Fit For Life: Work(out) Smarter…

Saturday, November 15, 2014


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Do you log hours an hours of cardio per week?  Are you eating nonfat processed foods?  Are you sore for days after exercising?  Do you train to total exhaustion?  Are you starving yourself?  Wasting money on gimmicks?  This is most peoples’ interpretation of fitness. If you are doing these things and not making any gains or feeling worse, sore or relying on painkillers and anti-inflammatories to make it through the day, it’s time to change.

The answer can be as simple as eating quality whole foods and doing the proper amount of exercise. Fact: You cannot out exercise a bad diet. Eating processed foods whether they are low fat or not will actually make you fatter because most of these foods are higher on the glycemic index causing a rapid fluctuation in blood sugar, thus making your body store fat, rather than burn fat.

Strength training is the key to any fitness regime.

When you build muscle you burn more calories – period. That is why my Fit Body Boot Camp clients are so successful. We focus on strength and metabolic conditioning, in addition to a sound nutrition plan. Workouts are designed for high intensity, with resistance using bodyweight and different forms of weighted objects such as heavy medicine balls, battling ropes and dumbbells all developed into a high intensity interval training system (HIIT). This type of training develops muscle and torches body fat faster, safer, and more effective than any other system. You won’t get these results on an elliptical, treadmill, or some weight machine, or in a workout class that doesn’t use resistance. I believe you do not have to log long hours in the gym or eat food that resembles cardboard to get fit, you need a whole food nutrition plan and you need to train efficiently. 

Start with two steps.

First, decide on your personal goals.  Want to lose weight? Improve your golf game? Play with your children/grandchildren with greater energy and confidence? Look better at the beach? Second, give yourself enough time to achieve goals. Third, seek advice from a qualified professional.

Fitness: It’s a noun!

The condition of being physically fit and healthy. The quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular task or role.  If you do it right, you’ll “be there” instead of always on a mission to “get there”.

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Matt Espeut has worked as a personal trainer for almost 20 years with clients ranging in age from 14 to 86. His focus is on overall health, strength, and functional conditioning. Holistic health and nutrition is the cornerstone of all his programs. Matt works in private and small group training available at your home or office location or at gym facilities. Matt offers his services to everyone wanting to be more fit and healthy, overweight young people, youth/collegiate athletes, and seniors. Matt has worked and trained at several facilities in the Providence area. In September, Matt will open PROVIDENCE FIT BODY BOOT CAMP, at 1284 North Main St., Providence. Email Matt: [email protected]; check out his website at or on Facebook at Matt Espeut or on Twitter @MattEspeut. Call 401-453-3200 for pre-opening information.


Related Slideshow: Great Ways for RI Moms to Stay Fit this Winter

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PVD Fit Body Boot Camp

1284 North Main St., Providence, RI

Moms can enjoy early bird classes at Providence Fit Body Boot Camp.

Owner Matt Espeut, GoLocalProv's Fitness Expert offers workouts that are designed to suit all levels of fitness and banish the intimidation factor.

Sessions are held as early as 6 a.m. 

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Raffa Yoga

19 Sharpe Dr., Cranston, RI

Raffa Yoga in Cranston offers many classes for beginning yogis and women trying to get back into shape. 

"We offer stretch classes, power classes, and beginner classes everyday - stretch classes go at a very slow pace to get started [into yoga]" says Stephanie Baker of Raffa Yoga.

Raffa also offers "Urban Sweat" a relaxation area with saunas and steam rooms - a great way to unwind after a workout. 

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Boston Sports Clubs

131 Pitman St., Riverview Place West, Providence, RI

Boston Sports Clubs in Fox Point offer unique "VBarre" course which fuses both Pilates and ballet techniques for a fun, fat burning class!

They also offer unlimited babysitting for up to 2 children for only $9 a month - much cheaper than your neighborhood babysitter. 

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Sneaky Exercising Tips

"There are many ways to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle as a mom," says Dr. Barbara Roberts, MD Clinical Associate Professor Brown Medical School.

"Park far away from a mall and walk to the building as quickly as you can, take the stairs when indoors, and if you have toddlers take them out in a stroller and alternate between jogging and walking."

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3 Davol Sq., Providence, RI

Synrgy offers classes for expecting and new moms who want to stay healthy for baby. 

"We offer prenatal and postnatal classes along with strength training" says Jerome Collins of Synrgy.  

Sign up for their personal training session to get your pre-baby body back!

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The Maxx Fitness

622 George Washington Hwy., Lincoln, RI

The Maxx Fitness offers low-impact TRX Suspension Training a technique was born out of training for Navy SEALs.

But don't fret - you use your own body weight - and will help you sculpt and tone your core, improve your flexibility with their low-impact TRX Suspension Training. 

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Full Range CrossFit

859 N Main St., Providence, RI

Full Range CrossFit welcomes women and men of all levels of fitness to join. 

You get to control how difficult each class is because the moves are scaled to suit your body's abilities. 

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Method Fitness Studio

19 S Angell St., Providence, RI

Looking to get some guidance while you get back in shape? 

Method Fitness Studio is a personal training gym will help you get the results you want, help you do what's best for your body, and meet personal fitness goals. 

They even have an indoor rock climbing wall - who says getting in shape can't be fun?

Photo: Method Fitness Studio

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208 Governor St., Providence, RI

Core Center of Real Energy will help you get your body and mind back on track with classes like Pilates Reformer - a blend of low impact cardio and Jumpboard training.

There is even sports training for kids - allowing you both to stay healthy this winter. 

Photo: Core Center of Real Energy


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