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Meet MichaelAngleo Antoci

Today we’d like to introduce you to MichaelAngleo Antoci.

MichaelAngleo, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am your Los Angeles Native Personal trainer and Online Fitness Coach. Born and raised in the South Bay Beach Cities, I now reside in Santa Monica area and specialize in complete body transformations. As a personal trainer, I work with clients from the West Side all the way down to San Diego and have clients across the globe through my custom online nutrition and exercise programs.

I have been involved in some type of exercise program from as early on as I can remember and eating healthy was something instilled in me by my parents from birth. My other aspirations include competing in Classic Physique Bodybuilding. After recently winning my first 2 shows I was crowned Overall Classic Physique champion and awarded a sword as my prize with my Pro Card in sight mid next year.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Backtracking 14 months earlier to July 27, 2019, I launched MichaelAngeloFitness after my dreams of becoming a professional Muay Thai fighter and serving my country In the US Army Special Forces were stopped short and abruptly with a back injury that resulted in 2 severely herniated discs. Upon return from the military at 24 years old and the failure of promising my wife at the time a better life I was broken, lost, and in my eyes; a complete loser with nothing left to offer. My marriage ended soon after, which I take full responsibility for as I was in a bad mental state of mind and began drinking heavily and partying to cope with my depression and feeling of failure. This was my rock bottom, and I needed a way out.

I remember the distinct moment like it was yesterday, I went to the bathroom at an after-hours club, the time was around 9 am and I was completely exhausted. I stared into the mirror and for the first time since my arrival home I truly saw what I was becoming, and I was disgusted at what looked back at me. I vividly recall saying to myself, “What the fuck is wrong with you Michael, this is not who you are”. Immediately after I called an uber and returned home making a commitment to myself to sober up and get back in the gym the following morning.

For me, that moment was my revelation and the start of my own salvation. I was not instantly cured of my depression, anxiety and feeling of hopelessness and still had many upcoming challenges ahead which included an eating disorder which caused me to gain 68 pounds over the next 8 months. However, I was devoted in the gym and most importantly alcohol and drug-free.

In May 2019 I started with my bodybuilding coach, Francisco Jose Espin and my training partner and now brother for life Francisco Soriano and together over the next 12 weeks of the most strict diet and exercise program of my life I lost 48 pounds of fat, training 2-3 times a day while working nights as a private security contractor and completely transformed my life. Getting to wake up passionate, fulfilled and most of all happy every day now is something I can completely attribute to Bodybuilding and fitness which is why I want to work with and touch the lives of as many people as possible. I understand what it’s like to have nothing to live for and I can promise you there is a way back to the other side of that.

This story is not one for sympathy or sorrow, I don’t want or deserve that. I take extreme ownership of everything life has thrown at me so far but what I do hope this story can accomplish is to inspire and motivate people dealing with their own issues and demons to take back control of themselves and their lives. The answer for myself was fitness and self-care through proper nutrition and exercise and I believe it can tremendously help you on your journey whatever you may be experiencing. Taking back your power and regaining confidence in your body and mind is something working out can help achieve for anyone.

Tell us more about your work.
MichaelAngeloFitness specializes in giving people back the confidence and self-esteem needed to regain control of their lives by empowering themselves by looking good and feeling good through a custom marco nutrition program and individually programmed workouts. The program has helped numerous men and woman get rid of excess body fat and build lean muscle and increasing overall strength and fitness levels.

I am most proud of the testimonials I receive from my clients which can get pretty emotional about what this transformation has done for their lives. Comments about how great they feel when they look in the mirror and have used this newfound confidence to smash their goals in all other aspects of life like their careers and dating. I believe what sets MichaelAngeloFitness apart from a lot of other personal trainers and online fitness coaches is being able to say a lot of the experiences my clients are going through I have gone through similar events and have a genuine care about their individual rehabilitation. We work on not just making their bodies healthy but their mind as well because perspective is everything.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My coach Francisco Jose Espin who resides in Spain and provided me all the tools and knowledge to transform my body and believed in me when many others did not. My best friend and training partner Francisco Soriano as well as Rodrigue Chesnier and Jeremy Alvares who are both bodybuilding competitors and gave me advice and listened in my time of need.

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