May the force be with him

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Gabriel Iordache.

Yves Bélanger -  Servir

Gabriel Iordache, administrative assistant of the Saint-Jean Detachment of the Canadian Forces Language School and reservist, with the 34th Canadian Brigade Group, discovered, body-strength sports in 2014. Since then, he has become completely hooked. He looks forward to the Strong Men / Strong Women training offered by Personnel Support Programs (PSP) starting March 26th. His main objective: to surpass himself and participate in the competition of June 1st.


It is in order to meet a personal challenge that, in 2014, he started a Powerlifting training. He did not believe, however, that he was so poorly trained for this type of sport. “During my first class, I wanted to show the PSP instructor that I was able to do a squat. It only took a few seconds for him to stop me, lest I get hurt”, he laughed. It was there that he understood that, to properly perform an exercise and avoid getting hurt, it is important to follow the advice of specialists.

After a few weeks, Gabriel Iordache discovered strengths he did not believe he had. “This training really did me good. I felt better than when I was 20 years old. In addition, it is in a great learning atmosphere that the courses are offered”.

Now that he masters the powerlifting techniques, he feels he needs to go further. He is currently taking weightlifting classes. Following these classes, which will end on March 23rd, he will begin his training as a strongman. “I feel ready to move to a new stage and I want to be able to surpass myself and participate in the June 1st competition, organized by the PSP.”

His wish is, not necessarily to finish in the first rank of competitions, but to always improve. “During the powerlifting competition held at the Saint-Jean Garrison last December, I beat my personal record. That's really what motivates me and it's going to be the same thing with the men's competition”.


The classes of strong men / strong women begin soon!

The strong men / strong women training will begin on March 16th, at the Saint-Jean Garrison for a period of 10 weeks. During the course, the coaches will aim at developing athletic qualities of the participants in order to participate in the June 1st competition. “This event is not part of the official circuits followed by strong men and strong women of Quebec and Canada, but is aimed at Canadian military and civilian employees of the Department of National Defence, members of the Sports and Recreation Plan”, says Jean-Robert Rioux, Instructor at the Personnel Support Programs.

The training will be offered from Monday to Friday, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., at building 131. You can register by contacting Jean-Robert Rioux at 450 358-7099, extension 5169.



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