Adrian Van der Walt

Adrian Van der Walt, Trainer of the Year

Trainer of the Year

Ranch & Coast Magazine March 2014

Voted trainer of the year by reader of Ranch & Coast Magazine. 

Adrian Van er Walt, Honorable Recognition

Honorable Recognition

Bill McBride, CEO


February 2015

With special recognition of your quick response during a cardiac event, we thank you for providing life-saving service and being a valued member of our team.

Adrian Van der Walt, Persona Training Certifications


  • Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Corrective Specialist
  • MMA Conditioning Specialist

HI, my name is Adrian Van der Walt and I am the owner and operate of Train Smart Method in San Diego.  I have worked on many athletes from high school to NFL, Professional Soccer, Professional Baseball and I Specialize in Athletic Performance & Recovery in San Diego.

I grew up in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and South Africa and that was where I fell in love with the body's ability to produce power while maintaining stability.  I played a variety of sports which included rugby, gymnastics, swimming, track and field, field hockey as well as a variety of other sports.

I was fortunate to have the chance to come to the USA in 1991 and started to pursue a fitness career.  I had to visit all of my idol’s gym's which included the famous Venice Beach gym.  

Soon after beginning my career, I realized there was a big disconnect between what was being taught and how our bodies were being affected.  There was too much emphasis on being able to push a lot of weight without seeing whether the joints are stable enough to do it.  When starting evaluations on my clients, I noticed many of them had rotator cuff, lower back, knee and other issues which affected their overall health. This is when I started to research how to increase strength and stability without negatively affecting the joint.  

With my extensive studies in Performance and Corrective Exercise, I found there was not a fast process to increase the bodies function.  That was, until I discovered muscle activation techniques (MAT).  MAT simply put, can reset how your muscle is firing in a very short time so you can get back to training - all while increasing muscle function, joint stability, and overall Athletic performance.

Now after several years of being a MAT practitioner, I am pleased with the results and so are my clients.  MAT combined with my years as a Performance Trainer has allowed me to stabilize, increase performance and endurance of all my clients.  I am able to increase the longevity of my older athletes careers as well as help younger athletes to reach their goals.