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Personal Training with an Orthopedic Approach – Redwood City



We believe in your ability to be better. We believe you should expect to be able to move and feel good no matter how "old" you are. We believe we can help you, because we have helped many people like you. 

Whether you're feeling creaky and weak, are afraid to pick up your kids or grandkids, just want to get back to a little jogging, or want to be able to hit the slopes hard, we're going to help you be better.

We've helped moms, dads, grandparents, nurses, doctors, and therapists get their lives back.

We've helped Navy SEALs, diplomatic security operatives, NFL Athletes, and weekend warriors learn how to keep their bodies moving well.  

We've helped programmers, managers, and executives from organizations like Google, Apple, Yahoo, Paypal, LinkedIn, SRI International, Tesla (among others) regain and maintain their physical mobility and strength to give them the confidence they need to excel.

As experts in orthopedic personal training, we believe it's our job to help you keep your body ready for your life.


Our Posture Alignment and Coordination Training (P.A.C.T.™) system goes beyond traditional medical and physical fitness paradigms. Our personal training approach looks at ways to take you beyond pain and misalignment to lift you to a whole new outlook on life.

Whether it's pain, posture, or performance, Upright Health can help you solve the puzzle that's keeping you from achieving your goals.

Our clients come to us for many reasons.
  • relieve and solve back pain
  • undo knots in the neck
  • fix poor posture from bad habits and long periods at the computer
  • restore full range of motion to their shoulders
  • learn how to truly heal foot pain
  • resolve knee pain
  • address imbalances in muscle strength and activation to prevent injuries and boost performance
  • get rid of aching in the hips
  • put an end to nerve pain in their arms and hands
  • soothe burning, aching, and other kinds of pain in the shoulders and upper back
  • increase mobility for sports and daily life
  • improve flexibility
  • increase strength
  • fine-tune movement form for athletic performance
  • and maintain physical health to enjoy physical vitality and independence for life!


Our clients love working with us.
Manasi S. E.R. Physician, New York City

Upright Health was the best decision I ever made.

I have been a very active person my entire life – from sports in school to spartan training over the past couple years. Six months ago I began developing low back pain and hip pain that just kept worsening each day. I’m an emergency room doctor, and going to work always left a pit in my stomach because I knew I’d be on my feet all day and have to deal with the pain.

Ultimately I was diagnosed with a labral tear via an arthrogram and was recommended surgery.

I flew to Palo Alto from NYC and within the first session, I already noticed I was walking better. By the end of 4 sessions with Kristen (2 Skype and 2 live), I was able to hike the Grand Canyon with very little pain. After a couple more sessions in Redwood City two months later, I built up to deadlifting 120 pounds (more than my body weight), squatting with 50 pounds, and I am now easing back into doing burpees and other intense exercises I've missed for so long!

I can’t thank the team at Upright Health enough for giving me my life back!

Mary W.

I came to Upright Health with chronic pain in my upper back, neck, and shoulders from years of slumping in front of computers. I had been to physical therapy multiple times, tried acupuncture and a chiropractor, and spent lots of time with a massage therapist. A couple of the physical therapists were really good and got the pain to stop – but then they would pronounce me “done” – and a month or two later the pain would return. Clearly, I needed to make long term changes to what I was doing to my body...

It’s now been a year and I still work out every other week with Josh. I am so much stronger everywhere, especially in my upper back, and I can dead lift 150 pounds. My shoulders are no longer stuck in a forward slump, and they move like they’re supposed to.

Most importantly though, Josh gave me the tools to help myself. When my body starts to hurt, I can identify what I’ve done to bring it on and what to do on my own to fix it...

Thanks, Upright Health, for giving me my life back!

Peter W. Attorney

After two months of working with Matt and Kristen I have much less pain, I’m much stronger in key areas, my range of motion is much improved, and I’m moving in a more efficient manner. I’ve also learned more about my hips than I could have expected. I now know that the way I was approaching my sports and other activities was not right for my body and may have resulted in the back and hip injuries and pain. I wasn’t developing and using the right muscles, nor was I strong enough in the right areas to withstand the forces I was putting my body under.

I also think a compelling aspect of working with Matt and Kristen is that both of them encountered the same or similar issues and had the courage and persistence to find lasting solutions through non-invasive means. I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving their program a try. It has been well worth the effort.

I recently ventured back onto the ski slopes after a 3 year hiatus. I felt strong and was able to go through all the movements with control and comfort. It wasn’t that long ago that I doubted I would ski again. I look forward to continuing to train my way back to a more active lifestyle.

Kevin CEO of Coitcom, Inc.

Matt and the Upright Health team worked with me to identify where my body was unbalanced and out of line and then developed a custom plan of therapeutic massage, stretching and strength training that targeted my exact needs.

My time at Upright Health has brought me levels of comfort and mobility that I have not had in years. I can’t thank Matt and his team enough.

Carina M. Founder of Fila Web Design

After only a few weeks of some very light but consistent exercises, I noticed a big difference in the level of stiffness and soreness in my neck. Since then I’ve greatly increased my overall strength as evidenced both by the improvement in pain levels and the fact that I’m lifting several times the weight I started out with.

I would strongly recommend Upright Health to anyone who’s perhaps been a bit too sedentary and has suffered chronic pain as a result. I would also recommend them to anyone who just wants to strengthen and maintain themselves in the absence of any pain at all.

Steve Cadigan Founder of Cadigan Talent Ventures and former VP of Talent of LinkedIn

From the very start of our sessions I found Matt wonderful to work with – he listened carefully, he worked tirelessly and continually to narrow and refine the real issues and develop exercises and techniques to help me improve.

If you have exhausted other options and are frustrated – Matt and Upright Health is where to go.

Matt and his team have personally faced physical pain and issues and frustrations. They know what they’re doing and will push you to be better than good. They’ll make you awesome!

We help because we've needed help.


His own battle with chronic pain from the age of 16 in his feet, knees, hips, back, shoulders, elbows, forearms, wrists, hands, and head gives him a uniquely thorough understanding of musculoskeletal pain, the ways in which it can undermine an entire life, and the mental and physical hurdles that keep people from getting out of it.

Matt was certified in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration by the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO, is an Egoscue certified Posture Alignment Specialist Level II. He is also certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and as an Orthopedic Exercise Specialist through ACE. He studies books, videos, and blogs on rehabilitative and strength training constantly.

When not at the office, he's at the ice rink or doing short trail runs.


Josh has helped everyone from soccer moms to athletes get stronger, reclaim proper movement and posture, and become more confident in every day life. Over years of training and as a result of his own battles with pain from poor movement patterns, Josh has developed a passion for helping people with chronic pain, poor posture, and muscle imbalances.

In 2013 he assisted with the Strength Training Program for the San Francisco State Track & Field team. And in 2014 Josh produced the Fix Lordosis Project, which has helped many people relieve stubborn back pain from anterior pelvic tilt.

When not lifting weights, running, or napping, he's reading books about everything.
How can we help you?

We can help you get moving with truly individualized personal training in person and online.


Our self-guided programs help you make principled decisions and solid progress toward your goals.


Educational materials and seminars can show you how to think differently to get better answers for your clients or patients.

People come from all over the world to work with us here in Redwood City. As personal trainers, we take pride in our ability to help you identify and get around the roadblocks in your way. If you need our help, book your appointment today!