HOW IPL PRO MEN’S ATHLETIC CHAMP, ANGEL AULET, BUILT HIS GAME-CHANGER PHYSIQUE
INTERVIEW BY BEN YOSEF | MICHAEL BROOKS PHOTOGRAPHY
Angel Aulet OWNED the stage at the 2016 IPL New Jersey PRO/AM where he won his IPL PRO CARD. With a world-class physique and posing and presentation style of a seasoned Pro, Angel was one of the most impressive athletes in the show. It is shocking to think that this was his VERY FIRST SHOW, EVER!
Then, Angel went on to dominate in his Pro debut at the 2016 IPL 2nd Annual North Atlantic Pro in Ridgefield, CT. The combo of full, round muscle, sharp conditioning, and A-level posing & presentation makes Aulet quite a formidable competitor. Being that this was the first ever IPL PRO Men’s Athletic battle, Aulet became the reigning champ, and the man to beat in IPL PRO Men’s Athletic.
We caught up with the champ to learn more about his background, training techniques and fitness philosophy. ALSO, to learn more about the “Game-Changer” concept. After all, the man has it tattooed on the left flank of his torso…
“ALSO, I FIGURED IF I COULD GO ON AS A NATURAL AND PROVE THAT IT COULD BE DONE AT MY AGE, THEN I COULD SILENCE CERTAIN CRITICS.”
Ben: Congrats on the cover, brotha! It looks pretty sick. Definitely one of my favorite Gainz covers. How are you feeling about it?
Angel: I’m really excited about it. And, I do have a line of people waiting to purchase this issue!
B: Nice! That cover pic was captured at the New Jersey Pro/Am last year. You looked incredible at that contest. And, your posing was sick, as can be seen in that cover shot taken of you on stage. This was your first time ever competing, right?
A: That was a really good shot. Kudos to Michael! Yes, that was my very first time on a physique competition stage.
B: That’s so awesome. First, as I have done many times, I want to thank you for choosing the IPL for your first show. I feel honored.
A: Thank you! Thank you for the opportunity.
B: Considering the look and presentation you brought to the New Jersey stage last year, and the fact that this was your first show… what have you been up to all these years. Just incubating? [laughs]
A: That’s funny! I’ve always been into the physique and have just kept it to myself. I’ve trained others, particularly women, in Physique and Bikini, but I myself had never thought of going on.
B: What kept you from the stage all these years?
A: It wasn’t ever something that I wanted to do. But, I decided to try it because I saw that the International Physique League held a high standard in purity. Also, I figured if I could go on as a natural and prove that it could be done at my age, then I could silence certain critics.
“IT’S ABOUT BECOMING THE INSPIRATION AND MOTIVATION TO THOSE AROUND YOU, INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO DO THE JOB.”
B: Nice! Well, you surely made a big impact. What can you tell us about the “GameChanger” concept?
A: GameChanger is about not conforming. GameChanger is about not being the common denominator. It’s about becoming the inspiration and motivation to those around you, instead of waiting for someone else to do the job. As far as fitness is concerned, GameChanger relates to using any and all science available to attain that personal goal. Not to become stale in a singular form of exercise, but rather assimilate many techniques in order to maximize your potential
B: So, I take it your physique was and is built through many different techniques?
A: Correct. American boxing and martial arts. Swimming and sprinting. Long-distance rollerblading. Powerlifting, classic bodybuilding. Pushing and pulling. Calisthenics, and the like. I believe that the physique is useless if it’s strictly aesthetic without athleticism.
B: I like it. And, lots of activity and movement definitely promotes a healthy life and longevity, compared to just “lifting” for aesthetics alone.
A: Exactly. Longevity is the key word, period. You want to be able to live a good, long life climbing stairs and without suffering aches and pains.
B: So, let’s talk posing. How did you get so good?
A: I have a dance background. I was a professional dancer from the age of 19 through 30. I did Off Broadway and I performed with Martha Graham. I am a self-taught dancer and have performed at large venues, such as Square Garden to Boston Fleet Center, MSG and college venues. So, being able to move the body wasn’t the challenge. To emulate my favorite Golden Age bodybuilders, that was the job for me master.
B: That’s awesome, man. Well it shows! These guys are going to be hard-pressed to match you pose for pose! [laughs]
A: I sure hope so.
“PUSH YOURSELF AND DRIVE YOURSELF AT IT AS IF IT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WHOLE WORLD.”
B: At the time this cover was released, we only had one IPL Pro Athletic show, which you won in Connecticut last year. You were basically the reigning champ of IPL Pro Men’s Athletic. Since then, we have had a second Pro Athletic face-off. In Arizona in May. The winner there was Zyrian Apurillo. Are you familiar with him?
A: Awesome! I saw the post you had placed congratulating his win. He has an impressive physique. Good confident smile, too. I didn’t know that he had a face-off. Good for him. Now we have to meet!
B: Yes! He is good! I would love to see you two on the same stage. You are both the leading men in IPL Pro Men’s Athletic now.
“WHAT’S NEXT? KICKING ZYRIAN’S ASS. [LAUGHS] THAT, AND PERHAPS OWNING THE APEX.”
A: We have to meet in the middle somewhere. He’s west coast.
B: Well, we need to figure out a way to make that happen! [laughs]
A: I’m down.
B: What tips can you give to the guys out there who are pushing hard to achieve physique, health, and fitness accomplishments like yours?
A: Whether it’s for a sport, or an event such as the Spartan Race or Tough Mudder, or even if it’s just in the gym pushing and pulling some heavy weight… In all you do, give your entire heart, your whole soul and complete focus of mind. Push yourself and drive yourself at it as if it’s the most important thing in the whole world. Fatigue your muscles to the very last breath and rep past that goal rep on your set.
Practice new things and always be open to learning from whomever, young or old. Surround yourself by true friends, not shy to give good constructive criticism. And, always have fun, period. Because if you don’t enjoy what you do, then it’s just not worth it.
B: Spoken like a true champion! What is next for you?
A: What’s next? Kicking Zyrian’s ass. [laughs]
B: Yes! [laughs] Love it!
A: That, and Perhaps owning the APEX.
B: Boom! GAINZ