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Deslauriers: Pushing himself extra hard

Nicolas Deslauriers is putting in some serious, serious work this summer on home turf

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Nicolas Deslauriers didn't afford himself much of a break before getting back in the gym this summer. He just couldn't wait to start working out again.

The 27-year-old forward has been preparing for the 2018-19 campaign since early May with the help of trainer and kinesiologist, Dave Marois.

Marois co-owns Avenger's Faktory, a facility located in Saint-Charles-Borromée, about 75 kilometers north of Montreal.

Deslauriers is on-site five days per week, going about his business under Marois' watch.

"I needed to get back on board right away. It's exactly what I need. I needed a guy who's strict and who works with me one-on-one," said Deslauriers, who was so pleased with the results of his workouts with Marois last year that he elected to keep the partnership going. "It's kind of a big mix of CrossFit and strong man training. It's kind of a mix of everything. I don't work out like a lot of people, but he works me pretty good."

That's really what makes the partnership work, the fact that Marois challenges his client to push himself further and further as the offseason rolls on.

"Last summer, he brought me to a step I never thought I was going to get to. When I walked in this year, he told me - "Last year was nothing. We've got to get even better, so we're going to work even harder." That's the kind of guy that helps me. He's kind of old school. He's kind of the mean coach that I needed," explained Deslauriers. "He knows how to work me. He knows my character. The first time we met, I told him he was allowed to scream at me if I'm not doing something right."

Given Deslauriers' motivation level to pick up right where he left off during his first season with the Canadiens, encouraging his trainer to shout at him every now and again shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

"He works every aspect of my body. I do a lot of farmer walks for my grips. I do a lot of cardio, but movement cardio. We do like four or five exercises in a row, but during a certain amount of time," mentioned Deslauriers. "It's something I never did in Buffalo in the summer. It helped me a lot. It's something different. It's something special. It's something out of the ordinary."

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