episode #252

Why Women Should Lift Weights with Sal Di Stefano


This week, Dr. Stephanie interviews Sal Di Stefano, personal trainer, and co-founder of Mind Pump Media, about all things resistance training for women. They talk about the common myths about fitness, the benefits of strength training, how to maintain your muscle, and how your hormones can affect your progress. They discuss the importance of strength training as you age and how your beliefs and behaviors can help improve your results. You’ll learn how strength training can support your mental health, increase your resistance to stress, improve your ability to care for yourself and make you feel empowered. Finally, they discuss the benefits of weight training for children and the myths that surround it.

Episode Overview:

    • 0:30 Introduction
    • 4:00 Welcoming Sal Di Stephano
    • 4:45 Sal’s Coaching History
    • 11:00 The Psychology of Fitness and Nutrition
    • 18:00 Why Your Perception Matters
    • 28:50 Calories are the Least Important Metric of Exercise
    • 36:20 Why Women are Targeted by the Fitness Industry
    • 40:45 How Your Hormones Help You Build Muscle
    • 50:00 The Mental Health Benefits of Strength Training
    • 1:00:30 Strength Training is the Key to Aging
    • 1:05:30 How to Reframe Your Performance Metrics
    • 1:16:00 The Importance of Nutrition in Strength Training
    • 1:29:00 Benefits of Strength Training for Kids
    • 1:33:30 Conclusion

Sal Di Stefanano’s book: The Resistance Training Revolution – theresistancetrainingrevolution.com/

Mind Pump Website

I’m Dr. Stephanie

Part geek, part magic, and all the way passionate about being a well-lived woman.

I want to throw my grandkids in the air in my 70’s. I want to be squatting even more weight than I am now, and putting my OWN luggage in the overhead bin. Sound like weird goals? For me these are just some of the little things that represent a life well-lived.

My health is MY job – I’ll be damned if I rely on luck, ‘good genes’ or a cocktail of drugs that over promise and under deliver.

The Betty Body is my first book-baby, and a collection of what I’ve learned after thousands of clinical hours, hundreds of conversations with the world’s top experts, and most importantly…

This book is an outline of what took ME from “rock-bottom health” at 38, to being my own version of a Betty in my perimenopausal mid 40’s. A woman who is physically strong, full of energy, enjoys mental clarity, great sex and a joyful family life. Is it all roses? Of course not. But I have the stamina and tools to deal with the push and pull of life so that it doesn’t turn into chronic stress.

I want this for you too. Let’s go Bettys!