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Saturday, February 06, 2016


“Who the hell is Matt Espeut?”, somebody replied to a friend’s Facebook post, after the friend told someone else to “Ask Matt Espeut” when inquiring about fitness. So in case you don’t know who I am, and what I’m about, and why I do what I do, read on… I’m the guy who has helped hundreds of people lose thousands of pounds:  That’s right - thousands. I have been a personal trainer for over 25 years, and I have helped hundreds of people get fit, and lose unwanted body fat. I have worked with hundred pound losers, and many others have lost high double digits. Now that I have opened Providence Fit Body Bootcamp, I can help even more. Just last year alone I have taken on over a hundred new clients, and have been helping them achieve amazing results, so that total is rising rapidly. I keep track! I’m the guy on a mission to help thousands more achieve amazing fitness and fat loss results.  Before I had my own gym, I was limited to what I could do training people one on one.  When I worked for another gym, my hands were tied with the number of people I could reach on a daily basis, but now that I have my own place, I’m on the rise, and currently see as many as 150 people a day.  I run 9 sessions daily, and am capable of handling 30 at a time, helping more people achieve their goals, but still with time for individual attention and nutrition plans.

I deliver a no nonsense approach to health and fitness. First step is to cure a negative mindset, and help you believe that you can accomplish your goals, regardless of your situation. I don’t accept excuses, and I always have a counter punch ready for you when you fabricate one for yourself. I make it simple for you to achieve, but not easy. I tell you straight up that this requires hard work and discipline, and a positive mindset, and there is no simple fix or magic bullet. All you need to do is show up 3 to 5 times per week, follow a simple nutrition plan, drink lots of water, get adequate rest, and you are on your way. When you show up to a workout, you will work hard, but you’ll do it safely, efficiently, and have some fun while doing it. So, I like to think of myself as that guy who owns Providence’s best results driven gym. There are other programs cheaper, even the bargain basement specials of $10 a month, but all you are paying for is access to a bunch of sophisticated equipment. I think of it like a rent-a-center for gym equipment. You get time in the gym, but not much personal attention or knowledge provided on what to do with all that. Not here. As a matter of fact, you will not see a single piece of equipment in my facility that requires electricity. We base out workouts on functional strength and metabolic conditioning, using a variety of bodyweight movements, with simple resistance equipment such as battle ropes, medicine balls, dumbbells, free weight barbells, plyo boxes, sand bags, and resistance tubing. The stuff that gets you real results. No treadmills, elliptical trainers, and recumbent bikes. We also structure and coach our workouts so you are actually working out the whole time you are here. Not watching television, or checking your phone.

I care

I care, and I do everything I can to get you the results you sign up for. There are a lot of gym owners out there, or chain facilities, who care until you make the first payment. And you might not ever seem them working out themselves. They don’t walk the walk, or talk the talk – but I do.  I stay with you through your journey until you achieve success. I will follow up with your nutrition plan, and send constant emails to you so you stay focused. Yes I am a pain in your derriere, but that’s what you signed up for…results. I am certified and constantly go to continuing training. I’m part of a large group of pros all around the country who share information with each other about techniques and programs that work – that keep you motivated and constantly closer to your goals. So when you finally decide that you are tired of messing around with fitness routines that don’t work, or you are tired of wasting valuable time and hard earned money on programs that get you nowhere, who are you gonna call?  After you work with me awhile, maybe you can leave a testimonial on my Facebook page, so that guy who put the question on my page will learn just who I am.

Matt Espeut, GoLocal's Health & Lifestyle Contributor has been a personal trainer and health & fitness consultant for over 25 years. He is the owner oftwo fitness centers on the east coast. You can reach Matt at (401) 453-3200; on Facebook at "Matt Espeut", and on Twitter at @MattEspeut. "We’re all in this life together – let’s make it a healthy one!"


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MapMyRun is the number one selling running app for a reason:  it is easy to use, offers community support if you want it, and tracks and stores your exact routes for you.  If you are training for a race or a serious runner, users say that the extra perks in the upgraded paid version are well worth it. 

Made for iPhone, Android and Blackberry 

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MyFitnessPal seems to be the clear favorite amongst everyone polled.  It is helpful not only for the fitness tracking aspect, but everyone polled mentioned how much they loved the food/diet aspect as well. From carb counting for diabetics to recipe ideas to complement your fitness goals, users love this app. 

Made for iPhone and Android

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JeFit is another fitness app that has rave reviews.  It not only tracks progress for you, but offers a huge database of workouts.  While many apps offer community support, JeFit allows you to sync workouts with friends who use the app, offering a (real) virtual buddy system.

Made for iPhone and Android

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Strava gets the highest mark of all the cycling apps.  While it is also great for runners, the cyclers seem particularly inclined towards the fierce competition that can be ignited by this app.  You can track all of your rides via GPS, then you can compare your efforts to those logged by others in the community on the same stretch of road.  You can also join ongoing challenges that can net you great prizes (in addition to bragging rights). 

Made for iPhone and Android

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YogaStudio gets the top vote for Yoga apps.  It has a lengthy collection of full class-length videos available at your fingertips.  Unlike many other apps, this one also allows you to customize your own video yoga class.  All of the poses are done by qualified yoga instructors, and you can find classes suitable for all levels of yogis.

Made for iPhone only

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SimplyBeing meditation app offers the best of both worlds.  You can choose to run this app as a background for your meditation with soothing music or natural sounds that run for a set amount of time.  Conversely, for those of you who have trouble focusing during meditation, you can choose a soothing voice-guided meditation. 

Made for iPhone and Android

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Fooducate is an app all about educating people so that they make healthier food choices.  Although not perfect, this app is easy to use (you can even take pictures of bar codes to instantly find foods in their database).  It gives food a letter grade, tells you the pluses and minuses, and gives you better ranked alternatives.  You can also use it as a weight loss tool by tracking your daily calories. 

Made for iPhone and Android


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