Matt Espeut’s Fit For Life: Are You Skinny-Fat?

Saturday, May 04, 2013


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Introducing personal trainer Matt Espeut, who will share tips and strategies for easy, healthy fitness and weight loss every Saturday.

GoLocalProv introduces personal trainer Matt Espeut, who will be sharing fast, easy, and actionable ways to be healthier, every Saturday on GoLocal. Start your weekend off right with Espeut's Fit For Life.

If you are a woman, size 4, and your arms and legs jiggle, because your skin is hanging off the bone, you may be Skinny-Fat. 

Here are some reasons why this might be the case.

  • You're doing too much cardio
  • You're not getting enough rest
  • You're not doing enough strength training
  • You're depriving yourself/cutting calories

All exercise programs revolve around functional, primal movement patterns that build strength, balance, and stamina. You want to work the body using multi-directional movements, using bodyweight/resistance and metabolic training methods to promote complete function and posture alignment.

I believe in training that is done sensibly, rigorously and efficiently. I don't believe in what is known as "beat downs," and there isn't intimidation and screaming happening among the best personal trainers and in the quality programs. But I will make sure you don't do an exercise without proper form, because it's wasteful, doesn't accomplish anything, and you can be hurt.

A simplified solution

  • Lay off the cardio and let your body heal. Stop wasting valuable nutrients– your body needs to gain muscle.
  • Strength training and building muscle will make you toned, fit, and more appealing.
  • Eat the proper amount of nutrients. You cannot build muscle without the proper raw materials.
  • Rest. Your body cannot utilize nutrients and repair damaged cells without sleep.
  • Drink quality water and hydrate your body.

Women often fear the bulk buildup and want a feminine look.  Building lean, long muscles is the goal for the average woman who wants to make sure her figure is fit and firm, never flabby.

Your workout should bring out your best, leave you feeling better when you leave, and anxious to return.

Next week we will talk about getting those Michelle Obama arms! It's spring, and summer is right around the corner. The latest fashions are all about sleeveless–and we'll get you fit and toned in no time!

If you have a question about personal training or a particular fitness concern, write [email protected] I will answer each one personally, and post them on my Facebook page, too! Fitness starts with good communication with your trainer, so let's talk!

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 continues to train at several facilities in the Providence area including Gold's Gym and CORE Studio, and he believes continued education is a must in his field. Email Matt: [email protected], check out his website at or on Facebook at Matt Espeut or on Twitter @MattEspeut.


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