Welcome to Up-Lifters...
...created by Matthew & Kristen Smith, husband and wife entrepreneurs who are combining their passions and missions to provide you with the tools and accountability you need to achieve wellness with holistic nutrition and lifestyle, Strength Smith Training Systems and ModiYoga!
Up-Lifters is a private online network where you can connect and learn with like-minded community members who share a similar goal: a healthy lifestyle and routine.
Kristen Kennedy Smith is the founder and CEO of Affirmations & Innovations LLC. Kristen holds a M. Ed. in Instructional Design & Technology and is completing her M.S. in Maharishi Ayurveda. She combines her online education skills with her wellness expertise in yoga, Ayurveda and Reiki to provide her clients with high-end digital wellness programs and services.
Kristen is the founder and creator of the ModiYoga style of yoga and yoga education, developing a system of modifications and adaptations to demolish the harmful stereotypes associated with yoga and to help clients break down the limitations that performative culture and perfectionism have on their yoga practice.
She developed an interactive, self-paced, comprehensive certification program where aspiring yoga instructors learn how to hold space for and instruct clients with ModiYoga. Kristen created the ModiYoga Virtual Yoga Studio to provide an online space for everyBODY to release stress, improve their mobility, and to enhance their relationship with their mind and body on the yoga mat.
The ModiYoga Virtual Studio is a live studio that uses an easy to navigate platform to access live ModiYoga classes at convenient times for all time zones in North America. All of the instructors within the ModiYoga Virtual Yoga Studio are ModiYoga Certified Instructors and modified, adaptive practice is the norm, not the "other option".
In addition to managing and training instructors for the studio, Kristen is an Ayurvedic Wellness Coach, completing her M.S. in Maharishi Ayurveda at the Maharishi International University online. This deep-dive into the sister science of yoga provides Kristen with authentic insight into Yogic Wisdom and tradition, maintaining the wholesome nature of Yoga while developing a modern approach to meet the needs of today's practitioners.
Kristen offers Up-Lifters tips and tricks to recover from their daily exercise while relieving stress, as well as full access to the ModiYoga Virtual Yoga Studio with 11+ live classes every week.
Dr. Matthew Sabey Smith is the founder and CEO of Strength Smith Training Systems LLC and holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. As an athlete, Matt achieved a world record in the Drug Tested division of the International Powerlifting League, which he accomplished using the knowledge and expertise which he provides in the Up-Lifters membership.
Dr. Matt got his start as a varsity sprinter on the track team in high school and eventually transitioned to training and competing at the national level in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting and international level in Powerlifting.
Today he continues to be a powerlifting competitor and maintains multiple records in the state of Arizona as well as a world record in the squat. Matt’s inspiration came at a very young age learning and training with his bodybuilding father “Rocky” Smith (Former Mr. New England Champion). Using the lessons he gained from his father, Matt began his own research and coaching during his time at Stonehill College (North Easton, MA), which is when he discovered the worlds of Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting.
Since then Matt has taught several college and master level courses has trained clients in fitness and health across the spectrum including national level strength athletes and collegiate competitors. Along with running Strength Smith Training Systems LLC as an exercise, health and life coach, Matt is also a Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine for Mountainsmith Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine LLC. Matt’s goal is to integrate the modalities of holistic Traditional Chinese Medicine and combine their methods with strength and conditioning in order to help modern athletes achieve their optimal performance through education, mindset and science based training approaches.
Through Strength Smith Training Systems LLC, alongside his wife, Matt plans to carry on the family strength legacy in memory of his father who created a foundation for it all to become possible. By educating athletes and coaches of differing ages and backgrounds, Matt intends to cultivate an environment where all people are considered athletes, regardless of where their starting point may be. He believes training is a lifestyle, not simply limited to what is done in the weight room or in the sports arena.