The List: Eric Falstrault
BodhiFit is not just a catchy name.
It reflects coach Eric’s vow to improve the health of his clients.
Just like the bodhisattva represents the vow to help others.
There is a story behind this deep-seated vocation – there always is. This one relates the illness and demise of coach Eric’s mentor.
I saw one of the strongest men I knew come down to his feet. I saw a powerful and fearless warrior who saw death eye-to-eye and ordered it to fuck off, admit he was defeated, and ready to give up. I saw someone whom I looked up to, look up to me, and without talking, clearly asked for strength. In his mind, he lost his ability to fight, he lost all strength. While he endured so many life-threatening fights in the army, and protected a few high dignitaries and political figures, it never came to his mind that something so fierce could render him powerless without his consent, or at least without a fight.
Steven’s early death was a decisive factor. If training had always been a passion of his, at that time coaching took a deeper meaning.
Now, good intentions are worthless if you don’t have the skills and knowledge to back them up.
Well, you can tell Coach Eric Falstrault did his homework. He attended too many seminars to count. He is actually one of the select few to be have completed the highest level under Charles’ guidance (something that requires you to have produced a world-class champion)
What Makes Coach Eric The Successful Trainer He Is?
Attention to Detail: The Importance of the first consultation
When he meets a client for the first time, he follows the same routine.
First, bodyfat measurements.
Then, assessment of the clients’ dietary habits and lifestyle.
You can tell he has been conducting such consults for quite some time now, and he is a naturopath too. He zeroes in the areas that can be improved without wasting time.
Usually the client goes away with only 2 or 3 items he needs to work on – lifestyle related and maybe a couple supplements.
More often than not, one week later, improvements are already visible.
Structural balance and injuries prevention:
The second part of the consultation is all about physical tests.
Modalities vary according to the client’s needs. If the athletic population goes through the whole gamut of structural balance tests. The average trainee who might not be able to perform safely 1RMs on squats or bench press is usually evaluated with muscle testing and the time-proven Klatt Test.
If there is any doubt about what might be a problem, coach Eric has a whole arsenal of tests to make sure he knows what imbalances or weaknesses need to be addressed.
It is a very rare occurrence when a client shows up that doesn’t have some ailment or nagging pain. And equally rare to meet an athlete that doesn’t need to rebalance his musculature.
After the tests and according to the client’s goals, coach Eric will plan a workout program to start with. This plan might be modified on the fly since few plans resist the test of the field.
He Cares About His Clients
Coach Eric takes his clients’ goals seriously even if they sometimes need to be redefined to be more sensible. If he deems such objectives to be unsound he will show you the door quite unceremoniously. ‘If you are in pain and clearly need to work on rehab, I am not the one who will write you a strength program, I don’t care who you are and what amount of pain you think you can take. Dead soldiers are worthless soldiers in my book.’
Coaching is both science and art.
Part of his mastery is being able to read people. He will give tough love when necessary. And boost confidence when needed. There is a fair amount of good-natured locker-room like banter going on at all times.
Proof that he cares? His first client still trains with him – 25 years later!
This gym gathers a tribe of people. Progress is almost inevitable. You are held accountable for your own evolution.
He Loves What He Does
Each day is structured around the Ju-Jitsu practice. Not for convenience, coach Eric placed practice strategically mid-day to recharge his batteries, keep him in a good mood, sharp and ready to help to the best of his abilities. Already author of The Strength Code, coach Eric is currently working on another book on strength training for Ju-Jitsu Roll Strong(er) (spoiler alert: members of the High Performance Package of the Strength Dojo better better stay tuned about this one).
The gym has everything you need and accessories are many – where else can you find a cannonball grip? You can tell everything has been thought about and collected over time. Suffice it to say that training is never boring there.
The gym walls portray old time samurais, souvenirs from champions, training partners, friends and visitors and, of course, the bushido code stands in clear view.
All in all, coach Eric Falstrault lives in congruence to the true meaning of the word samurai which is: “to serve.”
If you are in Montreal this July you don’t want to miss the opportunity to enroll for the upcoming lift and BJJ bootcamp.