Episode from the podcastBen Greenfield Fitness

What Yoga Trapezes, Laser Lights, Kettlebells, Mini-Meditation & Ketogenic Doughnuts Have To Do With Building A Nutrition Supplements Empire

Released Thursday, 25th April 2019
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Angelo Keely is COO and Co-Founder of Kion, and a true renaissance man of many talents - including beatboxing, music, art and more. He's also a wizard at creating a healthy and robust company culture, and is building one of the most impressive and high-quality nutrition and supplement formulation companies on the face of the planet. From his near-death experience on an LSD trip to his impressive daily routine, we delve into his life and valuable experience on this podcast.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The story of Angelo's life...11:20

  • Hippy parents, owned a natural foods store in Wimberley, TX
  • His dad collaborated with Whole Foods in its early days in Austin
  • No doctors, vaccinations; all natural treatments
  • Angelo and Ben were polar opposites in their diets as kids
  • Minimalist approach to food and supplements
  • Got into lots of trouble in high school
  • Awful LSD experience at age 16
  • Got some gigs as a musician/beat boxer
  • Attended St. Edwards University
    • Centering prayer
    • Religious studies major (although raised non-religious)
    • Service projects to India, Central America
  • Developed intense interest in humans, human interaction with one another

-How Angelo's meeting his wife is a case study in the power of visualization...28:45

  • Doing an internship in France; had met her a few months prior
  • Wrote a song that clearly described "the perfect wife" while living in France
  • Performed the song for the first time after returning to the U.S.; she was there listening
  • Began dating shortly after and eventually married
  • Book: Creative Visualization

-How Angelo got involved with Ben and eventually co-founded Kion...36:20

  • Moved to Boulder, CO to start family in 2012
  • Heard of Ben in 2016; Ben has a large following in Boulder
  • Angelo was impressed with Ben's authenticity and passion more than any business acumen

-A day in the life of Angelo Keely...47:30

  • Go to sleep at the same time kids go to sleep; need alone time (in the morning)
  • Go to bed early; you need less sleep, then wake up really early and be productive
  • Drink two glasses of water, then an Americano
  • Spiritual text (recontextualizes all of life)
  • Journaling: just show up and do it
  • Working out: do simple things with much intensity
  • Cold/hot shower in the winter; all cold in the summer
  • Show up at the office around 9 am

-The company culture within the dank, forbidding recesses of Kion World Headquarters...59:45

  • "It's a mindset about what we're doing"
  • Everyone is passionate about health, supplements (enemas not so much)
  • The culture must reflect the stated mission statement of Kion: Live a joyful, fulfilling and adventurous life
  • Blend of empathy and radical honesty
  • Every day begins with a 15 minute daily huddle; begins with 3 minutes of silence
  • My interview with Todd White of Dry Farm Wines
  • Monthly team adventures; yearly retreat
  • "We're trying to live what we're saying"
  • Building a high quality company requires hiring the right people and build it intelligently
  • Team approach:
    • Everyone has a unique distinct role
    • It takes time to develop chemistry
  • Kion is not a fly-by-night, pie-eyed idealist company; it's profitable and being built the right way

-The biggest trends Angelo sees in the health and fitness industry...1:15:00

  • Personalization of diet
    • Lots of "Mickey Mouse" practices
    • Education rather than instruction or "lecturing" (Kion fasting challenge w/ accompanying guide)
    • Big fight on the supply chain to get an awesome product
    • If everything is in stock at a supplement company, there's a red flag

-What will Angelo's life look like 5-10 years from now?...1:25:45

  • Making a lot more music as of late
  • One man show: music, visuals, comedic monologue

-And much more...

Resources from this episode:

-Kion (use code "BGF10" to save 10% sitewide)
-Ben Greenfield In The Hotseat: Angelo interviews …
-DandyTea coffee substitute
-Book: Creative Visualization
-The Christian Gratitude Journal
-JOOVV light
-Yoga trapeze
-Mogo Upright Stool
-Salli Saddle Chair
-Topo Mat
-Book: Emotional Communication
-My interview with Todd White of Dry Farm Wines
-KionU Coach Certification Program
-BenGreenfieldTri.BlogSpot.com (Ben's original blog)
-Kion Fasting Guide
-Ben's upcoming new book at SuperhumanRxBook.com

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Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Angelo or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

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