How a Former Bodybuilder Learned to Expand His Definition of ‘Fit’

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Trainer Angelo
 had a very narrow idea of fitness in his youth. For
him, aesthetics took center stage. “My background originated from
the world of bodybuilding…I force fed myself on a day-to-day
basis. I spent two hours in the gym every single day, crushing
weights, reading endlessly on how to build bigger muscles.”

But on his way to pursuing the ideal bodybuilding physique,
Angelo had a wake-up call that would force him to face the
realities of his own physical abilities and open his mind to a
broader understanding of fitness. Angelo recognized that
bodybuilding had led him to a point where he was 240 pounds of
ripped muscle, but would run out of breath walking up the stairs.
But it took a very specific moment, trying to help his father move
50-pound bags of mulch, to make him realize just what this meant
for his body. “My body didn’t know how to be strong as it
moved,” he describes.

Not ready to give up the “jacked” look just then, it took Angelo
another six years and an intensive course on physical therapy to
realize the importance of movement and how strongly linked it is to
one’s well-being and the true, foundational fitness of the

Angelo’s personal training style now blends elements of
functional fitness with the principles of physical therapy he has
learned. “Functional fitness is blowing up right now and there
seems to be two different worlds: some of the focus is on
functional powerlifting, others just focus on bodyweight movement
and dynamic movements. Then there’s also physical therapy. I’m
trying to blend all three of those into one practice where you’re
still moving weight, you’re still moving into different ranges of
motion, you’re learning how to control your body, but then you’re
also predisposing the body for success, which is what physical
therapy is based around.” For Angelo, this approach makes him fit
in a more complete and wholistic sense. “Finding the balance
between those three entities, I think, is the sweet spot of
increasing performance, increasing your athletics, and improving
your aesthetics.”


In order to feel connected to his body and its movements, it’s
important to Angelo that he feels energized, but focused and calm
during his workouts. While other traditional pre-workout
supplements make him feel jittery, SST helps Angelo feel centered.
“I’ve noticed that SST actually helps me focus in on myself and
then I start to add in these focus-based exercises, where I start
moving around and I start to bring awareness to my body and now I’m
focusing on me again, my body in present time. I think it’s
really important to be really present in a workout because that’s
how you get real results.”

SST helps Angelo tap into his mind-body connection and feel
energized throughout his workout, but the effects reach even
further. He attributes SST to having a “domino
effect”—allowing him to have a stellar workout, which leaves
him feeling confident and connected with himself, which in turn
helps him tackle the rest of the day, pushing him over both
physical and mental hurdles.


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SST also contains Capsimax®– a naturally derived, highly
active concentrate of natural capsaicin. According to Dr. Richard
Bloomer, the Dean of the University of Memphis’ School of Health
studies, “Capsaicinoids can minimize appetite, they can stimulate
an increase in energy expenditure, and they can also increase the
mobilization of fat to be used as a potential fuel source.” In
SST, Capsimax® increases resting energy expenditure by about 100
calories a day*, allowing it to both increase energy and accelerate
metabolism, helping Angelo to maintain a much more functional
“jacked” look.

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*In a placebo-controlled, crossover, open-label study, subjects
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116 calories more than placebo due to an increase in resting energy

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How a Former Bodybuilder Learned to Expand His Definition of ‘Fit’