It was my great pleasure to interview Sal Di Stefano, co-host of the top fitness and health podcast Mind Pump Radio, and creator of MAPS Fitness Products.

In an industry filled with charlatans hawking useless supplements and unsustainable programs, Sal has made a name for himself as a straight shooter dedicated to educating and training people to not only lose weight and improve their physique, but to truly maximize their own health across their lifestyle.

In the course of this interview, Sal’s insight actually helped me change my own perspective toward the goal of exercising (it’s not just about wearing yourself out!).

I really enjoyed our conversation and I know you will too.


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  • I’m curious if your libertarian views influence how you manage a classroom. Personally I can’t stand disciplining kids – not even telling a kid to be quiet or splitting up two kids that are talking. All my students are really well behaved anyway so thankfully no issues have ever arisen. The problem is that I can’t even imagine what I would do if there was really a situation where a kid was acting out and deserved punishment.  Personally I think it should be up to the parents but I don’t think anyone agrees with me since I’ve been asked that at many job interviews and received no offers. Part of me just wants to say “I think corporal punishment should be allowed in schools” just to see what response I get.

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  • I personally don’t make New Year’s Resolutions anymore. I think that if you want to make a change in your life, act on it ASAP! That being said, I made a year-long commitment to abstaining from alcohol in mid-January. It just so happens that the last drink I had was on New Year’s Day. I’m pretty proud of myself for making it this far 🙂 Did anyone stick to their resolutions and/or have any planned for the upcoming year?

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  • “Discipline must come through liberty…We do not consider an individual disciplined when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.” – Maria Montessori; The Montessori Method; “Discipline”, Radford, VA; 2008; p. 78

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  • Is there a particular program that people would recommend for someone who is in their mid forties who is wanting to get back into shape?  

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