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“Rad Dad Feature: Sal Di Stefano”

When I first started listening to Mind Pump Radio, my life changed. I was able to get an insight into the science behind the human body and building it to be stronger by people who are pioneers in the industry, and dedicated to furthering their knowledge. These folks are completely faithful to the truth behind optimizing the human body, no matter where it may lead them.

The show, which you can check out via iTunes, here, has become my go to for fitness related inquiries, supplement facts, current heath science, and interesting theories and experiences in optimizing my human body experience. If you know me, this podcast is a godsend.

Sal Di Stefano is a huge inspiration to me. His experience as a personal trainer, in managing health clubs and even owning his own gym sets him apart as a leader and trailblazer on so many levels. Sal is absolutely dedicated to fitness and health, and breaks down many of the myths and fallacies that the fitness world tries to perpetuate at our expense. He has the experience to back up his claims and is devoted to the science behind almost every piece of advice he offers. Sal extends that passion into his life as a dedicated father and he is most worth of the title, “Rad Dad”, not just “Good Glutes Sal” anymore. (If you listen to the radio show, you get it…if not, start today!)

Without futher adieu, Meet Sal Di Stefano!

1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?

My name is Sal Di Stefano and I have been in the fitness industry professionally for over 19 years. I started as a personal trainer and then quickly moved into management. I first managed major health club locations at the young age of 19. I grand opened a couple clubs before I left corporate fitness to work for myself. I started a personal training and wellness facility at 24 and recently sold it to focus on my current endeavor. I currently host a fitness/comedy podcast called Mind Pump on iTunes and I am the creator of the original MAPS muscle building and fat loss program…MAPS Anabolic…it’s available at Mind Pump was created to destroy the myths and crap that has flooded the fitness industry… and so far it’s working. We have grown exponentially over the last year and we are really pissing off supplement companies and charlatans. Good times.

Balance is very difficult for me…I tend to be obsessive and extremely focused. This is a common problem among entrepreneurs…or so I hear. Lol. I have to schedule time to hang out with the kids and I make routines out of doing things around the house. This keeps me balanced in many ways but I won’t lie…I could definitely do a better job with balance.

2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?

To me, a modern day dad is someone who is a caring, nurturing father. Someone who isn’t afraid to show affection and emotion to their children and especially to their sons…I have observed that many men have trouble expressing affection to their sons because their fathers never showed them affection. To our daughters being a modern day dad is demonstrating what a good man is like…and how good men treat women. Girls will use their fathers as a barometer when dating men when grow up. It’s also being a good rolemodel…children learn by watching others far more than they do through lecture. A good example is to keep cool when agitated and to treat others around them with compassion and respect. It’s also being strong, confident and assertive.

3.How did becoming a father change your life?

When I first became a father I instantly realized just how important the decisions I made from then on had become. I did become a bit more paranoid and I suddenly payed close attention to politics. Lol. I also realized that love has no limits…sometimes I literally can’t comprehend how I can love something as much as my kids. Mind blowing.

4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?

The greatest thing about being a father for me is being able to lead them and guide them in ways that will help develop them into great adults and conscious human beings. Lessons present themselves every day and I always try to take advantage to both teach and learn.

5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?

My son takes judo and on occasion I have the opportunity to watch him in class. He is always so focused on impressing me when I am there and it’s humbling to have that affect on him. He physically takes after me…in other words he is not naturally athletic (I was painfully skinny and NOT athletic) so there are many opportunities for him to learn about hard work and perseverance. One particular class we showed up and the school had set up a mock tournament. My son was very nervous and he told me “Papa, I don’t want to compete…I’m not ready.” I replied “no problem buddy…just sit on the side lines and watch but make sure to tell your coach you don’t want to compete.” I knew full well that he would have a huge challenge TELLING his coach he didn’t want to compete….so I watched the lesson unfold. His name was called and instead of sitting out he decided to compete!! I was extremely proud of him. He went on to win 3/4 of his matches and took first place. On the way home I made sure to hammer home the lesson that fear is a creation of our minds and that if we decide to, we can overcome it.

6. What advice can you give any new father out there?

The best advice I can give a new father is this…never try to live vicariously through your kids. They are their own people and they may have different wants and desires than you do. Guide them and love them but in the end they are individuals.

Thanks so much Sal! You’ve been a huge inspiration to me as far as fitness and health inspiration, and your constant drive is nothing short of incredible. I really appreciate you taking the time to do our feature, and look forward to each new episode of MIND PUMP!

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