An exclusive with handsome renaissance man and scholar Nick Topel.
By: Joshua Conner
Nick Topel is an: entrepreneur, mechanical engineer, BSN Supplements sponsored athlete, cover model, personal trainer, and natural bodybuilder. Topel has been competitively swimming for over twelve years and even was rewarded with All American honors. You can consider Topel a social media influencer, with each post, he gives his 53.4 K followers a backstage pass to his excursions, modeling portfolio, and physique progress.
Topel has a smile who lights up the room and can be considered the whole package because is he is sexy, charismatic, funny, humble and studious. I am inspired every day by Topel’s physique, style, life experiences, swagger and how he has branded himself.
I recently had an opportunity to have an introspective conversation with this enterprising millennial who is definitely one to watch. This is an edited transcript from that conversation.
I asked Topel what his mission in the world is?
“What’s my mission in the world? That’s an interesting question. Recently, I have been trying to reshape and refocus my career. I have a background in engineering and pro bodybuilding. What I am trying to do now, is kind of combine my engineering skills, my interest in fitness, and my social media platform, to help inspire others to take control of their personal health and fitness. I have found that when you improve your physical well being, it translates to everywhere in your life. So, I guess that would be my mission, to use my resources and my platform to inspire others to become a better version of themselves,” said Topel.
I asked Topel what would be the title of his life story and who would play him in a movie?
“What would be the title of my life story and who would play me in a movie? Oh, interesting, man these are very introspective.
What would be the title of my life story? I kind of like the term wanderlust. I think that would be a very interesting way to describe my life. It can be translated in many different ways for one, I like to travel, and I also like to explore lots of different things. As I grow older, I try to be very open-minded about topics and ideas, and I think wanderlust can translate into something like physically exploring, but also mentally exploring. I’m also a mechanical engineer, I studied computer science and I’m also very big in the fitness industry. I think wanderlust would be a great title.
Who would play me? I don’t know, hopefully, it would be someone good-looking. I like Tom Cruise, I think Tom Cruise would be really good portraying me. I think we have similar styles and personalities. I think we look similar, I get that compliment occasionally when I am wearing the right stuff at the right angle. Yeah, I think Tom Cruise would be okay. No one ever asked me that before.
In an Instagram Q & A, a Topel Instagram Fan asked him who he has a celebrity crush on. Topel answered saying he has a celebrity crush on Pietro Boselli, Margot Robbie, and Blake Lively. I thought Topel might say Pietro Boselli because they both have engineering backgrounds, models and social media influencers.
“You know what, I thought about saying that, and now that you have brought it up, I will say it, Pietro Boselli. He is a very good representation of my brand, and things that I look for and stand for. We kind of do the same thing. I like how he uses his platform to help educate others. He started off as a very famous fashion model and then bloomed overnight. Now, he uses his platform to speak about world peace and various topics. He is always posting IGTV videos and content. So, I think he would be a great balanced man as well. Pietro Boselli, you are a balanced man. That was what the second title of my life story would be the balanced man.
I asked Topel if he could go on a road trip with any celebrity, who would it be and where would he go. Topel also said Pietro Boselli.
“I would say, jeez, that’s a good one. Any celebrity, we’ll, I am going to have to bring up Pietro Boselli again. I think he would be very nice to travel with. He’s intellectual, also a mechanical engineer, and you know he is a very good looking dude, he’s very well-traveled, and cultured, and has a lot to offer in terms of conversation and knowledge. I would probably go somewhere in South America, I really love Brazil, probably my favorite place to vacation. Rio De Janeiro maybe, yeah, it’s a great place for photos so,” said Topel.
I asked Topel, what he enjoys most about being a renaissance man?
“What do I enjoy most about being a renaissance man. I would say the excitement of paving your own path right. I like the idea of creating your own story and your own journey for yourself. That was a really big realization for me about a year ago. I kind of feel like I was kind of stuck, following someone else’s path. You know graduate college, work full time for 40 years, retire and that’s your life. So, I kind of got this mindset that I really need to take advantage of every opportunity in front of me. So I’m just going to go out, become my own man, my own person and work for myself and become an entrepreneur.
What do I love about that? It’s exciting, every day is new and fresh. There is never a schedule. A lot of things are very spontaneous and I get a lot of reactions across the board.
Some people are like, what are you doing? I can’t believe it, then I run into people like yourself. Who are just extremely motivating and happy to see what I’m doing. I enjoy doing what I love, craving my own path, and seeing the reactions along the way. Hopefully, I can add impacting other people’s lives to that description. I want to use my platform, spontaneity, and energy to positively impact others. I get a lot of it through personal training, etc., it’s coming into fruition if you will, but it’s a work in progress,” said Topel.
I asked Topel about his underwear preferences.
“I like boxers, I’m an All-American guy, I really like Tommy Hilfiger or if I am feeling a little bit more extravagant, I’ll do Calvin Klein. My favorite color would probably be white or black. I would say white first, and then black,” said Topel.
I asked Topel if his mantra was a hashtag, what would it be and why?
“If my life mantra would be a hashtag, what would it be and why? Interesting, I would say #FitLikeNick. That’s what I like #FitLikeNick because it could take on a lot of different forms. I mean physical fitness is definitely what I try to display for my lifestyle, #FitLikeNick. I travel a lot, I do a lot of cool, spontaneous things, for instance, like this morning I just went for a nice hike, that’s not something I normally do.
You could use me as a model to understand that fitness can take on many different forms. So, being in shape, and having a six-pack doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the epiphany of fitness. There is mental, physical and social fitness as well. Those are all the things that I try to balance in my life, in terms of not being overwhelmed. #FitLikeNick really signifies just being well rounded and healthy in a lot of different aspects of your life,” said Topel.
If Topel could host a Ted Talk on any topic, what would it be and why?
“Oh jeez, if I could host a Ted Talk on any topic, it would be the topic of nutrition and basically leveraging the idea of calorie balance to achieve your physique goals. Whether you’re trying to add mass or reduce your body fat. I’m very passionate about fitness, particularly nutrition actually the whole calorie balance thing is really a mechanical engineering concept because it has to deal with the laws of thermodynamics. The way that energy can not be created or destroyed it can only be stored in other vessels. I think that would be something that I can speak really well on. I’ve got a bunch of tricks and secrets that I can discuss, that I can share with my clients from training. I think that would be great talking about calorie balance,” said Topel.
In my extra content segment, I ask Nick Topel what are his top 3 favorite things of 2019. Follow my Facebook fan page and Instagram @mrjoshsidney to see what he says.
You can learn more about Nick Topel by following him on his Instagram @nicktopel and checking out his website https://www.nicktopelfitness.com