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What's up TEAmigo?!? Welcome to OpTEAmized, the show teaching athletes how tea can optimize longevity, recovery, & performance.

My name is Vince LaPelusa & I am your host on this journey. I am a tea lover, chemical engineer, Brazilian jiu jitsu purple belt, & I am thrilled to be here with you!

Are you an athlete looking to optimize longevity, recovery, & performance naturally & holistically? Do you love your sport & plan to do it for the rest of your life? Do you often feel unmotivated to show up to the gym or practices? Have you tried methods like coffee or preworkouts & feel like they are more of a disservice? Well, I have been there & let me tell you there is a better way.

In this show I will guide us towards teas & herbs that will naturally & sustainably make our athletic journey more enjoyable! From teas that help with sleep, immunity, mental focus, energy, & much more I am here to help you opTEAmize your game!

Recent Episodes

Ep 44: Overtraining & What We Can Do To Recover w/ Liz Morgan

April 19, 2022

Welcome to OpTEAmized, the podcast teaching athletes how tea can optimize longevity, recovery, & performance! My name is Vince LaPelusa, and I am a brazilian jiu jitsu purple belt who has been drinking tea for over 10 years …

Ep 43: Changing The Perception of Tea for Athletic Performance w/ Chloe & Aliyah of The Continua Podcast

April 8, 2022

Welcome to OpTEAmized, the podcast teaching athletes how tea can optimize longevity, recovery, & performance. My name is Vince LaPelusa, and I am a brazilian jiu jitsu purple belt who has been drinking tea for over 10 years …

Ep 42: Overcoming The Stressors of Life & Jiu Jitsu with These Teas w/ Lily Beyer

March 30, 2022

Welcome to OpTEAmized, the podcast teaching athletes how tea can optimize longevity, recovery, & performance. Let’s face it…as athletes we are under a lot of stress! Whether it be physical stress from our hard training sessi…

Ep 41: Tapping Into Our Mental, Emotional, & Spiritual Side Through Tea w/ Suzette "Sooz" Hammond

March 9, 2022

Welcome to OpTEAmized, the podcast teaching athletes how tea can optimize longevity, recovery, & performance. The health benefits of tea have always been discussed in the sense of antioxidants, anti-cancer properties, & othe…

Ep 40: Is Kombucha The New Sport's Drink? with Jack Joseph

March 4, 2022

What's up TEAmigos?! Welcome to OpTEAmized, teaching athletes how tea can optimize longevity, recovery, & performance. Today Vince hosted Jack Joseph of Komunity Kombucha. Jack & Vince grew up playing football together. In J…

Ep 39: Vince's OpTEAmized Journey

Feb. 24, 2022

Hey what's up TEAmigos?!? Welcome to OpTEAmized, teaching athletes how tea can optimize longevity, recovery, & performance. Today Vince wanted to take a step back & reintroduce himself, his athletic experiences, & how tea ha…

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About the Host

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Vince LaPelusa

Host

A proper place to start about me would be my first cup of tea. My tea journey begins back in Chicago, Illinois where I grew up. I was always active in sports growing up & when I went to high school I played football, wrestling, & lacrosse. These all required hours of practice before & after school & quite frankly drained my energy. At the time I didn't quite like the taste of coffee, I was afraid it (still kind of am haha), & preworkouts hurt me...literally. Tea became my caffeine fix throughout the day.

I started my tea journey with generic "green tea" bags & did not like it much but it did the trick. I felt energized enough without any crash or burnout. This continued throughout high school & into college. In college I discovered the power of herbs & yummy tea.

I began doing "shots" of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, & cayenne every morning followed by my green tea. I then took the step into trying matcha for the first time...& wow, delicious. I fell in love immediately & jumped into the world of tea.

2019 I started Fresh Steeps. After a series of personal life events I knew I needed to grow something from a passion of mine. Fresh Steeps started as a blog, grew to a social media presence, & now is the OpTEAmized podcast we know & love!

Thank you for being here & supporting me. I look forward to guiding your journey & teaching you how tea can optimize longevity, recovery, & performance!