| By Big Jeff Pearce |
Chad Rempel is the kind of guy that puts 110% into everything he does; it’s either all or nothing. It’s his mentality and relentless work ethic that has landed him one of the top Booster Juice franchises in Canada and a spot on the Toronto Argonauts. He’s now channelling that drive into a new venture; the Canadian commercial real estate market. Even with all that on his plate, Chad somehow manages to balance it all with his new wife, family and friends (and cats).
Chad started out in Sherwood Park, AB. He was 13 when he first joined the Sherwood Park Minor Football Association. He had always been an athlete; playing basketball and baseball. After having played shinny with him a few times, it was apparent that he did NOT play hockey growing up. In high school, he started out as a quarterback and began to accelerate in the sport. He went onto city and provincial championships throughout high school. He played for Team Alberta as quarterback; that was when he really realized that he wanted to be a football player. In grade 12, he began actively pursuing football over other athletic endeavours (track and basketball).
Chad Rempel is the kind of guy that puts 110% into everything he does; it’s either all or nothing.
Offers started coming in for Chad; recruiters from all over North America came to see him play and wanted tape on him. It was an exciting thing for him, he got offers from Utah and Miami; however, Chad values his family and friends over everything else. He decided to stay close to home and attend the University of Saskatchewan.
Chad played football throughout his entire university career, eventually graduating with a B. Sc. in Kinesiology. With the University of Saskatchewan, he went to two Vanier Cup games. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Vanier Cup, it is the national championship for Canadian university football teams. Chad loves competition and he learned in university that the thirst for competition wasn’t quenched with just football. He knew he had to excel in business too.
Chad was 19 years old and just starting out in university when he saw an opportunity when there was a Booster Juice grand opening in his area. He met the founder and decided to open a franchise in his area. After contacting the founder and learning what he had to do to open one of his own, he put together a presentation and went to his grandfather for assistance in opening up the store.
They went to the banks, ran into some speed bumps along the way but Chad stayed the course. He opened his store when he turned 20 years old. In the opening of this article, I mentioned that Chad is the kind of guy that gives 110% and here is a perfect example: During the off-season and still in school, he worked 16 hour days when the store opened – still getting his training sessions in every day. This practice continued as he poured endless hours into his new business. Inevitably, the store grew; becoming more and more successful. Eventually, the store was doing well enough that he could get help and could be around less; allowing him to refocus on football. Immaterial to anything else, Chad had now solidified himself an income and some security in case football didn’t work out.
In 2004, Chad was drafted to the Canadian Football League. He played in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Toronto. For the last 4 seasons, Chad has played in Toronto and has solidified himself as a fixture of the team as a long snapper and tight end. Chad indicated to me in our conversations that he wouldn’t trade his time in football for anything. He loves the camaraderie and he loves the rush of getting on the field and competing with the best in Canada.
During the entire time that Chad has played football in the CFL, he has owned one of the most successful Booster Juice franchises in Canada; the one he started in university. In many sports, athletes have a tendency to not plan for the future and spend the majority (if not all) of their money. Chad is the opposite. He sees life as a competition and he is driven to do his best. At different times during the year, you can spot Chad down at the airport flying back and forth to take care of issues at his store.
As of late, Chad has obtained his real estate licence and is working at Cushman & Wakefield. While speaking with Chad in the past and for this interview, you can see the fire in his eyes when he starts talking about real estate. It is obvious that he is throwing 110% towards it and that he is ‘fired up’ to succeed. Where most people would complain about long hours and being tired, Chad loves it.
A team on and off the field, Chad has partnered with fellow Toronto Argonaut Jeff Johnson in real estate. From the day these two met, they have fed off each other’s energy. These guys eat, sleep and breathe football, real estate and family. Chad and Jeff really are a team on and off the field. Not only are they working together but they train together, keeping each other driven to succeed. Chad acknowledges that they keep one another accountable in business, diet and training. It’s like they both have a training partner, business partner and nutritionist around 24/7. Having a teammate to rely on allows both of them to stay disciplined and focused.
Chad’s mentality is one that all athletes can learn from; everyone from football players to bodybuilders – both amateur and professional. Chad is looking beyond immediate athletic goals and into life after the game. Not only after the game/practice that day but years down the line. He is an intense competitor and in my conversations with him it was apparent that he intends to bring that level of competitiveness to the business field. Bodybuilders, MMA fighters, hockey players, football players, et cetera can all learn something from this guy. As athletes, we all have to compete in our given sports; that drive to compete can be channelled into any kind of activity. That drive to compete is a commonality amongst many athletes, in many sports. Chad recognizes that eventually every athlete faces their time coming to an end. At that point, every athlete is left with a similar question: “Now what?” Chad has always had the foresight to plan for that day, taking his hunger for competition and applying it to business and now to real estate.
For this interview I personally witnessed him eat two enormous entrée’s like it was nothing. The guy can eat!
As for Chad’s training and diet, Chad doesn’t do anything too out of the ordinary. He makes sure that he watches what he eats and tries to eat the highest quality proteins and vegetables. During the football season, he eats a lot more than usual to make up for all of the calories spent through football. For this interview, we met up at a Pickle Barrel in Toronto; I personally witnessed him eat two enormous entrée’s like it was nothing. The guy can eat.
While training, Chad emphasizes the important of timing your meals correctly and using Omega-3s to help reduce inflammation. With respect to training, Chad follows what his team trainers are telling him to do. Recently, they have shifted strategies and have been priming the nervous system before games instead of resting for 1-2 days before. This is against the typical dogma in football where players are typically told to rest on the days leading up to the game. According to Chad, these changes have really helped his performance.
The objective of this piece was to highlight a common theme that is prevalent in Chad’s pursuits throughout his life. He has always thrown himself into things 110% and given all or nothing. He has always looked at life as a competition, showing that quality in all aspects of life. Further, he understands that he needs to balance all parts of life and not ignore family. Many athletes, including Chad, don’t necessarily need outside sources of motivation – it is just inherent. The challenge becomes finding a focus for that drive. Chad recognizes that his football career will eventually come to a close.
“I may not be able to compete on the field for the rest of my life, but I can compete in the business and real estate world. That is where I am centering my focus next.”
That being said, he knows that he will have to refocus his motivation off the field. Quite frankly, he said, “I may not be able to compete on the field for the rest of my life, but I can compete in the business and real estate world. That is where I am centering my focus next.” From Chad, we can learn that the athletic mentality of competing does not have to stop with athletics; it can be transferred over into any aspect of life.
If you are interested in contacting Chad, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow Chad on Twitter @Remp82.
Jeff Pearce, Editor-In-Chief
Big Jeffrey Pearce, is a physical culture writer, editor, personal trainer, and a lifetime natural bodybuilder from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been bodybuilding and strength training since he was 16 years old and remains a dedicated gym rat to this day. Big Jeff is one of the strongest athletes you will ever meet, routinely bench pressing 500lbs and tossing up 150lb dumbbells for reps in a typical workout. An honors graduate from the University of Toronto, Jeff’s brains also match his brawn. Jeff has a passion for writing and has been in featured in Muscular Development. Jeff also coaches high school kids on the benefits of strength training and nutrition.