Sustainable Discipline: Sal Di Stefano | Mikhaila Peterson Podcast #78

Mikhaila and Sal Di Stefano discuss podcasting, training, eating, creating sustainable discipline, avoiding the trap of motivation-based fitness, working towards health not aesthetics, social media, podcast business, and much more.

Sal Di Stefano is a personal trainer, fitness podcast host, and author. The fitness Podcast Mind Pump that he co-hosts with Justin Andrews, Adam Schafer, and Doug Egge is the number one fitness podcast in the world with over 60 million downloads per episode. He also just released a new book called The Resistance Training Revolution.

Find more Sal Di Stefano on the Mind Pump Podcast , Instagram @mindpumpsal, Twitter @Sal_DiStefano, and check out his new book The Resistance Training Revolution

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Show Notes:
[3:30] Mikhaila introduces this episode’s guest Sal Di Stefano from the MindPump podcast, the number one fitness podcast in the world. Sal gives background on his show and career.
[6:00] Talking discipline, creating patterns that you can actually keep going long term. Sal believes motivation is a short term state of emotion and not a good building block for long term success.
[10:30] Discussing building the skill of discipline. Sal gives an example of a client starting from the lowest level of health and building in little steps.
[13:30] The benefits of creating habits for health instead of aesthetic reasons. Mikhaila and Sal emphasize that we all need to use healthy comparisons so we don’t go crazy.
[18:30] Sal outlines the possible reasons certain personalities are drawn to the influencer space.
[21:30] Sal talks about monitoring his kids social media use and how tricky it is becoming as a parent in this new online environment.
[24:30] Mikhaila asks about the benefits of doing fasted versus non fasted exercise.
[25:30] Are doing isolated exercises when you have an injury a good way to rebuild strength without creating a muscle imbalance?
[29:00] How did the Mind Pump podcast come around?
[31:30] What are the effects of stress on the body? Sal points out the recovery/breakdown cycle of going too hard in the gym that many people can get stuck in. All stress factors in your life build to fill up your “stress bucket”.
[37:30] Sal talks about the benefits for the average person sticking to resistance training versus cardio type exercises.
[47:30] If you are trying to build muscle, is doing more resistance training always better?
[52:30] Noting a few variations of exercises that help people workout with an injured body part.

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Mikhaila Peterson (@mikhailapeterson Instagram) is a 28 year old mother, CEO, health influencer, writer and founder of the Lion Diet, from Toronto, Canada. She has put her idiopathic juvenile arthritis, severe depression (bipolar type II), and chronic fatigue (among other ailments) into remission using The Lion Diet - a beef, salt and water elimination diet. Although it may seem unorthodox, she’s thrived on it for over 2 years. Also recognized for her work with her father, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson (Canadian psychologist and author), she encourages others to take responsibility for every part of their physical and mental health, and teaches how to dramatically transform one's life by never giving up on yourself.

The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast is a podcast where host Mikhaila Peterson speaks with thought leaders, and industry changers - continually finding the best ways to improve the human experience. From stay at home mom’s to CEO’s, fitness enthusiasts to spiritual guides, nutrition researchers to health professionals - Mikhaila has interview-style conversations aimed at provoking thought, addressing difficult subjects, and speaking about topics that are generally shied away from.