In this episode of the #CLP we sit down with former Toronto Maple Leafs strength coach and formulator of Biosteel Sports nutrition, Matt Nichol. Matt is a surrogate mentor to us and we have always admired his commitment to development and passion for his athletes in everything he does.We discuss Matt’s transition from football to hockey, how he became the head strength coach for the TML without ever applying, the challenges of building buy-in with high-level athletics and what inspired him to create Biosteel sports nutrition. We did this interview at his high-performance center and a few weights drop in the background for authenticity. 

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Thanks to Karen and Anne for bringing us into this world and keeping us alive long enough to screw it up ourselves. 

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Show Notes

  • 0:53 – Matt’s private facility 
  • 1:50 – The moccasin goalie (Matt’s skating ability) 
  • 3:30 – The advantages of coming from football 
  • 3:45 – Matt’s first ever NHL client 
  • 6:00- Challenges with being emotionally attached to a sport 
    • 7:05 – Similarities between training football and hockey 
    • 7:45 – Matt’s personal training history 
    • 10:45 – Matt’s first strength coach/guide
    • 13:40 -Becoming the TML strength coach without ever applying 
    • 16:40 – How Matt creates buy-in with high-level athletes  
    • 18:40 – Advice from Charlie Francis 
    • 20:05 – TML weight room at the time 
    • 21:10 – Why it’s important to have fun
    • 21:58 – Mistakes from Matt’s past 
    • 23:10 – The cost of being rigid in your plans
    • 26:45 – The importance and use of Play 
    • 30:10 – Robert Reichel 
    • 38:05 – Matt’s nutritional philosophy 
    • 42:05 – Overriding concepts 
    • 43:00 – Biosteel story  
    • 45:40 – What;s good for health is good for performance 
    • 47:30 – Uncomfortable truth about the supplement injury 
    • 49:21 – NSF and Informed Choice (What does it mean?) 
    • 51:00 – BCAA’s and Pigeon feathers 
    • 55:00 – Charles Barkley 
    • 57:40- Social Media Accounts 
    • 58:12 – Quotes and Motivation 
    • 1:35:00- Championship Rounds 

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