Eric Falstrault was never really in bad shape. As a gym owner, he’s worked in the fitness industry for the past 20 years. To be a good example to his clients, he’s always tried to practice what he preached.
The 42-year-old from Montreal, Quebec has always kept up a fairly steady routine of strength training, with the occasional bout of martial arts. Last November, though, things started to go downhill after a vacation in Mexico left him with a stomach bug, leaving him out of commission for a couple of weeks. Before he knew it, the holidays came through in full force, packed with indulgences and even more excuses to ignore his daily workouts.
“The vacation and Christmas time really got to me. I lost a lot of muscle mass quickly because I wasn’t going to the gym,” Falstrault recalls.
He could see and feel the difference. Falstrault’s weight was tipping the scale at 198 pounds and his body fat percentage spiked to 23 per cent, leaving him with a small gut. (You can see him at that weight in the left “before” photo in the composite above, which was taken