Luca, right, talking with guests at the event. (Photo by Jackie Daly)
Luca Forgeois, current senior at Bay Ridge Prep, is not content staying in one place too long. Aside from being a championship race car driver climbing to the top races of his sport, he is a full time student and working on being the face of ADHD by discussing his trials and tribulations with the disorder.
In NYC on January 15 at 24 Hour Fitness on 5th Avenue, Luca, with the support of this events major sponsors (Oatworks, Sports Authority, Muscle Maker Grill) provided some much needed fitness tips for our 2014 Race to Fitness.
Now, you are probably wondering the same thing as I was. How does a boy born and raised in NYC aspire to be a race car driver?
“My dad was a big fan of it since I was little. He was always watching Indy car formula one on TV. As a kid I wanted to watch cartoons. But I had a lot of energy, so I was up very early on, nothing to do, so I would watch, and it just grew on me to be honest. I have ADHD so I am a very naturally energetic person… It’s a very adrenaline filled sport, and I’m an addict. I like to be challenged and it’s a perfectionist sport.”
Luca and DoubleGSports.com writer Jackie Daly.
Luca is one of a kind in this industry. He is riding solo to find sponsors and help fund his talents to make it big. As people may suspect, racing is an extremely expensive sport. If your family is wealthy and willing, it is easier to perfect your athleticism on an off the track. Luca has not gone that route.
“I’m one of those underdog situations. My family, I have three sisters, I didn’t want my dad to take all that he built in his life and use it on me. I wanted him to take care of my sisters. So I told him I’m going to do this on my own. Plus it’s a challenge, it’s not something many people do. Just the want of taking on a challenge, something so scary. Because I might not succeed. I have been trying to fund myself. I have a great team. I have Janine Just with my marketing and PR, I have Watson who is my mentor and manager, he’s like a father figure to me. It’s about having a good team.”
I would say he is on the right track. He gave everyone a few of his exercises that make him able to be fit enough where he can withstand the forces of driving so fast and handling the wheel safety. Cardio is a huge component of Lucas’s workout regime, and during season he focuses more on cardio. In the off season, he uses more weights, builds some much needed muscle mass, however has to stay lean enough to fit in the car!
Nutrition is very important to Luca, especially making sure he fuels his body correctly pre and post workout. One of the event sponsors, Oatworks, combines the healthy fuel/fiber from oats with the vitamins and flavor of fresh fruit. David Peters, CEO of Oatworks, was in attendance at last nights fitness event,
“I wanted to create oatmeal in a form that people could have it on a daily basis. It’s part of a general trend that is going on in the food a beverage industry, the kind of blurred boundary between snacks and beverages. There’s no preservatives in here, so it really is just oats and fruit. We made it as simple and natural as we possible could.”
Luca is a huge supporter of Oatworks. Peters says, “Obviously staying in shape and having healthy nutrition is super important to a guy like Luca. I think a lot of people who don’t know a lot about Indy car racing or Formula One Racing, they don’t realize just how fit these guys have to be. They are experiencing tremendous G-forces when they are racing. Luca is a young emerging guy in his field, definitely we are going to stay in very close contact with him.”
Looks like Luca is on his way up for sure!
(One of the TRX workouts that one of the trainers from 24 hour fitness put guests through. Picture by Jackie Daly)
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Jackie joined Double G Sports in March of 2012 as a general sports writer, mainly covering hockey while also covering live events. Follow her on Twitter @sportsjackie