Meet Our Athlete - Luke Zacharias
I was born in Carman, Manitoba, on January 9, 1998. I mainly play hockey, I’m a goalie, but golf is a big sport for me in summer. Throughout school I played every sport I could get in on. I graduated from the Minnedosa Collegiate in 2016, and I’m currently enrolled at the University of Manitoba, taking my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I’m looking to have a career in graphic design, or ultimately architecture.
Outperforme Athletics (OPA) - How long has training been an important part of your life?
Luke - Training has been an important part of my life for about a decade now, I started training off the ice fairly early on in my life, and I quickly learned that it was the best way to improve and strive for the next levels of hockey.
OPA - How long have you been training with Outperforme Athletics?
Luke - I’ve been with Outperforme for 1 full year, this summer would mark the start of season two.
OPA - Do you have any specific long-term athletic and training goals?
Luke - I don’t have any specific long term training goals, I would just enjoy being able to stay in shape and play hockey as long as my body will let me.
OPA - What is your most memorable accomplishment since joining Outperforme?
Luke - My most memorable accomplishment since I joined Outperforme was winning Goaltender of the year in the MMJHL this past season, I got to play a lot of games throughout the year and really put my best performances out there. I even ended off the year with a shutout.
Matt- This was awesome to see!
OPA - What is your favourite exercise and why?
Luke - I think my favourite exercise might have to be box jumps, I actually really enjoy working on explosive power and they are a really fun way to work on that type of speed.
OPA - What is your least favourite exercise and why?
Luke – You’ll have to confirm with Matt, but I believe the name of my least favourite exercise is the Nordic curl. I understand that it is a great exercise to work your calves, hamstrings, and core, but it just takes everything out of me.
OPA - What is your favourite song to listen to before working out or competition?
Luke - My favourite song to listen to before a game has to be Bleed it out by Linkin Park, it’s a classic that I keep in my rotation.
OPA - How do you describe the concept of the Outperforme Family to someone who hasn’t trained here before?
Luke - To someone who has never trained with Outperforme, it can seem like an intimidating place, but it is just the opposite. Outperforme is a great place to be because every type of athlete that enters the doors just wants to work hard and succeed in their own way, the atmosphere in the gym is always so positive and friendly, no matter who you are.
OPA - What is something you have learned since joining the Outperforme Family?
Luke - Something I’ve learned since joining the Outperforme family would be just how fun training and going to the gym could be, I started out my training days with the understanding that I had to go to the gym to get better at my sports, but now I’ve learned that I enjoy going to the gym and seeing myself improve on a day to day basis, even if I can lift 5 more pounds every workout, or do one extra rep, it’s an easy way to see success.
Matt- I like this, embracing the process of training. Its not just built overnight, but constructed through consistency and achieving those small successes that eventually add up over time.
OPA - What is your most memorable Outperforme Training moment?
Luke - I think my most memorable moment while I was working out at the gym was seeing how shocked Jayce Hawryluk was when I was working on my box jumps near the end of August using the tallest platform, before the hockey season started. The look on his face was priceless.
OPA - Who is your favourite Outperforme Athlete to train with and why?
Luke - As far as the trainers; I really enjoy training and working out with Matt, he makes it fun to come to the gym each and every week. Usually he likes to keep things loose and joke around, but he still knows how to keep pushing me to work as hard as I can. For the rest of the athletes, it seemed like I would always be in the gym at the same time as Zach Whitecloud, and he always had a great presence during my workouts. He has such an incredible work ethic, I think Matt told me that he would be in there up to 3, training for the Knights season.
Matt- I have enjoyed getting to work with Luke over the past year. He is a great guy to have around they gym, always ready to work hard. The season he had this year attested to the hard work he put in.
OPA - Do you have a favourite post-training meal or smoothie?
Luke - My favourite post-training meal would have to be a homemade egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.
OPA - What if your favourite movie and why?
Luke - My favourite movie as of lately has to be Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, the characters and art style make the movie such a treat to watch.
OPA - Favourite YouTube video of all time.
Luke - Favourite YouTube video of all time is “The Bucket Shot” by Peter McKinnon.