Matthew LaCasse

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Functional Training Specialist

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My personal training career began in 2007, born from a passion for health and fitness and a deep desire to help people accomplish goals they never thought possible. I have studied the human body from the fundamentals of movement of how the muscles and bones act within those movements to direct care with post-injury clients in a rehab setting. My passion to learn about the body grew even further when learning emergency medical care. All of which gave me insight into a better understanding of how the body works and how to care for it properly.

I have worked with a variety of clients, all starting at different levels and all having different goals. The shy, embarrassed woman with rounded shoulders trying her best to hide in her own discomfort from being overweight. The goal was simple for her, lose weight. After losing over 70 lbs. that shy woman became a new person with a newfound confidence that was never present before. The avid runner looking to train for the Richmond Marathon for the first time. The emphasis was to build endurance and stamina, full body strengthening for a balanced approach to minimize the impact of running that distance on the body. Not all clients come to me with youthful, athletic bodies. As part of the aging process, some clients experience osteoporosis, muscle loss, gait imbalances, joint stiffness, and the inability to rise from a seated position without relying on someone or something.

The approach for this client may seem a lot different than the others, however the fundamental aspects are the same for everyone. Start with the basics, work through the stages of change and development. Learn to crawl before you walk, and learn to walk before you run.

I am always eager to learn more about the body through its form and function. Our bodies are incredible works of art that were made to do more than what we generally use them for. My understanding of the body and how it works has made me a successful trainer and I strive to share that knowledge with my clients.