Welcome to OpTEAmized, powered by Fresh Steeps

Welcome to OpTEAmized with Vince LaPelusa, the show dedicated to teaching athletes how tea can optimize longevity, recovery, & performance! Vince is a tea lover, chemical engineer, Brazilian jiu jitsu purple belt, & looking to unlock the healthy deliciousness of tea. 

OpTEAmized was created to help athletes level up their game naturally, sustainably, & holistically. Vince was, & still is, super active in the athletic space & always was looking to boost his game. He tried coffee, preworkouts, & other supplements & they all fell short. So instead of reinventing the wheel, through some inspiration, Vince grounded himself in the natural gifts of this Earth & discovered tea & its impacts on his health.

OpTEAmized is here to guide you through this tea journey with Vince as your guide! Tune in to discover the magic (& science) behind how these incredible teas can give you the edge you are looking for!

About the Host

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Vince LaPelusa


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!