By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
With the long off-season starting to take its toll with us faithful fans of the CFL, we thought it would be a good opportunity to reach out to a few of our CFLPA players reps to see what they’ve been up to and what they have planned before the start of the 2015 season. Today, we check in with Edmonton Eskimos Quarterback: Matt Nichols.
CFLPA: Hey Matt, thanks for taking some time to answer a few questions about your off-season. In a few words, what have you been up to since the end of the 2014 season?
Matt Nichols: “I took December to catch up on time with my family and enjoy my daughter’s first Christmas. Now back to strict eating and working out hard for this upcoming season.”
PA: What goals have you set for the 2015 off-season?
MN: “The goal is always to just be better than you were the year before, and learn from the playing time that you get. We fell one game short of the ultimate team goal, and I’m going to do everything in my power to get us there.”
PA: What kinds of things does a professional football player need to think about when preparing an off-season plan?
MN: “It’s a full time job, and everything from how you eat, sleep and train all effect what type of player you will be. I think about providing for my family, not failing my team mates, and outworking anyone at my position.”
PA: Are there any unconventional aspects of your off-season training regimen? What would fans be surprised to know you include in your program?
MN: “I do a lot of up-tempo circuit training, core work, and yoga. I work out with JC Sherritt and Greg Peach, so I am pushed every day to work hard. Also, I incorporate a baseball pitcher’s workout to strengthen my arm daily.”
PA: Do you plan on including any vacation between now and the start of training camp? If not, what will you do to relax before the start of the season?
MN: “Yes, I am taking my family to Maui, Hawaii for our 5th wedding anniversary and my daughter’s 1st birthday. I also plan to visit family in California where I grew up.”
PA: Outside of football, what does 2015 hold for you?
MN: “Any time outside of football I spend with my family. It’s very time demanding, especially for a Quarterback, so off time is family time for me. Raising my beautiful daughter and hanging out with my best friend who happens to be my wife.”
Thanks a lot to Matt for taking time out of his busy training schedule to answer a few of our questions!