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Personal Trainer - Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson





Training Philosophy

“I help people prevent injury, remain active, improve physical fitness, develop efficient workout routines and maximize a healthful lifestyle.” — Matt Dawson, DPT, MA, CSCS

About Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer in San Diego, CA. With over 20 years of experience as a Fitness Coach, Matt has helped hundreds of people improve their overall wellness, strength, flexibility and endurance. Matt is passionate about helping people improve their quality of life through personalized fitness routines, health education and lifestyle modification. Matt believes better health starts with a decision to invest in yourself and allocating time for self-care. Matt enjoys organic gardening, yoga, fresh roasted coffee, running, photography, and spending quality time with family. Go Aztecs!

I’d like to invite you to email me for more information or to schedule an in-person consultation. You can also send a text message or call: (619) 274-1413. I look forward to hearing from you!


  • Private In-Person Personal Training & Strength Coaching w/ Custom Programming
  • Online Coaching and Training (via Zoom)
  • Preventative wellness and injury-risk modification
  • Functional fitness assessment
  • Weight loss and nutrition guidance
  • Lean muscle mass development
  • Cardio-respiratory endurance improvement
  • Goal setting, routine creation, accountability and lifestyle modification

Education & Certifications

  • DPT, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, San Diego State University
  • MA Kinesiology, San Diego State University
  • BS Kinesiology, San Diego State University
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
  • RYT-200, Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance
  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Experience & Awards

  • Over 20,000 hours of one-on-one personal training experience
  • 2022 “Clinical Excellence” Awards Recipient, SDSU DPT Program
  • 2013 “Top 5 — Best Personal Fitness Trainer” San Diego A-List


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