Lavoie plans to finish in top ten at Desforges Challenge

Lavoie plans to finish in top ten at Desforges Challenge

Ernad Minic, Feature Writer

Senior Jon-Luc Lavoie will be competing in the Sergeant Desforges Fitness Challenge this year and looks to be a formidable challenge to Senior Derek Hoeckh.

Jon-Luc stands at 6’0”, 174 pounds. To prepare, he has been working out regularly to build stamina and strength for the event.

“I work out four days a week,” he says. “I have specific days for specific areas of my body. I have an arms day, legs day, chest day and a back day,” he says.

Lavoie takes supplements which include whey protein powder, HMB (beta-Hydroxy beta-methylbutyric acid), along with pre-workout supplements.

“As far as my diet goes, it isn’t bad but it could definitely be better,” admits Lavoie.

Lavoie has also been working out with a program called CrossFit. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program used by many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.

“It’s hard to explain what CrossFit actually is, but if fitness had its own sport, it’d be CrossFit,” explains Lavoie.

Jon-Luc says he’s participating in the fitness challenge this year mainly for the fun of it, and because it’s for a good cause. “Mr. Cote also heavily influenced my decision to take part in this,” says Lavoie. “It’s a good way to show what you’re capable of,” he says.

Lavoie’s goal this year is to finish in the top ten.

“I dropped out of the challenge last year with only five minutes left, my goal is to beat my record from last year and come in top ten,” says Lavoie.

Jon-Luc says he respects anyone that takes part in the Desforges Fitness Challenge.

“It’s a tough event, and it takes guts to even participate. It’s for a great cause and I think the more people that show up the better it’ll be,” he says.