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Meet Angelo Sisco of Alpha Hippie, O’Hare CrossFit, Lifestyle Nutrition in O’Hare Area

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angelo Sisco.

Angelo, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
On October 15th, 2002, I was involved in a hit and run motorcycle accident that changed my life forever. In an instant, I went from being a 20-year-old entrepreneur to someone fighting to save his leg and his way of life.

After eight surgeries, two months in a hospital bed, five months of daily rehab and the encouraging news from my doctors that any kind of athletics is permanently out of the question, I fell into a deep depression.

In 2009, I discovered CrossFit and everything changed once again. I had a new focus. I had a new purpose. I lost 100 pounds.

And I was just getting started. In 2010 I opened O’Hare CrossFit, and then CrossFit Harwood Heights in 2015.

Since then, I have consulted over 400 affiliates worldwide, co-founded Lifestyle Nutrition and am an international speaker on success as an affiliate owner. I also coached two CrossFit games athletes in the 2018 season.

I followed my passion in the coaching and development world to create Alpha Hippie in 2017. Alpha Hippie is a movement dedicated to helping men find their purpose and live authentic lives. I deliver this message through our podcast, courses, and seminars.

In my free time, I love to travel, eat great food and spend time with the peoples closest to me.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When I was five years old, my father was arrested and served 11 years in Federal Prison. So picture this, my father left when I was in kindergarten, and he came home right when I was getting my license. We would visit him 1-2 times per year depending on where he was in the country. Growing up without a male role model caused me to act out in school, and look up to other people in my neighborhood that were not the best of character. My parents did the absolute best they could with what the tools they had. No regrets on this time of my life. It shaped me greatly to develop instincts to adapt, overcome, and improvise in many situations in adult life, especially in business.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My first business in the health and wellness space, O’Hare CrossFit has allowed me many amazing opportunities.

Currently, I am the owner and head coach of O’Hare CrossFit, partner of Lifestyle Nutrition, a nutrition company that provides solutions to boutique fitness gyms, business coach to CrossFit Affiliates, partner in Conquer, which is a business that offers remote and online coaching for athletes as well as everyday fitness enthusiasts, and lastly but certainly not least Alpha Hippie, which is a movement that focuses on development of Men to live an authentic life that is full of purpose, we do this through our podcast, and our course coming in January 2019.

I truly believe my purpose on this earth is to be a teacher. A teacher that helps people see, realize, and become the best versions of themselves.

That involves me being a student for a good amount of time as well. I pride myself in learning knowledge, digesting it, and sharing it with my tribe as best as I possibly can.

I believe that my discipline, consistency, and passion is what sets me apart from others. I still believe in living with honor and integrity, and in today’s day and age, that is a separator.

I am most proud of the communities and teams we have built. It brings me a joy that is hard to describe knowing that one day I had an idea in my head, and now there are teams of people aligned with me to fulfill the visions and there are people that chose us to serve them.

What were you like growing up?
I grew up overweight. I can say that being obese has become a major driver and motivator later in life. I was never the star of any little league teams, I was the husky kid. I grew up having admiration for anyone that could do anything athletic.

Being overweight helped me to develop a certain kind of sensitivity to myself and others. That has definitely helped in business.

I had friends, but I also recall enjoying my alone time. Time to read, watch movies, or draw.

My environment forced me to grow up much faster than most.

I got my first job at 10 years old. I am 35 years old right now. That means I’ve had 25 years in the workforce. Looking on it now, it is a blessing to have so much experience and work ethic.

My father lost 200 pounds while in prison and felt very motivated for me not to grow up overweight.

His lessons were quite valuable, but the application of those lessons was not the easiest for a young boy to understand and digest.

I always had a feeling deep down that I was g0ing to make a real impact in this world. And now I am. It feels so good.

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