Meet Kurt

Kurt Walden Profile Picture Kurt is the owner and president of Optimal Stability & Function, LLC. He is a certified Muscle Activation Techniques™ (MAT) specialist and works with any individual who wants to improve their health or fitness level.

Kurt holds a dual degree in kinesiology from Indiana University, Bloomington, with an emphasis in exercise science and physical education. During college, Kurt started his pursuit of the exercise and athletic fields by working as a strength and conditioning consultant and personal trainer for the I.U. Recreational Sports Department. He also pursued his passion for working with athletes by working as a student assistant strength coach for the Indiana University football and baseball teams during his college years.

Upon graduating from Indiana University, Kurt was offered a physical education job from Avon Community School Corporation where he worked as a teacher while also coaching football, wrestling, and track for over ten years. He would also offer sports performance training in the summer for some of the athletes he coached. Deciding to grow professionally, he started to research a career in Muscle Activation Techniques™ (MAT) in 2010. In 2011, Kurt enrolled in the MAT internship in Denver, Colorado, and became a certified MAT specialist in June 2012.

Kurt’s passion and enjoyment comes in helping people improve their health and reach their fitness or athletic goals. He looks forward to meeting with you and helping you achieve your health, fitness, or athletic potential!


"In my profession, I work physically hard every day.  I can't afford to be sidelined by nagging injuries.  Through working with Kurt and his MAT techniques, I am able to stay strong and effective.  Kurt didn't stop at alleviating the pain from tendonitis in my shoulder, but he also gave me an easy to follow plan to strengthen my shoulder to prevent further issues."
- Joe S.

"When I first came to Kurt, I had a diagnosis of "frozen shoulder". My shoulder hurt all the time, and I could not perform my daily activities like I used to. I could not reach back to put my seat belt on or pick anything up when I was home working around the house. Through my MAT session, I am now able to move my shoulder more without the pain that I used to have. I am very thankful I was led to Kurt and MAT. My shoulder feels so much stronger now and I can perform my daily activities without the pain I used to have."
- Barb J

"I have suffered from plantar fasciitis for 18 months and have been unable to run as a result. Being a triathlete and a very active person, this was not good news at all. I tried insoles, physical therapy, nigh splints and home exercises, but the pain persisted. Running was impossible and even walking was painful. A colleague who is a physical therapist recommended MAT with Kurt, and after only a few sessions, I am pain free and able to run without any problems. It feels like a miracle! I have also had problems with my hips since my teenage years, and Kurt has been treating this with great results as well. I am in my fifties now, and being able to run, swim, ski, hike and walk without pain is the greatest gift ever. I plan to continue doing triathlons, being active, and working out for many more years!"
- Katinka W.