Fate of Fitness: Interview with Eric Falstrault

Very lucky this week to have interviewed Eric Falstrault

We discussed his experiences, how he sees the industry evolving over the next 10 years, his biggest mistakes as a coach, his proudest moments, his new book and how he wants to be remembered.

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Is your coach/trainer a member of the A-Team?

It’s a busy time of year for the health and fitness industry – many a new year’s resolution to be made and many people will start wokring out with a coach/trainer to help them on their way.

As a tongue-in-cheek approach to picking a coach, I’ve used the members of that 80’s Saturday afternoon classic the A-Team as a guide.

So what do you look for in a coach? And how the hell does it have anything to do with the A-Team?

If we look at our four main characters, we can draw some interesting parallels between the show and what will be happening in gyms around the world.

 

facemanCoach Type 1: Faceman

Played by Dirk Benedict in the show.  The Faceman was a suave and charming character, who got by on good looks and being able to talk his way out of tight situations.

This type of coach will look the part – which is not a bad thing in itself, but will be mostly interested in themselves and spend a great deal of time looking in the mirror and/or chatting up other gym members.

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BioSignature Convention Las Vegas 2012

The MGM Grand - home of the 2012 BioSignature convention

So here I am at the end of three great days of lectures, knowledge sharing and meeting great minds from around the globe.

For myself as much as anybody else, I wanted to go over some of the topics we covered and the three biggest tips I picked up from each speaker.

 

Michael Port – “Book yourself solid”

Michael has earnt a reputation as a marketing guru, especially for those within the fitness industry.

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Jack Lalanne R.I.P

It was a sad week last week when I learnt that one of my all time health and fitness heroes, Jack Lalanne, passed away at the ripe old age of 96.Even at that age most who knew him thought it was well before his time – I was pretty sure he could live to 200!

So why was Jack so special? Here’s some interesting facts:

  • To date, he had the longest running TV health show ever – airing from 1959 to 1985 on ABC.
  • 1956 Age 42: Set a world record of 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes on “You Asked for It” – a TV Show with Art Baker.
  • 1984 Age 70!: Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 ½ miles.
  • Produced some classic fitness quotes, including: “Ten seconds on the lips and a lifetime on the hips.”, “Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom”
  • He had a superb way of giving it to you straight, in a highly inspirational and motivational way.

Here’s three of my very favourite Jack videos:

Unhappy People:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEboAJf9UVc
Stop Being So Tired: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBVk071N88M
Body and Mind Connection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZelaI7k7FI

What better way to sign off, then with the words that Jack would sing at the end of each of his shows:

“It’s time to leave you.
Let’s say goodbye.
These precious moments just seem to fly.
Now here’s my wish for you.
May the good Lord bless
And keep you too.”

Goodbye Jack. We will all miss your inspiration, your character and your passion.

Friday Inspiration: Christian Thibaudeau

Happy Easter! I hope everybody enjoys their Easter eggs responsibly. That or you work hard to EARN them.

Today’s post is about Christian Thibaudeau, a strength coach who is slowly growing an almost cult like following.

Christian contributes regularly to t-nation, with often illuminating approaches to gaining strength and size.

What inspires me most is that Christian definately “walks the walk”, one look at him and you know he practices what he preaches.

I can recommend his books “High-Threshold muscle Building” and his now famous “The Little Black Book of Training Secrets”

For more info on Christian, visit his site at www.christianthibaudeau.com