high hazard industries.
By: Stacey Godbold
Celebrating International Women’s Day
Monday, March 8, 2021
Women In Safety: Spotlight
Lori Fredric – The Movement Ninja protecting physical workers from injury and pain through movement mechanics and badassery.
1. How did you get started in the safety industry? What interested in you in this field?
I sort of fell into safety. I was established in injury prevention with my movement and massage background when I realized my knowledge fell under the safety and ergonomics umbrella.
2. Did entering into this field feel like a male dominated field or did that even occur to you?
Not at all. In my consulting and training position, I have actually found being a female in a male dominated field an advantage.
3. What is your favorite part about our career?
Giving back to the workers who make our first world go ‘round. I love providing wellness and pain relief to a population who normally doesn’t get a massage or a personal trainer.
4. What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned from your “failures” or challenges?
Early on, I specialized in one industry with a large client. When that industry took a hit, so did my business. Thankfully, I learned to diversify into many industries and I’m so grateful to have learned so much more about all the physical challenges of working in the trades.
5. What is your biggest professional and personal achievement?
My biggest professional achievement is teaching 20, 2-hour training courses in one week. I was physically exhausted but felt completely rewarded to see so many lightbulb moments from so many employees.
My biggest personal achievement has been holding close my marriage and family unit of 3 kids (including 2 teens!) during this insane year of Covid.
6. What one stretch should all workers do before they get started with their day?
After a good warm up, all workers should do the Wall Stretch, it’s a chest opener that counteracts all the tool handling and poor postures that come with their work.
7. What is your favorite thing about being a woman?
Being a mom
8. What movie or show character are you most like?
Somewhere between Alice from Resident Evil and Elle Woods from Legally Blonde
9. Do you think a hot dog is a sandwich?
Where’s the bacon?
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