Smith Training Systems is owned and operated by Laurie Smith, BSc, MA, MES, RYT-200 HR. Laurie has been in the health and fitness industry as a certified professional for over 20 years.
This former athlete has lived and worked in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver and currently spends time in all three cities. She is certified with the American Council on Exercise as an Advanced Personal Trainer and Clinical Exercise Specialist*, IDEA, and the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professionals. She has numerous accreditations in other specialty fields such as programming for older and mobility challenged adults, BOSU training certification, Resist-a-Ball Certification, postural and biomechanical analysis, functional programming for competitive athletes, special populations with pre-existing medical conditions and group fitness instruction.
Laurie’s affiliations and memberships include the Ontario Kinesiology Association, Mensa Canada, ACTRA, Nikken International, various volunteer organizations, and the United Church of Canada (where her paintings won her the title of “Artist of the Scriptures”). Her literary credentials include giving corporate presentations on a wide range of health related topics and being used as an “expert reference” for health and exercise-focused magazines and websites. She accepted a teaching position on AAHFRP’s Canadian faculty to teach post rehab courses to other fitness professionals, and enjoys coaching newcomers to the industry. Among her hobbies she lists meditation, hiking, nature photography, parkour, target shooting, cooking nutritionally supercharged meals, downtime at the spa, and watching CSI Miami.
* Note: in 1999 the American Council on exercise implemented the idea of creating an elite certification status for currently certified personal trainers, which would emphasize kinesiology, rehabilitation and biomechanics. This was the Clinical Exercise Specialist certification. The first exam was held in May 1999 and was used as a gold standard to evaluate and create subsequent exams. Candidates who sat the May 1999 exam had no previous references available for studying (current examinees can now use old exams for practice and review): as a result this first group were like guinea pigs for the development and implementation of this new certification. This difficult initial exam was only available to write in the US so non-US candidates had to fly to the US to participate. Out of all the candidates, only 2 Canadians passed - and one of them was Laurie Smith.